Diligent Robotics’ Vivian Chu Named to MIT Technology Review's 2019 Innovators Under 35 List

Vivian Chu of Diligent Robotics is recognized for leading the technical development of Moxi, the robot assistant helping hospital staff have more time for patient care.

Diligent Robotics, the Austin-based AI company focused on building socially intelligent robots, today announced that its Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder, Vivian Chu, has been named to MIT Technology Review's prestigious annual list of Innovators Under 35. Every year, the world renowned media company has recognized a list of exceptionally talented technologists whose work has great potential to transform the world.


Chu leads the technical development of Moxi, the robot that helps hospital staff with their logistical tasks like gathering supplies so staff have more time for patient care. As a robot that operates in semi-structured, human environments like hospitals, Moxi was designed by Chu and her team with a unique AI software and hardware foundation based on multisensory input; visual, auditory and haptic. Chu is passionate about using her human-robotics interaction expertise to positively impact people.

Gideon Lichfield, editor-in-chief of MIT Technology Review, said: "MIT Technology Review's annual Innovators Under 35 list is a chance for us to honor the outstanding people behind the breakthrough technologies of the year that have the potential to disrupt our lives. These profiles offer a glimpse into what the face of technology looks like today as well as in the future."

Learn more about this year's honorees on the MIT Technology Review website here and in the July/August print magazine, which hits newsstands worldwide on July 2. Dr. Chu will be one of the honoree speakers at EmTech MIT conference, MIT Technology Review's annual flagship event that offers a carefully curated perspective on the most significant developments of the year, with a focus on understanding their potential economic and societal impact. EmTech MIT will be held September 17-19, 2019 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Click here to learn more about the event.

About Diligent Robotics
Founded in 2017, Diligent Robotics is an Austin-based A.I. company that creates robot assistants that help people with their chores so they can focus on the work they care about. Moxi is our hospital robot assistant that helps clinical staff with routine, non-patient-facing tasks so they have more time for patient care, and hospitals save money on staff burnout and turnover costs. Moxi has been successfully trialing in several US hospitals and focuses on tasks such as gathering supplies and delivering them to patient rooms, delivering samples to the lab and retrieving items from central supply to nursing units. As a company founded by social robotics experts, we're proud to be at the forefront of creating robots that incorporate mobile manipulation, social intelligence and human-guided learning capabilities. We believe that if we can give humans the resources they need to do the work they care most about, we will transform the meaning of "work."

About MIT Technology Review
Founded at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1899, MIT Technology Review is a world-renowned, independent media company whose insight, analysis, reviews, interviews and live events explain the commercial, social and political impact of new technologies. MIT Technology Review derives its authority from the world's foremost technology institution and from its editors' deep technical knowledge, capacity to see technologies in their broadest context, and unequaled access to leading innovators and researchers. MIT Technology Review's mission is to bring about better-informed and more conscious decisions about technology through authoritative, influential and trustworthy journalism. Subscribe. Follow: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram.

About EmTech MIT
Launched in 1999, annual flagship conference has a longstanding legacy of exploring the biggest technologies and trends of the day. On September 17-29, 2019, EmTech MIT will offer a carefully curated perspective on the most significant developments of the year, including artificial intelligence, climate adaption, personalized medicine, data security, and more. Part of the esteemed EmTech Event Series, this conference conducts a deep dive into how these technologies impact society, research, education, and life as we know it. Hosted on the MIT campus in Cambridge MA, EmTech MIT features conversations from innovators, entrepreneurs, researchers, industry leaders and some of the world's most brilliant minds. In addition, MIT Technology Review's Innovators Under 35 are all invited to appear at the event, representing the best and brightest technologists the world has to offer. Learn more.

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