Dr. Hauke Schmidt leads Corporate Research for Robert Bosch in North America. Since June 2017, he is vice president of the Bosch Research and Technology Center with locations in Sunnyvale, California; Cambridge, Massachusetts; and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Since its founding in 1999, the North American division of Corporate Research has been shaping the technology for the future of Bosch in close collaboration with its counterparts in Germany. Schmidt, who is located in Sunnyvale, oversees the overall strategy, planning, operations and research direction of the three Research and Technology (RTC) locations in the United States. RTC teams provide technologies and systems for Bosch’s business divisions by focusing on technology scouting and collaboration with top universities and industry partners in North America. Prior to his current assignment, Schmidt founded the Bosch Center for Artificial Intelligence with locations in Bangalore, Sunnyvale and Stuttgart. He has held various leadership positions dedicated to developing artificial intelligence solutions for integration into Bosch products in areas such as user interaction and natural language understanding, service robotics, automated driving and data mining. He was responsible for the development of several new strategic initiatives and groups to fast-track commercialization of AI research results at Bosch. Schmidt began his career at Robert Bosch GmbH in October 1988 and came to Silicon Valley in July 2000. Dr. Schmidt holds a Ph.D. in computer science from University of Ulm and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Technical University of Braunschweig.