Robotics Conference and Exhibit Looks to the Future of Autonomous Systems

The New England chapter of the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) is hosting ROBOTICA 2016, its second annual robotics and autonomous systems trade show and conference at the Devens Commons Center in Devens, MA on June 7th, 8th & 9th.

The New England chapter of the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) is hosting ROBOTICA 2016, its second annual robotics and autonomous systems trade show and conference at the Devens Commons Center in Devens, MA on June 7th, 8th & 9th.

During the three day event, guests can tour the exhibits and live demonstration areas, as well as attend over 25 sessions, led by 90+ robotics industry experts in subjects touching on a broad range of applications. Panel topics include: driverless cars, ground based robotic platforms, unmanned aerial vehicles (drones), personal assistance robots, manufacturing & warehousing technologies, maritime surface & subsurface unmanned vehicles, robotics in surgery, prosthetics & therapeutic solutions, telepresence robots and a host of business strategy programs for technology development and investment.
"AUVSI New England is proud to host this event to showcase the remarkable and diverse robotics work happening in the Commonwealth," said Waseem Naqvi, President of AUVSI New England. "There are a wealth of experts in this region and that has allowed us to put together a world-class program."
Keynote speakers include: Brian Wynne (AUVSI, President); Marke "Hoot" Gibson (FAA, Senior Advisor, Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration); Katie Stebbins (Massachusetts HED -Assistant Secretary of Innovation, Technology, and Entrepreneurship); Thatcher Kezer (MassDevelopment, Senior Vice President of Devens); John Leonard (Toyota Research Institute, Area Lead Autonomous Driving); Peter Wurman (Technical Co-Founder and CTO of Kiva Systems/Amazon Robotics); and Dan Kara (ABI Research, Research Director, Robotics).
The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) has signed on as the Platinum Sponsor for the event. Additional sponsors include Wolf, Greenfield & Sacks, P.C., WPI, Exponent, and Harmonic Drive.
"BCG is pleased to be partnering with AUVSI New England as a sponsor of this year's Robotica summit," said Mel Wolfgang, a Boston-based senior partner at The Boston Consulting Group, who will be speaking at the event. "Our participation is a reflection of our ongoing commitment to help drive the development of a robust robotics community. We're thrilled that Robotica is in our backyard and we view it as a way to invest in the local business community and to learn about exciting new technologies and opportunities from industry experts."
The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) is the world's largest nonprofit organization devoted exclusively to advancing the unmanned systems and robotics community. Serving more than 7,500 members from government organizations, industry and
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academia, AUVSI is committed to fostering, developing, and promoting unmanned systems and robotics technologies. AUVSI members are focused in defense, civil and commercial sectors, as well as environmental resource management and scientific research.
AUVSI New England is a 501(c)(6) N-F-P corporation, registered in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and is a leading regional organization representing the views of the unmanned systems and robotics community to government officials, regulators, media outlets and the public. AUVSI New England is committed to helping shape sound and effective technology policy by advocating on behalf of our community, monitoring legislation and assessing the global opportunity and impact of the industry. We represent the industry in congressional hearings, participate in policy coalitions and rule making committees, collaborate with various trade associations and stakeholders, and provide industry insight through our diverse knowledge base to serve and achieve the interests of our community.
AUVSI-NE Mission Statement - Advancing the unmanned systems and robotics community through education, advocacy and leadership.
a) Provide an organization for individuals who have a common interest in, and who wish to foster and expand, the domain of Unmanned Vehicle Systems
b) Advance technology through collaborative initiatives
c) Exchange ideas and information in the field of Unmanned Vehicle Systems and to recognize the advances and contributions thereto
d) Promote the education of the membership and the general public in the field of Unmanned Vehicle Systems
e) Document the history of Unmanned Vehicle Systems
ROBOTICA 2016 is Sponsored by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), Wolf, Greenfield & Sacks, P.C. (Wolf Greenfield), Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), Exponent, Inc., and Harmonic Drive LLC.
The event was coordinated with support from: MassDevelopment, Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council (MassTLC), AvWatch & The Massachusetts UAS Test Center, MassRobotics, The Sproul Group, C-Level Interim Executives, Exponent, New England Safety Partners, Engility, Raytheon, Unmanned Aerial Systems Development, Inc. (UASD), and WPI. Additional promotional consideration provided through: MIT Entrepreneurial Forum (MITEF), Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MassMEP), Smaller Business Association of New England (SBANE).

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