Robotics Summit Conference Program

Boston Convention and Exhibition Center
May 1-2, 2024

The Robotics Summit & Expo emphasizes the design and development of commercially viable robotics and intelligent systems products – wholly new products and services that are to be used outside of laboratory environments and sold at a profit.

Dedicated tracks provide technical professionals with the information they need to develop the next generation of commercial class robotics and intelligent systems products and services.

Technologies, Tools and Platforms Track

The development of robots and robotic technology requires the mastery of multiple disciplines – primarily software development, mechanical and electrical engineering.

Solution providers have responded to these difficulties by providing a whole host of robotics design and development tools, as well as ready-made robotic ‘platforms’, that dramatically simplify the job of designing, developing, testing and manufacturing robots and robotic products.

Sessions in the Technologies, Tools and Platforms Track will cover the latest advances in the ‘core’ technology that are common to most classes of robots and intelligent systems:

Sensors and Sensing

  • Sensor Fusion
  • Touch / Haptics
  • Data Acquisition
  • Advanced Materials
  • Vision / Imaging Systems
  • Communications / Networking
  • LiDAR, Radar, Sonar, and GPS
  • Human-Machine Interfaces / HRI
Actuation and Mobility

  • Mobile Platforms
  • Arms / Manipulators
  • Batteries / Power Systems
  • Actuators / Motors / Servos
  • Soft Robotics Technologies
  • End Effectors (Grippers and Tools)
  • Wheeled, Tracked and Legged Systems
  • Research Robots & Development Platforms

Design and Development Track

The Robotics Summit & Expo focuses on the design and development of commercial robotic systems. Commercial viability adds additional burdens for robotics designers, engineers, business managers and more. The resultant systems must be innovative, robust in the extreme, work as advertised and yet be competitively priced.

Topics covered in the Design and Development Track include:

  • Development Tools / SDKs / Libraries
  • System Integration / Programming
  • Prototyping, Simulation and Testing
  • Robotics Engineering Methodologies
  • Bases, Frames and Cognitive Platforms
  • Simulation and Testing Tools
  • CAD/CAM Tools For Robotics Development
  • Languages & Libraries
  • Robot Operating System & Open Source Solutions
  • Operating Systems
  • 3D Printing / Prototyping Solutions

Manufacturability, Production and Distribution Track

Optimizing design, development and other engineering processes are necessity, but not sufficient, to produce commercially viable robotics systems. Issues related to supply chains, manufacturability, and fulfillment are also critical.

Sessions in the Manufacturability, Production and Distribution Track address these issues (and more) including:

  • Design & Engineering Services
  • Robotics-as-a-Service
  • Distributors and Wholesalers
  • Commercial Robotics Opportunity Landscape
  • Legal Services / Protecting IP
  • Supply Chain & Fulfillment
  • Selling Robotics: Retail, OEM, and VAR Options
  • Global Partnering Opportunities


Artificial intelligence (AI) can enhance robots by enabling them to adapt, learn, and make intelligent decisions in dynamic environments. With AI, robots can optimize tasks, recognize objects and collaborate with humans more effectively. Topics in the AI Track will include:

  • Generative AI
  • Computer Vision
  • Object Detection/Recognition
  • Machine Learning
  • Cloud Computing
  • Large Language Models