We have several leading experts in Soft Robotics presenting cutting edge technology and business insights at our upcoming Meetup:
First, Joshua Lessing, PhD, Director of Research and Development at Soft Robotics, Inc., will give us an overview of the company, based upon foundational technology developed by the Whitesides Research Group at Harvard University. Soft Robotics, Inc. provides solutions for the advanced manufacturing and warehouse automation market.
Soft Robotics, Inc. (http://softroboticsinc.com/) is a start-up focused on addressing the unmet needs of robotic manipulation through its proprietary and novel technology. The company is focused on reducing the complexity, expanding the adaptability, and disrupting the cost of robotic manipulation systems. The company won Honorable mention at the most recent RoboBusiness Pitchfire competition.
Second, a panel of leading experts will discuss Soft Robotics Modeling and Simulation, including:
• Jonathan Hiller, PhD, author and maintainer of open source VoxCAD (http://www.voxcad.com/) and the underlying voxel physics engine (Voxelyze)
• Matthew Borgatti, the founder of Super-Releaser (http://superreleaser.com/) , a soft robotics company
• Paul Grossinger, a New York entrepreneur, angel investor, and early-stage venture capitalist.
Panel Moderator: Simone Braunstein, CEO Stone Brook Robotics, LLC.
Bios of our Presenters:
Joshua Lessing, PhD, Director of Research and Development at Soft Robotics, Inc. joined the company as its first employee after working as a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Professor Whitesides at Harvard University. As the Director of Research and Development at SRI, Josh is responsible for the design and fabrication of a fundamentally new class of chemically inspired robotic actuators. He holds a Sc.B. in Chemistry from Brown University and a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His unique perspective on robotics has allowed for the creation of soft and adaptive robotic actuators through a novel combination of materials and fabrication methods.
Jonathan Hiller, PhD, is the author and maintainer of open source VoxCAD (http://www.voxcad.com/) and the underlying voxel physics engine (Voxelyze). VoxCAD encourages casual intuitive play while being scientifically useful for quantitative simulation of multi-material soft structures. VoxCAD has been used at NASA, Cornell University, and Columbia University for designing and simulating soft robots, multi-material composites modeling, and bio-inspired architectural design. In addition, Jonathan is currently the Director of Engineering at Modular Robotics (http://www.modrobotics.com/) . Modular Robotics makes robotic building kits including Cubelets (http://www.modrobotics.com/cubelets/) that can change how a generation of kids learns about complexity and the world.
Matthew Borgatti is the founder of Super-Releaser (http://superreleaser.com/) , a soft robotics company dedicated to bringing human compatible robots out of the lab by making their design and manufacture cheap and simple. Super-Releaser is currently developing medical device prototypes, collaborating with universities offering soft robotics manufacturing expertise, and hacking away at the core technologies involved in making better robots. Matthew Borgatti got his start in prototyping in the film industry, making animatronic props for movies including Snakes on a Plane and Aliens Vs Predator 2. He combined the techniques he learned casting lifelike monsters in silicone with CAD and materials science learned earning an industrial design degree at RISD. His latest experiments include robotic elbow bands for rehabilitating stroke victims and methods for mass manufacturing injection molded robots.
Paul Grossinger is a New York entrepreneur, angel investor, and early-stage venture capitalist. He is the co-founder of Pervasive Group, director of the investing syndicates Gaingels and Blue Jay, and an angel investor in 38 startups and 5 venture capital firms.
We look forward to seeing our Meetup members and guests at this upcoming event! Thank you to Roman Tsibulevskiy and Joel Bock at Dentons US LLP for generously hosting our Meetup.