Presenter

David Hanson
Biography
Throughout his career, Dr. Hanson has produced many renowned, one-of-a-kind robot characters that have received massive media attention and public acclaim.
Dr. Hanson started as a Walt Disney Imagineer, working as both a sculptor and a technical
consultant. Today, as CEO and Founder of Hanson Robotics, he publishes regularly in materials science, artificial intelligence, cognitive science, and robotics journals -- including SPIE, IEEE, the International Journal of Cognitive Science, IROS, AAAI, AI magazine and more. He has been
featured in the New York Times, Popular Science, Scientific American, the BBC and CNN.
He has also been labeled a "genius" by both PC Magazine and WIRED, and has earned awards
from NASA, NSF, AAAI, Tech Titans’ Innovator of the Year, RISD, and Cooper Hewitt Design
Triennial. Dr. Hanson received his BFA in Film, Animation and Video from the Rhode Island School of Design and his Ph.D. in Interactive Arts and Engineering from the University of Texas at Dallas.