Dr. Sanjiv Singh is an educator, innovator, and entrepreneur. He is currently a Research Professor at the Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University and the CEO of Near Earth Autonomy, a startup that develops autonomy for next generation aircraft that will inspect infrastructure, deliver cargo, and, transport people.
He started his career working on the earliest autonomous ground vehicles to operate outdoors in 1985. Since then, he has led research efforts with applications in aviation, agriculture, mining and construction. In 2010 he led a team that demonstrated the first autonomous, full-scale helicopter capable of take off, search for viable landing sites and safe descent. In 2011 he led the autonomy effort for Transformer, DARPA’s flying car program. He is the founding editor of the Journal of Field Robotics and a co-founder of 4 companies.