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Concertmaster

Edwin Olson joined the Ypsilanti Symphony Orchestra in 2011 and has served as concertmaster since 2013. He previously served as concertmaster of the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra in Massachusetts and played with the MIT Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Olson started violin as a five-year old, playing continuously through school and touring with the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphony. He plays a violin by Ann Arbor maker Joseph Curtin.

Mr. Olson earned a PhD in computer science from MIT in 2008 for his work on robotic mapping. He joined the computer science department at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in 2008 and was promoted to full Professor in 2020. His professional interests include self-driving cars, and he has contributed to autonomous vehicles at MIT, U-M, Ford, and Toyota Research Institute. In 2017, he founded May Mobility, an Ann Arbor-based startup creating self-driving shuttles with the vision of transforming cities by making transportation more equitable, accessible, and sustainable. Mr. Olson lives in Ann Arbor with his wife and two children.