E Soar Robotics' Cloud-Connected Robotic Intelligence Platform For Drones

We had the opportunity to interview Kerem Ozkan, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Soar Robotics, a cloud-connected robotic intelligence platform for drones.

Q: Can you tell us a bit about yourself and Soar Robotics?

A: I have a diverse background from academia, to being an entrepreneur, to being an investor, then again back to entrepreneur roots. I got my Ph.D. in cognitive sciences at UC Irvine. I studied extensively on AI and visual cognition and published +10 papers in AI & Visual Cognition of humans. Some of my academic papers are featured in Visual Cognition, Perception, and Psychophysics, and Journal of Vision. I then founded a software development company called PCA. We had a very diverse client base from Fortune 500 companies and had operations on multiple continents. I exited at the end of 2015 and started investing in innovative deep tech companies focused on AI, robotics, IoT, and renewable energy. I was more like an operator/investor in several startups before cofounding Soar Robotics in 2019. In Soar, we develop the technology required for connected and intelligent aerial vehicles for urban and industrial applications. There is a massive distributive opportunity for UAVs and drones as we sustain fully autonomous, intelligent, and BVLOS flights. We are here to solve the fundamental problems of aerial vehicles and scale them from commercial applications to urban mobility. 

Q: How did you get the idea for Soar Robotics?

A: We have direct experience with using and developing UAV software and hardware in many industries. As we directly experienced the shortcomings of current drone technology, we see that the solution is at the fundamentals of the technology. And they are not addressed. In many industries, the main reasons that drones fail to scale operations are that they lack sufficient connectivity. As a result, they can't utilize cloud technologies and AI in real-time. We founded Soar Robotics to tackle the fundamental challenges of autonomous aerial vehicles to make intelligent aerial operations a reality, which in turn will provide high-quality and cost-efficient solutions for many industries.

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Alexis Renault 1 year ago Member's comment

Good luck on your crowdfunding campaign! Sounds pretty cool.

Angry Old Lady 1 year ago Member's comment

I remember reading about another startup drone company here on TalkMarkets:


Maybe you and Derek Waleko should team up or do some business together.

Alpha Stockman 1 year ago Member's comment

Sounds like an impressive company. Keep up the good work Kerem Ozkan.