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The Robotics Revolution and the Innovation Ecosystem in Massachusetts

Tom Ryden, Executive Director

The market for commerical robotics systems is growing at a tremendous rate. The anticipated worldwide spending on robotics will be $87B by 2025. Why is this shift happening now? What industries will be the most impacted by the adoption of these systems? What are the venture capitalists investing in? During this talk we will explore what is happening in this fast changing market and what are the areas of opportunities. We will also look at the robotics ecosystem in Boston and how it is helping establish the area as the hub of robotics.

Thomas Ryden is the Executive Director of MassRobotics. MassRobotics is a non-profit organization whose mission is to support the robotics community and help grow the next generation of robotics and connected device companies. Prior to joining MassRobotics Mr. Ryden was the founder and CEO/COO of Vgo Communications, Inc. Previously, Mr. Ryden was Director of Sales & Marketing at iRobot Corporation. In addition Mr. Ryden held roles in program management, overseeing the development of some of iRobot’s most successful products.

Mr. Ryden is the co-chairman of the robotics cluster of the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council and serves on the Mechatronics & Robotics Engineering (MRE) Education Advisory Board, the Tufts University Computer Science Advisory Board, the Worcester Polytechnic Institutes Robotics Engineering Advisory Board and the Robotics Technical Advisory Panel for ASME. He also is an advisor to a number of robotics start-ups. Mr. Ryden has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Vermont and an MBA from Bentley University.


Friday, April 19, 2019 at 10:00am to 11:00am

Rogers Hall, 226
2000 SW Monroe Avenue, Corvallis, OR 97331

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Lecture or Presentation

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Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering
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Dylan Jones

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