Ken Goldberg is the William S. Floyd Distinguished Chair in Engineering at UC Berkeley and co-Founder and Chief Scientist at Ambi Robotics. Ken holds joint appointments in EECS, Art Practice, and the School of Information at UC Berkeley, and Radiation Oncology at UCSF. He and his students have authored over 300 peer-reviewed papers and 9 US Patents in robotics and AI. Ambi Robotics, based in Berkeley, provides state-of-the-art package handling robots to address increasing demand in the supply chain. Ken co-founded the Berkeley AI Research (BAIR) Lab, the Berkeley Center for New Media (BCNM) and the African Robotics Network (he was born in Nigeria).
Ken is also an award-winning artist, filmmaker, and public speaker on AI and robotics. His artwork has been featured in 70 art exhibits including the 2000 Whitney Biennial and Sundance Film Festival, and he co-directed (with his wife Tiffany Shlain) the Emmy-Nominated short documentary film “Why We Love Robots.” Ken earned dual degrees in Electrical Engineering and Economics from the University of Pennsylvania (1984) and MS and PhD degrees from Carnegie Mellon University (1990). Ken was awarded the Presidential Faculty Fellowship in 1995 by Bill Clinton, the Joseph Engelberger Robotics Award in 2000, and elected IEEE Fellow in 2005.