“How Robot Fish Can Save the Seas”
Join AltaSea as we kick off 2021 with the first Project Blue live chat of the year!
Our guest will be Liane Thompson, CEO of Aquaai. She will be joined by Simeon Pieterkosky, Chief Visionary Officer.
Liane Thompson is the CEO of Aquaai. Prior to starting her positive impact for a Blue Economy company, Liane was a global reporter and New York Times executive creating innovative content with global audience appeal including the premier television series A Cook’s Tour, of the late Anthony Bourdain. Liane met Simeon doing a story on his many innovations. Liane has spearheaded technical and programming firsts in the media industry earning her three time PrimeTime Emmy nominations. Her journey as an entrepreneur includes setting up new businesses in Hungary, Israel, the United States and most recently Norway.
Aquaai Chief Visionary Officer Simeon Pieterkosky drives the product and vision of Aquaai designing robots that help address many of the world’s most pressing marine problems. Simeon has a multi-faceted background in water filtration, zoology, animatronics and robotics. He has more than 20 years of practical experience in mechanical design, successfully merging advertising, robotics and special effects platforms. Simeon has single-handedly created 10 life-size humanoid robots to study human robotic interaction (HRI). A native of Cape Town, South Africa, Simeon has been inventing gadgets since childhood and is on a mission to improve global life quality. Simeon founded Aquaai after his young daughter asked him to stop making land robots and make one to “Save the Seas”.
Aquaai is a marine robotics company that builds robotic fish for the purpose of improving our understanding of ocean and freshwater environments. Aquaai’s camera and sensor equipped underwater fishlike drone Nammu – named after the Goddess of the Sea – uses AI and computer vision to collect and deliver real-time visual and environmental data.