A world-renowned expert in robotics and automotive research, Karl Iagnemma is
CEO of nuTonomy, the leading developer of state-of-the-art software for selfdriving
cars, which he co-founded in 2013. As CEO, Karl has established
nuTonomy's US and Singapore offices, spearheaded nuTonomy's fundraising
efforts, and led the recruitment of a world-class 50+ person technical team.
Karl was previously a Principal Research Scientist at the Massachusetts Institute
of Technology, where he directed the Institute’s Robotic Mobility Group. His
research has resulted in more than 150 technical papers and 19 issued or filed
patents, and has found application in passenger vehicle safety systems, robotic
surgery, and Mars surface exploration, among other domains. His technical work
has been cited nearly 7,000 times in the robotics and automotive research
literature. He is author of Mobile Robots in Rough Terrain: Estimation, Planning
and Control with Application to Planetary Rovers and co-editor of volumes on the
DARPA Grand Challenge and Urban Challenge autonomous vehicle races.
Karl’s primary research interests lie in the areas of design, sensing, motion
planning, and control of mobile robots and intelligent vehicles. He has conducted
collaborative research with private companies and federal government agencies,
including Ford Motor Company, Nissan Motor Company, NASA Mars Program
Office, DARPA, the U.S. Army, and Samsung Electronics, among others.
Karl was selected as one of 16 people who “Redefined Science in 2003” by
SEED magazine, and was a 2005 nominee for a MacArthur Foundation
fellowship. His technical works have received a numerous best paper awards at
prominent international conferences.
Karl holds a BS degree from the University of Michigan, where he graduated first
in his class, and MS and PhD degrees from MIT, where he was a National
Science Foundation Graduate Fellow. He has performed postdoctoral research
at MIT, and been a visiting researcher at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
and the National Technical University of Athens (Greece).
Karl is the author of the 2007 fiction novel, The Expeditions, and a collection of
short stories, On the Nature of Human Romantic Interaction. His short story by
the same name won the Paris Review Discovery Prize in 2000. He is the
recipient of numerous major awards including those from the National
Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. His fiction has
been translated into seven languages.
He currently resides in Massachusetts with his wife and two daughters.