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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

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MTC Request for Proposals for Robotics Ecosystem Consultant
Click here for more information
Responses due September 10, 2015


Making Robots Fly
Expo & Competition
October 10, 2015, 11am-2:30pm
Harvard Stadium
More details here


Doing Business Across the Border Seminar
14 October 2015 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
IBM Innovation Center Cambridge
Stay tuned for more information

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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.                                   
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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”. 

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Upcoming Robotics Events

Meet Buddy from Bluefrog Robotics
August 18, 2015, 1:00 PM
Boston's Innovation and Design Building
19 Drydock Ave, Boston
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MassRobotics Volunteer Info Session
August 20, 2015, 6:00-8:00 pm
35 Cambridge Park Drive, Cambridge    
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Northeast UAS Industry Day
September 30, 2015, 11:00 am-4:00 pm
Rogers Field, Devens MA

    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] »