DUBLIN, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Innovasonic, a leader in active self-cleaning technologies, today announced the appointment of Dr. James Kuffner as Chairman of its Scientific Advisory Board.
“James is an exceptional addition to the Innovasonic executive team,” said Dr. Boris Kobrin, Founder and CEO of Innovasonic. “His robotics and autonomous driving technology expertise fits right in with our current development efforts to design a new and disruptive sensor cleaning technology for LIDARs. We will also benefit from Dr. Kuffner’s strategic vision and vast industry network as we start discussions with potential commercial partners early in our development cycle.”
Dr. Kuffner brings over 25 years’ experience in engineering research and executive management. He co-founded and managed the Google Robotics division, helped develop Google’s self-driving car, and has led research and development of environment perception, autonomous motion planning and machine learning at the Toyota Research Institute. He is a co-inventor of the RRT algorithm for robot motion planning and author of 125 publications and 40 patents in 3D graphics, robotics, and autonomous vehicles. Dr. Kuffner is currently serving as CEO of Toyota Research Institute – Advanced Development (Tokyo, Japan).
“Innovasonic is challenging the status quo in surface cleaning technologies, which are currently severely outdated,” said Dr. James Kuffner. “Robust perception is critical for automated driving systems, and the quality and integrity of raw sensor data is at the foundation. PiezoWipe technology in development at Innovasonic is poised to bolster this foundation by providing automatic surface cleaning for LIDARs and cameras without any macro-scale moving parts. I am excited to be a part of Innovasonic’s innovative team and support this ambitious technology development.”
InnovaSonic, Inc. is commercializing disruptive self-cleaning technology for the mobility industry. It was co-founded by serial entrepreneurs Dr. Boris Kobrin and Julian Zegelman. The company is headquartered in Dublin, CA with a research subsidiary in Grenoble, France.