Dr. Matanya Horowitz is the founder and CEO of AMP Robotics, an industrial artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics company applying automation to modernize recycling and enable a world without waste.
He developed and commercialized AMP’s breakthrough AI platform, AMP Neuron™, and robotics system, AMP Cortex™, which automates the high-speed identification, sorting, picking, and processing of material streams. AMP’s machine learning technology continuously improves performance by adapting to the complex, ever-changing material characteristics of municipal solid waste, construction and demolition (C&D) debris, and e-waste. Recognizing attributes down to the SKU and brand level, AMP can provide unprecedented data transparency and insights on waste streams to inform decisions and unite the value chain of circularity.
Fast Company recognized Matanya as one of 2020’s “Most Creative People in Business.” Waste360 named Horowitz its “2019 Innovator of the Year,” and included him on its annual “40 Under 40” list. Under his leadership, AMP has received numerous awards and international recognition, including Fast Company’s “World’s Most Innovative Companies for 2020,” Forbes “AI 50,” Fortune’s “Impact 20,” an Innovation Award from Robotics Business Review, a Colorado 2020 “Inno on Fire” award, Cleantech Group’s 2021 Cleantech 100 and 2020 “Rising Star Company of the Year” award, The Circulars 2018 Award for “Circular Economy Top Tech Disruptor” at the World Economic Forum in Davos, and the National Waste and Recycling Association’s “2017 Innovator of the Year” award.
He earned four bachelor’s degrees, in electrical engineering, computer science, applied mathematics, and economics, along with a master’s degree in electrical engineering, from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He holds a doctorate in control and dynamical systems from the California Institute of Technology, with publications and research in control theory, path planning, and computer vision.