The Gary Fowler | Dr Juxi Leitner Interview

The Gary Fowler | Dr Juxi Leitner Interview

Date: March 17, 2021 Time: 11:00 - 11:30 Zoom


Dr Juxi Leitner
Co-Founder and Managing Director at LYRO Robotics
Juxi has extensive experience in robotics, AI, and entrepreneurship. He is Cofounder and Managing Director of LYRO Robotics, a Brisbane-based, venture-backed company building smart robots to help overcome the labor shortage in the supply chain. Juxi started his first venture at age 15 in Austria and has spent the better part of the last two decades in research and academia with short stints in industry and a year at the European Space Agency.

Before starting LYRO, Juxi led the robotics manipulation efforts at the Australian Centre for Robotic Vision (ACRV), most notably leading Team ACRV to victory in the Amazon Robotics Challenge. He has authored 100+ publications and is known globally as a leading researcher in robotic vision, learning, and grasping. He was awarded a PhD from the Universita della Svizzera italiana (USI) for his work on robotic learning and grasping, at the Swiss AI Lab (IDSIA). He further holds two Master of Science (Space Science and Technology / Space Robotics and Automation) and a Bachelor of Science (Software and information engineering) degree.

LYRO is creating smart robotic systems to overcome the labor shortage in the supply chains. The team’s focus on the brain, the eyes, and the hands, has led LYRO to deploy the world’s first general fresh produce, pattern packing robotic system. These robots are quick to deploy, can retrofit existing operations, and are inherently scalable, making a real difference to farmers and packing house operators that are missing thousands of workers right now.


Gary Fowler
CEO, President, and Co-founder of GSD Venture Studios
Award-winning Senior level executive with 30+ years of success in global strategic innovation leadership, sales, marketing, operational and investment management. CEO and Co-Founder of the award-winning growth stage AI venture studio, GSD Venture Studios. Co-Founder of the award-winning AI startup as well as the investment firm, DY Investments. Gary was involved in the management team of ClickSoftware that was recently sold for $1.35 billion dollars to SalesForce. Gary raised several rounds of funding to position as a leading AI employee engagement company. Gary is a recognized expert in entrepreneurship (including entrepreneurial education), lean startup methods, innovation management, and technology development. Consultant to numerous international companies and startups. Extensive experience with fundraising and a successful IPO (CKSW). Executive level positions in top tier companies: ClickSoftware, Mirantis, Siemens, HP, etc. Founder of Fowler International, Tecra,, Findo, GSD Venture Studios, GVA LaunchGurus (Co-Founder), Fowler Development, Broadiant, DY Investments, Zemplee (Co-Founder), and more.  Gary was recently named “One of the 10 Most Inspiring Global AI Executives in 2020”.
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