In January 2019, Dominik Boesl joined FESTO AG & Co. KG as Vice President & Head of Robotic Futures. Directly reporting to the CTO, he leads FESTO’s robotics business unit and defines its automation strategy. Before, he had been responsible for Innovation and Technology Management at KUKA since he first joined KUKA Laboratories as Head of Corporate Strategy and Member of the Board in 2011. In 2012, he became Corporate Innovation Manager at KUKA AG, directly reporting to the Management Board. From January 2017 to end of December 2018 he acted as Vice President Consumer Driven Robotics and Senior Corporate Innovation Manager. His responsibility for innovation and evangelism efforts spanned the entire KUKA group. As one of KUKA’s Technology Owners (equivalent to other companies‘ Technical Fellows or Distinguished Engineers), he profoundly contributed to the definition of the group’s strategy on „Apps, Cloud & IoT“.
Dominik graduated with a diploma in Computer Science from the University of Augsburg and an MBA degree from the University of Pittsburgh. In addition to his career, he has constantly been lecturing at different universities, e.g. Munich Technical University (TUM), and is an author of technical and scientific publications. At TUM School of Education, he is researching „Technology, Robotic & AI Governance„: the ethical, moral, socio-cultural, -political and -economic implications of technologies, as robotics, automation and artificial intelligence on humankind.
In order to foster the interdisciplinary discourse about the impact of robotics and automation on society and humankind, Dominik is driving the idea of „Robotic & AI Governance“, trying to establish a framework for voluntary self-regulation regarding the use of disruptive technologies. The corresponding initiative and discussion platform can be found at www.roboticgovernance.com. The current work on the „Robot Manifesto“ can be found at www.robotmanifesto.org.
In 1999, Dominik started his career at Siemens, where he helped establish the foundations of today’s mobile ecosystem by bringing the first UMTS broadcasting cell to market, before joining Microsoft Germany in 2005. At Microsoft, he held various leadership positions including national responsibility in developer evangelism. Instead of moving to Seattle for a leadership position in program management at Microsoft Corporation, he decided to join the KUKA group.
He is also engaged in the IEEE-SA Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations in the Design of Autonomous Systems, the IEEE RAS FDC Incubation Project on Autonomous Systems and their Societal Impact as well as in the euRobotics Topic Group on Ethical, Social and Legal Implications (ESL) of Robotics, influencing the input to the European roadmaps. Furthermore, Dominik organizes workshops on Technology and Robotic Governance at several conferences, like the IEEE GHTC Conference or the European Robotics Forum and is chairing the annual IEEE IROS Futurist Forum.
He acts as Chair of the Global IEEE TechEthics ad-hoc committee, Vice President for Industrial Activities of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society, is the IEEE/RAS representative in the IEEE Standards Association IoT Steering Committee and serves regularly as judge in innovation and start-up challenges like the IEEE/RAS & International Federation of Robotics (IFR) Innovation and Entrepreneurship Award (IERA), the IEEE/RAS IROS Entrepreneurship Forum and Start-Up Contest and the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Service Robotics Masters Start-up Award.
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