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James Paterson

Co-founder and CEO

M.Sc. Aeronautics & Astronautics, MIT

James was brought up on a fruit farm and has always had a love for robotics, inventions and entrepreneurship. While on the farm, he designed and built a mechanised drip-line irrigation cleaner as well as citrus trailers.

He holds a BSc in Mechatronics Engineering from UCT, winning awards for building aerial and ground robots during his time there. He went on to study a Masters in Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT. During his time at MIT, he worked on projects including gimballed rocket control, an optical flow localisation system and autonomous collision avoidance and path planning algorithms for unmanned aerial vehicles.

His main contribution to the field of artificial intelligence was his research into developing planning and scheduling algorithms for autonomous unmanned aerial vehicle missions including search-and-rescue and area mapping.

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