About RoadBotics by Michelin

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RoadBotics by Michelin transforms your visual infrastructure data into meaningful maps using artificial intelligence.

RoadWay, the advanced AI platform that launched RoadBotics, has enabled over 250 governments worldwide to objectively assess and manage their road networks. AgileMapper, the newest interactive mapping platform, empowers you to quickly inventory assets and note their condition, efficiently monitor the progress of multiple projects, and clearly communicate with your team. 

RoadBotics was spun out of Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Mellon University’s (CMU) Robotics Institute in 2016 and has raised $11.4M in venture capital investment to date. We envision applying our technology to improve not only the world’s roads, but also the critical infrastructure that impacts people’s lives every day.

RoadBotics was acquired by the Michelin Group in July 2022. They join Michelin DDi, a start-up activity from Michelin Group specialized in driving behavior data analysis that is committed to save lives by developing solutions and insights to make roads safer.


Strategic Advisors

Courtney Ehrlichman
RoadBotics Co-Founder, CEO of Ehrlichman Group

Randell Iwasaki, P.E.
Executive Director, Contra Costa Transportation Authority

Ahmed Faheem, PhD
Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Temple University

Mitchell Weiss
Professor of Management Practice, Richard L. Menschel Faculty Fellow, Harvard Business School

john porcari, advisors

John D. Porcari
President at Axilion USA and Managing Partner at 3P Enterprises

Leadership Team

Benjamin Schmidt, PhD

Co-Founder and CEO
Ben has been the leader of product development at RoadBotics since its inception. With a Ph.D. in engineering, he has extensive experience in bringing machine learning technologies out of the research lab and successfully into the market.  Ben brings a data-driven management culture to the team in order to rapidly grow the company in a fast-paced, start-up environment. This is done by developing and executing on a cohesive strategic vision for the company.

Christoph Mertz, PhD

Co-Founder and Chief Scientist
In 1998, Christoph received his Ph.D. in physics from Arizona State University. After continuing his nuclear physics research for another year, he joined the CMU Robotics Institute research staff. There he developed surround sensing and object detection systems for intelligent vehicles and search and rescue robots. In 2016, Dr. Mertz became Co-Founder and Chief Scientist at RoadBotics while remaining Principal Project Scientist at CMU.

Ken Durrett

Chief Financial Officer
Ken has been with RoadBotics since early 2017. He brings a wide array of financial and business experience in fast growing companies, developing scalable back office systems, raising capital and delivering improved profitability. Ken has held a number of senior management positions including CFO and President for  various companies including early stage venture backed companies. He began his career working for Price Waterhouse (now PWC).  Ken is a Certified Public Accountant with a degree in Accounting.
Bill Griffin

Bill Griffin

Vice President of Sales
Bill serves as RoadBotic's VP of Sales and leads our Global Channel Partner Alliances. He brings 20 years of sales leadership working for Fortune 500 and startup technology organizations. He has experience in the utilities, financial services, and government sectors. Bill holds a B.S. in Management Information Systems from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  

Jill Bejger-Frederick

Marketing Director
Jill's experience in marketing comes from a wide range of industries- from amusement parks and casinos to tech start-ups and construction companies. The teams she has led and collaborated with have created compelling content, designed award-winning campaigns, managed promotional events, and launched successful products- and her team at RoadBotics is no different! Jill holds degrees in Communications and Public Relations from California University of Pennsylvania. 

Ryan Gayman

Chief Strategy Officer
Ryan leads RoadBotics’ corporate strategy, including strategic initiatives and . partnerships. He is committed to leveraging technology to solve global infrastructure challenges. As an early team member to RoadBotics, he has served in a variety of product and commercial roles. Ryan brings a broad, cross-sector background to his role that involves leadership and advisory roles in government, technology, consulting and academia. Ryan holds a degree in Urban Studies and Anthropology from the University of Pittsburgh.

Matt Lucas

Chief Technology Officer
Matt has spent his career helping build start-ups that specialize in using artificial intelligence to enhance human decision making. With a strong background in engineering and product development, he uses a hands-on approach to leadership and works with cross-functional teams to push continuous improvement. Before joining RoadBotics, Matt was a part of the executive team at a technology firm that used machine learning to predict market movements and has spent the last ten years working at start-ups in various industries.

Josh Plumley, PhD

Principal Software Engineer
Josh has led engineering teams for 10+ years in a variety of spaces, including transportation, pharmaceutical, energy, and, of course, road asset management. He has a Ph.D. and two postdocs in theoretical chemistry. His background in researching neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's using quantum mechanics gives him a unique view on building efficient solutions to complicated problems.