|[September 21, 2012]
ReconRobotics and the Minnesota High Tech Association to Host the Second Annual Robotics Alley Conference and Expo on November 15
EDINA, Minn. --(Business Wire)--
ReconRobotics, Inc. and the Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA) have
announced that they will host the second annual Robotics AlleyTM
Expo and Conference at the Westin Edina Galleria Hotel on November 15th.
The event will bring together 400 leaders in robotics research, design,
business development, law, government and policy, and investment banking
to share their insights into the explosive, worldwide growth of robotics
and autonomous systems. Attendees will also learn how companies from
various fields are leveraging robotics technology to improve
productivity and generate job growth.
Five internationally known speakers will make keynote presentations
during the Conference:
What Happens When Robots Take Over Our World Daniel Wilson,
author of the best-selling novel, Robopocalypse, which is being
adapted into a film by director Steven Spielberg.
Do Military Robots Save Lives Lt. General Rick Lynch, U.S. Army
(Ret.), executive director of the Automation Robotics and Research
Institute in Fort Worth, Texas.
Robot and Human Interaction - Entertaining or Creepy Heather
Knight, Ph.D. researcher at Carnegie Mellon, founder of the Robotics
Film Festival and director of Marilyn Monrobot Labs. Her presentation
will include a stand-up comedy performance by an amazingly engaging
What is the U.S. National Robotics Initiative Dr. Richard
Voyles, National Science Foundation Program Director. His presentation
will describe the U.S. National Robotics Initiative and its goals of
accelerating the development of autonomous systems and encouraging the
use of robots that work cooperatively with people.
How has South Korea Emerged as a World Leader in Robotics Dr.
Chul Hue Park, Executive Director of Policy and Planning at the Korea
Institute for Robotics Inustry Advancement (KIRIA). He will present the
history of robotics leadership in South Korea and the increasingly
global marketplace for their robotics technologies.
A dozen other robotics industry experts from the fields of law,
medicine, government, international trade and unmanned aerial systems
will present on far-ranging topics across three tracks: business and
finance, technology and research, and policy and ethics.
Attendees will also have access to the Robotics Alley Expo, which will
feature interactive displays of robotics initiatives from nearly 20
companies and organizations, including PaR Systems, Polaris, NPC
Robotics and PRI Robotics.
"The Upper Midwest is rapidly evolving as a key hub in our nation's
robotics industry," said Andrew Borene, executive director of Robotics
Alley. "This event brings all the experts together, and gives anyone
interested in the field as a career, investment or partnership an
in-depth look at what's driving the worldwide growth in robotics."
"The State of Minnesota has a lot riding on the evolution of robotic
systems," said Margaret Anderson Kelliher, President and CEO of the
Minnesota High Tech Association. "We want to be one of the world's major
exporters of autonomous systems because that will translate into
thousands of well-paying jobs."
About Robotics Alley
Robotics Alley (www.roboticsalley.org)
was founded by ReconRobotics and the Minnesota High Tech Association as
an industry-led initiative to bring together the leading businesses,
universities, media, investors and policy professionals who will shape
the future of the global robotics industry and create jobs in America's
heartland. Our thanks to the sponsors listed on back for their support.
About Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA)
MHTA is an association of more than 350 technology companies and
organizations. Together, MHTA members fuel Minnesota's prosperity
through innovation and technology. They include some of the world's
leading corporations, mid-sized companies and startups. MHTA members are
united behind a common vision to make Minnesota one of the country's top
five technology states by 2020. Companies and organizations represented
include robotics and automation, IT and computer services, biosciences
and health technology, advanced manufacturing, clean, green and edtech.
Once a company or organization joins MHTA, all its employees become
members. Find out more online at mhta.org
or follow MHTA on Twitter (News - Alert) at @MHTA.
About ReconRobotics, Inc.
is the world leader in tactical, micro-robotic systems. Worldwide, more
than 3,700 of the company's robots have been deployed by the U.S.
military and international friendly forces, and by federal, state and
local law enforcement agencies and counterterrorism teams. These Recon
Scout® and Throwbot® systems protect personnel, minimize collateral
damage, and provide immediate reconnaissance within dangerous and
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