About Us

WELCOME TO SAFE PRO AI

INNOVATING PROTECTION

Safe Pro AI (a Safe Pro Group Inc. company) was founded in 2020 following years of research into the utilization of drones and AI (artificial intelligence) to automate the detection of landmines and unexploded ordnance (UXO).

Safe Pro AI’s machine learning and vision-based processing capabilities are being leveraged with Safe Pro Group’s drone operational expertise to deliver a powerful ‘Next-Gen’ approach to situational awareness. This new capability is also synergistic with other Safe Pro Group portfolio solutions, for example, more effectively guiding and aiding ground personnel equipped with our state-of-the-art ballistic protection products in completing their life-saving security missions or in accelerating the drone-based analysis of critical infrastructure.

THE NEED FOR NEXT-GEN MINE DETECTION

Artificial intelligence and drones can be useful tools in the de-mining process in both in active conflicts zones such as Ukraine or in post-conflict zones such as Afghanistan, Cambodia, or Bosnia-Herzegovina. According to recent data from the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, the threat of anti-personnel landmines and unexploded ordnance is present in over 60 countries across Africa, the Middle East, South America, Southeast Asia, and throughout mainland China and Russia. These explosive devices expose thousands of civilians to potentially life-threatening injuries and death on a daily basis (7,000+ casualties per year).

The global scope and scale of the issue confirms the inadequacy of today’s manual demining process as being slow, labor-intensive, and dangerous. That is why Safe Pro AI believes there is a clear need for innovative and practical ways to increase the efficiency and safety of demining utilizing drones and AI/machine learning technology.

An image titled, "Where are the landmines? Global landmine contamination Status 2022" with an image of the world map and various regions are highlighted. Source: Landmine and Cluster Munition Monitor

Our Team

Dan Erdberg

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Erdberg has over 20 years of experience as a C- Level technology executive, having led recent NASDAQ listings in the Drone, 5G, and SatCom sectors where he led organizations in executive capacities including as CEO, President and COO.

Jasper Baur

Co-Founder and Lead Scientist

Mr. Baur is a doctoral candidate at Columbia University researching landmine detection with a specialization in remote sensing, computer vision, and near-surface geophysics.

Gabriel Steinberg

Co-Founder, Lead Software and AI Engineer

Mr. Steinberg has worked in multiple state-of-the-art AI & software teams in universities & industry implementing technologies for bioinformatics, drone-based computer vision, bioacoustic monitoring and large scale digital twin simulations.

Dr. John Frucci

Chair, Safe Pro AI Advisory Board

Dr. Frucci serves as the Chairman of the Safe Pro AI Advisory Board and is currently the Director of the Center for Fire & Explosives, Forensic Investigations Training & Research (CENFEX) and of the Global Consortium for Explosive Hazard Mitigation at Oklahoma State University.

Freddy Lee Polk

Director of Operations, Ukraine

Mr. Polk is a leader and expert in the development of business operations and training programs designed to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of public and private sector organizations. Mr. Polk led multiple missions in natural disasters and conflict-driven crises including Afghanistan, Indian Ocean Earthquake and Tsunami, Sudan and Haiti, as a Senior humanitarian Advisor for the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) & UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA).

Carl E. Case

Director of Humanitarian Demining

Mr. Case served in the US Army for over 26 years, holding positions in planning, directing, and advising military operations including over two decades with the Organization of American States (OAS) Program of Comprehensive Action Against Antipersonnel Mines.

Dan Young

Humanitarian Mine Action (HMA) Program Manager

Mr Young served in the British Army as an Ammunition Technical Officer, leading C-IED and Capacity Building projects throughout the Middle East and Northern Africa. Having specialized in Weapons Technical Intelligence, he has been involved in the development of novel C-IED ISR Capabilities with Coalition Forces. He has worked in both commercial and humanitarian sectors and, most recently, in Ukraine, leading a Mine Action Program.

Anthony W. Brinkley

Explosive Ordnance Disposal Advisor

Mr. Brinkley has over 34 years of experience in the Unexploded Ordnance Disposal (UXO)/Explosive Ordnance Disposal (OED) industry including 25 years with the U.S. Navy. Mr. Brinkley has continued to support the EOD community by conducting and overseeing hundreds of Munitions and Explosives of Concern (MEC) removal projects.

Kevin Raison

Member, Safe Pro AI Advisory Board

Kevin Raison, M.Sc. has over 28 years of experience in artificial intelligence research, software development, and infrastructure engineering. He is an expert on AI research and custom software development having worked on projects for DARPA, NASA, and the ARL, ranging from autonomous spacecraft control systems to self-healing operating systems to fully autonomous cyber warfare agents.