Committed to cultivating
breakthrough unmanned technologies.

Advanced Intelligent Systems is a leading custom robotics company with the Intellectual Property (IP)  to create affordable, autonomous custom robotic solutions to solve real industry problems.

The AIS Story

The company was founded in 2013 by Farhang Bidram (CTO), a robotics entrepreneur with more than 20 years in robotic business development and management, and Robert Vahedi (COO), a managing consultant engineer with more than 20 years of international experience at various tech companies, financial institutions and business corporations.

The two met with a vision to provide a solution to the imminent need for companies to automate tasks that are difficult or dangerous to perform. And so Advanced Intelligent Systems was born out of the desire to provide custom robotic solutions to industries faced with automation challenges. The company started with a focused team of electrical and robotics engineers and has grown to 35 team members, with professional expertise in robotics, engineering, sales & marketing and management.

Today, the company attracts top talent from industry and leading universities, as the company provides an opportunity to work in a game-changing industry with one of the world’s top robotics’ companies.

Meet the team

October 2013

AIS founded by Farhang Bidram and Robert Vahedi.

June 2014

AIS starts R&D in partnership with universities, industry and governments.

March 2016

AIS creates proof of concept for BigTop.

April 2018

AIS starts field tests with BigTop.

October 2018

AIS initiates R&D to create a suite of practical autonomous mobile robots.

February 2019

AIS has 21 filed patents with 409 unique claims.

Advanced Intelligent Systems has the Intellectual Property to provide custom robotic solutions for numerous practical applications to solve industry’ automation challenges. Today the company has 23 patents for various industry applications, which combine our modular hardware platform with our software platform, employing IoRT (Internet of Robotic Technology) expertise.


AIS started with designing a modular custom robot for nurseries, which play an integral part in today’s horticulture industry. The need for labor in the horticulture and nursery industries has been steadily climbing, however year after year, the industry faces shortages in finding hands to perform the repetitive and labor intensive tasks necessary in their operation.

BigTop. The custom robotics solution for nurseries

Bigtop is AIS’s flagship autonomous custom robot. It was designed to solve the repetitive and laborious task of moving and spacing pots within nurseries. BigTop is currently in use at Van Belle Nursery in Abbotsford, one of the largest nurseries growing plants for distribution all over North America.

Our autonomous custom mobile robots have a modular hardware platform that is integrated with a software base, controlled and automated through the cloud.  This gives us the flexibility to customize tasks. In nurseries, our custom robot can space plants; move pots into carts or from a platform; and eventually will be able to pull carts to ease the task of moving plant pots around the nursery. Pruning is another challenge that BigTop will soon be able to perform, as this type of automation is desperately needed in the horticulture industry.

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While our custom robots are currently in the field in the nursery and horticulture industries, AIS is positioned to solve a number of automation challenges. We are developing IP for custom robotics solutions for other industries, such as warehousing, mining, surveillance and film.

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Unique Business Model

Our RaaS (Robot as a Service) business model makes automation affordable.

Now companies that couldn’t afford to automate, can. We provide our custom robots on a service basis, eliminating the initial capital investment. Our clients start realizing the value immediately, in cost-savings through increased productivity and enhanced performance made possible by automation.

The AIS solution has huge potential. In today’s manufacturing industries, leading companies are needing to automate as we enter Industry 4.0, and this can present a critical challenge. But now industries do not need to expose their workers to dangerous and repetitive tasks, and labor can be directed to more value-added activities.

And that is good news for companies, their workers, and the planet. AIS, work made easier.