The second edition of NERC was held on Oct 6th at Harvard. We saw more than 200 people from 20 universities, and 18 companies. If you were one of the
attendees, please make sure you fill the survey here.
The Northeast Robotics Colloquium aims to bring
together all of the many varieties of robotics practitioners in the
northeastern United States, in an event that is simultaneously a
research meeting, a networking and job-fair event, and a showcase for
established and up-and-coming robotics companies. Ultimately, we hope to
promote the kind of healthy and well-connected robotics community that
will be essential in fueling the field's rapid growth in the coming
This is the second edition of the Northeast Robotics Colloquium. The first
edition of NERC was held at MIT. It saw more than 150 people from 16 universities and 21 companies
from the northeast region.
The colloquium is scheduled to be day-long starting at 9 AM and ending at 6 PM. It will feature four hour-long
keynote talks, two interactive sessions with posters and demos from academia and industry, and two sponsor spotlight
talks from our local sponsors.
The colloquium will be held in the basement of the NorthWest building at Harvard
University. The address is 52 Oxford St, Cambridge,
Travel directions (both driving and public transport) as well as
parking information can be found here. http://sysbio.harvard.edu/csb/contact/visitor.html
The entrance will be through the doors on the south-west corner of the building towards Oxford St. All the other doors
are expected to be closed during the weekend. On entry through these doors, use the stairs to go down to the basement
and the registration desk should be right in front of you.
Apart from the invited talks, the colloquium will feature an extensive
poster/demo session intended to foster discussion on the recent
developments in robotics from both academia and industry. This is a
great opportunity for you to show off your ongoing work, get the word
out, as well as solicit feedback. Last year, we featured posters from academia
and demos from the industy. Due to the overwhelming success of the interactive sessions,
we are inviting posters/demos from both academia and industry this year.
We solicit a 1-page abstract proposal for demos and posters. Guidelines for submissions:
Make sure that the author list, affiliations, and contact
information are clear in the submission.
Please use poster- as a prefix for the file name for poster
submissions, and demo- as a prefix for the file name for demo
All submissions should be in PDF format.
If you want to re-submit a submission, use the same filename as
first submission with a -2 suffix.
Prof. Robert Howe is
Abbott and James Lawrence Professor of Engineering in the school of
Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University. He founded
Laboratory in 1990, which investigates the roles of sensing and
mechanical design in motor control, both in humans and in robots. His
research interests focus on robot and human manipulation and the sense
of touch. Biomedical applications of this work include the development
of robotic and image-guided approaches to minimally invasive surgical
procedures. Dr. Howe earned a bachelors degree in physics from Reed
College, then worked as a design engineer in the electronics industry
in Silicon Valley. He received a doctoral degree in mechanical
engineering from Stanford University in 1990, and then joined the
faculty at Harvard.
J. Leonard is Professor of Mechanical and Ocean Engineering in the
MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering. He is also a member of the
MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL).
His research addresses the problems of navigation, mapping, and
persistent autonomy for autonomous mobile robots. He holds the
degrees of B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Science from the
University of Pennsylvania (1987) and D.Phil. in Engineering Science
from the University of Oxford (1994). He is the recipient of a
Thouron Award (1987), an NSF Career Award (1998), a Science Foundation
Ireland E.T.S. Walton Visitor Award (2004), the Best Paper Award at
ACM SenSys in 2004 (shared with D. Moore, D. Rus, and S. Teller), the
Best Student Paper Award at IEEE ICRA 2005 (with R. Eustice and
H. Singh) and the King-Sun Fu Memorial Best Transactions on Robotics
Paper Award in 2006 (shared with R. Eustice and H. Singh).
is CTO and Founder of Boston Dynamics, a company that develops some of
the world's most advanced dynamic robots, such as BigDog, Petman,
Atlas, Cheetah, Urban Hopper and the AlphaDog. Before starting Boston
Dynamics, Raibert was Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer
Science at MIT from 1986 to 1995 and Associate Professor of Computer
Science and Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon from 1980 to 1986.
While at MIT and Carnegie Mellon Raibert helped establish the
scientific basis for dynamic legged robots. Raibert got a PhD from
MIT in 1977. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.
Walsh is Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Biomedical
Engineering at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied
Sciences. He is also the founder of the Harvard Biodesign Lab, which
brings together researchers from the engineering, industrial design,
medical and business communities to develop smart medical devices and
translate them to industrial partners in collaboration with the Wyss
Institute's Advanced Technology Team. Dr. Walsh received his B.A.I and
B.A. degrees in Mechanical and Manufacturing engineering from Trinity
College in Dublin, Ireland, in 2003, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in
Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
in 2006 and 2010.
There is a $50 ($20 for students) registration fee.
As a unique feature of this colloquium, we offer registrants the
option to upload their CV or resume, which will be visible to our
event partners who are some of the leading robotics companies in the region.