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Georges Aoude

Derq, Inc.
Co-Founder & CEO
r. Georges Aoude is the CEO and co-founder of Derq, an MIT-spinoff that develops artificial intelligence based software for connected and autonomous vehicles. Their mission is to eliminate crashes by using their patented AI algorithms and smart city sensors to predict and prevent accidents. Derq has been hailed in the media, including CNN, BBC, TIME, and TechCrunch as the leading advanced technology start-up in Dubai. In 2017, Derq was only Middle East start up to be selected to join the prestigious Techstars Mobility program in Detroit, and opened an office in Michigan to expand operations and business to the US market. They have two live pilot programs in Dubai and Detroit, with Dubai authorities and Michigan Department of Transportation, predicting and preventing road accidents with pedestrians and vehicles. Derq was named a top road safety innovator for the "Together for Safer Roads" Alliance's Impact Board, and won the 2018 TU Automotive Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning Startup Award.
Dr. Aoude holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Aerospace Engineering from MIT, where he worked closely with NASA, US Navy, and Ford. Dr. Aoude is also an inventor and his patented work in connected and autonomous technologies has been featured in the press, including New York Times, Wired, and MIT News. His space satellite research has also been tested with astronauts in the International Space Station in collaboration with NASA. After MIT, Dr. Aoude has consulted governments, global companies, and startups in North America and the GCC for more than 10 years on cutting edge topics including transportation, artificial intelligence, and aerospace. His points of view are regularly published in key outlets including Harvard Business Review and Forbes, and he is regularly invited to speak at regional and international conferences on topics related to smart cities, autonomous vehicles, and AI. He is also a board member of the Transportation Research Board.

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