Dr. Sajit Rao has over 27 yrs of experience in Artificial Intelligence spanning both basic-research in academia, as well as applied/new-product research in startups. He has six U.S patents in Computer Vision.
He received his PhD from the MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory in February 1998. Prior to that he received two Bachelor of Science degrees from MIT, one in Mathematics and the other in “Brain and Cognitive Science”. After his post-doctoral research in Genova, Italy as part of the EU project on “Cognitive Vision”, he returned to MIT Artificial Intelligence Lab as a Research Scientist. He and his
students focused on Bio-inspired models for connecting Vision and Language, so that a robot or a smart-camera could learn the meanings of common verbs such as “give” or “throw” from visual experience.
In 2010 he left MIT to found a startup that was funded by DARPA’s MindsEye program to build visual analysis technology to monitor a video stream, and detect unusual events. Currently he is focusing on Vision/A.I. applications that help take care of people, especially the elderly in the privacy of their homes, and improve quality of life of the individuals and their immediate families.