Keynote Speakers

Colin Angle
CEO, iRobot Colin Angle is chairman of the board, chief executive officer and co-founder of iRobot. One of the world’s leading authorities on mobile robots, Angle is an industry pioneer with more than two decades of experience. Under his leadership, iRobot is at the forefront of the growing robot industry, delivering home cleaning and military robots that are making a difference. With Angle’s guidance, iRobot has formed key strategic partnerships, building on decades of expertise from each partner to create new and innovative robot solutions. Angle’s leadership and vision for the future of robots have been recognized with numerous professional awards. He has been named CEO of the Year by the Mass Technology Leadership Council, a Mass High Tech All-Star, one of Fortune Small Business Magazine’s Best Bosses and New England Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst and Young. Angle is a member of the board of directors at Striiv, Inc. Angle holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and a master’s degree in computer science, both from MIT.
May 12 | 10:00am – 10:45am
Keynote: Robots and the Internet of Everything
Rodney Brooks
Founder, Chairman and CTO, Rethink Robotics A mathematics undergraduate in his native Australia, Rodney received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford in 1981. From 1984 to 2010, he was on the MIT faculty, and completed his service as a Professor of Robotics. He was also the founding Director of the Institute’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, and served in that role until 2007. In 1990, he co-founded iRobot (NASDAQ: IRBT), where he served variously as CTO, Chairman and board member until 2011. Rodney has been honored by election to the National Academy of Engineering, and has been elected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Association of Computing Machinery, the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
May 12 | 1:30pm – 2:00pm
Afternoon Keynote: Robots Among Us
Dan Kara
Practice Director, ABI Research In his role at ABI Research Dan will focus on robotics innovation across various industries including consumer, construction, security, healthcare, agriculture and education.

Prior to joining ABI, Dan Kara was Chief Research Officer for Myria RAS, a research and advisory services firm focused on automation, robotics and intelligent systems trends, and publisher of the robotics portal. Dan was also President of Robotics Trends, an integrated media and research firm serving the personal, service and mobile robotics markets. He was also developer and chairman of the RoboBusiness Conference and Exposition series, the RoboDevelopment Conference and Exposition series, the RoboNexus Conference and Exposition series, and the CES Robotics TechZone. In addition, Dan was the publisher of, an online portal covering the intelligent, mobile robotics market, and launched Robotics Business Review. Dan has also worked as Executive Vice President of Intermedia Group, Director of Research at Ullo International, and Chief Technical Officer of Software Productivity Group.

He holds a MS in Computer Science from Boston University.
May 11 | 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Workshop #2: Knowledge Engines – Building Smart Applications that Learn
May 12 | 9:15am – 10:00am
Opening Keynote – Robotics: Where Are We Now, and Where Are We Going?
Vijay Kumar, PhD
UPS Foundation Professor, University of Pennsylvania
Vijay Kumar is the UPS Foundation Professor with appointments in the Departments of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, Computer and Information Science, and Electrical and Systems Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Kumar received his Bachelors of Technology from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur and his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in 1987. He has been on the Faculty in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics with a secondary appointment in the Department of Computer and Information Science at the University of Pennsylvania since 1987.

Dr. Kumar’s research interests: are in robotics, specifically multi-robot systems, and micro aerial vehicles. He has served on the editorial boards of the IEEE Transactions on Robotics and Automation, IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering, ASME Journal of Mechanical Design, the ASME Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics and the Springer Tract in Advanced Robotics (STAR).
May 13 | 9:15am – 10:00am
Morning Keynote: Intelligent Flying Robots
Robin Murphy
Raytheon Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, Texas A&M University and Director, Center for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue and the Center for Emergency Informatics
Robin Roberson Murphy (IEEE Fellow) is the Raytheon Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&M, Director of the Center for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue and the Center for Emergency Informatics. She received a B.M.E. in mechanical engineering, a M.S. and Ph.D in computer science in 1980, 1989, and 1992, respectively, from Georgia Institute of Technology. She has over 150 publications on artificial intelligence, human-robot interaction, and robotics including the Introduction to AI Robotics and Disaster Robotics. Her insertion of tactical ground, air, and marine robots at 16 disasters includes the 9/11 World Trade Center disaster, Hurricane Katrina, Fukushima, and the Washington mudslides. This has led to numerous professional awards, such as the Motohiro Kisoi award and the AUVSI Foundation Al Aube award, as well as being declared an “Innovator in AI” by TIME, an “Alpha Geek” by WIRED Magazine, and one of the “Most Influential Women in Technology” by Fast Company. Dr. Murphy is a member of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Administrative Committee and co-founded the Technical Committee on Safety Security and Rescue Robotics and its annual conference. She serves on several government and professional boards, most recently the Defense Science Board.
May 13 | 11:45 am – 12:30 pm
Afternoon Keynote – Disaster Robotics: Lessons Learned from 15 Years of Deployments
Stephen Wolfram
Founder & CEO, Wolfram Research, Creator, Mathematica, Wolfram|Alpha & the Wolfram Language and Author, A New Kind of Science
Stephen Wolfram is a distinguished scientist, technologist and entrepreneur. He has devoted his career to the development and application of computational thinking.

His Mathematica software system, launched in 1988, has been central to technical research and education for more than a generation. His work on basic science—summarized in his bestselling book A New Kind of Science—has defined a major new intellectual direction, with applications across the sciences, technology and the arts. In 2009 Wolfram built on his earlier work to launch Wolfram|Alpha to make as much of the world’s knowledge as possible computable—and accessible on the web and in intelligent assistants like Apple’s Siri.

In 2014, as a culmination of more than 30 years of work, Wolfram began to roll out the Wolfram Language, which dramatically raises the level of automation and built-in knowledge available in a programming language, and makes possible a new generation of readily deployed computational applications.

Stephen Wolfram has been the CEO of Wolfram Research since its founding in 1987. He was educated at Eton, Oxford and Caltech, receiving his PhD in theoretical physics at the age of 20.
May 12 | 5:00 pm – 5:45 pm
Afternoon Keynote: Putting Sophisticated Computation into Everything