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AUVSI’s ROBOTICA 2016 set for June 6-9

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AUVSI’s ROBOTICA 2016 is scheduled for June 6-9. Following on the success for the 2015 event, Robotica 2016 is gearing up to be bigger and better, featuring keynote speakers, 27 Informative Sessions, and 90 speakers, attendees will be able to interact with robots and unmanned vehicles performing real tasks.

The Robotica 2016 summit brings together unmanned and robotic systems companies to showcase their capabilities and technologies to a broad audience of end-users and developers. The event will feature industry talks, workshops, and live demonstrations.

The event will be hosted at the Devens Common Center, located in the heart of historic Devens in Middlesex County, Massachusetts (31 Andrews Pkwy, Devens, MA 01434). Devens is a unique venue which has vast amounts of airspace, land, and maritime facilities to conduct outdoor tests and demonstrations.

With June 6th being a setup day, the massive two-day event kicks off at 8:30 a.m. on June 7th with the General Assembly in the Grand Ballroom. Revving up the crowd will be luminaries Dr. Waseem Naqvi, President and CEO, AUVSI New England; Thatcher Kezer, Senior Vice President/Mayor, MassDevelopment/Devens; Katie Stebbins, Assistant Secretary for Technology, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship, Massachusetts Housing and Economic Development; Brian Wynne, President and CEO, AUVSI speaking on “The State of the Unmanned Systems Industry and How it is Evolving”; and Marke “Hoot” Gibson, Senior Advisor for UAS, FAA on “Flying in the NAS.”

Featuring a packed agenda of insightful keynotes, and industry trends, exhibitors covering commercial, medical, and professional unmanned vehicle and robotic systems, together with enabling capabilities (technology, insurance, law). This is augmented with live demonstrations of various airborne, ground and maritime robotic systems.

While exhibitors ranging from the military to universities to robotics companies will man booths all day, many interactive events will also be taking place. The Informative Sessions, or “Tracks” cover a wide range of topics and interests, with titles such as Marine Robotics; Autonomous Aerial Robotics; Automated Vehicles; Manufacturing and Supplier Logistics; Government Regulations & Robotic Initiatives; Funding; Future of Robotics; Robot Potpourri; and Surgical & Medical Robotics. All of the tracks are moderated by leading professionals in their fields with impressive panelists of researchers, entrepreneurs, and experts to discuss and answer questions. One of the June 7th Surgical & Medical Robotics discussions will be on advances in the field of patient treatment robotics systems and future focus on areas of specialty. The featured panelists for this session include Greg Fischer, Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

The New England Chapter of the Association of Unmanned Vehicles International (AUVSI) is dedicated to professional development, networking, public outreach, and advocacy in support of robotic and unmanned systems with a particular focus on the New England region.  While robotics have become common place in industrial manufacturing, the industry has evolved to cover land, air, and maritime applications. AUVSI New England is advancing the unmanned systems and robotics community through education, advocacy and leadership.

New England has over 150 companies dedicated to the advancement, development, and production of unmanned systems ranging from iRobot which produces the Roomba robotic vacuum cleaner to Boston Dynamics (Google) which is developing the Petman anthropomorphic robot.  Applications range from household, to medical to civil to military and unmanned technologies and can provide everything from cleaning services to search-and-rescue missions to saving lives by taking on what are today risky and life-threatening jobs. In short, these applications enhance our world.

To register or for more information, visit the AUVSI website: www.auvsinewengland.org. A complete agenda is available at www.auvsinewengland.org/events-3/robotica-2016/robotica-2016-agenda.

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