Apex.AI was founded in 2017 in Palo Alto to build robust, reliable, safe, secure, and certified software for autonomous mobility systems.
Apex.OS is a runtime software environment, which is built on ROS 2 (Robot Operating System)
and provides a production-grade safety-certified realtime framework for developing safe and
Apex.Autonomy provides functional building blocks for autonomous vehicles on top of Apex.OS, such as libraries for 3D perception, localization and planning.
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Bio Jan Becker
Jan Becker is President, CEO, and Co-Founder of Apex.AI, Inc. He is also the Managing Director of the Apex.AI GmbH and Co-Founder and Director of the Autoware Foundation. Prior to founding Apex.AI, he was Senior Director at Faraday Future responsible for Autonomous Driving and Director at Robert Bosch LLC responsible for Automated Driving in North America. He also served as a Senior Manager and Principal Engineer at the Bosch Research and Technology Center in Palo Alto, CA, USA, and as a senior research engineer for Corporate Research at Robert Bosch GmbH, Germany. Since 2010, Jan is Lecturer at Stanford University for autonomous vehicles and driver assistance. Previously, he was a visiting scholar at the University’s Artificial Intelligence Lab and a member of the Stanford Racing Team for the 2007 DARPA Urban Challenge. In 2019, Jan was appointed to serve on the external Advisory Board of MARELLI to provide strategic advice to the MARELLI Board.
He is an inventor who is listed on more than 50 patents and patent applications, author of more than 50 publications and papers covering autonomous systems, robotics, driver assistance, automated driving, and a frequent speaker at major conferences. Jan was listed as one of the top ‘60 people driving the self-driving movement’ by Automotive News in 2016. He is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and belongs to the organization’s Control Systems Society, Intelligent Transportation Systems Society, and Robotics and Automation Society. He is Associate Editor of the IEEE Intelligent Vehicles Symposium and the Intelligent Transportation Systems Conference, and was on the Board of Governors of IEEE’s Intelligent Transportation Systems Society from 2014-2016 and served on the board of directors of Silicon Valley Robotics from 2012-2014. Jan is also a member of SAE and co-author of the standard SAE J3016, which defines the levels of driving automation. Jan earned a Ph.D. in control engineering from the Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany, a master’s degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo, USA, and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany.
Bio Dejan Pangercic
Dejan Pangercic is Co-Founder and CTO of Apex.AI. Prior to founding Apex.AI, he was the Perception and Framework Lead at Faraday Future and the CTO at Deepfield Robotics, developing an autonomous asparagus harvesting robot and most recently a 4D-scanning-robot for plant emergence counting and 3D leaf area measurement.
Dejan also worked as a Senior Research Engineer at the Bosch Research and Technology Center in Palo Alto and as a research assistant at the Technical University of Munich. He is an author of several papers and publications in the field of robotics and robotic perception and the author of two patent applications in the area of field robotics. He is also a contributor to the Point Cloud Library (PCL) and one of the early developers of ROS. Dejan is a member of the ROS 2 Technical Steering Committee. He has organized various workshops and a frequent reviewer for leading conferences. Dejan earned a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Bremen, Germany, and a master’s and bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Bio Sanjay Krishnan
Sanjay Krishnan is VP of Product at Apex.AI, Inc., where he is responsible for the products and partnerships that define next-generation Autonomous Vehicle technology. In this role, he oversees product strategy and key initiatives to accelerate industry-wide adoption of a modern, modular stack of algorithms and software framework for self-driving cars, drones, and robots.
Earlier, at Google, he helped launch and scale Virtual Reality (VR) as a software-defined stack for Android developers. He executed the visionary goal of running 3rd party VR/AR applications on commercial Android phones, scaling it to over 100M phones in production. He managed the technology platform of a billion-dollar ecosystem of hardware, firmware, and software for Chrome OS, the remarkably robust and secure open-source operating system that runs Chromebooks.
Over two decades in the hardware and software industries, he has developed, managed, and deployed cutting-edge technologies for consumer and enterprise users at leading companies including Cadence, Skyworks, and Maxim. As a strategy consultant at Keystone Strategy, he advised leading technology companies like Microsoft alongside the firm’s chairman, HBS Prof. Marco Iansiti.
He has served on the Advisory Board at Geomagical Labs, a pioneer in Machine Learning techniques in computer vision, and is a frequent speaker at events on the commercial future of advanced technologies.
Bio Zion Maffeo
Zion is the Director of Legal and Business Affairs at Apex.AI. He supports the business and engineering team by providing guidance on intellectual property protection and licensing strategies. Prior to joining Apex.AI, Zion led the legal team at DiDi Labs - the US research arm of China-based rideshare giant DiDi Chuxing. At DiDi Labs, Zion built a global patent portfolio and led technology license negotiations for DiDi’s ventures in Brazil, Japan, and Mexico. Zion also worked at Faraday Future where he provided legal support and guidance on technology licensing, vehicle parts manufacturing, insurance, and data privacy. In his first legal position, Zion worked at Esri, a provider of geographic information systems (GIS) mapping software, where he was responsible for patent filings, open source compliance, and supporting Esri’s Startup ventures. Prior to entering the legal profession, Zion worked as a research programmer at The Scripps Research Institute and served in the US Navy.
Zion received his J.D., from U.C. Hastings College of the Law in 2012. He received a B.S. in Chemistry Computation from the University of Texas at Austin in 2007. He is a member of the California Bar and also a registered patent attorney with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. In his spare time, he restores classic cars and bakes homemade pizza with his dog - Zak.