March Event Will Showcase Pittsburgh as World Leader in Robotics

Panelists from Uber, Seegrid, Carnegie Robotics and Coal Hill Ventures

PITTSBURGH, March 2, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- On Tuesday, March 29, MIT Enterprise Forum Pittsburgh (MITEF Pittsburgh) will host Pittsburgh Presents Robotics: Why the World Is Watching. The event is expected to attract more than 150 leaders from Pittsburgh's academic, research, business and investor communities.

"Our vision," says John Whitehill, Chairman of MITEF Pittsburgh, "is to help create an entrepreneurial ecosystem in Pittsburgh that is both collaborative and comprehensive. The robotics event contributes to that goal by bringing together some of the world's most-accomplished robotics experts to share their insights on innovation, investment opportunities and commercialization."

Panelists will include John Bares, Director of the Uber Advanced Technology Center, Jim Rock, CEO of Seegrid, Steve DiAntonio, CEO of Carnegie Robotics, and Chris Moehle, Managing Director of Coal Hill Ventures.

David Kalson, Chair of Cohen & Grigsby's Emerging Business Group, will act as moderator. "This event," he says, "will showcase why the global community views Pittsburgh as the epicenter of robotics innovation."

Industry experts agree that the R&D focus of local universities has contributed significantly to Pittsburgh's role as a leader in robotics. "CMU has attracted the best robotics talent for decades," says Mr. Kalson, "and the University of Pittsburgh is making exciting inroads as well."

Uber's John Bares agrees that the region's qualities make it attractive to industry. "Pittsburgh is ripe for business investment. A growing innovation sector, access to top local talent and proximity to world-class research institutions are all reasons why we chose to make our home here."

Seegrid's Jim Rock adds, "We have deep Pittsburgh roots. Many of our team members are products of Pittsburgh's leading universities, and our technology is an outgrowth of CMU's Mobile Robot Lab."

Pittsburgh Presents Robotics: Why the World Is Watching will be held at Alpha Lab Gear on Tuesday, March 29, from 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM. The event is sponsored by Cohen & Grigsby, with support from ANSYS and Alpha Lab Gear. Register now.

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