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 NEW ENGLAND ROBOTICS ECOSYSTEM MAP  click the map above to view full version

About the Robotics Cluster

The MassTLC Robotics Cluster raises awareness for and spurs growth of the region’s thriving robotics industry. The cluster fosters economic development through education, knowledge-sharing, and relationship building among the region’s leading robotic companies, academic research laboratories, policy makers and others. 

The New England Robotics Ecosystem includes:
  • Critical mass of world-class universities; including over 35 robotics R&D programs across 18 institutions
  • Over 150 innovative companies producing and utilizing robotics applications serving over 11 different markets;
  • New England Robotics Validation and Experimentation (NERVE) Center – UMass Lowell one of 3 NIST test facilities in the nation providing an indoor environment for testing ground based robotics/UMVs with various challenges and obstacles.
  • Joint Base Cape Cod, an FAA joint test site with NY, one of six test sites for Unmanned Air Systems providing a secure environment for early stage outdoor field and environmental testing, including large AUV platforms.
  • Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute dedicated to ocean sciences, engineering, autonomous underwater vehicles development and testing
  • Highly skilled workforce and supporting and related industries.

  • DOWNLOAD the Robotics Revolution Report »


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The Robotics cluster is always looking for fresh and innovative topics and speakers to contribute to our events. As a member benefit, we look to our members first for speaking opportunities.  Suggest topics and speakers to be a part of the action!
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Scroll down or click here to view all the Robotics cluster resources to keep you in the know.


Robotics Cluster Resources

    Robotics Cluster Leadership

Cluster Co-Chair:
Steve Kelly
President & COO

Cluster Co-Chair:
Tom Ryden
VGO Communications 

Cluster Co-Chair:
Mark Smithers
Boston Engineering


Cluster Co-Chair:

Holly Yanco
Professor of Computer Science UMass Lowell;
UMass Lowell Robotics Lab;
NERVE Center


MassTLC Cluster Rep:
Joyce Sidopoulos
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    Upcoming 2015 MassTLC Robotics Events

MassTLC Robotics Cluster Roundtable
August 27, 2015
Register here »                                               

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MassRobotics is a new, independent, non-profit organization being established in Massachusetts to promote collaboration, learning, and rapid prototype development focused on the technology areas behind robotics, automation and connected devices. One of its roles will be to provide  facilities (office space, test space, machine shop, electronics lab, etc) and business support to robotic startups. MassRobotics hopes to enable innovative collaborations between corporations, universities, and startups within this coalition in a variety of ways. MassRobotics aims to serve as a collaboration space for corporate and academic partners. The idea being that it could support hands-on, technical development teams pursuing rapid prototyping and testing or looking for an immersive innovation space to promote focus and collaboration.                                   
Download more information here »




Massachusetts Robotics Roadmap 2015

The Massachusetts Robotics Roadmap graphically shows a concept to product timeline and steps required for product development, testing and market introduction. Massachusetts robotics centers and initiatives are available to provide support and accelerate this timeline and product growth. Government and corporations, as well as universities and entrepreneurs can take advantage of these robotics entities at any point in their product life cycle. The following provides a short description of the Massachusetts robotics centers and initiatives and shows how they are interrelated and help to accelerate the robotic product development cycle from concept to market introduction. 
Download the roadmap here »
Download the full description here »



  Robotics Report
  2013 Massachusetts Robotics Revolution Report

The MassTLC Robotics Revolution Report highlights New England’s unique intellectual infrastructure, talent pool, entrepreneurial environment and track record of success to claim its rightful place as the "Robotics Capital of the World”. 

Download your copy of the report »


  Upcoming Robotics Events

Currently there are no upcoming robotics events. Please stay tuned.                                             

    Past MassTLC Robotics Events

The robotics cluster is very active throughout the year with various types of events to keep you up to date on the latest robotics news and trends.

Featured Recent Event:
The New Era of Robotics Summit Identify.Commercialize. Fund.
April 29, 2015
Read the recap »
Industry Panel Slides [PDF] » 

View past robotics events »

    MassTLC Robotics Cluster Blog

The MassTLC robotics cluster blog is filled cloud related materials including best practices, recaps from our events, and downloadable slide decks.

Robotics Cluster meeting hosted by WPI: June 19, 2015

RoboInnovation Panel: June 17, 2015

Robotics Cluster meeting hosted by Harvest Automation: May 28, 2015

View the robotics blog »




Hear What Our Members Have to Say

“The MassTLC Robotics Cluster has been a most valuable resource for Energid’s growth and has provided a conduit for Energid to contribute back to the local robotics community.”

- David Askey, Chief Business Development Officer, ENERGID


"Joining the MassTLC Robotics Cluster is one of the best strategic decisions Ras Labs has made as a growing company. We are enjoying the opportunity to collaborate with industry leaders on common initiatives and to validate potential uses for our Synthetic MuscleTM technology.”

- Lenore Rasmussen, PhD, Chair of Board, CTO, and Founder, Ras Labs, LLC,
Synthetic MuscleTM for Prosthetics & Robotics


“PowerHydrant is part of the wonderful Autodesk STIR program here in Waltham. As a small start-up in robotics, we have also come to value the MassTLC Robotics Cluster. This was the initial and primary source of local industry contacts for us at PowerHydrant. Many positive things have come from this.” 

-  Kevin Leary, Founder & CEO, PowerHydrant


"The MassTLC Robotics Cluster paid off at the very first meeting Neurala attended. We met another company working in a complementary space, set-up a working group and jointly proposed for new business. Neurala expects that we will get significant additional revenue because of this and other connections we make at MassTLC."

- Roger Matus, Vice-President of Products and Markets,
NEURALA, INC., The Photonics Center


Robotics in the News

Cambridge-based Vecna Technologies acquires VGo, maker of telepresence robots: View article »

Barrett Technology Wins Grants: View article »

States battle in the race to win the US robotics war: View article »

This is what happens when you bring a robot to an Ebola ward (Vecna & VGO):
View article »

MassChallenge Progress Report: View video » 

Artaic: A robotics startup that makes mosaics has a new target: prescription pills. 
View article »

Amazon Robotics Challenge winner uses Barrett's WAM Robotic Arm. View article »

Jump Into Robotics Innovation – see what someone has to say about our April Summit: View the blog post »

CyPhy Works introduces LVL 1: View campaign »
Ras Labs artificial muscles reimagine the future of prosthetics: View article »

RasLabs Synthetic Muscle traveling to space: View article »

MassTLC Robotics Cluster Participation in National Robotics Week - April 4-12th: View blog post »

The Robot Age is Here…and it’s Here to Stay: View article »

These made-in-Massachusetts Robots are Changing the World: View article »

Mass. brainpower fueling surge in robots: View article [image] »

Largest Robotics Companies in Massachusetts: View article [PDF] »

Rise Robotics Emerges as Winner at the 3-day LAUNCH Festival in San Francisco (March 2015)
Launch Festival Presentation [video] »
Award speech for Best Hardware [video] »

PBS NewsHour features Barrett Technology: View article »

50 most influential public & private companies in the global robotics industry – includes MA companies: Energid, iRobot, Rethink Robotics & Vecna Technologies: View article »

Start training now for the Vecna 5K robot-human race on April 12th!! See BETA Boston »

iRobot developing a robotic lawn mower: View article »

Top 10 most innovative companies in Robotics: View article »

Harvest Automation ventures into e-commerce operations: View article »

Harvest Automation and its plans to enter the online commerce market in 2015: View article »

Empire Robotics ready for Beer Pong Competition! View article »

iRobots newest bot – The Create 2: View article »

Shark-like underwater robot 'GhostSwimmer' being used by U.S. Navy: View article »

RoboBusiness Highlights New England as a Hotbed of Robotics! View article »

Tim Draper and Robolution Capital Lead Seed Round Investment in Neurala: View article »




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