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Team

At Konpanion we are proud to be part of a multidisciplinary team with skillsets ranging from fashion, linguistics, robotics and machine learning. We believe this allows Konpanion to be a place for fertile imaginative thinking, an essential skill to invent companion robots for the real world. We are always looking for new talents to join our team, feel free to get in touch!

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ALEXANDRE COLLE

|  CO-FOUNDER CEO

Robotics PhD candidate at the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics, with a strong focus on enhancing social robot integration through aesthetics. Background in fashion and hospitality entrepreneurship, MA industrial design from Central Saint Martins, lead human-robot interaction designer for the Small Robot Company.

alexandre@konpanion.com

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SWEN GAUDL

|  CO-FOUNDER CTO

Lecturer in computer science University of Plymouth. Research Fellow at Falmouth University working on Computational Creativity. Received PhD in Computer Science at the University of Bath, specialising in AI. Spent three years as a researcher and PM at the Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology. Specialised in AI and embodied cognition and has 10 years of software development experience.

swen@konpanion.com

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CAMILA JIMENEZ POL

|  USER RESEARCHER MULTIDISCIPLINARY DESIGNER

Lead multidisciplinary designer focusing on product development, UX/UI design and User Research at Konpanion, with a first-class BA(Hons) in Product and Industrial design from The University of Edinburgh and a strong believer that technology should go hand-in-hand with design and must be guided by human spirit.

camila@konpanion.com

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MINQIU ZHOU

|  SOFTWARE ARCHITECT

Lead software developer working on Maah's cognitive architecture. Current PhD Engineering candidate at the University of Edinburgh. Fascinated with Sudoku.

minqiu@konpanion.com

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YORDAN SVETKOV

|  MECHANICAL ENGINEER

Lead Robotics Engineer focused on developing the hardware behind Maah, experienced in mechanical and electronic design.

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MATTIA OPPER

|  NLP ARCHITECT

PhD candidate at Edinburgh University’s ILCC, working on unsupervised representation learning and structure induction. Prior to this graduated with distinction from the MSc in Speech and Language Processing, from which the interest in generating novel voices originated.

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STEPHEN  WALTERS

|  NLP SCIENTIST LINGUIST

Natural Language Processing Data Scientist with an MSc in Speech and Language Processing from the University of Edinburgh and a background in linguistics. Specifically interested in applying this skillset to build innovative voice technology with Konpanion.

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