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Todd Terrazas - President & Executive Director

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Todd Terrazas is a social entrepreneur, collaboration catalyst, and the Executive Director of the AI LA Community (AI LA). Todd founded AI LA, a California non-profit to provide an open and inclusive platform for civic education, sustainable community development, and innovation. 

Prior to creating AI LA, Todd was a technology entrepreneur. He founded Brainitch — a social enterprise developing an emergency response system for music festivals and large gatherings. The company evolved into custom software development for clients where he pioneered the use of chat bots for musicians and live events, and created a consumer research chat bot named H.A.N.S. (Helpful Automated Nexus System). He also co-created the one of the first online college classifieds, Mablio.com where students could buy/sell books locally, find a tutor, become a tutor, and find carpools for trips suggest as going to the beach or traveling back home over the holidays.

Todd has a strong passion for education and sustainability. He sits on multiple non-profit boards, including LA’s BEST, an after school enrichment program for 203 elementary schools in the most underserved communities of LA. Todd is a graduate of the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, where he focused on entertainment business and short-form storytelling.

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Ross Mead, PhD - Vice President

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Dr. Ross Mead is the Founder and CEO of Semio. Ross received his PhD and MS in Computer Science from the University of Southern California in 2015, and his BS in Computer Science from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 2007. Ross’s research focuses on enabling social robots to autonomously recognize and generate fundamental social behaviors (e.g., speech, gestures, eye gaze, social spacing, etc.) in face-to-face human-robot interactions. His research provides the foundations upon which Semio software is being built.

Semio is a Los Angeles-based software startup defining the way in which people will live, work, and play with robots in their everyday lives. Semio is developing the operating system, app ecosystem, and developer tools for personal robots.  What Microsoft Windows did for personal computing, what Android did for smartphones, Semio is doing for personal robots.

Beyond Semio, Ross serves on the Board of Directors for two non-profit organizations: (1) AI LA to promote artificial intelligence in the Los Angeles community; and (2) the KISS Institute for Practical Robotics to promote STEM in K-12 education worldwide, with a focus on underrepresented populations.  Previously, Ross also served as a technical and scientific advisor to Disney, Intel, and National Geographic, among others.

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