We were founded in 2014 by a team from the
Biorobotics Lab at Carnegie Mellon University.

Howie Choset is a Professor of Robotics at Carnegie Mellon University. Motivated by applications in confined spaces, he has created a comprehensive program in snake robots, which has led to basic research in mechanism design, path planning, motion planning, and estimation. Already, Prof. Choset has directly applied this body of work to challenging and strategically significant problems in diverse areas such as surgery, manufacturing, infrastructure inspection, and search and rescue. Prof. Choset’s students have won best paper awards at various robotics conferences. In 2002 the MIT Technology Review elected Choset as one of its top 100 innovators in the world under 35. In 2005, MIT Press published a textbook, lead authored by Choset, entitled “Principles of Robot Motion.” Also, in 2005, he co-founded a company called Medrobotics that is commercializing a medical snake robot. In 2015, the IEEE selected Choset to be an IEEE Fellow.

Fun fact: Howie has been to several McDonalds throughout the world. Click here.

Dave Rollinson is a robotics engineer who lives and works in Pittsburgh, PA. He received a PhD in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University in 2014, as well as a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 2006, also from Carnegie Mellon University. His thesis research advanced the control and design of articulated, modular, snake-like robots with focus towards real-world applications like urban search and rescue and industrial inspection. From 2006 to 2009, he worked as a robotics engineer for RedZone Robotics, making systems to inspect large diameter sewers in the U.S., Canada, and Singapore.  

Fun fact: In 2006, Dave did a solo bicycle trip across the United States.

Matt Tesch is a software engineer interested in more than just code on a screen. He was a member of the second graduating class of Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering in 2007, receiving a B.S. in Engineering with a concentration Systems. He pursued an interest in full systems-level problems, from the hardware to the software, through graduate studies in the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA, receiving an MS in Robotics in May 2011. His thesis work combined robotics, software, and machine learning, culminating in a PhD in Robotics in January 2014.

Fun fact: While in graduate school he learned to fly, and earned his pilot’s license on the 106th anniversary of the Wright Brother’s first flight.


Florian Enner is a Software Engineer who was born and raised in Salzburg, Austria. He received his BSc. and MSc. in IT & Systems Management from the Salzburg University of Technology. He also studied abroad at AUT in New Zealand during his bachelors, and used an opportunity to work as a visitor at the Biorobotics Lab at the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University during his Masters. He has since become a Principal Software/Systems Engineer and has worked on a large variety of projects. In his spare time he took courses of the Masters of Software Engineering program at the Institute of Software Research at Carnegie Mellon University. He especially enjoys working on distributed real-time systems and the design of user-friendly APIs and tools.

Fun fact: He has spent a month hiking along New Zealand’s Great Walks.


While receiving his Bachelors and Masters of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, Curtis Layton worked as an engineering intern at the Biorobotics Lab at the Robotics Institute doing circuit design, wiring and writing embedded firmware for modular snake robots. He also had the opportunity to pursue internships during school and held a position as an Electrical Engineer, after graduating in 2012, at QinetiQ North America, where he worked on brushless motor control, FPGA development, ARM Linux embedded systems and other system integration tasks for the Dragon Runner EOD robot.  In 2013, Curtis returned to the Biorobotics Lab at CMU where he works as an Electrical Engineer doing circuit design, complex board layout, embedded software, ARM Linux development and system integration for the next generation of modular snake robots as well as for numerous other projects. Curtis now heads up the electrical design and low-level embedded systems development for Hebi Robotics.

Fun fact: Curtis once attended circus camp and is a very proficient juggler.

Bob Raida is VP of Business Development and Operations at HEBI Robotics.  He brings over 20 years of experience creating value with technology.  Throughout the course of his career Bob has been an instrumental part of several growing businesses, and co-founded several companies including TrueCommerce  - a leading provider of business to business electronic commerce solutions.  Bob earned his undergraduate Degree in Computer Science from University of Pittsburgh and MBA from Carnegie Mellon's Tepper School of Business

Fun fact: In addition to maintaining a vigorous professional schedule, Bob stays busy at home with 5 children, 2 dogs and 2 cats.