Monday, December 5, 2016

Future of Robotics Summit: December 1, 2016 at Microsoft NERD

The MassTLC Future of Robotics Summit brought together nearly 200 attendees to hear firsthand about the latest research coming out of our world class research institutions and explore opportunities for commercialization, partnerships, go to market strategies and the impact robotics has on the future of how we work, live, and play.

 Tom Hopcroft kicks off the summit to nearly 200 attendees

Research Topics ranged from Surgical Robotics and Next Generation Soft Wearable Robots to TeleRobots and Automated Vehicles

Specific Researcher and topics were:
·         Chris Amato, Northeastern University - Multi-Robot Coordination with Uncertainty and Limited Communication
·         Harry Asada, MIT MechE - You can possess extra arms, legs, and fingers
·         Andrew Bennet, Olin College - Robot Applications and Activities in the Field
·         Whitney Crooks, Tufts University – Tufts Robotic Research
·         Gregory Fischer, Worcester Polytech Institute – Medical Robotics Research
·         Rod Grupen, University of Massachusetts Amherst - Robots that Believe
·         Robert Howe, Harvard University - Robotic hands and tactical sensing
·         Tomas Lozano-Perez, MIT/CSAIL -  Autonomous mobile manipulation in the presence of uncertainty
·         Roberto Tron, Boston University - Vision-based control and localization in multi-agent systems
·         Conor Walsh, Harvard University - Next Generation Soft Wearable Robots
·         Peter Whitney, Northeastern University - TeleRobot
·         Holly Yanco, University of Massachusetts Lowell - Human-robot interaction for assistive technology, disaster response, bystanders, and humanoids
·         Shlomo Zilberstein, University of Massachusetts Amherst - Transfer of Control in Semi-Autonomous Vehicles

Chris Amato, Northeastern University, discusses his Cooperative Beer Delivery System
Networking breaks included student demonstration tables from Northeasthern University, the University of MA/Lowell, Tufts University, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
A Path to Commercialization and Parntering Opportunities panel was moderated by Mark Smithers from Boston Engineering and panelists included:
  • Vinit Nijhawan, Boston University
  • Vicki Barbur, The MITRE Corporation
  • Andy Levine, Harvard Licensing IP
  • Steve Paschall, MassRobotics Innovation Hub

Path to Commercialization and Partnering Opportunities Panel

Veda Ferlazzo Clark, Manufacturing Initiatives, and Business Development SVP for MassDevelopment, describes the Advanced Manufacturing Futures Program & Grant

And final panel discussing Finding Your Perfect Match: Startups and Established Manufacturers, kept the attention of many as Peter Russo from MassMEP spoke about how to create a network of local supply chain vendors/manufacturers and the pros of keeping it local.  He then moderated a fireside chat between David Askey, Entrepreneur and Founder and CEO of Ascend Robotics and Bill Laursen, Vice President of Sales and Strategy at Coglin Companies.
David Akskey discusses what startups need
Special thanks to our sponsors of the event, Amazon Robotics, Brandeis University and Symbotic!

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