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  • David Lane
  • Founding Director in the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics

    Establisher of Heriot-Watt’s Ocean Systems Laboratory

    Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering


    David Lane, PhD CBE FREng FRSE, is a passionate scientist, innovator & personal investor in the twin disciplines of Robotics & AI. A founding startup-to-scaleup award winning CEO (SeeByte Ltd/Inc Edinburgh, San Diego x23k investment multiple @exit) he is Chairman or NED in 5 businesses & 1 fund in UK, Norway, Hong Kong. As Professor & Founding Director he co-created the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics and National Robotarium, a £120m research and translation hub with >150 staff and PhD students. He has published >300 peer reviewed papers engineering advanced cognition, sensing & bioinspiration into unmanned systems. His entrepreneurship has been recognized through the 2011 Praxis Unico Business Impact Achieved Award, the 2013 Scottish Digital Technology Award for International Growth, the 2018 Guardian University Business Collaboration Award (ORCA Hub) and the 2019 Scottish Knowledge Exchange Champion Award. He is co-chair of the UK Government Robotics Growth Partnership appointed by the Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation and a member of the UK AI Council. He led the 2014 UK RAS2020 Robotics & Autonomous Systems Strategy generating > £500M of UK govt & industry support which led to x10 VC investment into UK robotics businesses in 2017.