September 8, 2014 Ethics in Robotics: Eldercare, medical, self directed. The future is now!
Does the idea of a self-learning and somewhat autonomous robot interest you? Scare you?
What about one that looked in on and helped an elderly relative? Child? What about Jibo? Would you have one in your home?
Learn how humanoid robots
converse with humans. Discuss the ethics involved with robots providing medical
care or service to human beings. What are the important issues related to robot
human interactions to keep in mind when starting a company creating robots to
work with humans?
Panel: Candace Sidner, Research Professor, Computer Science, WPI.
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. A Research
Professor at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, she has extensive experience in
industrial labs, and independent consultant on projects including the RESPECT
project for health information for clinical trials. She has recently worked on multimodal
(including gesture) interfaces using a humanoid robot for the role of
engagement in conversation. She 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. Company Website: http://www.wpi.edu/academics/cs/
July 14, 2014 What you need to know about your “Contract Manufacturers”
Learn from contract
manufacturers how they can help you with design, quality and cost of your
product in all phases of your product development (Design, Prototype, Materials, Low Volumes
Learn about their technology and capabilities and how to best work with them.
Moderator: Ashok Vichare, Kapeel Krishana
Account Manager, Tri-Star Design. Tricia is responsible for revenue growth through the
development of new client business, technical marketing strategies, and
strategic project management,Tricia offers an extensive range of product knowledge to our customers. Prior
to Tri-Star Design, Tricia was a with Texas Instruments
where she was responsible for analog and digital revenue growth at key New
England accounts. Tri-Star
Design has been providing electronic, mechanical and software product
development services to the high technology communities across North America.
Gregory Cronin, President & Founder, CASE Assembly Solutions. CASE Assembly Solutions Incorporated, an electronics contract
manufacturer located in South Easton Massachusetts. CASE is one
of the most well equipped electronics facilities in the industry with unique
processes not seen in any other facility. Automated systems aid in quotation,
material planning, production, quality control and other business functions.
Rob Olney, President, ETM Manufacturing. ETM Manufacturing, a 3 year Inc. 5000 recipient. Rob is the author of
two eBooks: Improving Trust In Your Supply Chain and Estimating Sheet Metal
Fabrication Costs. Rob has helped launch
hundreds of new products while working for General Electric, Flextronics and
Staples. ETM Manufacturing has been providing custom, precision fabrications and
machined components to some of the best New England-based original equipment
manufacturers in computing, energy, telecommunications, medical, printing and
other industrial equipment.
JUNE 2: Autonomous Robots, and Other Flying Objects
(Covered in the press on Wicked Local:
delivered to remote locations? Aerial views of property for sale? These
are just a few uses of autonomous robots. Regardless of the nomenclature, Drones, UAVs and Flying Robots are HOT! Get in tune to what's happening and what uses these create!
- Andrew Amato, DroneLife, Editor-in-Chief
- Ken Stafford, WPI, Associate Director, Robotics Engineering, Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering and Volunteer for FIRST.
- Terry Holland, Operations Advisory Group, Entrepreneur featured on WBUR (“With Drones Rising, ‘Rules of the
Some of Terry’s past business experience includes sensor technology
development, business start-up
and four time Winter Olympic Coach.
MAY 5: Arduino Open Source Prototyping Build Night and Demo
Learn about prototyping electro-mechanical products with leaders from the WPI Robotics Resource lab. We explore the types of sample projects and prototypes that can be built using these open source tool kits and software. Want to try it? Order a kit and we'll guide you through a build!
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
http://arduino.cc for software and kits at https://www.adafruit.com/products/68?&main_page=product_info&products_id=68
APRIL 7: Medical Robotics with VGo, Myomo and 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
- Jeremy Fryer-Biggs,
Founder, Mebotics, all-in-one milling and 3D printing
by Greg Tuers, Manufacturing Engineer at SolidScape and
RoboSAM SIG Committee Member
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