The Dronecode Foundation, the vendor-neutral Foundation for open source drone projects, announced three new directors elected to its Board of Directors. The Board of Directors represents the wider PX4 community. It will guide the Foundation as it executes its mission to enable widespread adoption and accelerate the development of open standards.
Newly appointed directors
Newly elected to serve on the board is Paul Stubbs, who will represent the Gold members. Paul is currently a Director of AI & Innovation Marketing for the Microsoft Business AI team, focusing on autonomous systems, such as vehicles, drones, industrial robotics, and simulators, including working with the Microsoft AirSim team. Paul has been active in the community since Microsoft joined as a Gold member in 2019.
Chad Sweet and Hyon Lim are the Silver member representatives on the board, bringing their years of experience in the field of robotics to the Board of Directors.
Chad Sweet is the co-founder and CEO of ModalAIⓇ, a Blue UAS Framework manufacturer of American-made, autonomous autopilots for drones and ground robots. Sweet is highly experienced in robotics R&D, and during his 20 years at Qualcomm, led efforts in computer vision and wireless communications with 15 patents granted. He was responsible for groundbreaking projects such as the Snapdragon Flight, which is currently en route to Mars via NASA’s Ingenuity. Sweet is committed to advancing the U.S. drone industry by providing innovators with ModalAI’s open robot and drone perception and communications systems manufactured in the U.S.A.
Hyon Lim is the CEO and co-founder of UVify, a manufacturer of drones for Fortune 500 companies, universities, research labs, and more. Hyon has been an active researcher in autonomous systems and his published computer vision and drone related papers have been cited more than 1,110 times to date. Hyon also has been active in the community and has contributed to PX4 since 2012, which was around the start of the industry.
The 2021 Board of Directors
The Dronecode Foundation board sets the business direction as well as oversees IP management, marketing, and events on behalf of the organization, and is formed by:
- Lorenz Meier, Chairman of the board – Co-founder and CEO, Auterion
- Kevin Sartori, Platinum board member – Co-founder, Auterion
- Paul Stubbs, Gold board member – Director AI Marketing, Autonomous Systems, Microsoft
- Chad Sweet, Silver board member – Co-founder and CEO, ModalAI
- Hyon Lim, Silver board member – Co-founder and CEO, UVify