Matt Shaffer

Matt Shaffer

Director of Artificial Intelligence

RIOS Intelligent Machines

Entrepreneur · AI Engineer · Data Scientist

I am the Director of Artifical Intelligence and a co-founder at RIOS, where I build robots to autonomously perform tasks requiring advanced perception and human-level dexterity. A data scientist by education, I’ve developed an interest in applying modern methods of deep learning to machines that interact with the real world and ways to develop more generalized intelligence around automation.

I have experience in areas such as computer vision tasks, reinforcement learning, time-series analysis and prediction, generative networks and evolution strategies. I am an advocate of open source and I welcome offers to get involved with projects that serve a greater good.

In past lives, I have been an entrepreneur, web developer, and graphic designer. I independently recorded and released an indie rock album under the moniker Alpha Leonis in 2009, have summited Mt. Hood twice, and am always looking for ways to reframe problems in search of blue oceans of opportunity.

Interests
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer Vision
  • Machine Learning for Autonomous Systems
  • Generative Networks
Education
  • Master of Information and Data Science, 2018

    UC Berkeley

  • Geography, 2003

    UC Santa Barbara

Experience

 
 
 
 
 
RIOS Intelligent Machines
Director of Artificial Intelligence | Co-Founder
Nov 2018 – Present Palo Alto, California
  • Build and oversee a team that pioneered the RaaS (Robots-as-a-Service) business model to provide automation on-demand
  • Raise capital from seed to Series A
  • Develop algorithms, models and compute architecture for deployed robots in multiple industries
  • Develop machine learning systems at scale for general manipulation, perception, planning, control and quality metrics
  • Manage applied research efforts for new product development
 
 
 
 
 
Dishcraft Robotics
Deep Learning/AI Engineer Intern
Dishcraft Robotics
Mar 2018 – Aug 2018 San Carlos, California
Robots for commercial kitchens. Object recognition and detection, anomaly detection, grasp prediction and autonomous robot manipulation.
 
 
 
 
 
Qlabs.ai
Founder/Developer
Qlabs.ai
Feb 2016 – Apr 2016 Palo Alto, California
Real-time conversational intelligence through text and MMS.
 
 
 
 
 
DiscoverNXT
Founder/Developer
DiscoverNXT
Jan 2015 – Feb 2016 Palo Alto, California
Community of world-class innovators and visionary entrepreneurs building the technology that makes tomorrow a better place to live.

Education

UC Berkeley
Master of Information and Data Science
Probability and statistics, research design, field experiments, causal inference, time series analysis, information theory, deep learning, and machine learning at scale
UC Santa Barbara
Geography, B.A.
GIS, Remote Sensing

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