Pete Wurman is Vice-President of Engineering at Cogitai, an AI startup working on cool applications of reinforcement learning.
Pete Wurman is best known for his work as a technical co-founder of Kiva Systems, the Boston-based company that pioneered the use of mobile robotics in warehouses and distribution facilities. Pete joined Kiva in 2004 with Raff D’Andrea to help founder Mick Mountz bring his vision to life. As CTO, Pete was responsible for the system architecture and decision-making algorithms. In May of 2012, Kiva was acquired by Amazon.com, and has subsequently deployed more than 30,000 robots to Amazon warehouses.
Prior to joining Kiva, Pete was an Associate Professor of Computer Science at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC. Pete’s teaching focus was e-commerce systems, and his research focused on electronic auctions (especially combinatorial auctions), multi-agent systems, and resource allocation. Unfortunately, he never got to savor the fruits of earning tenure, as the Kiva opportunity had become too attractive and he moved his family to Boston.
Pete earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Michigan in 1999, and his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from M.I.T. in 1987.
More detailed resume is available on my LinkedIn profile. I generally accept invitations only from people I've actually spoken to.
I can be reached at pete @ pwurman.org.