Dr. Gill Pratt is the Chief Executive Officer of Toyota Research Institute (TRI), a research and development enterprise designed to bridge the gap between fundamental research and product development. Launched in 2016, TRI’s mission is to enhance the safety of automobiles, with the ultimate goal of creating a car that is incapable of causing a crash. It seeks to provide increased access to cars for those who otherwise cannot drive, including those with special needs and seniors. Furthermore, TRI looks to translate outdoor mobility technology into products for indoor mobility, and accelerate scientific discovery by applying techniques from artificial intelligence and machine learning. Dr. Pratt also serves as the Executive Technical Advisor to Toyota Motor Corporation.
Dr. Eric Krotkov serves as the Chief Science Officer of the Toyota Research Institute (TRI), where he directs strategic research and development, and leads the company's university collaborations. Dr. Krotkov joined TRI at its founding in 2016 and served as the Chief Operating Officer. From 2001 to 2015, Dr. Krotkov was the President of Griffin Technologies, where he consulted on robotics for DARPA and other Government agencies. Before founding Griffin, he worked in industry as an executive in a medical imaging technology start-up, in government as a program manager at DARPA, and in academia as a faculty member of the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. Dr. Krotkov earned his Ph.D. degree in Computer and Information Science in 1987 from the University of Pennsylvania, for pioneering work in active computer vision.
Dr. James Kuffner is the Chief Technology Officer at the Toyota Research Institute and an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University. From 2009 to 2016, Dr. Kuffner was a Research Scientist and Engineering Director at Google. Dr. Kuffner received a Ph.D. from the Stanford University Dept. of Computer Science Robotics Laboratory in 1999, and was a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Tokyo. He joined the faculty at Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute in 2002.
Kelly Kay is the Chief Operations Officer at the Toyota Research Institute (TRI) responsible for Human Resources, IT, Legal/Compliance, Facilities and overall operations. Prior to TRI, Kelly served as the Vice President of Business Operations at Lyft, Inc., where she built and led the teams responsible for Regulatory Compliance, Audit & Reporting, Payments & Fraud, and Airport Operations. She also served as the Chief Operating Officer and President of YapStone, Inc., a leading electronic payments company in the real property space.