Ashutosh Saxena

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Ashutosh Saxena
Alma mater
Occupation(s)CEO, Caspar.AI
  • San Francisco Business Times 40 under 40
  • MIT Technology Review TR35, 2018
  • Sloan Fellowship, 2011
  • World Technology Award, 2015
  • Google Faculty Research award, 2012
  • National Science Foundation Faculty Career (NSF-CAREER), 2014
Scientific career
FieldsArtificial intelligence (machine learning)
InstitutionsCo-founder and CEO of Caspar.AI
Thesis (2009)
Doctoral advisorAndrew Ng
WebsiteStanford University — Ashutosh Saxena

Ashutosh Saxena is an Indian-American computer scientist, researcher, and entrepreneur known for his contributions to the field of artificial intelligence and robotics. His research interests include deep learning, robotics, and 3-dimensional computer vision. Saxena is the co-founder and CEO of Caspar.AI, which is an artificial intelligence company that automates peoples' homes and builds applications such as fall detectors for senior living. Prior to Caspar.AI, Ashutosh co-founded Cognical Katapult (NSDQ: KPLT), which provides a no credit required alternative to traditional financing for online and omni-channel retail. Before Katapult, Saxena was an assistant professor in the Computer Science Department and faculty director of the RoboBrain Project at Cornell University.[1]


Saxena received his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur in 2004. In 2009, with artificial intelligence pioneer Andrew Ng as his advisor, Saxena received both his M.S. and Ph.D. in computer science with an emphasis on artificial intelligence from Stanford University.[2]


In 2003, Ashutosh began his career as a research intern for Bose Corporation, where he developed mathematical models that use electronic circuits to engineer better speakers. Once Ashutosh completed his undergraduate degree, he became a researcher at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, where he developed algorithmic models for medical devices. From 2010 to 2013, Saxena was the chief scientist of New York-based Holopad, where he worked with Steven Spielberg's team to create walkthroughs and 3D experiences for his movie TinTin.[3]

Before Caspar, Saxena pursued other entrepreneurial ventures, such as ZunaVision, an artificial intelligence startup he co-founded with Andrew Ng that uses AI to assign advertising space within videos. Ashutosh served as the CTO of ZunaVision from 2008 to 2010.[4] After ZunaVision, Saxena co-founded Cognical Katapult, which provided financing solutions to nonprime and underbanked consumers powered by artificial intelligence. From 2014 to 2016, Saxena served as the faculty director of the RoboBrain project, which was a joint venture that he started between Stanford University, Cornell University, Brown University, and the University of California, Berkeley that made a knowledge engine for robots.[5][6]

Saxena co-founded Caspar.AI in 2015 with David Cheriton, who serves as chief scientist. Caspar.AI has been widely covered in several outlets including Forbes Japan, and MIT Technology Review.[7] Ashutosh has been recognized for his work by receiving the Alfred P. Sloan Fellow in 2011, Google Faculty Research Award in 2012,[8] Microsoft Faculty Fellowship in 2012, NSF Career award in 2013,[9] One of the Eight Innovators to Watch by the Smithsonian Institution[10] in 2015, and received TR35 Innovator Award by MIT Technology Review[11] in 2018. He was named by San Francisco Business Times as a 40 under 40 young business leader.[12]


Saxena has authored over 100 published papers in the areas of deep learning, robotics, and 3D computer vision. His work in the fields of computer vision and deep learning have been featured in press releases and academic journal reviews. Ashutosh's early work includes the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Robot (STAIR)[13] and Make3D, which enables the estimation of depth from a single image.[14] At Cornell University, Ashutosh led the Robot Learning Lab, which used a machine learning approach to train robots to perform tasks in human environments such as generalizing manipulation in 3D point-clouds where robots learn to transfer manipulation trajectories to novel objects utilizing a large sample of demonstrations from crowdsourcing.


  1. ^ "Ashutosh Saxena --- Alfred P. Sloan Fellow, Computer Science, Cornell/Stanford University". Retrieved 2018-05-23.
  2. ^ "Ashutosh Saxena". Cornell Engineering. Retrieved 2018-05-23.
  3. ^ "Ashutosh Saxena's Talk – June 29, 2017 – Institute for Robotics and Mechatronics". Institute for Robotics and Mechatronics. Retrieved 2018-05-23.
  4. ^ "Ashutosh Saxena, Chief Technology Officer, Co-Founder at Zunavision – Relationship Science". Retrieved 2018-05-23.
  5. ^ Feltman, Rachel (2014-08-25). "This robot is using YouTube videos to learn all about us". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2018-05-23.
  6. ^ "The Plan to Build a Massive Online Brain for All the World's Robots". WIRED. Retrieved 2018-05-23.
  7. ^ "A company is developing apartment buildings with sensors, automated appliances, and the ability to learn an owner's habits". MIT Technology Review.
  8. ^ "Indian Scientist Develops Algorithm That Can Predict Driving Error". Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  9. ^ "Nate Foster and Ashutosh Saxena won NSF Career Awards". Cornell University. Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  10. ^ "Smithsonian names Saxena an 'innovator to watch'". Cornell Chronicle. Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  11. ^ "35 Innovators Under 35 2018". MIT Technology Review. Retrieved 27 June 2018.
  12. ^ "Meet the San Francisco Business Times 40 under 40 Class of 2020".
  13. ^ Andrew Y. Ng; Stephen Gould; Morgan Quigley; Ashutosh Saxena; Eric Berger. "STAIR: The STanford Artificial Intelligence Robot project". CiteSeerX
  14. ^ Ashutosh Saxena; Min Sun; Andrew Y. Ng. "Make3D: Depth Perception from a Single Still Image" (PDF). Cornell University. S2CID 2549055.