Carnegie Mellon University

LaunchCMU Silicon Valley May 23, 2017


LaunchCMU showcases entrepreneurship at CMU — cutting-edge research and innovations from students, alumni, faculty and staff — while bringing together the investment community, regional business leaders and CMU alumni.

LaunchCMU Fall 2017

Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

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LaunchCMU Spring 2017

Robotics in Manufacturing

May 23, 2017
Oracle Conference Center
350 Oracle Pkwy
Redwood City, CA 94065

Schedule of Events for May 23, 2017 Event

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Demo & Poster Session

2:00-3:00 pm (Part 1)
4:30-6:00 pm (Part 2)

Register to participate! Registration deadline is Friday, May 5, 2017.

See the latest from CMU student, faculty and alumni startups.  Spring 2017 Exhibitors listed below!

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Showcase Talks

3:00-4:30 pm

Hear Robotics in Manufacturing presentations by CMU student, faculty and alumni startups including:

  • Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing Institute, Jonathan Cagan, George Tallman and Florence Barrett Ladd Professor in Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering; Associate Dean for Graduate and Faculty Affairs, College of Engineering; Co-Director, Integrated Innovation Institute; Faculty Co-Director, Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship
  • Agility Robotics, Damion Shelton, Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder
  • Carnegie Robotics, Steve DiAntonio, Chief Executive Officer
  • HEBI Robotics, Bob Raida, Chief Operations Officer
  • IAM Robotics, Tom Galluzzo, Chief Executive Officer and Founder
  • RoBotany Ltd., Austin Webb, Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder
  • Titan Robotics, Inc., Stuart Lawrence, Chief Executive Officer and President

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Networking Reception

4:30-6:00 pm

Network with other entrepreneurs and investors while continuing to browse the Demo & Poster Session. Refreshments will be served.

"The [LaunchCMU] event was a great event for us. We were able to connect with prospective investors, many of which were from outside the region. In addition, it was inspiring to interact with other founders and see the breadth of innovation being driven by students and alumni of CMU."

- Jim Ruiz, Founder and CEO, CDL Warrior, Developed by Next Gauge, Inc.

Demo & Poster Session Exhibitors for May 23, 2017 Event

Agility Robotics, Inc.

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Meet Cassie

Damion Shelton
Jonathan Hurst
Mikhail Jones

In the near future, robots will deliver groceries, help take care of us in our homes and assist in disaster recovery. Agility Robotics, Inc. are pioneering legged robot technologies to solve the mobility challenges and enable this future.

Airviz Inc.

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Air Quality Sensing

Sara Longo
Illah Nourbakhsh
Christopher Bartley
M. Beatrice Dias
Joshua Schapiro
Michael D. Taylor
David Litton
Jonathan Carreon

Airviz automates the reaction to bad air by expertly providing air quality sensing, analysis, interactive visualization and the structure for a clear sensor-solution communication infrastructure, and doing it in a way that is intuitive, unobtrusive, maintenance-free and transparent.

American Robotics, Inc.

American Robotics, Inc.

A Practical Drone System for Farmers.

Reese Mozer
Vijay Somandepalli
Eitan Babcock
Andrew Sousa
Zachary Harvey

American Robotics' proprietary hardware and software unleashes the true potential of drones in agricultural with a fully-automated, turn-key solution.


Thermally Conductive Rubber (Thubber)

Navid Kazem
Carmel Majidi
Andrew Fassler
Michael D. Bartlett
Matthew Powell-palm
Jonathan A. Malen
Joshua Umo

Arieca has a rubber with with unique combinations of low modulus (softer than human skin), stretchable to 7x its initial length and high thermal conductivity approaching stainless steel. This could be used in wearable computings and medical and athletic devices to manage excessive heat generation.

Augment Solutions

Augment Solutions

AI for CRM

Matthew Swanson

Augment applies artificial intelligence to improve the efficiency of enterprise call centers. Augment’s human-in-the-loop NLP platform supports existing call center staff by automatically suggesting personalized responses, drawing from the best expertise and responses across the organization.



Noah Bornstein
Amanda Greenberg

Baloonr (web, iOS, Slackbot) removes bias from collaboration and decision-making so that companies gain access to otherwise unreachable insights. Customers include Fortune 50 companies, leading hospitals, top universities and hot startups.



Building Portfolio Decision Support Tool

Azizan Aziz
Mike Broeker

BuildFIT is a building operations and investment support tool for facility managers and building owners with large building portfolios. Based on utility and building automation data, the tool provides recommendations to save money from reducing energy consumption within financial and occupant comfort constraints.


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Create Energy Efficient Building Together

Weili Xu
Zheng Zhang
Haopeng Wang
Yin Liang

The world’s first cloud-based 3D visual energy information modeling data integration and collaboration platform.


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AI Advanced Analytics

Jack Wu
Jim Bai

Dafinci is an advanced analytics company. This presentation covers a case study in financial trade optimization.

Digital Dream Labs

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Puzzlets Play Tray New Games!

Matt Stewart
Justin Sabo
Jacob Hanchar

Digital Dream Labs now has two more games for their platform, Abacus Finch, a math game and Swatch Out, a color game.


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Recipe Ingredients Delivered Right To Your Door

Alexander Timmons
Christopher Hobbs

Eatify gets the ingredients to cook your favorite recipes delivered right to your door. Endless choices, grocery store prices and no extra packaging waste.



Sandeep Konam

EXAID is a healthcare artificial intelligence company providing AI-powered clinical trial tools to Oncologists, CROs and Pharma companies.



Community for Hardware Startups

Nob Nobuhiro Seki
Aki Nobuaki Nakajima

Manufacturing sharing platform for hardware startups. Under-utilized expertise of manufacturers in Japan makes faster, higher-quality production.

HEBI Robotics

HEBI Robotics

Howie Choset
David Rollinson
Matt Tesch
Curtis Layton
Florian Enner

HEBI Robotics creates Lego-like robotic building blocks. The platform consists of hardware and software that make it easy to create custom robots quickly.

Integrated Innovation Institute - CMU

Integrated Innovation Institute
Jon Cagan
Sheryl Root

The Integrated Innovation Institute is home to three master's degrees built on primary disciplines in product and service innovation covering functional performance (engineering), human interface (design) and economic value (business). Learn more about our Master of Science in Technology Ventures.

LeanFM Technologies

LeanFM Technologies

When Artificial Intelligence Meets Facility Operations

Burcu Akinci
Xuesong Liu

LeanFM uses patented technologies to integrate, enrich and visualize facility operations information that enables data-driven decisions and 40% more efficient facility operations.



Leveraging Location to Create New Opportunities in Social

Sajjad Mustehsan
Zainub Mustehsan
Marium Mustehsan

Locye is a social media platform that lets you post content that's visible to people near your current physical location and lets you see posts made by others near you. Locye also lets you observe social activity at real-time hotspots and places of interest worldwide. You can post anonymously or with your identity, for a day or forever.

Nabla Ascent

Nabla Ascent

Advanced Autonomy for Drones

Sankalp Arora
Daniel Maturana
Geetesh Dubey
Robb Myer

Nabla Ascent aims to unleash the full potential of drones as flying cameras and data gatherers by providing them with advanced autonomy based on state-of-the-art AI and deep learning.

Nimbus Bionics


Your Personalized Moving Walkway

Xunjie Zhang
Anand Kapadia
Randy Sargent

Nimbus builds bionic shoes for people to walk twice as fast. The experience is like walking on the moving walkway - the shoes adapt to your walking speed thereby making them a natural extension of your legs.

Piot Networks Inc.

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Simple IOT platform

Francis Kurupacheril

Piot Networks provides a simple lightweight IOT platform to monitor and control sensors, built off of the existing enterprise XMPP infrastructure.


Project Vision

Suparna Ferreira
Shingai Samudzi

ProjectVision combines the best of the human connection and technology to offer a model of personalized, chronic disease prevention. Their approach enables communities to rapidly scale preventive care programming that not only maximizes the likelihood of sustained health behavior change, but can also identify direct-to-
consumer revenue opportunities for providers outside of payer reimbursement.

RedMarlin, Inc.

RedMarlin, Inc.

SmartTrap: Catching Phishing Websites Using AI

Abhishek Dubey
Shashi Prakash

RedMarlin protects its customers from phishing attacks in real- time. Its proprietary, AI- based solution differs from most other solutions in the market by monitoring brands proactively and detecting malicious websites automatically, eliminating the dependency on reactive solutions like blacklists.

RoBotany Ltd.


The Future of Farming

Austin Webb
Austin Lawrence
Danny Seim
Brac Webb

RoBotany is an indoor vertical farming company that is transforming modern agriculture with automated robotics and software analytics. The company's unique, fully integrated solution redefines the vertical farming process from start to finish, allowing the company to be a superior operator in the next generation industry.


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An Augmented Virtuality Platform

Lavanya Gopalakrishnan
Shrey Malhotra
Iva Segalman

SensoryPlay wants to bring back the intimacy and fun of playing board games augmented with mixed reality environment along with the use of tactile gameplay elements. Their product SandStorm is beyond the confines of wearables and an obtrusive experience that comes with the present day AR/VR technology.


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Harvesting Your Fields Potential

Brendan Carroll
Alec Assaad

Skycision is a world leader in providing decision support to farmers based on proprietary technology which converts aerial imagery to actionable data. Skycision’s technology is world class in diagnosing crop stress, disease, fertilization needs and other issues farmers face on a weekly and seasonal basis.



Raj Sharma
Marigrace Ambrosia

SociGO is a smart event marketing tool that increases event attendance and revenue for event management companies. SociGo finds individuals highly likely to attend an event by learning and matching individual interests, availability, friends attending and location with local events. SociGO also incorporates factors such as weather and traffic to provide insights to event management companies. SociGo currently increases event attendance by 30% and gets smarter over time.


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Wireless Power - No Batteries Needed

Ivan Pistsov
Yi Luo

Teratonix energy harvester is a revolutionary device to replace batteries in low-power IoT devices. Based on the proprietary ultrahigh speed diode, their device can convert ambient broadband (100MHz - 10GHz) RF-radiation to electricity and provide a maintenance-free replacement for batteries.

Titan Robotics, Inc.

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Just In Time Flexible Manufacturing and Industrial Robotics

Stuart Lawrence
Christopher R. Baker
Eric Meyhofer
Herman Herman
Tony Stentz
Alonzo Kelly 

Titan Robotics, Inc. is a startup from Carnegie Mellon University's National Robotics Engineering Center developing flexible robotic systems for reconfigurable manufacturing and industrial applications.

xSeer Inc.


God's Eye View: Visual Analytics at Scale

Amir Yahyavi
Saman Amirpour Amraii
Laleh Roosta Pour

xSeer offers a next generation visual analytics solution called EVA. EVA is unique in that it can ingest billions of datapoints and intuitively create visualizations at massive scale with in-depth ad-hoc drilldowns on data over time, data blending and machine learning to discover business insights making it much easier for customers to perform customer analytics.