Ken Tran
Ken Tran

Ken Tran

Koidra Inc.

Kenneth Tran is the Founding CTO of Koidra. Koidra is a tech startup based in Seattle with a mission of making manufacturing smarter and more efficient, via innovations in industrial IoT and AI. Koidra has received numerous awards for the application of its tech in autonomous greenhouses.


Before Koidra, Kenneth was a Principal Applied Scientist in the Machine Learning Group, Microsoft Research. His research expertise and experience includes Reinforcement Learning, Deep Learning, Optimization, and Distributed Computing. At Microsoft, he led the research and development for strategic AI projects such as Deep Reinforcement Learning for real-world control problems, Computer Vision API for Cognitive Services, Autonomous Greenhouses.


Ken Tran led his team — Koala: a collaboration between Koidra Inc., Cornell Univ., and Rutgers Univ. — to win the 2022 2022 Autonomous Greenhouse Challenge.
Ken Tran led his team — Sonoma: a collaboration between Microsoft Research and the Harrow Research Center — to win the first Autonomous Greenhouse Challenge, on cucumbers.