Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Pittsburgh Welcomes International Robotics Industry Leaders Oct. 22-24 for RoboBusiness 2012 Conference

Pittsburgh played host to the RoboBusiness 2012 Leadership Summit, the international executive-level business development event for robotics technology innovators, influencers, developers and investors, Oct. 22-24, 2012 at Pittsburgh Marriott City Center.

Research institution host Carnegie Mellon University and other technology-related organizations in the Pittsburgh region arranged an array of local activities to complement the RoboBusiness Leadership Summit including the induction ceremony for the Robot Hall of Fame®, a public event at the Carnegie Science Center.

The CMU Robotics Institute also hosted conference attendees at a campus open house. The Robotics Institute is the world’s largest university-affiliated robotics research center, with internationally noted roboticists among its 420 faculty and staff members. The Institute is a leader in autonomous navigation, field robotics, computer vision, legged locomotion and other enabling and advanced technologies.

Attendees of RoboBusiness 2012 enjoyed live technical demonstrations of the latest technology advancements in robotics at CMU. In addition, Carnegie Mellon affiliated spinouts and staff spoke at RoboBusiness, including Takeo Kanade and Jim “Oz” Osborn, Directors and a co-founders of the Quality of Life Technology Center, a National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center operated jointly by CMU and the University of Pittsburgh, and William “Red” Whittaker, Director of the Field Robotics Center.

Bossa Nova Robotics, a CMU spinoff co-founded by Robotics Institute alumnus Dr. Sarjoun Skaff, aims to put a robot in every home by building the leading personal robot for the 21st Century.

Other organizations from the greater Pittsburgh area welcoming RoboBusiness attendees included Innovation Works and the Pittsburgh Technology Council. Innovation Works is the largest investor in seed-stage companies in the Pittsburgh region and plays a vital role in southwestern Pennsylvania's technology economy The Pittsburgh Technology Council has helped the region’s technology companies succeed through a suite of proven products and services that help technology companies at all stages of growth from emerging startups to becoming established heavy hitters in their respective marketplaces.

CMU, Innovation Works and the Pittsburgh Technology Council said a goal of the conference was to connect participants with new business opportunities. 

Source: Robobusiness 2012 Leadership Summit

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