The 'Bots are Back at Xconomy's Second Annual Robotics Forum at SRI
MENLO PARK, Calif., March 27, 2013
MENLO PARK, Calif., March 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Leading thinkers and
innovators will gather to explore how robots are transforming the economy at
Xconomy's Robots Remake the Workplace, a half-day forum on Thursday, April 11
from 1:00 – 6:30 pm at SRI International's headquarters in Menlo Park,
The forum will highlight U.S. companies whose robots and systems are changing
the face of hospitals, farms, factories, offices, warehouses, and other work
environments. Held during National Robotics Week, this public forum will bring
together executives, engineers, entrepreneurs, investors, and others to
explore opportunities in the emerging robotics revolution.
With a flood of recent news stories presenting robots as job destroyers,
Xconomy Chief Correspondent and San Francisco editor Wade Roush is looking
forward to exploring other points of view.
"We're on the cusp of a huge shift in the way we work, a shift with the
potential to be just as productivity-boosting as the integration of the
personal computer," Roush said. "On April 11 we'll have a chance to talk with
a number of leading entrepreneurs and innovators about how they see robots
playing a role in the workplace in the future."
The event will feature a mixture of panels, presentations, and demos.
Following a welcome from Roush and SRI President and CEO Curtis R. Carlson,
MIT roboticist Rodney Brooks will start the program with a keynote on his new
company Rethink Robotics, which is building low-cost adaptive robots for
manufacturing and material handling.
Aldo Zini of Aethon and Chris Anderson of 3D Robotics will also present
keynotes later in the afternoon. Zini's address will focus on how Aethon's TUG
robotic delivery system is improving safety, efficiency, and productivity in
hospitals, while Anderson, former editor of Wired, author of the new book
Makers: The New Industrial Revolution, and founder of DIY Drones, will discuss
the DIY movement in robotics.
Panels will focus on robots and jobs, telepresence robots in the office,
robots in unconventional workplaces, and the venture investment scene.
Panelists include Rich Mahoney, director of robotics at SRI and president of
Silicon Valley Robotics; Keller Rinaudo, founder and CEO of Romotive; Jeff
Linnell, CEO of Bot & Dolly; and Steve Jurvetson, managing director of Draper
Fisher Jurvetson, to name just a few.
"SRI and other organizations are creating a range of technologies to seed
early-stage robotics companies," said Mahoney. "One challenge is to find the
right entrepreneurial talent to drive these companies and new market. The
Xconomy robotics forum is an important venue for sparking connections and
An event highlight will be a demo of the RP-VITA, a remote presence robot that
iRobot and InTouch Health believe will change the way health care is
delivered. InTouch Health CEO Yulun Wang will present live at the event, with
iRobot co-founder and CEO Colin Angle participating remotely through the
The forum is hosted by SRI International and sponsored by Silicon Valley Bank.
More details, including registration information, can be found at
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