About Humatics

Humatics is developing the new category of microlocation products to enable a world of precise, collaborative relationships between people, places and things.

We are committed to Human FirstTM design – the simple idea that people remain essential to the technologies that enrich their lives.


David A. Mindell

Founder & CEO

David A. Mindell, PhD—Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Dibner Professor of the History of Engineering and Manufacturing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology—has spent twenty-five years researching the myriad relationships between people and machines. He has led or contributed to more than 25 oceanographic expeditions and developed and commercially licensed spread-spectrum sonar technologies for undersea navigation. He is the author of five books, including Our Robots, Ourselves: Robotics and the Myths of Autonomy (2015), Digital Apollo: Human and Machine in the First Six Lunar Landings (2008), and Between Human and Machine: Feedback, Control, and Computing Before Cybernetics (2000).

Gary A. Cohen

Founder & President

Gary A. Cohen has nearly 30 years of experience as a technology executive, lawyer, and intellectual property strategist. He has worked with leading technology companies focusing on early-stage and advanced research and development and has held significant positions at paradigm-changing organizations, including Genetics Institute, Genzyme Transgenics, Millennium Pharmaceuticals, and Foundation Medicine.

Greg Charvat

Chief Technology Officer

An innovator and pioneer in the development of small, high-precision radars, Gregory L. Charvat, PhD, is the author of Small and Short-Range Radar Systems and co-founder of Hyperfine Research Inc. and Butterfly Network Inc. At MIT Lincoln Laboratory Greg created a through-wall radar imaging system, and at the MIT Media Lab he built the Time of Flight Microwave Camera. He is an editor of the book series Modern and Practical Approaches to Electrical Engineering, and his MIT course “Build a Small Radar” was the top-ranked MIT professional education course in 2011.

James Kinsey

Chief Robotics Officer

James Kinsey, PhD, is an expert in navigation, control, and autonomy in field robotics. James has spent the last decade working at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution designing and operating deep-ocean robots as well as navigation systems for manned and unmanned systems such as the Alvin manned submersible. His research has appeared in over 30 peer-reviewed publications. He has spent over a year at sea on expeditions to the Challenger Deep, the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and the 2016 El Faro shipwreck. He received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from The John Hopkins University.


Bob Ballard

Founding Advisor

Robert D. Ballard, PhD, is a former United States Navy officer and a professor of oceanography and Director of the Center for Ocean Exploration at the University of Rhode Island. Best known for his work in marine geology and underwater archaeology, Bob is the discoverer of the wrecks of the RMS Titanic, the battleship Bismarck, and the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown. Bob worked for more than 30 years at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, where he now serves as scientist emeritus. He is founder and president of the Ocean Exploration Trust, which owns and operates the E/V Nautilus. Bob has received the Explorers Medal from the Explorers Club, the Hubbard Medal from the National Geographic Society, the Lindbergh Award, and the National Endowment for the Humanities Medal. Bob’s decades of experience operating robots in extreme environments advances Humatics’ commitment to developing precision robotic systems for daily use.

Dave Scott

Founding Advisor

David Randolph “Dave” Scott is an MIT-educated engineer, retired U.S. Air Force officer, former test pilot, and former NASA astronaut. He belonged to the third group of NASA astronauts, selected in October 1963. As an astronaut, Dave flew on the Gemini 8 and Apollo 9 missions, and as commander of Apollo 15, he became the seventh person to walk on the Moon. Before becoming an astronaut, Dave graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point and joined the United States Air Force. He graduated from the Air Force Experimental Test Pilot School and Aerospace Research Pilot School. Dave retired from the Air Force in 1975 with the rank of colonel and more than 5,600 hours of flying time. Through his role in the development and operation of the Apollo guidance system, Dave was an early proponent of automated systems that fully embrace human skill and judgment.


Steven Holtzman

CEO and President,
Decibel Therapeutics

Steven Holtzman joined Decibel Therapeutics in 2016. He brought more than 30 years of biotechnology industry experience at Biogen, Inc., where he was executive vice president of corporate development; Infinity Pharmaceuticals, where he was founder, CEO, and chair of the board of directors; Millennium Pharmaceuticals (now Takeda Oncology), where he was chief business officer; and DNX Corporation, where he was founder and executive vice president. From 1996 to 2001, Steve served as a presidential appointee to the U.S. National Bioethics Advisory Commission, and he sits on the boards of Humatics, PMV Pharma, Visterra, The Sync Project, and Molecular Partners. He holds a BA in philosophy from Michigan State University and a BPhil in philosophy from Corpus Christi College, Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.

Thomas Lee

Professor, Electrical Engineering, Stanford University

Tom joined the Stanford faculty in 1994 after several years of design and development work at Analog Devices and Rambus Inc. Tom’s areas of research include CMOS radio frequency integrated circuit design and all types of analog circuitry, including high-speed radio frequency communications systems. He holds approximately 70 U.S. patents and is the author of The Design of CMOS Radio-Frequency Integrated Circuits and Planar Microwave Engineering, both from Cambridge University Press. He is a co-founder of Matrix Semiconductor (acquired by Sandisk), ZeroG Wireless (acquired by Microchip), and Ayla Networks. He holds SB, SM and ScD degrees in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Frank Moss

Co-founder and Chairman, Twine Health and Matter.io

In 2012 Frank Moss co-founded Twine Health, a developer of IT platforms for patient-centric chronic care, and in 2013 he co-founded Matter.io, which provides small-batch manufacturing services for independent designers and makers. From 2006 to 2011 he served as director of the MIT Media Lab and Jerome B. Wiesner Professor of Media Arts and Sciences at MIT. Frank began his career at IBM and went on to become CEO and chairman of Tivoli Systems (sold to IBM in 1996) and co-founder of Infinity Pharmaceuticals. He was also co-founder of Bowstreet (acquired by IBM) and Bluefin Labs (acquired by Twitter). He graduated from Princeton University and received master’s and PhD Degrees from MIT.

Ray Stata

Co-founder and Chairman,
Analog Devices

Ray Stata co-founded Analog Devices, Inc. in 1965, and built it into a leading provider of signal processing equipment. He was CEO of the company from 1971 to 1996 and continues today as chairman of the board. In the public service realm, he co-founded the Massachusetts High Technology Council and served on the Executive Committee of the federal Council on Competitiveness and the board of overseers of the Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award. Ray is the co-author of Global Stakes (1982) and The Innovators (1984) and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering. He is the founder of Stata Venture Partners. He holds BS and MS degrees in electrical engineering from MIT and served as a member of the MIT Corporation from 1984 to 2010.

David Mindell

Founder & CEO, Humatics

Gary Cohen

Founder & President, Humatics