Top 10 AI Experts To Watch In 2021

One of the fastest growing industries in the world today, Artificial Intelligence (AI) is on a dramatic pace to enhance and change the way we work and live our daily lives – through everything from humanoid robots to self-driving cars and more.  To keep up with the constantly changing technology, we follow the work of the industry’s leading visionaries. From entrepreneurs to scientists, professors to researchers, they work at the forward edge of AI, driving advancements in the industry and making the seemingly impossible possible. Here are the top ten AI experts we encourage you to follow in 2021.   

Dr. Cynthia Breazeal, Professor

Dr. Cynthia BreazealProfessor@cynthiabreazeal MIT Media Lab 

Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences, MIT Media Lab Founder & Chief Scientist of Jibo, Inc. Recognized as a global innovator, Dr. Breazeal directs the Personal Robots Group at MIT’s Media Lab. She has developed some of the world’s most famous robots ranging from small hexapod robots, to embedding robotic technologies into familiar everyday artifacts, to creating highly expressive humanoid robots and robot characters. Her recent work investigates the impact of social robots on helping people of all ages to achieve personal goals that contribute to quality of life in areas such as physical performance, learning/education, health, and family communication. She has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles in journals and conferences on the topics of Artificial Intelligence, Autonomous Robotics, Human Robot Interaction, and Robot Learning. 


Gary Marcus, Professor Emeritus, Founder and CEO

Gary Marcus, Professor Emeritus, Founder and CEO, @GaryMarcus Robust 

An entrepreneur, scientist and best selling author, Gary is a well-known critic of deep learning. His research on artificial intelligence, language, and computation have been published widely in leading journals such as Nature and Science. He encourages researchers to look beyond deep learning and combine it with classical AI—systems that encode knowledge and have the means of reasoning.

Danny Lange, SVP of AI and Machine Learning

Danny Lange, SVP of AI and Machine Learning@danny_langeUnity Technologies 

Danny’s rich expertise in deep learning enables him to lead Unity, a world leading platform for creating interactive, real-time 3D (RT3D) content, empowering industry creators across the globe. His vast knowledge and experience stems from building a world-class Machine Learning team at Uber, managing Amazon’s internal Machine Learning platform (EML), launching Amazon’s Machine Learning for AWS and from being a large-scale machine learning lead at Microsoft 


Dr. Fei Fei Li

Dr. Fei Fei Li, @drfeifei Stanford AI 

As a Stanford professor of computer science and Co-Director of Stanford’s Human-Centered AI Institute, Fei Fei is dedicated to using AI to benefit the human experience. Li emigrated to America when she was a teenager, and earned a full scholarship from Princeton. Her opportunities and work ethic led her to a role as Chief Scientist of AI/ML with Google. Dr. Li advocates for diversity and inclusion in AI and STEM, recruiting women and minorities for her AI lab. She is a member of both the National Academy of Medicine and the National Academy of Engineering.  


Carol Reiley, CEO

Carol Reiley, CEO, @robot_MD  

Stealth Health  Nicknamed the “Mother of Robotics”, Carol’s creative mindset combined with her passion for AI has enabled her to create bold new ideas. She is Co-Founder of the self-driving car,, purchased by Apple in 2019. She is founder and current CEO of Stealth Health, a startup working to revolutionize healthcare by way of machine learning. She also serves as Creative Advisor to the San Francisco Symphony. Carol is recognized in Analyst Insight as “World’s 50 Most Renowned Women in Robotics”, and “The World’s Top 50 Women in Tech” in Forbes Magazine in 2018

Andrew Ng, VP, Chief Scientist, Co-Founder

Andrew Ng, VP, Chief Scientist, Co-Founder, @AndrewYNg Coursera 

Andrew’s expertise in the field of deep learning gave him an edge when he developed his MOOC (massive open online course) at Stanford University. This course led to the creation of Coursera, a free online learning platform offering courses, certifications, and degrees in a multitude of disciplines. The inspiration behind Coursera is Andrew’s vision of a high quality, free education for everyone.  


Dr. Rana el Kaliouby, Co-Founder, CEO,

Dr. Rana el Kaliouby, Co-Founder, CEO@Kalioby  Affectiva 

An author, computer scientist, and entrepreneur, Dr. Kaliouby is dedicated to bringing emotion into our increasingly digital world. She is Co-Founder and CEO of Affectiva, a computer software that created the category Emotional AI. Affectiva is working to bring emotion recognition into video games, computers, and mobile apps. Dr. Kaliouby wrote “Girl Decoded”, a biography in which she details her own journey to bring human connection into the world of artificial intelligence and technology. In addition she is passionate about both the ethical development of AI. She is a member of the Partnership in AI and The World Economic Forum’s Council of Young Global Leaders, as well as a member of the Boston Committee for All Raise.  


Geoffrey Hinton

Geoffrey Hinton@geoffreyhinton Google Brain 

Geoffrey is most recognized for his work designing artificial neural networks and his expertise in deep learning. He divides his time between his own research and his work for Google Brain, a deep learning AI team, as VP and Engineering Fellow. He currently manages Brain Team Toronto, the Google Brain team out of Canada. Geoffrey’s most recent accomplishments include improving speech recognition and object classification.  


Kate Crawford

Kate Crawford@katecrawford AI Now Institute 

Kate is an accomplished researcher, writer, and professor. She dedicated the past decade of her life to examining the social and political implications of artificial intelligence and machine learning. Her writing has also been published in journals such as Harper’s Bazaar, Sage Journals, Big Data and Society, and The Atlantic. Kate is Co-Founder of the AI Now Institute, New York University’s research group for AI. 


Ryan Chan, Founder and CEO

Ryan ChanFounder and CEO, @ryanchanupkeep UpKeep 

A successful entrepreneur Ryan worked to found UpKeep in 2014, the company to which he now serves as CEO. Upkeep is the number one software for maintenance and facility management teams. They have had a positive impact on both small and large companies through simplified solutions and processes. Ryan was named one of Forbes 30 under 30 for manufacturing, and is part of the Official Forbes Technology Council. Ryan says he was frustrated with the way business was done at his job in a chemical engineering plant, and wanted to help streamline the data collection process. 


Greg Lehmkul President and CEO

Greg Lehmkul President and CEO, @greg_lehmkuhl Lineage Logistics  

Greg is a supply-chain management professional, currently serving as CEO of Lineage Logistics, the largest provider of temperature-controlled logistics solutions. Lineage helps companies both large and small with food distribution safety, efficiency, and sustainability. Greg has enabled Lineage to grow tremendously and has established a strong company culture with an innovative mindset. 


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