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Robotics, Sensors, Automation, Manufacturing SIG
1st Mondays, 5:30p-8p
(except for holidays so see Calendar, please).
$20 Advance (the Friday before program at 5pm) /$35 Door unless otherwise noted. Includes food. Members of this SIG are admitted free.

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. This includes: manufacturing and manufacturers, prototyping, sensors, signal processing, testing, measurement, vision. 



October 6: Wearable Sensors  click to register

Learn what is the industry doing to provide wearables and sensors in the marketplace to enhance our life and what opportunities exist for entrepreneurs to fulfill.


  • Ben Cooper, Wearable Baby
  • Frank McGillin,  NeuroMetrix
  • Doug McClure, FitLinxx

Ben Cooper, Warable Baby, sensors  Doug McClure, FitLinxx  Frank McGillin, NeuroMetriz

Ben Cooper, Wearable Baby: Ben is a passionate business and product developer driven by the need to find practical solutions to consumer problems. He has led Sensible Baby to gain both national and international recognition for its approach to disrupting the juvenile products space. Prior to his involvement in Sensible Baby, Ben was the Lead Footwear Project Engineer for the US Army and managed all of the technical aspects of their footwear programs. He also successfully led the fast-pace multi-million dollar development effort of the US Army’s Hot Weather Mountain Combat Boot program that supported the unique needs of deploying soldiers to Afghanistan.

In addition to working as CEO of Sensible Baby, Ben is currently the Senior Manager of Research & Testing for VF Corp’s Global Footwear Innovation Center. Ben received a B.S. in Biomedical Physics from Northeastern University and M.S. in Biomechanics with high distinction from Boise State University. Company Website:


Committee: Lori Jones, Kevin Derwin, Dan Hulub, Kapeel Krishana, Greg Tuers, Ashok Vichare, David Tapper, Sharad Mehta

Committee Co-Chairs Lori Jones and Greg Tuers

    Robotics, manufacturing, sensors, Mems, imaging, and industrial automation cluster at TechSandBoxRobotics, manufacturing, and industrial automation cluster at TechSandBox   Greg Tuers, ME, SolidScape and Co Chair or RoboSAM    Lori Jones Co Chairs the robosam sig   Ashok Vicchare operations and outsource expert for engineering   Kevin Derwin, iRobot, manufacturing, robotics, sensors, automation, autonomy  Kapeel Krishana, PhD  Dan Hulub Manufacturing Engineer  Sharad Mehta     Prior Programs


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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