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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
Email Joyce


Upcoming 2015 MassTLC Robotics Events

MITRE Challenge: Countering Unauthorized AUS
Presentation Material Here
More Information Here: Countering Unauthorized AUS

Robotics Cluster Meeting
December 3, 2015 - 3:30 - 5:30pm
Innovation and Design Building, Boston
Register here

Robotics Cluster Winter Social
December 3 - 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Harpoon Brewery
306 Northern Avenue
Boston, MA

Register here


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Robotics In the News

NASA Selected MIT CSAIL & Northeastern to Program Robotics for Mars
Read more here >>

Can Rodney Brooks Rebuild U.S. Manufacturing by Selling Robots in China?
Read more here >>

PHIRO: A Smart Robot For Kids - Learn to Code in 5 Ways
Read more here >>

Sawyer the Boston manufacturing robot could ease labor shortage woes in China             Read more here >>                              

Here are 10 Boston-Area Drone Companies to watch
Read more here »  

Draper, MIT get $3.4 million to build small, fast-flying drones
Read more here » 

Big-name VCs, UPS invest $2 million in drone startup CyPhy Works
Read more here » 

Massachusetts emerges as a robot industry powerhouse
Read more here » 

CyPhy Works and iRobot show off drones and bots for law enforcement
Read more here » 

Vecna turns spare room into office space for robot startups
Read more here » 

UASD receives FAA authorization for commercial UAV operations
Read more here »

CSAIL joins with Toyota on $25 million research center for autonomous cars
Read more here »                                               

MA Robotics Companies help during Ebola Crisis
Read more here »

Artaic diversifies - branches into the Healthcare market
Read more here »

Ted Acworth, CEO at Artaic featured on NECN

Read more here »

Vecna Acquires VGO
Read more here »

Barrett Technology Wins Grants
Read more here »

Robotics Research at UMass Lowell Could Change the World
Read more here »

Boston Engineering gets SBIR grant from US Air Force to build drone propulsion systems
Read more here »

States Battle in the Race to win the US Robotics War
Read more here »





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

Maritime Innovation: Connecting, Training & Advancing
UMass Dartmouth Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship
December 2, 2015 2pm-6pm
More details & registration here

2nd Annual Cambridge Robot Race & Human 5K
Vecna Cares
36 Cambridgepark Drive, Cambridge
Sunday, April 10, 2016

More details & registration here

Cambridge Science Festival, Carnival & Robot Zoo
Cambridge Rindge & Latin School Field House and Cambridge Public Library
Saturday, April 16, 2016
More detail & registration here



MassTLC Robotics Insights

The MassTLC Robotics blog is filled with Robotics materials including best practices, recaps from our events, and downloadable materials such as slide decks. 

Cross-Border Innovation & Business
October 16, 2015

Robotics Cluster Meeting hosted by WPI
June 19th, 2015

RoboInnovation Panel
June 17th, 2015

Robotics Cluster Meeting hosted by Harvest Automation
May 28th, 2015

Click here for more MassTLC blogs »


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 Events:

Cross-Border Innovation & Business
October 15, 2015
Blog post

MassTLC Robotics Cluster Roundtable
August 27, 2015
Riptide UUV Presentation
SeaMachines Presentation
UAS Development Presentation
OEA Economic Diversification Grant Project

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

Click here to view more past Robotics Events » 




Testimonials from Members

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, VP of Products and Markets, NEURALA, INC., The Photonics Center

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


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







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