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Behind the Scenes
at Vicarious

Everyone is motivated to be here for a different reason — but we are all excited to invent big firsts, build new futures, and explore new frontiers.

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Crafting in 2D & 3D

Eyrún Eyjolfsdottir, PhD
Vision

My team and I are developing computer vision and computer graphics tools for mapping 2D images to 3D scenes and vice versa. Before joining Vicarious, I completed my PhD at Caltech where I worked with Pietro Perona on automated analysis of animal behavior, in collaboration with David Anderson and Kristin Branson. When not building digital 3D models at work, I like building physical 3D models through the crafts of knitting and woodworking.

What is the best lesson you’ve learned during your time here?

I’ve learned that some key ingredients for success are: work on what you believe is important, have fun with it, pay attention to details, and embrace change.

My team and I are developing computer vision and computer graphics tools for mapping 2D images to 3D scenes and vice versa. Before joining Vicarious, I completed my PhD at Caltech where I worked with Pietro Perona on automated analysis of animal behavior, in collaboration with David Anderson and Kristin Branson. When not building digital 3D models at work, I like building physical 3D models through the crafts of knitting and woodworking.

What is the best lesson you’ve learned during your time here?

I’ve learned that some key ingredients for success are: work on what you believe is important, have fun with it, pay attention to details, and embrace change.

Crafting in 2D & 3D

Eyrún Eyjolfsdottir, PhD

Vision

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Pushing Platform Limits

Ken Kansky
Platform

I was Vicarious’ first hire in 2011. Since then, I have designed a variety of state-of-the-art algorithms, probabilistic models, and software architectures for robotics and computer vision. Recently, I’ve been focused on designing and demonstrating general-purpose robot behaviors for industrial applications. I look forward to the day when robots no longer require experts to teach them how to perform useful everyday tasks.

What is the most exciting problem you’re working on?

We’re focused on building a robotics software platform with unprecedented robustness and reconfigurability for a wide range of tasks. Lately, I have focused on pushing our platform’s limits by adding support for new behaviors, like rapidly sorting objects arriving on a conveyor by tossing them into baskets. It’s always exciting to make robots succeed on new and challenging tasks, and the opportunities to develop cutting-edge robot behaviors at Vicarious are ever-expanding.

I was Vicarious’ first hire in 2011. Since then, I have designed a variety of state-of-the-art algorithms, probabilistic models, and software architectures for robotics and computer vision. Recently, I’ve been focused on designing and demonstrating general-purpose robot behaviors for industrial applications. I look forward to the day when robots no longer require experts to teach them how to perform useful everyday tasks.

What is the most exciting problem you’re working on?

We’re focused on building a robotics software platform with unprecedented robustness and reconfigurability for a wide range of tasks. Lately, I have focused on pushing our platform’s limits by adding support for new behaviors, like rapidly sorting objects arriving on a conveyor by tossing them into baskets. It’s always exciting to make robots succeed on new and challenging tasks, and the opportunities to develop cutting-edge robot behaviors at Vicarious are ever-expanding.

Pushing Platform Limits

Ken Kansky

Platform

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Shaping New Capabilities

Abhishek Sriraman
Insertion

I’m currently leading the robotics team focused on insertion – identifying and delivering methods that tie together perception, planning, and control for assembly tasks. I studied Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science at Cornell University, where I had the opportunity to work in Professor Hadas Kress-Gazit’s Verifiable Robotics Group*. Previously, I worked in the much more heavily regulated world of medical robots at Neocis Inc.

What is your favorite part about being at Vicarious?

Every day, I’m in awe of how much there is to learn given all my amazing co-workers and very challenging problems we are trying to solve. Also, pizza day!

I’m currently leading the robotics team focused on insertion – identifying and delivering methods that tie together perception, planning, and control for assembly tasks. I studied Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science at Cornell University, where I had the opportunity to work in Professor Hadas Kress-Gazit’s Verifiable Robotics Group*. Previously, I worked in the much more heavily regulated world of medical robots at Neocis Inc.

What is your favorite part about being at Vicarious?

Every day, I’m in awe of how much there is to learn given all my amazing co-workers and very challenging problems we are trying to solve. Also, pizza day!

Shaping New Capabilities

Abhishek Sriraman

Insertion

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Automating for Scale

Dhara Balaji
Infrastructure

As a software engineer in the Cloud team, I work on services to support our customer deployments. I design, build, and operate services to automate production tasks in order to simplify the scaling of our product. Previously, I worked at Amazon, where I focused on automating the training and deployment of Machine Translation models, enabling the automatic translation of documentation, messages, ASR (Automated Speech Recognition), and user-generated data.

What is your favorite part of being at Vicarious?

The best part of being at Vicarious is that I get to work on both robotics and AI. The types of challenging problems that we encounter here aren’t common outside of Vicarious, and the pool of projects to tackle is so wide-ranging – some topics that I’ve focused on are: math, robotics, deep learning, and distributed services. The people here are extremely smart, but also very humble, and I’ve always felt comfortable reaching out to people and asking questions.

As a software engineer in the Cloud team, I work on services to support our customer deployments. I design, build, and operate services to automate production tasks in order to simplify the scaling of our product. Previously, I worked at Amazon, where I focused on automating the training and deployment of Machine Translation models, enabling the automatic translation of documentation, messages, ASR (Automated Speech Recognition), and user-generated data.

What is your favorite part of being at Vicarious?

The best part of being at Vicarious is that I get to work on both robotics and AI. The types of challenging problems that we encounter here aren’t common outside of Vicarious, and the pool of projects to tackle is so wide-ranging – some topics that I’ve focused on are: math, robotics, deep learning, and distributed services. The people here are extremely smart, but also very humble, and I’ve always felt comfortable reaching out to people and asking questions.

Automating for Scale

Dhara Balaji

Infrastructure

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Provisioning for Deployment

Oscar Baeza
IT

As a Platform Engineer, I dive into automating, debugging, and building solutions for provisioning and configuring machines. I started as an IT Engineer here at Vicarious, which exposed me to the intricacies and hardships that go into maintaining and configuring machines in a rapidly growing environment. My main goal is to improve and simplify the roadmap of scaling and managing new and pre-existing machines along with my team.

What is your favorite part about being at Vicarious?

Everyone here is very helpful and understanding of our collaborative effort of achieving this new age of AI. Anytime I have been stuck on a problem or struggling to wrap my head around certain concepts, everyone has been eager and ready to teach and help me. I love constantly learning new things every day, and being able to turn around and spread my knowledge as well.

As a Platform Engineer, I dive into automating, debugging, and building solutions for provisioning and configuring machines. I started as an IT Engineer here at Vicarious, which exposed me to the intricacies and hardships that go into maintaining and configuring machines in a rapidly growing environment. My main goal is to improve and simplify the roadmap of scaling and managing new and pre-existing machines along with my team.

What is your favorite part about being at Vicarious?

Everyone here is very helpful and understanding of our collaborative effort of achieving this new age of AI. Anytime I have been stuck on a problem or struggling to wrap my head around certain concepts, everyone has been eager and ready to teach and help me. I love constantly learning new things every day, and being able to turn around and spread my knowledge as well.

Onboarding New Systems

Alex Robinson
IT

As a Systems Engineer in IT, I support the onboarding of new colleagues and provide ongoing support to our team. This role requires me to be at the top of my game at all times, and I love that challenge. I also love being one of the first people new hires meet when they join. Previously, I was the IT Team Lead at Mosaic, where I created the customer-facing, AWS WorkSpaces-based workplace for staff members with enhanced security. I believe that bringing a smile and creating a welcoming environment makes a big difference when welcoming new joiners to the company.

What is the best lesson you’ve learned during your time here?

It is more than okay to not know everything involved with the company. Every day, I get to work with some of the brightest minds in the industry. These team members are always willing to talk about what they are working on and why they are passionate about it. That openness allows me to feel connected to many aspects of Vicarious and to the team.

As a Systems Engineer in IT, I support the onboarding of new colleagues and provide ongoing support to our team. This role requires me to be at the top of my game at all times, and I love that challenge. I also love being one of the first people new hires meet when they join. Previously, I was the IT Team Lead at Mosaic, where I created the customer-facing, AWS WorkSpaces-based workplace for staff members with enhanced security. I believe that bringing a smile and creating a welcoming environment makes a big difference when welcoming new joiners to the company.

What is the best lesson you’ve learned during your time here?

It is more than okay to not know everything involved with the company. Every day, I get to work with some of the brightest minds in the industry. These team members are always willing to talk about what they are working on and why they are passionate about it. That openness allows me to feel connected to many aspects of Vicarious and to the team.

Building Agile Robotics

Hayley Ritterhern
Integration Engineering

As the Integration Engineering Manager, I lead the team focused on developing new robotic applications and custom installations. We are responsible for robot selection, programming, end-of-arm tooling design, and commissioning. Previously, I worked as an application engineer in collaborative robotics at Precise Automation. My interests include industrial and laboratory automation, both in hardware and robotic programming. My B.S. is in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University, with a specialization in mechatronics.

What is your favorite part about being at Vicarious?

My favorite part of working at Vicarious is being able to create an agile team that flows seamlessly between hardware and software. All too often in tech, we see a gap between these two things and my team helps bridge that. Given the incredible software and hardware folks here, everyday we get to ride the cutting edge. Because of that, each day is different – one day I’m programming robots, the next I’m building up a CAD assembly, and the day after, I’m out there turning a wrench.

As the Integration Engineering Manager, I lead the team focused on developing new robotic applications and custom installations. We are responsible for robot selection, programming, end-of-arm tooling design, and commissioning. Previously, I worked as an application engineer in collaborative robotics at Precise Automation. My interests include industrial and laboratory automation, both in hardware and robotic programming. My B.S. is in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University, with a specialization in mechatronics.

What is your favorite part about being at Vicarious?

My favorite part of working at Vicarious is being able to create an agile team that flows seamlessly between hardware and software. All too often in tech, we see a gap between these two things and my team helps bridge that. Given the incredible software and hardware folks here, everyday we get to ride the cutting edge. Because of that, each day is different – one day I’m programming robots, the next I’m building up a CAD assembly, and the day after, I’m out there turning a wrench.

Building Agile Robotics

Hayley Ritterhern

Integration Engineering

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Scaling a Healthy Culture

Shadi Dianat
Operations

As Finance Coordinator, I have helped implement systems to streamline many financial processes, ranging from financial reporting and reconciliation to budgeting. Before Vicarious, I managed financial operations at Nonstop Wellness, overseeing account managers and designing automatic billing systems. Since joining Vicarious 2 years ago, I’ve enjoyed learning from the challenges brought by the rapid growth of the company.

What is your favorite part about being at Vicarious?

Being here is a one-of-a-kind experience. The feeling of family and camaraderie emanates throughout the office, and having a healthy culture is a top priority of ours. Our co-founders foster an open, high-energy environment that is ideal for collaboration and innovation. We all share the same goal in developing a product that helps humanity thrive, and it’s wonderful to be a part of that.

As Finance Coordinator, I have helped implement systems to streamline many financial processes, ranging from financial reporting and reconciliation to budgeting. Before Vicarious, I managed financial operations at Nonstop Wellness, overseeing account managers and designing automatic billing systems. Since joining Vicarious 2 years ago, I’ve enjoyed learning from the challenges brought by the rapid growth of the company.

What is your favorite part about being at Vicarious?

Being here is a one-of-a-kind experience. The feeling of family and camaraderie emanates throughout the office, and having a healthy culture is a top priority of ours. Our co-founders foster an open, high-energy environment that is ideal for collaboration and innovation. We all share the same goal in developing a product that helps humanity thrive, and it’s wonderful to be a part of that.

Scaling a Healthy Culture

Shadi Dianat

Operations

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Bridging Research and Practice

Tuly Hazbar
Integration Engineering

As a System Integration Engineer, I work towards bridging research and practice, informing R&D efforts, and enabling production-level applications. I design and build integrated robotics applications powered by Vicarious technology. I am thrilled to be here and help develop the next generation of AI-enabled robots.

What is your favorite part about being at Vicarious?

That would definitely be the high-caliber, smart, and driven people here who make for a great learning environment. Their diverse backgrounds are inspiring, and their eagerness for knowledge and progress makes me truly excited to join them every day.

As a System Integration Engineer, I work towards bridging research and practice, informing R&D efforts, and enabling production-level applications. I design and build integrated robotics applications powered by Vicarious technology. I am thrilled to be here and help develop the next generation of AI-enabled robots.

What is your favorite part about being at Vicarious?

That would definitely be the high-caliber, smart, and driven people here who make for a great learning environment. Their diverse backgrounds are inspiring, and their eagerness for knowledge and progress makes me truly excited to join them every day.

Preparing the Best

Eli Esparza
Operations

As the Sous Chef at Vicarious, I support the culinary staff in executing exciting and nutritious menus. Before joining Vicarious, I worked as Chef de Cuisine for The Mountain Winery. I graduated from the California Culinary Academy of San Francisco in 2011 and have a passion for whole hog cuisine and butchery. Outside of work, I enjoy camping and hiking.

What is your favorite part about being at Vicarious?

Finding new ways to accommodate different dietary restrictions.

As the Sous Chef at Vicarious, I support the culinary staff in executing exciting and nutritious menus. Before joining Vicarious, I worked as Chef de Cuisine for The Mountain Winery. I graduated from the California Culinary Academy of San Francisco in 2011 and have a passion for whole hog cuisine and butchery. Outside of work, I enjoy camping and hiking.

What is your favorite part about being at Vicarious?

Finding new ways to accommodate different dietary restrictions.

Learning & Creating New Models

Anna Chen
Vision

As a researcher, I experiment with vision models and improve their performances for robotic tasks. I was previously at Quora, applying machine learning to learn the semantics of millions of questions. Before that, I earned my MS in Computer Science at the University of Michigan, where I worked with Edmund Durfee and Satinder Singh on multi-agent cooperative planning in a reinforcement learning framework. In my free time, I like to draw and paint, express myself with visual arts.

What is your favorite part about being at Vicarious?

Learning. I have learned a great deal about computer vision and robotics, and specifically the intersection between them. Having the freedom to move the camera potentially provides advantages to our vision solution; some of my favorite projects are specifically moving this forward. I also learned about graphical models, 3D geometry, and more. I even learned how to make a cheesecake at our in-house cooking class!

As a researcher, I experiment with vision models and improve their performances for robotic tasks. I was previously at Quora, applying machine learning to learn the semantics of millions of questions. Before that, I earned my MS in Computer Science at the University of Michigan, where I worked with Edmund Durfee and Satinder Singh on multi-agent cooperative planning in a reinforcement learning framework. In my free time, I like to draw and paint, express myself with visual arts.

What is your favorite part about being at Vicarious?

Learning. I have learned a great deal about computer vision and robotics, and specifically the intersection between them. Having the freedom to move the camera potentially provides advantages to our vision solution; some of my favorite projects are specifically moving this forward. I also learned about graphical models, 3D geometry, and more. I even learned how to make a cheesecake at our in-house cooking class!