Outstanding UC Santa Cruz Baskin School of Engineering alumnus Aviv Elor is among 11 finalists chosen for the sixth annual Santa Cruz Works Titans of Tech, an event that honors industry professionals who have contributed substantially to the growth of the local tech and entrepreneurial community. The 2022 Titans of Tech will be recognized during a December 7 celebration.
Elor, who received a B.S. degree in robotics engineering and a Ph.D. degree in computational media from UC Santa Cruz, is one of three co-founders of Immergo Labs, the world’s first virtual and interactive telehealth platform for physical therapy. Immergo uses artificial intelligence (AI) and virtual reality (VR) to incorporate telehealth capabilities and enhance the accessibility, experience, and accuracy of remote physical therapy care. With just a VR headset, the platform connects patients and therapists in the same virtual room, as if they were interacting live in person, allowing the therapist to track movements and range of motion and provide real-time feedback.
Immergo Labs, which is based in Santa Cruz, has secured several industry and academic partnerships and recently received a National Science Foundation Phase 1 Small Business Innovation grant to further develop and test their prototype. Immergo’s beta platform will launch January 2023 to users on their waitlist. The team plans to officially launch their product to the public by the end of 2023.
Elor’s areas of expertise include human computer interaction, immersive media, wearable robotics, computing, user experience, and emerging technologies, with a focus on iSTAR, Immersive Systems Towards Assisting Reality, Recovery, and Rehabilitation. He has authored more than 20 publications, and during his UCSC academic career, he received eight fellowships and awards and five grants.
Another 2022 Titan of Tech, Leila Takayama, taught at UC Santa Cruz as an associate professor of computational media before returning to industry this year. Takayama specializes in human computer interaction and human robot interaction (HRI). She is the vice president of design and HRI at Robust.AI, where AI, robotics, and human-centered design are combined to create collaborative, mobile robots for increased workforce productivity.
Also recognized as Titans of Tech are: Allison Steitz, head of growth and innovation at Paystand; Bates Marshall, CEO and co-founder of Ambient Photonics, Inc.; Chris Bley, co-founder and director of Monterey Bay DART and founder of AirSpace Integration; Cindi Busenhart, founder and CEO at MERGE4; Joshua Resnick, CEO/CTO at Parallel Flight Technologies; Nada Miljkovic, CEO of GetVirtual; Stacy Nagel, staff program manager at Google; and Will Wiseman and Alba Forns, co-founders at Climatize.
The Titans of Tech Award Ceremony will be held at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center December 7, 6–8 p.m. Event tickets are available at eventbrite.com.
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