There are so many great robotics projects underway that it’s hard to pick the best to appear at TC Sessions: Robotics, which is coming to MIT’s Kresge Auditorium on July 17. The agenda is filled with robots accompanying their creators on panel sessions and 1-on-1s. But that’s not enough. The event will also feature three straight-up demos, and today we’re pleased to announce the companies and projects that will take the stage.
The Leaping Quadruped
MIT’s Sangbae Kim won global attention with the Cheetah robot, which Kim developed at MIT’s Biometric Robotics Lab. The quadruped can not only run smoothly, but Cheetah II can run and jump over obstacles without missing a step. Kim plans to introduce the audience to Cheetah III and show off new capabilities, including voice activation. Kim has a PhD in robotics from Stanford University and is an assistant professor at MIT.
The Delicate Touch
Can a robot’s touch ever be gentle enough for delicate commercial work, like packing eggs? A crop of startups getting there, and Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Soft Robotics is a frontrunner. The company’s “air actuated soft elastomeric end effectors” – also known as octopus-like grippers – are delivering what only humans could until recently. CEO Carl Vause is a veteran of the medical device industry and has a BS in electrical engineering from Virginia Military Institute as well as a MBA from the London School of Business.
The Scrum Master
Last but not least, Locus Robotics will take the stage with their LocusBots for a live demo of their new navigational system LRAN, which LocusBots says allows multiple bots to work with each other and humans busy warehouse environments. Locus Robotics founder Bruce Welty, a serial founder, will take the stage to drive the demo and walk the audience though what the Andover, Massachusetts-based firm believes are the coming generation of warehouse robots. Welty was a mathematics major at Colorado College and enrolled in Boston College’s MBA program.
Please check out the rest of the agenda, which includes pioneers like MIT CSAIL’s Daniel Rus, Amazon’s Tye Brady, Disney’s Martin Buehler, CyPhy Works’ Helen Grenier, SRI’s Manish Kothari, Matternet’s Andreas Raptopoulos and many others – technologists, founders, investors, researchers and more.
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TC Sessions: Robotics
July 17, 2017 @ MIT’s Kresge Auditorium
9:00 AM – 9:05 AM
Opening Remarks from Matthew Panzarino
10:35 AM – 10:55 AM
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Lunch and Workshops TBA
2:35 PM – 2:45 PM
3:05 PM – 3:25 PM
3:25 – 3:35 PM
3:35 PM – 4:15 PM
Robotics Startup Pitch-off (Judges and contestants TBA)
5:20 PM – 5:25 PM
5:25 PM -7:00 PM