In the future, autonomous mobility will transport us to work, carry our families and friends to see each other, and deliver the goods we count on every day. The mission of Edge Case Research is to ensure that everyone stepping into a self-driving car gets a safe ride, and that every autonomous vehicle traveling through our neighborhoods is built safely from the ground up. We work closely with our customers to achieve this vision. Our customers demand scalable, data-driven risk management solutions to help them go to market with autonomous mobility that is safe, reliable, and trustworthy. Edge Case delivers value to our customers by packaging the know-how of our team of experts into innovative products that accelerate safety engineering and monitor the safety of fleet operations to inform critical product readiness and underwriting decisions.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Co-Founder and CEO
Dr. Phil Koopman
Co-Founder and CTO
Jennifer Black, PhD
Jen specializes in embedded system safety and dependability, with experience in automotive, aviation, rail, and consumer products. She completed her PhD in Electrical & Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, where she was a member of the General Motors Collaborative Research Lab. Her thesis research focused on approaches for defining safety requirements for sub-systems in complex composite systems. Prior to obtaining her PhD, she worked in system test, installation and support in the telecommunication software industry.
After studying mathematics for his undergraduate degree, Noah discovered his passion for safety while pursuing his M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. As autonomy enters into the mainstream, safety-focused design thinking is more important than ever. The technological changes in progress are truly foundational, and they must be accompanied by careful consideration of how this new technology is developed and deployed. Noah brings his analytical skills and system engineering experience from CMU to help answer these challenges.
Joe brings his software industry experience to Edge Case Research as a Full Stack Developer. Heavily focused on writing tests and code quality, he loves to work with teams to build the tools they need to succeed. Prior to working at Edge Case Research Joseph worked as an Engineering Consultant in Seattle. This afforded him the opportunity to experience a wide breadth of technology stacks and development teams.
Senior Director of Communications
Jackie leads communications for Edge Case Research’s mission to make autonomy safer. Before joining Edge Case Research, Jackie served as Southwestern Pennsylvania Regional Director for U.S. Senator Robert P. Casey Jr. (D-Pennsylvania) and then transitioned her skills into the tech sector where she has worked in communications and public policy positions for robotics and autonomous vehicle startup companies in Pittsburgh and San Francisco. She sits on the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Autonomous Vehicle Task Force, previously advised San Francisco’s Emerging Technology Working Group, and is the co-founder of the Pittsburgh Robotics Network
Senior Director Customer Success
Machine Learning Engineer
Aaron Kane, PhD
Aaron received his PhD in Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon in 2015. His thesis work dealt with structured safety cases for run-time assurance architectures, a technology that is thoroughly relevant to the proposed work. His work at Edge Case Research has also involved stress testing safety-critical, complex software. Prior to graduation, he worked on the “Automated Stress Testing for Autonomy Architectures” (ASTAA) project at Carnegie Mellon and served as a Visiting Scientist at the General Motors R&D Center in Warren, MI.
Dr. Philip Koopman
CTO & Co-Founder
Phil is an internationally recognized expert on autonomous vehicle (AV) safety who has worked in that area at Carnegie Mellon University for over 20 years. He is also actively involved with AV safety policy, regulation, and standards. His pioneering research work includes software robustness testing and runtime monitoring of autonomous systems to identify how they break and how to fix them. He has extensive experience in software safety and software quality across numerous transportation, industrial, and defense application domains, including conventional automotive software and hardware systems. He is co-founder of Edge Case Research, which provides tools and services for autonomous vehicle testing and safety validation
Technical Product Manager
Lead Systems Administrator
Becky received her B.S in Computer Science from California University of Pennsylvania in 2013. With a strong background in end-user support, as well as server/systems and user administration in the robotics and autonomy industry, she understands how important it is for our developers and engineers to have a stable and secure infrastructure surrounding their work, as well as reliable support so they can focus their attention where it is needed.
Ryan has a very diverse programming background: working on mobile app, web app, IoT and embedded systems projects. Coming from a development agency in Seattle, he has been able to hone his development skills and gain experience with XP, TDD and pair programming. Having spent several years at commercial and startup companies, Ryan has become the “process guru” who ensures code quality and development best practices to help Edge Case provide the best long-term service to its customers. Ryan received his MS in Computer Science from the University of Pittsburgh in 2013.
Senior Director, Operations
Victoria C. Nneji, PhD
Lead Engineer & Innovation Strategist
Elizabeth Osyk, PhD
Vice President of Business Development
Brendon brings prior experience with startups as well as work in the corporate world to the team, working in a variety of industries and locations. Like the rest of the ECR team, Brendon is focused on ensuring that the software that enables future robotics, autonomy, and the broader connected world is a safe and secure one. Brendon earned his MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management in 2005.
Executive Assistant to the CEO & CTO
With over 20 years of professional experience, Paula has an extensive background in Benefits administration, Sales, and Legal administration. She relishes in the challenge of learning new things and embraces an ever changing environment, especially in the field of system safety. Paula is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania earning her Bachelors of Science Degree in Journalism & Communications Media.
Justin Ray, PhD
Director of Project Development
Senior Software Engineer
CEO & Co-Founder
Mike is the CEO of Edge Case Research, a company he founded with Philip Koopman to make autonomy safer. His experience with autonomous vehicles began nearly twenty years ago at Carnegie Mellon University. He built lunar rovers for Red Whittaker, autonomous scientific robots that explored Antarctica, and self driving technology for tackling harsh off road terrain. Ten years ago, Mike and Philip Koopman began researching techniques to design and verify autonomous systems. Today, he applies this experience to lead Edge Case Research with the goal of providing validation technology for autonomy across a range of industries, including self driving cars, materials handling, and robotic work cells.
Dana’s past professional experience includes investment bank operations, non-profit fundraising, and finance. Dana received her B.S. from Carnegie Mellon, double majoring in Applied Mathematics/Operations Research and Business.
Manager, Human Resources