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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:
Tom Ryden
Founder & COO
VGO Communications 

Cluster Co-Chair:
Steve Kelly
President & COO

MassTLC Cluster Rep:
Joyce Sidopoulos
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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 »

    Upcoming 2015 MassTLC Robotics Events

Robotics Summit: Robots of Today and into the Future
April 29th, 2015
Boston, MA
Full details & registration » 

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  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

INCOSE at WPI: What Systems Engineering Means to an Entrepreneurial Robotics Team
April 7, 2015, 5:00 – 9:00pm
115 Salisbury, Worcester MA
Details »
NERVE Center Open House
April 8, 2015, 6:00 - 8:00pm
Lowell, MA
Details »

Vecna 5K Robot-Human race
April 12, 2015
Cambridge, MA
Details »

3rd Annual Robot Zoo at the Cambridge Science Festival
April 18th, 2015   |   Noon – 4:00 p.m.
Cambridge Public Library & War Memorial Field House
Details »

TePRA: Technologies for Practical Robot Applications
May 11 – 12, 2015
Woburn, MA
Details & Registration »

Devens Robotica 2015
June 16 - 17, 2015
Devens, MA
Details & Registration »
10% Discount for MassTLC members: Enter the code IOP10AD

    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:  RoboBiz NERVE Center Reception
October 14, 2014
Read the recap »              RoboBusiness Review »              Xconomy Article »

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.

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

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 »

Techies Pushing for Robotics Incubator: View article »

Group Plans Robot Playground at Devens: View article »

Devens Robotics Test Center - Living Laboratory: View article »

ReWalk bolsters investor confidence: View article »




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