Keynote Speaker



Tessa Lau, PhD 

Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Dusty Robotics

The ‘Three Horizons’ Framework for Innovation:
Understanding Current and Future Technologies

KEYNOTE PANEL  |  OCTOBER 14  |  8:30 – 9:30 AM


About the Speaker

Dr. Tessa Lau is an experienced entrepreneur with expertise in AI, machine learning, and robotics. She is currently Founder/CEO at Dusty Robotics, a construction robotics company building robot-powered tools for the modern construction workforce. Prior to Dusty, she was CTO/co-founder at Savioke, where she orchestrated the deployment of 75+ delivery robots into hotels and high-rises. Previously, Dr. Lau was a Research Scientist at Willow Garage, where she developed simple interfaces for personal robots. She also spent 11 years at IBM Research working in business process automation and knowledge capture. More generally, Dr. Lau is interested in technology that gives people superpowers and building businesses that bring that technology into people’s lives. Dr. Lau was recognized as one of the Top 5 Innovative Women to Watch in Robotics by Inc. in 2018 and one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People in 2015. Dr. Lau holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Washington.


About the PANEL

Admit it: It’s hard to keep up with the never-ending flow of programs and platforms that are supposed to help you do your job, stay organized, and be competitive. From digital twins and the internet of things (IoT) to artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics, how do you decide which solutions are worth the investment? This panel of tech experts will demonstrate how they are using a technology framework known as the “three horizons1” to understand, assess, and adopt innovative technological tools in their jobs. They’ll also discuss emerging technologies that promise to make your job easier. Designed to help you shift from overwhelmed to excited, this session will equip you with a practical framework for assessing and adopting technology in your work.


  1. Introduce a framework for thinking about innovation 
  2. Understand the differences between near term and farther out innovations 
  3. Understand how to assess near term innovations and products 
  4. Understand how to think about medium and longer term trends in technology


1 McKinsey & Company (2009, December 1). Enduring Ideas: The three horizons of growth. Retrieved from


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