Using AR Technologies to Overcome Robotics Development Uncertainty

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

2:00 pm – 2:45 pm

The development of robotics systems, mechanical devices that sense, think and act in the physical world, is complex, and requires a thorough understanding of systems engineering, design goals (and a clear delineation of those goals), a rigorous development process, and an adherence to standards whenever possible.

Thankfully, design and development tools are available that assist in the design, development and testing of robotics products and technologies. Better yet, powerful new tools and techniques continue to come to market that not only reduced the complexity and time to develop robotics systems, but also allow product concepts to be shared and dynamically tested beginning at the very earliest stages of the development lifecycle. Key among these is augmented reality (AR). In this insightful session, Mark Smithers, CTO of Boston Engineering, will describe how AR and other technologies can be used to reduce the uncertainty when developing new, innovative, robotics systems. Topics include:

  • AR as a Robotics System Development Tool
  • Introducing AR Into the Product Development Lifecycle
  • Meeting Requirements, Demonstrating Compliance
  • Case Studies Demonstrating AR as a Development Enabler


Mark Smithers, Co-Founder & CTO, Boston Engineering

Mark Smithers is the co-founder and CTO of Boston Engineering. He leads the company’s strategic development and directs the company’s intellectual property (IP) innovations. Mark combines his product development and business experience to guide customers towards commercialization success. Mark also manages the Boston Engineering Innovation Center, which provides product development, design for manufacturing, and process improvement services backed by grants on behalf of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Mark’s previous experience includes serving as director of engineering for Herbst LaZar Bell, Inc., as program manager for MPM Corporation, as project design engineer for Foster-Miller, Inc., and as design engineer for Daymarc Corporation. He holds a M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Northeastern University and a B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Massachusetts Lowell.