Tuesday, November 10, 2009

MassTLC's Robotics Cluster Meets with Delegation of Dutch Roboticists

Leaders of MassTLC's Robotics Cluster met with a delegation of Dutch Robotics industry and academic leaders to build relationships and learn more about robotics around the world. The primary focus of the delegation was assistive and medical robotics, and as such, Charles Remsberg, CEO of Hocoma gave a presentation on rehabilitative robotics. Also present to represent the Cluster were Cluster co-chair Tom Ryden, Kathleen Hagan, and more.

In the Netherlands, a cluster of research institutes and companies have organized into the 'Foundation for Advanced Robotics and Mechatronics', focusing on advancing research and education in the field of robotics. The delegation's goals with the visit were to establish contact with U.S. based companies and industry organizations to discuss the newest technological developments in the area of assistive and medical robotics, in order to explore potential topics for R&D collaboration.

The Dutch Robotics delegation briefed the MassTLC Robotics Cluster as well. Their delegation consisted of the following: Prof. Stefano Stramigioli, Full Professor of Advanced Robotics, University of Twente Impact; Dennis Schipper, CEO, Demcon; Bianca Screever, Demcon; Arthur Blom, Assistive Innovations; Freek Tonis, Hankamp Gears; Sarthak Misra, Assistant Professor, University of Twente MIRA; Fred van Houten, Full Professor of Design Engineering, University of Twente; Jan Emmerzaal, University of Twente; Martijn Kuit, Managing Director, University of Twente MIRA; Herman van der Kooij, University of Twente; Wilbert Pontenagel, Kennispark Twente; Michiel Jannink, Roessingh RD/Oost NV; Nico Arfman, Project Manager Health & Technology, Oost NV; Hans van Eerden, Press; Bart Sattler, Netherlands Office for Science and Technology, Royal Dutch Embassy; Mark van den Brandt, Netherlands Office for Science and Technology, Royal Dutch Embassy; and Eric Henning, KEMA Chalfont, PA.

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