Visual AI Enables Autonomous Security: Interview with William Santana Li

Wednesday, May 22, 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM
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Business Insights

Knightscope, a physical security technologies company based in Silicon Valley, develops and sells a line of autonomous robots that deter, detect and report anomalies to private customers and public law enforcement agencies. In this on-stage interview with the company's co-founder, Chairman and CEO, William "Bill" Santana Li (a former Ford Motor Company executive), we'll discuss the market needs that Knightscope is addressing and the role computer vision plays in Knightscope’s solution. We’ll explore obstacles that Knightscope has faced in developing and deploying its current product, and challenges the company will have to overcome to achieve its vision for widespread deployment.


William Santana Li

Co-founder, Chairman and CEO, Knightscope

Bill is a seasoned entrepreneur, intrapreneur and former corporate executive at Ford Motor Company with over 25 years of experience. He has a broad and deep range of expertise gained from several global assignments in the automotive sector and a number of startups. He is presently the Chairman and CEO of Knightscope, a developer of Autonomous Data Machines. At Ford Motor Company, Bill held over 12 business and technical positions, focused on 4 continents, cutting across each functional area. These positions ranged from component, systems and vehicle engineering to business and product strategy, and included the financial turnaround of Ford of Europe. After internally securing $250 million, Bill founded and was COO of GreenLeaf, a Ford subsidiary that became the world’s second largest automotive recycler. Under his leadership, GreenLeaf grew to a 600-employee operation with 20 locations and $150 million in sales. Bill earned a BSEE from Carnegie Mellon University and an MBA from the University of Detroit Mercy.

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