Ali Talebinejad has done his PhD at MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory in the area of Robotics and Computer Vision and has received his MS from MIT Mechanical Engineering in the area of System Dynamics and Control. His postdoctoral research was a pioneering work on Tracking Moving Objects Using Video Images at the Canadian Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Systems. His industrial experience includes his work at Parametric Technology Corporation (PTC) on “Pro Engineer” which was the leading software suite in CAD/CAM area at the time. Dr. Talebinejad has been involved in research and teaching in various areas inside and outside MIT from Design, Manufacturing, Numerical Computation, System Dynamics, Control, Robotics, Computer Vision, and Computer Programming, … to Calculus. In 2018, he was involved in teaching a course titled “Computational Thinking for Modelling and Simulation” through MIT edX program internationally that attracted over 10,000 students. Dr. Talebinejad is private pilot and a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Daniel Frey is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT. Prof. Frey’s research is in the field called “robust design” — a set of engineering practices which help to ensure that engineering systems function despite variations due to manufacture, wear, deterioration, and environmental conditions. To advance the theory and practice of robust design, Frey is working to understand the role of adaptive behavior in experimentation, the ways that methods can exploit the structure of design problems, and the complementary role of experiments and simulations. Prof. Frey’s experiences include: designing prosthetic devices, flying aircraft in the U.S. Navy, and content direction of a children’s television series. His honors include the MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics Teaching Award, the Everett Moore Baker Memorial Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching at MIT, the R&D 100 Award (received twice). He is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the American Statistical Association, and the American Society of Engineering Education. Dr. Frey holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from MIT, an MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado and a BS in Aeronautical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.