Leadership Excellence at the Vanguard of Autonomy

Show Notes:

Sanjiv Singh is the CEO of Near Earth Autonomy, Research Professor at Carnegie Mellon University, and Editor and Chief of the Journal of Field Robotics. His company makes some of the most advanced autonomous navigation systems in the world.

He drives a bold vision for air vehicles within the industry and his company. Being part of the team nominated in 2018 for the famed Collier Trophy indicates he's right on target.

Given his large and varied expertise, we cover a lot of topics in the interview. We discuss spinning a technology firm out of a university, lessons from landing autonomous helicopters, and the regulation hurdles his company faces.

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Meet Sanjiv Singh, CEO, of Near Earth Autonomy located in Pittsburgh. He drives a bold vision for autonomous air vehicles. Being part of the team nominated in 2018 for the famed Collier Trophy indicates he's right on target. What’s a Collier Trophy you ask? It’s aviation’s equivalent of the Nobel Prize and awarded to “the greatest achievement in aeronautics or astronautics in America, with respect to improving the performance, efficiency, and safety of air or space vehicles, the value of which has been thoroughly demonstrated by actual use during the preceding year." How does a young company like Near Earth Autonomy become a big league contender so quickly? Maybe it’s Sanjiv’s philosophy.

“I lead a team to push the envelope in autonomy for aerial vehicles spanning in scale from sub-meter to full scale.”

Sanjiv brings 25 years of experience in autonomous ground and air vehicles operating in extreme environments to Near Earth. Key areas of his expertise are in perception and planning for air and ground vehicles. In addition, he specializes in the coordination of teams of (human and robotic) agents performing complex tasks. Sanjiv obtained his PhD in Robotics at Carnegie Mellon University in 1995 and has since been on the faculty at the Robotics Institute. Sanjiv is the Editor in Chief of the Journal of Field Robotics. Near Earth is his third commercial venture.

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