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Robotics, Sensors, Automation, Manufacturing SIG (RoboSAM)
1st Mondays, 5:30p-8:15p
(except for holidays so see Calendar, please). We start food, networking and registration at 5:30p with program proceedings about 6:15p. $25 up until a week before the program/ $30 until 2pm day of program/ $35 at door; Includes food. Members of this SIG are admitted free..

Our RoboSAM Sponsors. Thank you.

EMT Sponsor of RoboSAM SIG

This special interest group is targeted at the folks who make the products that help make the products and people using these tools to make their own product. Got it? This includes: manufacturing and manufacturers, prototyping, sensors, signal processing, testing, measurement, vision, robotics, automation and even MEMs and semiconductors.



March 7: Annual 3D Printing Program: Commercial Applications (click HERE to register)

For our 3rd annual program, we will have a seminar on applications of 3D printing in product design, rapid prototyping and development. Included will be some tips and tricks such as choosing materials and creating finished parts.

Yes, we'll have a 3D printer and some samples.

Some of the topics:

  • How PolyJet and FDM 3D printing works
  • Jigs and fixtures using 3D printing
  • Other applications: prototype tooling, medical applications and more

Our Panel:

  • David Stockbower is Business Development manager with CADD Edge

David Stockbower, Cadd Edge, 3D printing, U Mass Lowell 


David Stockbower is Business Development manager with CADD Edge, and has held several Product Development, Sales and Marketing roles at manufacturing companies for 17 years. He completed a Master’s Degree of Engineering (and BS) in Plastics Engineering from U. Mass Lowell and an MBA with Vanderbilt University. His Master’s thesis was on 3D Rapid Tooling in 2002 and holds 6 design patents.

CADD Edge is a certified value-added reseller of SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD, Stratasys 3D Printers, Mentor Graphics, Anark and Omnify PLM Software. These “best-in-class” solutions are for engineering, manufacturing and design teams.

Contact the Chairs if you have an interest in serving on the Steering Committee. One year+ commitment,  attendance at committee meetings and programs, ability to attract panelists/speakers/cases and organize/ moderate the program 2x a year in a timely fashion. Build a strong(er) network, meet interesting people, lead, and help. Membership included as a small reward fro us to you.

CommitteeDean Cook, Peter Mongeau, Kapeel Krishana, Barb Finer

    Robotics, manufacturing, sensors, Mems, imaging, and industrial automation cluster at TechSandBoxRobotics, manufacturing, and industrial automation cluster at TechSandBox        Dean Cook and Baxter   Kapeel Krishana   Peter Mongeau, ElectMechTech EMT    

Speaker’s Name:     Candace Sidner

Speaker’s Title:       Research Professor, Computer Science

Short Bio:                   Candace L. (Candy) Sidner has a long-standing interest in human communication and collaboration, and their application to agents, robots and interfaces, especially those using gesture, social behavior, speech, and natural language.  


Candy is a Research Professor at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, with extensive experience in industrial labs, and independent consultant on projects including the RESPECT project for health information for clinical trials. She is PI of the Always On Relational Agent project with Chuck Rich at WPI and Tim Bickmore at Northeastern University, Co-PIs. She has recently worked on multimodal (including gesture) interfaces using a humanoid robot for the role of engagement in conversation.  


Candy is a Fellow and past Councilor of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, was elected a Fellow of the Association for Computational Linguistics in 2013, and is a senior member of the IEEE.  She has been general chair for a number of conferences, and services on two journal editorial boards.  She was also President of the Association for Computational Linguistics.  She received her Ph.D. from MIT in Computer Science.


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Company Pitch:    WPI’s Computer Science program is as diverse and varied as the field of computer science itself, offering course work and specializations in areas such as human-robotic interaction, intelligent tutoring and educational data mining, bioinformatics, computer security and privacy, and graphics and animation among many others. 

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