Robots gets so much attention, you would think they were a part of our everyday life. The reality, though, is that apart from literature and film, there are almost no robots in our lives. Robotics has barely started! Rich will talk about his views on the status of robotics, highlight various needs in robotics to take the field to the next level, review the next areas where robots solutions will emerge, and describe how we will live our lives once robots achieve their potential.

About the Speaker

Rich Mahoney, the CEO and Founder of Seismic, a spin-off venture from SRI International, is driven to improve quality of life though intelligent wearable strength, a new capability provided through Seismic’s fusion of clothing and robotics. Before Seismic, Rich was the Director of SRI Robotics for more than seven years, where he led a team delivering cutting-edge robotics innovations to DARPA, other government, and commercial customers, for healthcare, security, industrial, and consumer applications. In addition to Seismic, Rich led the licensing and spin-out of SRI Robotics technology into new ventures, including Redwood Robotics, Grabit, Verb Surgical, Yamaha’s Motobot, Enaex’s Robot Miner, and Abundant Robotics. Rich was the founding President of Silicon Valley Robotics and has made numerous contributions to articles and conferences as a thought leader for innovation and commercialization of early stage service robotics. He received his B.S. and M.S. from Drexel University, and a Ph.D. in engineering from the University of Cambridge, England, where he attended on a Fulbright Scholarship.