OUR MISSION IS TO IMPROVE HUMAN JOBS.
IMPROVE, NOT REPLACE, HUMAN JOBS
We believe in the power of technology to improve human lives. We create socially intelligent robots that support humans in everyday work environments as trusted members of the team. Our robots are designed to do the menial, back-end parts of human jobs so humans have more time and cognitive energy to utilize their human-centric qualities, passion and ingenuity on the more challenging parts.
We don’t design robots that we think will be able to help humans, we first look at the needs of the humans we are designing them for. Our user-centered design approach helps us to understand the real workflow problems, roadblocks and goals our end users are facing so we can understand the technical and social qualities that we need to design into the robot.
STEP 1: HEALTHCARE
Moxi, our first commercially available product, is a healthcare service robot that helps nurses and clinical staff by doing their non-patient facing logistical tasks like delivering lab samples, picking up supplies and carrying out linen bags. We believe Moxi has the potential to positively impact the way healthcare teams function by alleviating the time they spend on non-patient related activities and giving them more time for direct patient care.
OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM
OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM
Andrea Thomaz is a renowned social robotics expert and currently the CEO of Diligent Robotics. Her accolades include being recognized by the National Academy of Science as a Kavli Fellow, the US President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Tech, Popular Science’s Brilliant 10 list with her robot Curi appearing on the cover and MIT Technology Review’s Next Gen of 35 Innovators U 35. Andrea’s passion for social robotics began during her work at MIT Media Lab where she realized the opportunity to utilize AI to develop machines that address existing human needs, rather than developing machines before understanding how humans could benefit from them. She co-founded Diligent Robotics to bring her vision of machines helping humans mainstream with socially intelligent robots that collaborate with humans by doing their routine tasks so they have more time for human experiences. Andrea earned her PhD from MIT, BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from UT Austin and was a Robotics Professor at Georgia Tech and UT Austin.
Vivian Chu is a leading innovator in robotics including being recognized as a Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholar, EECS Rising Star by Stanford University and “25 women in robotics you need to know about” by Robohub. Vivian’s passion for robotics began during her undergraduate at UC Berkeley when she had the opportunity to program a Roomba to climb up a ramp. She loved seeing the physical manifestation of code and how robots can move in the real world. After completing her Ph.D. at Georgia Tech, Vivian co-founded Diligent Robotics to develop socially intelligent robots to work autonomously and collaboratively on a team with humans. Vivian has over 10 years of experience with AI, machine learning and natural language processing and is an expert in applying machine learning algorithms with multimodal data to concrete tasks across various robotic platforms such as the PR2, Meka Robot, and Kinova Jaco2. She has worked at several industry labs including IBM, Google X and Honda Research Institute.
Agata Rozga is a psychologist and leading researcher who combines computation and observational methods to develop and evaluate new technologies in healthcare settings. Having previously collaborated with the founders at Georgia Tech, she accepted the opportunity to help Diligent identify ways for hospital service robots to support members of clinical care teams in hospitals. Together with her academic colleagues, she has overseen several grants to develop novel tools for use in clinical applications. She is deeply committed to the company's vision of building robots that work side-by-side with people as valuable members of clinical care teams. Agata earned her M.A. and Ph.D. from UCLA and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Center for Behavioral Neuroscience at Georgia State University. She has spent 18 years leading observational studies of social behavior across laboratory and clinical settings. As a Senior Research Scientist at Georgia Tech, she collaborated with computer scientists and engineers to explore how sensing and computational analysis methods could be leveraged to develop new tools to measure social behaviors. There, she directed the Georgia Tech Child Study Lab, a one-of-a-kind research facility that combined state of the art in multi-modal sensing and computational analytics with behavioral research methods to develop automated methods for capturing and measuring behavior. These experiences, and her recent work with Diligent seeking to understand the needs and workflows of clinical teams in hospitals, has highlighted for Agata the importance of placing the needs of the users of new technologies at the center of the innovation process. These technologies have so much potential to improve healthcare delivery and Agata believes it is crucial that they be developed with rather than just for the people who will ultimately use them.