Team

At Oxbotica, we’re developing the next generation of autonomous vehicles – creating the software that makes them go.

Using the latest in computer vision and machine learning, our systems learn from their environment and share experiences with each other, so that they’re getting smarter all the time. But the best part of all? Our team is growing! If you’re interested in joining us, view all our jobs here.

Dr Graeme Smith, BSc (Hons), PhD, MBA, MIET, C. Eng is Oxbotica’s Chief Executive. He has a substantial track record delivering complex products and services from research and development through to customer launch – primarily in the automotive sector. He has held executive leadership positions in several global start-ups and Joint Ventures, building and leading international engineering teams in electronic/software product development, service delivery and customer support. In particular Graeme has held positions as Director of Ford Motor Company’s Telematics Support Services, Executive Director of Wingcast Europe (a Ford / Qualcomm JV), Managing Director of SEI UK Ltd (IT services and customer care) and Vice President / COO of Connexis LLC (a telematics services provider). 

Graeme is also a recognised expert in Advanced Vehicle Control systems and the Connected Car, holding several patents in the areas of Adaptive Cruise Control and the application of Impulse Radar systems to vehicle systems. Graeme has broad commercial and technical experience spanning all areas required to develop and market new products, including R&D, manufacture, outsourcing and customer support.

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Prof. Paul Newman FREng, FIEEE, is the BP Professor of Information Engineering at the University of Oxford and an EPSRC Leadership Fellow. He heads the Oxford Robotics Institute within the Department of Engineering Science which enjoys a world leading reputation in mobile autonomy – developing machines, robots and cars which map, navigate through and understand their environments. His focus lies on pushing the boundaries of navigation and autonomy techniques in terms of both endurance and scale. The Mobile Robotics Group has developed a keen focus on intelligent transport for example the RobotCar and enjoys collaborations with many industrial partners which provide exploitation opportunities to drive the research.

He obtained an M.Eng. in Engineering Science from Oxford University, Balliol College in 1995. He then undertook a Ph.D. in autonomous navigation at the Australian Center for Field Robotics, University of Sydney, Australia. In 1999 he returned to the United Kingdom to work in the commercial sub-sea navigation industry. In late 2000 he joined the Dept of Ocean Engineering at M.I.T. where as a post-doc and later a research scientist, he worked on algorithms and software for robust autonomous navigation for both land and sub-sea agents. In early 2003 he returned to Oxford as a Departmental Lecturer in Engineering Science before being appointed to a University Lectureship in Information Engineering and becoming a Fellow of New College in 2005, Professor of Engineering Science in 2010 and BP Professor of Information Engineering and Fellow of Keble College in 2012.

He is on the board of the Robotics Science and Systems Foundation, the International Journal of Robotics Research and the Journal of Field Robotics. He is an inaugural member of the BIS UK Robotics and Autonomous Systems Special Interest Group and sits on the Scientific Advisory Council for the UK Department of Transport. In September 2014, he was elected fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering with a citation for outstanding contributions to robot navigation.

ingmar_posner-copy Prof. Ingmar Posner is an Associate Professor in Information Engineering. He leads the perception and planning work within the Mobile Robotics Group. His expertise lies in the design and implementation of machine learning methods that enable an autonomous agent to interpret complex, dynamic environments in a way which permits robust decision-making, planning and exploration online and in real-time.

Ingmar’s expertise tackles questions such as: what semantic information can be inferred about the environment the robot has traversed (e.g. what type of structures, what objects can be found? What type of terrain is it travelling on?) and how this knowledge can feed into the decision-making process of an autonomous agent. In this domain he has advanced research with contributions to premier international conferences and journals. His track record includes award winning work on semantic mapping, active perception and 3D reconstruction. Following an invitation as a visiting researcher to MIT the work he led there on active perception was awarded a Best Paper Award at the International Conference on Automated Planning and Scheduling (ICAPS). Two of his recent publications have been invited to the Best Paper track at the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI). Posner has served twice as area chair of Robotics: Science and Systems (RSS), the premier international robotics conference, as Associate Editor for the International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems(IROS).  He convened and organised the 2013 Oxford International Summit on Robotics.

clive-scrivener Clive Scrivener FCMA CGMA is Non-Executive Chairman of Oxbotica. Clive has a distinguished track record of leading high growth businesses, in roles as Chairman, Chief Executive and Finance Director. His experience extends to business operations worldwide, including Europe, Australia and the USA. His broad industrial experience includes specialist automotive engineering featuring advanced power electronics and vehicle control systems, lightweight composite materials, licencing and motorsport. Most recently Clive was Chief Executive of Prodrive, a world leading specialist in automotive engineering, materials and motorsport marketing business. Clive’s specialisms include leading teams in high growth businesses, strategic planning and managing all aspects of financing and capital raising activities.
phillip-avery-navtech-radar-copy Philip Avery, BEng (Hons) is a Non-Executive Director, and is Managing Director of NavTech Radar. Philip co-founded NavTech Radar in 1999 to develop millimetre wave radar sensor solutions for industrial applications. The company has grown to become the world’s leading developer of commercial off-the-shelf radar sensors at 77 GHz. Combining the latest technology with cost effective manufacturing techniques and innovative design, Navtech has brought high performance radar systems to the commercial marketplace at an affordable price. Philip has been involved in the development of several millimetre wave radar systems and various other autonomous vehicle projects. He has also been involved with research projects at Oxford and Sydney University. 

As the MD of Navtech Radar, Philip has been one of the key strategists behind the company’s introduction of this technology into different industries including Security surveillance, Industrial automation and Highways monitoring and incident detection. He is also a strong proponent of UK industry, particularly high tech design and manufacturing.