AI in the Wild: Beyond the Cloud

AI in the Wild:
Beyond the Cloud

What will happen when we build
large-scale AI-based systems in
the physical world?

April 30, 2024

Hosted by SRI
333 Ravenswood Ave.
Menlo Park, CA 94025


AI in the Wild: Beyond the Cloud

AI in the Wild:
Beyond the Cloud

In this session we will discuss what happens when AI Agents enter the physical world. Our work landscape will soon be made up of networks of humans and AI Agents, working together. Some of these AI Agents will also interface with and navigate in the physical world.

Industrial AI already has a wide range of applications, including in manufacturing, logistics, transportation, automotive, and health care. As we begin building complex systems-of-systems, what integrations are possible and what are the risks that we have to manage?

We will explore:

  • The Emergence of AI Agents
  • AIs that can Understand the Physical World in Real-Time
  • AI in the Space Industry
  • AI and Edge Computing: Preventing Failures before they Occur
  • Digital (AI) Twins: Linking AIs in the Cloud and in the Physical World
  • Emerging Industrial AI Applications
  • Organizational and Industrial Transformation
  • Investment Trends


4:30pm-5:30pm Reception, Networking
   Wine, beer, sodas, and light appetizers will be served. 

5:30pm Introduction: AI Beyond the Cloud
Frode L. Odegard, CEO, Post-Industrial Institute

5:50pm Presentations and Panel Discussion 

  • Moderator: Lawrence Lee, Strategic Opportunity Development, SRI
    (fmr. VP of Strategy, Xerox PARC)
  • Bruce Pittman, Chief Innovation Officer, SpaceBilt
    (fmr. Chief Systems Engineer, NASA Space Portal)
  • Daniel Isaacs, CTO and GM, Digital Twin Consortium
  • Blaine Matthieu, CEO, Pratexo
  • Dr. Ivan Poupyrev, Founder and CEO, Archetype AI

7:30pm: Program Conclusion


Daniel Isaacs
CTO and GM
Digital Twin Consortium

Dan Isaacs is Chief Technology Officer and General Manager of Digital Twin Consortium® (DTC™), where he is responsible for driving the technical direction for the Member Consortium, liaison partnerships and business development support for new memberships. Dan is also the Chief Strategy Officer for Object Management Group® (OMG®), where he develops and implements a comprehensive strategy to align OMG consortia (AREA, CISQ, DTC, OMG Standards Development Organization, and Responsible Computing).

Previously, Dan was Director of Strategic Marketing and Business Development at Xilinx where he was responsible for emerging technologies including AI/Machine Learning, including defining and executing the ecosystem strategy for the Industrial IoT. Prior to joining the Digital Twin Consortium, Dan was responsible for Automotive Business Development focused on Automated Driving and ADAS systems. 

Dan represented Xilinx to the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC). He has more than 25 years of experience working in automotive, Aerospace and consumer-based companies including Ford, NEC, LSI Logic and Hughes Aircraft. An accomplished speaker, Dan has delivered keynotes, presentations and served as panelist and moderator for IIC World Forums, Industrial IOT Global conferences, Embedded World, Embedded Systems, and FPGA Conferences. He is a member of international advisory boards and holds degrees in Computer Engineering: EE from Cal State University, B.S. Geophysics from ASU.

Bruce Pittman
Chief Innovation officer, SpaceBilt

Bruce Pittman has deep background in space and engineering. He served as a research scientist at NASA and later served as the Chief System Engineer in the Space Portal Office at NASA Ames, where he was awarded the NASA Exceptional Public Service Medal.   Bruce was the Chief Operating Officer of the National Space Society 2013-2020 and was a member of the adjunct faculty at Santa Clara University in the Graduate Engineering School 1985-2020.

Bruce has a BS in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from UC Davis and an MS in Engineering Management from Santa Clara University. He an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics.

Dr. Ivan Poupyrev

Founder and CEO, Archetype AI

An award-winning inventor, engineer and technology innovation director, with a track record of success, Ivan brings over 20+ years of experience in leading cross-functional teams to deliver cutting edge technical and product innovation. With deep technical expertise in spatial computing and interaction design, advanced sensors and natural interaction, mobile and wearable devices, he led development of many new technologies shipped in millions of products for such companies like Google, Disney, and Sony, as well as Adidas, Levi’s, YSL and others. He is currently leading a nascent 

Ivan’s has over 100 issued US patents and his work has been published extensively in scientific conferences such as ACM SIGGRAPH, CHI, and UIST. He was honored with awards, such as the National Design Award for Interaction Design and Consumer Technology Association’s Technology Achievement Award. Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum, elected his work into its permanent collection and Fast Company magazine described him as “one of the best interaction designers in the world.” In 2021, he was also honored by the Carnegie Foundation as a “Great Immigrant. Great American.” for his contributions and actions that have “enriched and strengthened our society and democracy”.

Blaine Mathieu
CEO, Pratexo

As a CEO, CMO, Chief Products Officer, and Founder at both private software and IoT startups and public tech giants, Blaine has helped build numerous high-growth, high-margin businesses. Over the course of his career, he has worked with companies across North America, Europe, and Asia, and his passion for AI, IoT, and edge computing has also made him a sought-after speaker at dozens of global industry events. Blaine is based out of the SF Bay Area and is the CEO of Intelligent Edge Computing and Distributed Cloud Platform company Pratexo.

Lawrence Lee

Leader, Strategic Opportunity Development

Lawrence leads a cross-functional team within SRI’s Commercialization organization that combines market analysis, customer validation, financial modeling, and technology transition to accelerate technology commercialization through contract research, licensing, and ventures.

Prior to Xerox PARC’s merger with SRI in May 2023, Lawrence was Vice President of Strategy & Planning, where he played a lead role in the design and launch of Xerox’s Deep Tech venture studio at PARC focused on Additive Manufacturing, AI, IoT, and Cleantech, and led global R&D strategy for Xerox in the Office of the CTO. Lawrence previously worked at two software startups; he co-founded Zoundry LLC and was VP of Business Development at Mirror Worlds Technologies, Inc.

Lawrence holds an MBA from the Yale School of Management and is a graduate of Penn’s Management & Technology program at Wharton and the School of Engineering & Applied Science.

Frode Odegard
Chairman and CEO, Post-Industrial Institute

Frode Odegard studies how enterprises, investors, and policymakers can best navigate the transition to a post-industrial civilization and economy. He is the founder of the Post-Industrial Institute, which provides advisory, educational, and strategic services to corporates and investors to help them turn disruption into opportunity. Frode is also the founder of the Post-Industrial Forum, a global community formed to develop and promote a better understanding of the post-industrial transition and how to navigate it. Its members include investors, executives, founders, and policymakers.

About the Post-Industrial Forum

For the first time in the history of humanity, we have exponential technology development coupled with massive decentralization. Rapid progress in Artificial Intelligence is further accelerating these trends.

We believe that humanity is experiencing a profound change, on an anthropological level. We are transitioning to a post-industrial civilization, and many industrial-era assumptions about jobs, organizations, and industries are becoming obsolete.

Brought to you by the Post-Industrial Institute in collaboration with industry and academic partners, the Post-Industrial Forum brings together leaders building the organizations of the future. Our purpose is to connect the dots and find smarter ways to navigate the changes now taking place.

Forum members build relationships with other pioneering practitioners, get introductions to invited speakers, enjoy  access to exclusive content and events, and participate in post-industrial management research and education.  Organizational members include Hyundai, MARA, Siemens, Broadcom, Swisscom, Tech Mahindra, and SRI.

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