Francis Govers is the designer of over 30 unmanned land, sea, air and space vehicles. He currently works at Bell Flight as Autonomy Lead for the Innovation Group. He is an Air Force veteran, was head of command and control for the International Space Station, Deputy Chief Engineer for Unmanned Systems at the US Army Future Combat Systems, participated in the DARPA Grand Challenge, and managed a Zeppelin airship.
At Sportvision, he supported the “Yellow Line” for NFL football, and designed the onboard telemetry system for NASCAR and IndyCar. He has published 45 articles or papers and authored the book “Artificial Intelligence for Robotics”. He received five outstanding achievement awards from NASA, the Pioneer Award from the National Space Society, and recognition from Scientific American for “World Changing Ideas”. Francis earned his master’s degree from Brandeis University.