Our Board of Directors
Sanjiv Singh, PhD
Co-founder and Chairman
Sanjiv is a widely recognized authority on advanced robotics and has founded multiple ventures in the space, including Kaarta.
He is currently CEO of Near Earth Autonomy, which is focused on bridging the gap between aerospace and robotics to improve the efficiency, performance and safety of low-flying aircraft. Sanjiv has more than 25 years’ experience in autonomous ground and air vehicles operating in extreme environments. He holds a PhD in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University and has served as a faculty member of the school’s famed Robotics Institute since 1995. He is also Editor in Chief of the Journal of Field Robotics.
Kevin Downling, PhD
As CEO, Kevin is charting the overall course for Kaarta while also leading financing, recruiting, and legal & intellectual property efforts.
Kevin joined Kaarta in early 2016, bringing more than 20 years’ experience in both the development and successful commercialization of industry-first technologies. Kevin’s background spans the fields of robotics, semiconductors, lighting, wearable electronics and consumer products, having most recently served as VP of Engineering for 4moms, the popular developer of high-tech baby gear.
Previously, he was VP of Research and Development for MC10, where he built the engineering organization from the ground up to realize market success in stretchable electronics, including a milestone partnership with Reebok. At Color Kinetics, the pioneer of intelligent LED lighting, he played a key leadership role in technology strategy and intellectual property, and helped position the company for its IPO and ensuing successful sale to Philips for nearly $800 million. Kevin is an inventor on more than 70 issued patents.
He received his BS in Mathematics and MS and PhD degrees in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University, where he spent two decades as a student, research engineer and scientist at the prestigious Field Robotics Center.
Jamie is a Chief Innovation Officer and GBIS CIO at GreenSoil Investments, a growth equity firm focused on investing in Real Estate Technology and Agro Food Technology.
For over a decade prior to joining Greensoil, Jamie was the lead sustainability advisor to Tridel, Toronto’s leading condominium developer, where he contributed to the company’s transition to a green building leader with over 15 million square feet in development or under construction in LEED projects.
For six years, Jamie was a Partner in the Windmill Development Group, when they successfully developed LEED-Platinum certified mixed-used buildings and communities in Calgary, Ottawa, and at Dockside Green in Victoria.
Jamie’s first foray into cleantech investing in the real estate space was as the founder of 350 Capital, a micro-VC fund that invested in green building technologies such as Carbon Cure (greener concrete), Enerworks (solar thermal), dPoint Technologies (energy recovery technologies for HVAC), and Terracycle (upcycled waste products).
In 2011, working with the cleantech practice at the MaRS Discovery District and Tridel, Jamie founded Tower Labs @MaRS, a technology accelerator that manages in-situ pilot and demonstration projects of green building technologies in large buildings in Toronto. Installed technology examples include electrochromic windows, water and air heat recovery systems, energy storage, residential net-zero energy systems (including www.netzed.ca), VRF systems, concrete carbonization, thermal break cladding systems, and micro-grid systems, among others.
In addition to serving on the board of directors of a number of cleantech start-ups, Jamie served as an early director on the board of the Canada Green Building Council (2008-2011).
Marcel Bergerman, PhD
Marcel has over 25 years’ experience on the academic and commercial sides of robotics.
Marcel is currently COO of Near Earth Autonomy. From 2005 to 2014 he was a Senior Project Scientist and Senior Systems Scientist at Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute, where he managed development of autonomous aerial vehicles and agricultural automation systems. Marcel previously worked at the Genius Institute of Technology in Brazil as the leader of institutional relationships and knowledge management, and later as innovation manager. He holds a PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, and has published extensively in the areas of robotics and innovation management.
Bob Dobkin is a renowned inventor, entrepreneur, and one of the founding fathers of analog integrated circuit design.
Bob is Co-founder and CTO of Linear Technology Corporation, which he grew to 5,000 employees and ultimately sold to Analog Devices for $14.8 billion. He holds more than 100 patents in the field of analog circuits, and the reach of his inventions is vast – including basic electronic components found in today’s computers, cars, and smartphones. Bob is also Co-founder and Chairman of Intuitive Private Equity. He has served on the boards and advisory councils of many companies, including Genia Technologies, HMicro, Quellan, SleepIQ Labs, and Spectra7 Microsystems. Bob began working with electronics at the remarkable age of 6 and later studied at MIT.
Co-founder & Advisor
Ji is the chief architect behind the algorithms that are fundamental to Kaarta technology.
Ji is an entrepreneur and acknowledged expert in advanced robotics, with special expertise in the areas of robot navigation, perception/localization, computer vision and range sensing. His work won the 2017 and 2016 Microsoft Indoor Localization Competitions and achieved the #1 and #2 rankings for the online KITTI Odometry Benchmark continually since 2014. Ji has an issued US utility patent and is an inventor on several pending patents, and author of numerous research papers published by Autonomous Robots, the Journal of Field Robotics, and IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine, among others. He received his BS in Computer Engineering at Tsinghua, an MS in Computer Science from Texas A&M University, and a PhD in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University.
Rob is a senior executive and technology strategist with more than 30 years’ experience in the mobile and Internet markets, including newer advancements in the Internet of Things.
In his current role as Group Chief Technology Officer for Daily Mail and General Trust plc, Rob leads the efforts to embrace the opportunities presented by machine learning, predictive analytics, cloud connectivity and other technologies. He has led and advised both emerging and established companies, including 3DFortify, LeEco, Intercede, Helium Systems, and Qualcomm – where he spent over 13 years and oversaw the strategies underlying the development and productization of the company’s mobile software technologies, among other projects. His affinity for indoor location is a mashup of his early experience in bringing GPS to mobile applications crossed with his later work on AR and VR. He is an inventor on more than 40 issued patents and, prior to his commercial work, spent nearly 10 years as a researcher at Carnegie Mellon University, where he also earned a BS in Electrical Engineering and Applied Mathematics.