MAY 5: Arduino Open Source Prototyping Build Night and Demo (click to register; space limited)
Learn about prototyping electro-mechanical products with leaders from the WPI Robotics Resource lab. We get to see sample projects and built one too using Arduinos!
"Arduino is an open-source electronics
prototyping platform of easy-to-use hardware and software. It's intended for
anyone wanting to build something with sensors, motors and actuators that can
These tools are appropriate for artists,
designers, hobbyists and anyone interested in creating interactive objects or
environments to this program and prototype design. Extra parts can include vision, lights, motors and more.
Registration includes your own Arduino
Kit so you will have something to take home with
want a kit? That's okay. Come listen, observe and cheer on someone else (use code NO-ARD if you DO NOT WANT a KIT). Deadline to order the kit is April 24th. The software is
available in advance to download to your computer which you will need to bring
to the event at http://arduino.cc $99 includes your own Arduino Kit, and food! SIG Members get a $20 discount.
Professor Brad Miller, Associate Director of the WPI Robotics Resource Center, enjoys taking complicated subjects and making them easy to
understand. Some of the projects he has worked on include developing WPILib,
the software library used by all FIRST Robotics Competition teams as the basis
for its robot programs. Brad is starting the FIRST/ WPI Research Center
initiative, a system for getting robotics engineering research and project work
into the hands of FIRST
Joseph St.Germain, Robotics Lab Manager,
has been lab manager for the Robotics Engineering Department for four years,
working closely with faculty, staff, and students on various projects, mostly
those pertaining to the core RBE classes. His background is in electrical and
mechanical engineering and computer science. Joseph likes spending weekends
with family and friends and enjoys snowboarding, wakeboarding, and motor
Feel free to buy your own kit. https://www.adafruit.com/products/68?&main_page=product_info&products_id=68
APRIL 7: Medical Robotics with VGo Remote Mobile Screen Communication, Myomo Myoelectric
Prosthetic Technology, Ximedica
Learn about the
technology used to help the medical field. Discuss the issues around developing
and growing a medical robotics and medical device company.
Paul R. Gudonis, CEO of Myomo, www.myomo.com
Peter N. Vicars, CEO and President of VGo, www.vgocom.com
Corey Libby, Program Manager, Ximedica www.ximedica.com
March 3: Makerspace Tools of the Trade Showcase
Come learn from those who help get products designed,
prototyped and manufactured. This showcase will be highlighting leading
companies and technologies that are being used today that can be leveraged to
give you a competitive advantage. And, we have another 3D printer coming our way! On deck:
- Mandy Hougas, CADD Edge, eCAD, mCAD, PCB, FPGA…design tools
- Alex Morena, Southwestern Industries, ProTrak CNC
- Gary Zurek, Kern Precision, utltraprecision machining
- Craig Barter, Paratronix,parylene conformal coating
- David Baines, MakerBot, desktop 3D printing and scanning
- Scott Rushier, Epilog Laser
- Greg Tuers, Solidscape, and his 3D printer!
Led by Dan Hulub
February 3, 2014: RoboSAM SIG: Six Sigma for a Lean World With Jack Reardon of QPS
Hands on and interactive program in Lean and Six Sigma business and manufacturing processes. Designed to eliminate
waste and improve efficiency, we will have a discussion and then a workshop
and team competition to design the best and most efficient process.
6, 2014: RoboSAM SIG: 3D Printing: What can you really do
With 3D Printing being used on everything from home
repair to fuel nozzles on aircraft engines to anatomical models, we ask: is it
a fad, an incremental improvement or a total disruption to manufacturing?
This month we will talk experts in the 3D Printing to
examine in what ways this technology is disrupting and/or enabling
manufacturing, research and design. Also on hand to examine will be a Makerbot Replicator 2.
Hear about what can and can't be done, about the different materials used, and software design tools.
Weinberg, President of Biomedical
Harrington, Co-founder of Neuron
Robotics, as well as work for Professor Fisher at WPI in order to
develop software for an MRI-compatible robot
Doberstein, Vice President of Sales for CAPINC, experts in 3D modeling
- ADDED: Jeremy Fryer-Biggs,
Founder, Mebotics, all-in-one milling and 3D printing
by Greg Tuers, Manufacturing Engineer at SolidScape and
RoboSAM SIG Committee Member
K.Harrington, C.Weinberg, E.Doberstein, J.Fryer-Biggs
November 4: Machine Learning and Ties to Artificial Intelligence
Forge new ground with pioneering innovators in enabling technologies in manufacturing and robotics with pioneer Bill
Taylor who wrote the book ‘What Every Engineer Should Know About Artificial
Intelligence,” to current Speech and Language Recognition engineer Bill
Millward from Nuance Communications, makers of Dragon Language Recognition Software.
to automation through machine learning, meet others and participate in
discussions about these enabling technologies in our Robotics, Sensors,
Automation and Manufacturing Special Interest Group.
In his 350 page book, “What Every Engineer
Should Know About Artificial Intelligence” published by the MIT Press and available at amazon.com,
is a classic from an early innovator. Bill has worked for the New York Times,
Ford, Chrysler, US Navy and was involved with NASA's Apollo project.
Bill Millward. Software
Engineer, sales exec and entrepreneur with companies in the telecom, voice
processing, speech recognition and mobile application space, Bill developed business
plans, products, strategies and organizations for startup and established
companies such as Nuance Comunications, Phonetic Systems, Glenayre, Dialogic,
VoiceTek and GTE. He was educated in Computer Science at Worcester Polytechnic
October 7: Fireside Chat with the Father of the PLC: DIck Morley
You've heard the term 'serial entrepreneur'? Well, this man is a serial inventor, ideator, and entrepreneur. Programmable Logic Controllers have changed the way manufacturing and other forms of automation are done. Hear his story.
September 9: Investor / Investee: A Frank Discussion About What Makes a Strong Partnership with John Kawola of Harvest Automation and VC Nick Pappas of Mass-Ventures.
August 5: Our first SIG meeting some STEM, some FUN, ...
Event Agenda: The Tools It Takes to Start a Sensors-based Product Company (aka Hardware)
Come meet some folks in the industry that have launched ventures and learn about what it has taken them to get this far. We'll discuss tools available, alliances and partnerships needed, and a few critical success factors.
Lisa Freed, iRobot STEM Outreach Team
Kryngle Daly, Founder, KBioSim and his robo dog
Kevin Harrington, Co-Founder, Neuron Robotics
Francisco Aguilar, Founder, Bounce Imaging
Moderated by Barbara Finer