Say hello to the latest Arm Innovators: Experts in drones, robotics, security solutions and more!

Today, at Arm TechCon, we are excited to announce eight new Arm innovators to the Program. Our innovators are experts in a variety of exciting areas including robotics, aerospace, drones and security solutions. We have also welcomed three new technical experts within the sustainability space, who are developing technologies that deliver positive social and environmental impact on our planet.

Over the coming months, our new innovators will be developing insightful resources and educational content that will help support you, our community of developers working in these exciting areas. For now, make sure you connect with our new Innovators on social media – details below!

Introducing the new Arm innovators

Robert Wolff: Community Manager and Engineer at Linaro 96Boards

Robert Wolff - Arm Innovator

Robert Wolff is a technical writer, open source evangelist, community leader and engineer with a history of working in and around esteemed academic institutions and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) based educational programs. Right now, Robert works as community manager for 96Boards at Linaro. He helps maintain several of 96Boards’ Open Source orgs and repositories, runs a variety of community driven projects and initiatives, and hosts his own live, weekly online video podcast dubbed 96Boards OpenHours.

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Dr Alexander Patto: CEO WaterScope

Alex Patto - Arm Innovator

Dr Alexander Patto is CEO of WaterScope, a University of Cambridge spin-out developing simple and rapid ways of testing for bacteria in drinking water. Alex is also a Royal Academy of Engineering Enterprise Fellow, and a Borysiewicz Biomedical Sciences Fellow at the University of Cambridge. Alex graduated from Cambridge University in 2016 with a PhD in Genetics.

To date, WaterScope have raised over £150,000 of non-dilutive funding and have been on their first field trial to one of the largest refugee camps in the modern world, with Oxfam as partners.

Waterscope are also part of 2030Vision, an Arm founded initiative designed to deliver technology solutions and partnerships to support the UN's Global Goals.

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Dr Richard Hayton: CTO at Trustonic Ltd

Richard Hayton - Arm Innovator

Trustonic was founded to encourage adoption of TrustZone, and developed the ‘Kinibi’ TEE which has been deployed in over 1.5 billion smartphones, cars and other smart devices. Richard’s focus has been on enabling the entire ecosystem – OEMs, MNOs and app developers to all benefit from strong security and strong device identity. With the advent of TrustZone for M-Class devices, Richard has been driving the creation of a ‘micro-TEE’ (Kinibi-M) to enable tomorrows IoT devices to become trustworthy sources of data to drive the next wave of innovation.

Prior to Trustonic, Richard was Chief Architect for Citrix Mobility, where he was responsible for crafting the XenMobile Enterprise Mobility Suite. During almost 20 years at Citrix, he led projects ranging from embedded software to global enterprise systems, with a focus on user and developer experience. He holds a PhD in Computer Science from Cambridge University, focusing on identity federation for users, devices and services.

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Victor Mayoral Vilches: CTO at Acutronic Robotics

Victor Mayoral Vilches - Arm Innovator

Founder of Erle Robotics (acquired by Acutronic Robotics) and member of the Spanish national robotics committee, Victor Mayoral Vilches is an engineer who has specialized in robotics, and has experience leading research initiatives and projects in the fields of robotics and artificial intelligence. He has two engineering degrees and worked in some of the most prestigious robotics centers, such as the Micro BioRobotics center of the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) and the Open Source Robotics Foundation (OSRF) developing the second generation of the Robot Operating System (ROS 2.0). Mayoral was selected in 2017 as one of the ten most innovative individuals under 35 in Spain by the MIT Technology Review for his work around modular robots. Supported by DARPA and SONY, Víctor and his team created a common infrastructure for robot components that allows to "standardize" the system integration process in robotics named H-ROS, the Hardware Robot Operating System.

Nowadays, Víctor is CTO of Acutronic Robotics where he manages the scientific and technological development of the company, acts as a technical advisor for several robotics companies and holds the ISO national expert position representing Spain in new standards for robots.

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Alexandra Grigore: Director of Innovation at Simprints

Alexandra Grigore

Alexandra Grigore is Co-Founder and Director of Innovation at Simprints. She is currently a PhD candidate in Nanoscience at the University of Cambridge and she previously worked at the Max-Planck Institute. Elected to the Top 200 Movers and Shakers in BioTech in 2015 and Top 50 Movers and Shakers in BioBusiness in 2017, Alexandra leads product development for social innovation at Simprints.

Simprints is a non-profit tech company building low-cost, rugged fingerprint scanners for frontline workers. Their technology integrates seamlessly with the mobile platforms used across healthcare, finance, education, and beyond.

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Keenan Johnson: Head of Engineering at Impossible Aerospace

Keenan Johnson

Keenan Johnson is the Head of Engineering and a founding Engineer at Impossible Aerospace; an American company working to end the age of kerosene propulsion and fully electrify all air transport.

Keenan got his start in Aerospace working with NASA to develop novel techniques for satellite propulsion and performing C.P.R. in microgravity environments. He then worked on the launch and flight software teams at SpaceX as a Software Engineer and Mission Control Operator where he worked to mass produce and operate the world’s first orbital class rocket capable of reflight. As the only software engineer and operator on the SpaceX Hyperloop test track, he also arguably holds the title of being the world's first Hyperloop Pilot!

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Hyon Lim: CEO at UVify Inc

Hyon Lim

Hyon Lim aims to make high-performance, intelligent drones as widely accessible as computers are today.

He is the CEO and co-founder of UVify, which recently began shipping Draco, the world’s fastest production drone. UVify's Draco won several awards at CES 2017, including one for Best Robot or Drone.

Dr. Lim holds a PhD in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Seoul National University and studied robotics and unmanned aerial vehicles for over a decade. He has conducted cutting-edge research in 3D computer vision for drones. Dr. Lim has published more than 20 scientific papers about drones and has been cited more than 500 times.

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Dr Ciira Maina: Co-Founder at Data Science Africa

Ciira Maina

Ciira wa Maina graduated from the University of Nairobi, Kenya with a Bsc. degree in Electrical Engineering in 2007 and with a Ph.D. from Drexel University in Philadelphia, USA in September 2011. Between October 2011 and August 2013, he was a postdoctoral researcher in computational Biology at the University of Sheffield. Since September 2013 he has been a Lecturer in Electrical Engineering at Dedan Kimathi University of Technology in Nyeri, Kenya. He is a founding member of Data Science Africa which organises annual data science workshops and summer schools to improve access to machine learning and data science education in Africa.

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