Co-Founder, Technical Fellow
Andrew Reiter is Shield AI’s Co-Founder and Technical Fellow. Prior to founding Shield AI, Andrew led the development and deployment of one of Draper Lab's most successful visual-inertial guidance systems that is now widely deployed on programs of critical importance. In addition to his work on visual-inertial guidance, Andrew led both Draper's autonomous exploring quadrotor program and 3D-mapping for dense environment reconstruction program. He also has experience developing stereo, and RGB-D SLAM systems for GPS-challenged navigation of humans, robots, cars, and UAVs. Andrew earned his Master’s in Robotics at Harvard University, and his Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Northwestern University.
Shield AI Fundamentals: On The Challenges of Autonomy
How is indoor autonomy different than traditional autonomy? What makes indoor autonomy so challenging? When it comes to unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), autonomy has traditionally referred to the ability of a plane to fly without needing a pilot (remote or otherwise) at the stick.
The Role of Trust in Technology
How do you view the role of trust in autonomy? Why is trust so important? The usefulness of autonomous systems only extends as far as people are willing to trust them. A self-driving car is useless if no driver is willing to let go of the wheel, and a rocket guidance system will never get the chance to navigate space if no one believes that it can. Trust depends on two factors:
Meet Our Leaders: A Conversation with Andrew Reiter
You started your education in chemical engineering. Why did you ultimately pursue a career in AI & robotics? I had been interested in robotics from a young age, but as I went into college I had a strong interest in chemistry and engineering so I chose to study chemical engineering. As a junior in college, I entered a robotics competition and I really threw myself into it. I spent all my free time on it and was inspired to making our robot better and better with my team.