We are a human-centered robotics company. Our mission is to make technical advances towards robots and humans working together side by side, with an emphasis on human-centric design. Diligent Droids is developing a suite of artificial intelligence that enables robots to collaborate with and adapt to humans in everyday environments.
Our service robots are designed to participate and work together with teams of humans. Our first product is a hospital service robot that can assist clinical staff with logistical tasks, allowing them to spend more of their time on direct patient care, improving patient satisfaction, quality of service, and safety.
About the Founders
Andrea Thomaz (CEO) has 15 years experience in research on social robots and machine learning conducted at UT Austin, Georgia Tech and MIT. She has been recognized as a leader in the field by the National Academy of Science as a Kavli fellow, by MIT Technology Review’s TR35, by Popular Science Magazine on their "Brilliant 10” list, and by the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST).
Vivian Chu (CTO) has over 6 years of experience programming mobile manipulation platforms and applying machine learning algorithms to concrete tasks across various robotic platforms such as the PR2, Meka Robot, and Kinova Jaco2. She has worked at several industry labs that include IBM, Google X, HP, and Honda Research Institute. She was recognized by Robohub in 2016 as one of "25 women in robotics you need to know about”.