Braden McDorman is the co-founder and CTO of Semio AI, Inc., a Los Angeles-based social robotics software startup creating the operating system, app ecosystem, and developer tools for social robots. Braden received his BS in Computer Science from the University of Oklahoma in 2015, and was a Computer Science PhD student at the University of Southern California; in 2017, he left the PhD program to pursue Semio full-time. Braden previously worked at Microsoft on the Windows operating system, Disney Research on socially interactive robots, and served as lead software engineer at the KISS Institute for Practical Robotics (KIPR). Braden now serves on KIPR’s Board of Directors and Technical Advisory Committee. Braden was first exposed to robotics through Botball, which he participated in from 6th to 10th grade in Norman, Oklahoma.
Semio is creating the Microsoft Windows or Google Android of robotics: a standardized software platform that companies can leverage to build expressive and interactive robotic characters at significantly reduced cost and time to market. Semio provides robust solutions for both recognizing and generating multi-modal social behavior and high-level tools for interaction designers, animators, and other creatives to easily test and deploy apps on robots.