KEYNOTE: Dr. Eric Daimler, Former Presidential Innovation Fellow

Dr. Eric Daimler,
Former Presidential Innovation Fellow,
White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

Dr. Eric Daimler is a leading authority in robotics & artificial intelligence with over 20 years of experience in the field as an entrepreneur, investor, academic, and policymaker. Most recently, Daimler is the co-founder and CEO of SpinGlass, a multi-tiered investment platform for fueling the development and adoption of emerging robotics & AI technology. SpinGlass.ai creates, acquires, and applies modern digital technologies, including robotics & AI, to industries traditionally slow to adopt them. Previously, he co-founded six technology companies that have done pioneering work in fields ranging from storage software systems to statistical arbitrage.

Daimler is the author of the forthcoming book Your Augmented Future, a guidebook for entrepreneurs, engineers, policymakers, and citizens on how to understand—and benefit from—the unfolding revolution in robotics & AI. A frequent speaker, lecturer and commentator, he works to empower communities and citizens to leverage robotics & AI for a more sustainable, secure, and prosperous future.

As a Presidential Innovation Fellow in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy during the Obama Administration, Daimler helped drive the agenda for U.S. leadership in research, commercialization, and public adoption of robotics & AI. He has also served as Assistant Dean and Assistant Professor of Software Engineering in Carnegie Mellon’s School of Computer Science. His academic research focuses on the intersection of Machine Learning, Computational Linguistics, and Network Science (Graph Theory). He has a specialization in public policy and economics, helped launch Carnegie Mellon’s Silicon Valley Campus, and founded its Entrepreneurial Management program.

Daimler studied at the University of Washington-Seattle, Stanford University, and Carnegie Mellon, where he earned his PhD in computer science. He currently splits his time between New York, San Francisco, and Pittsburgh with his wife Melissa Daimler, an expert on the future of work.