CTO, ID3 Chief Architect
Dr. Patrick Deegan is the founder of DAC Technologies, a leading consultancy and design firm focused on decentralized and autonomous systems. He also serves on the leadership team of ID2020, whose mission is to provide legal digital identities for all by 2020.
Patrick earned a M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts where he also designed and implemented several humanoid robots including the uBot-5 and uBot-6. He also co-founded digitROBOTICS, a start-up that developed mobile manipulation software in partnership with the NASA Johnson Space Center. This work was subsequently utilized as the mobile dexterous base for the MIT Media Lab Nexi, named one of TIME Magazine’s Best Inventions of 2008. He holds several patents and while at Rethink Robotics, helped to develop Baxter, a collaborative robot for workforce flexibility that was named one of TIME Magazine’s Best Inventions of 2012.
Patrick was previously the CTO of the Institute of Data Driven Design (ID3), a research non-profit in collaboration with the Human Dynamics Group at MIT’s Media Lab. He continues as the Chief Architect of the Open Mustard Seed (OMS) Project, an open-source Trust Framework for developing and deploying secure and cloud-based and mobile applications. Harnessing the latest advances in Trusted Computing, Internet of Things, and Blockchain technologies, OMS empowers its users with Self-Sovereign Identity, enables the governed exchange of digital assets, financial instruments, and personal information, and forms the basis for the next generation of transparent and responsive digital ecosystems.