Dr. Tessa Lau Savioke is an experienced entrepreneur with expertise in AI, machine learning, and robotics. Dubbed the Chief Robot Whisperer, Tessa co-founded and ran Savioke as the CTO and currently Founder/CEO at Dusty Robotics, whose mission is to address construction industry productivity by introducing robotic automation on the jobsite.

Prior to Dusty, she was CTO/co-founder at Savioke, where she orchestrated the deployment of over 75 delivery robots into hotels and high-rises. Previously, Dr. Lau was a Research Scientist at Willow Garage, where she developed simple interfaces for personal robots. She also spent 11 years at IBM Research working in business process automation and knowledge capture. More generally, Dr. Lau is interested in developing technology that gives people super-powers, and building businesses that bring that technology into people’s lives. Her passion lies in creating businesses to grant people technological abilities they would have never dreamed of before. In her words: ‘I love to build and lead teams who are inspired to make the impossible possible’.

Dr. Lau holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Washington.