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Robert Chen
President and CEO at AEssenseGrows


Bob is the Founder of AEssenseGrows and also serves as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. AEssenseGrows is a global agriculture technology company established to solve three 21st century issues: the need for high agriculture yields for a growing population, food safety, and conservation of resources.  To achieve these goals, the Company developed a family of precision automated indoor aeroponic plant growth system based on AEssenseGrows’ AEtrium platform – a connected, sensor-based, AI-enabled growing platform - which dramatically increase both the productivity and the sustainability of commercial cultivation.

Prior to AEssenseGrows, Bob had a long history of building successful businesses in Silicon Valley. He was the Co-founder, Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of RAE Systems – a global developer and manufacturer of rapidly-deployable, multi-sensor chemical and radiation detection monitors and networks –which was acquired by Honeywell in 2013.  Before that, he was the Founder, Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of AOT Corp. – a manufacturer of computer-aided test systems – which was acquired by Hewlett-Packard in 1991. Bob’s industry experience also includes various engineering and management positions at General Motors, General Electric, Tektronix, Fairchild Semiconductor and Hewlett-Packard Company. Bob has a BSEE from National Taiwan Cheng-Kung University, a MSEE from the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology and Advanced Engineer Degree from Syracuse University. Bob also graduated from OPM Class 18 of the Harvard Graduate School of Business.

Bob enjoys mentoring young professionals, photography, and travelling. He recently published a book called “From Shanghai to Silicon Valley: How to Start a High-Tech Company from Scratch” to inspire and guide aspiring entrepreneurs.

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Agenda Sessions

  • Panel Discussion: Controlled Environments: Indoor and Vertical Agriculture

    , 11:00am