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Ryan Knopf      

Co-founder of Root AI

Ryan Knopf is the cofounder of Root AI, which develops intelligent robotic systems to harvest fruits and vegetables in indoor farms.

Knopf is a veteran systems integrator and designer that specializes in blending embedded electrical, mechanical, software/firmware, and control system design experience to rapidly iterate highly functional prototypes of complex robotic systems.

Previously he served as the Director of Hardware Development at Soft Robotics, where he was responsible for supporting design and fabrication of novel soft robotic actuators and integration of those actuators into custom industrial pneumatic control systems.

He holds a BSE in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. While studying as a mechanical engineer, he worked with Prof. Daniel Koditschek in the Kod*Lab to develop three new mobile robotic platforms: X-RHex, X-RHex Lite, and the Canid bounding robot.

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