Results in the fields of deep and reinforcement learning have ignited immense interest in the possible applications for robotics. In particular, research into learning-based approaches to control and scene-understanding techniques hint at the possibility of new applications and new ways of programming robots. However, most research has been geared toward toy problems, and there continues to be a gap between the most advanced papers and the reality of deployed industrial robots.
Derik Pridmore explores the most recent advances in deep and reinforcement learning for robotics, the current state of industrial robotics, and how Osaro is working to bridge the gap.
Derik Pridmore is cofounder and CEO of Osaro, a San Francisco-based machine learning company building products powered by deep reinforcement learning. A venture capitalist, hedge fund manager, and angel investor with over a decade of investment and operational experience, Derik was previously a principal at Founders Fund, a Silicon Valley venture fund led by PayPal founder Peter Thiel, where he drove investments in a variety of companies, including DeepMind. He also founded and managed Arda Capital Management, a quantitative equity hedge fund, and is an investor in Clarifai. Derik holds a BS in physics and computer science and an MEng in computer science and electrical engineering from MIT.
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