Virtual Skilling for Humans and Robots​

Summary

Skilling for Industry is a problem all over the world. Unemployed youth around the world need cheap, effective and scalable teaching mechanism​. Robotics, AI and similar skill set is critical for jobs. However, the cost of hardware to teach these skills is prohibitive and it is hard to find teachers who teach these skills.​

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Company Profile

Name Kaaya Tech Inc.
Address 277, 19thMain ‘B’ block, Vijayanagar 3rd Stage, Mysore, Mysore Karnataka 570017 India
Telephone +919900835147
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Establishment 2017
Capital USD 10,000
Employee 20
Branch Office
Category Robotics

Team

Harshavardhana Narayana Kikkeri

Syracuse University Master of Science, Electrical Engineering · (2004 - 2005) University of Mysore Bachelor of Engineering, Electronics and Communications · (1997 - 2001)

Heralding the era of casual reality powered by HoloSuit. HoloSuit isthe world’s first full body motion tracking suit with haptic feedback -aka Ready Player One suit.18 years of experience and 44 patents related to building eXtendedReality motion capture suits, aerial and ground robots with expertisein drones, motion planning, localization and mapping, mobilemanipulation, computer vision, sensor fusion, machine learning,.Virtual Reality/ MR/AR: Unity, Oculus, Samsung Gear, Hololens, HtcVive, Google Daydream, Intel Realsense, Blender Crypto: Blockchain, Crytocurrency, Crowdsale, Ethereum, Solidity,Smart ContractsAerial Drones: 3DR Solo, 3DR X8+.Mobile Robots: Parallax Eddie, Omniwheel bot, Segaway RMP220,Pioneer 3DR, Coroware, Irobot CreateArms: KUKA LBR4, Universal Robotics UR5, Kinova Jaco, CustomBuilt Grippers: Robotiq gripper, Crustcrawler gripper, 3D Sensors: Velodyne VLP16, Kinect One, Kinect 360, Asus XtionPro, Softkinectic DS525/ DS311, Lidar Lite Pro2D Lidar: Hokuyo UTM30, URG04, SICK Tim551/Tim571,LMS200.Controllers: Kuka, UR , Jaco , Roboteq, USB2Dynamixel, LN100, Robotics Software: 3DR Solo SDK, DroneKit, ROS, OpenCV, OMPL,MoveIt!, GraspIt!, Gazebo, MRPT, Arduino, MRDS. Programming: C/C++, Python, C#, Java.
Experience
HoloSuit Pte Ltd
CEO
August 2016 - Present
Heralding the era of Machine Teaching powered by HoloSuit. HoloSuit is theworld’s first full body motion tracking suit with haptic feedback - aka ReadyPlayer One suit.
Suitable Technologies
4 years 7 months
Advanced Development and India Business (Head)
April 2017 - December 2018 (1 year 9 months)
Driving innovation in smart remote presence (www.suitabletech.com) .Building a new R&D division at Suitable Tech to innovate on state of theart technologies in aerial robotics, computer vision, augmented reality,sensor fusion, machine learning, motion planning, localization and mapping,manipulation. Heading India Business Development - identifying business opportunities,making strategic business partnerships with companies and distributorsresulting in exponential revenue growth.
Director of Advanced Development(Robotics)
June 2014 - March 2017 (2 years 10 months)
Palo Alto, California
Driving innovation in smart remote presence (www.suitabletech.com) .Building a new R&D division at Suitable Tech to innovate on state of theart technologies in aerial robotics, computer vision, augmented reality,sensor fusion, machine learning, motion planning, localization and mapping,manipulation.
Microsoft Research
8 years 11 months
Robotics Software Engineer, Microsoft Robotics
May 2010 - June 2014 (4 years 2 months)
Working across various layers of the robotics software stack.Worked with Kuka lbr4 arm, UR5 arm, Crustcrawler arm, robotiq 3 fingeredgripperBuilt end to end mobile manipulator performing pick and place tasks usingarduino, avr, dynamixel motors, linear actuators and nexusbot omnidirectionalwheelbase and kinect.Robot motion modeling. Depth Sensor and IMU fusion with odometry.Slam and navigation algorithm development across multiple hardwareplatforms.Vision based manipulation. Developing and implementing algorithms for improving human robot interface- speech processing, face detection, recognition and tracking, gestureprocessing.Leveraging Kinect for Windows for robotics applications. Behavior modeling using bayesian analysis and sensor fusion. Microphone Array Beam Forming.Patents Issued:1. Noise Adaptive Beam Forming for Microphone Arrays2. Tracking And Following People With A Mobile Robotic Device3. Depth Camera Based Relative Gesture Detection4. Sound Source Localization Using Phase Spectrum5. Touch detection on a compound curve surface6. Tracking And Following Of Moving Objects By A Mobile Robot7. Self Learning Face Recognition Using Depth Based Tracking For DatabaseGeneration And Update8. Ground truth estimation for autonomous navigation9. Controlling a robot in presence of moving object10. Face Recognition Using Depth Based Tracking
Software Design Engineer, Codecs & DSP
August 2005 - May 2010 (4 years 10 months)
I was part of Devices and Media group in Windows. I have worked on H.264/AVC, MPEG4 Part 2, MPEG2 video decoders, DXVA and Parallel VC1 videoencoder.I have also fiddled around with audio/video muxing, direct show, mediafoundation, direct X, quicktime/avi parsing. Awarded Gold Star in recognition of my contribution to multimediadevelopment in Windows 7.
Syracuse University
Graduate Research Assistant
January 2004 - July 2005 (1 year 7 months)
I worked in the Bio Engineering lab on my Master's thesis titled "Design andanalysis of a neural-coding based speech-processing strategy for hearing aids"under the guidance of Dr. Laurel Carney. Before that I worked on wireless gridarchitecture at the wireless grids lab under Dr. Lee McKnight for 6 months.
Infosys
Software Engineer
June 2002 - December 2003 (1 year 7 months)
Awarded Most Valuable Player for excellence in performance and leadership(Selection Ratio of 1 in 100)

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