Developer of the Kiva system awarded

Developer of the Kiva system awarded

11. May 2022 0 By Horst Buchwald

Developer of the Kiva system awarded

New York, May 11.

Peter Wurman, director of artificial intelligence at Sony, has been inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame for his work in artificial intelligence and robotics for warehouse order fulfillment.0

In the early 2000s, Wurman was among the developers of Kiva Systems, which created a system of mobile robots and control software for material handling in warehouses.

Wurman was included with other Kiva Systems developers Raffaello D’Andrea and Mick Mountz. Kiva Systems is considered one of the early pioneers in the logistics robotics market.

As Kiva’s CTO, Wurman led the system architecture and decision algorithms that coordinated the robot fleet’s movements and distributed tasks. Kiva was later acquired by Amazon for $775 million in 2012 and renamed Amazon Robotics.

More recently, Wurman was the project lead for Sony AI’s GT Sophy AI program, which recently beat the best human players in the racing simulation game Gran Turismo Sport.

He co-authored the companion research paper, “Outracing champion Gran Turismo drivers with deep reinforcement learning,” recently published in Nature.

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