SRI International, Silicon Valley Robotics and NEDO Host US-Japan Robotics Conference “The Rise of the Robots”

The Rise of the Robots- Japan and US Robotics Conference

MENLO PARK, Calif.—May 24, 2019—SRI International today announced it is hosting “The Rise of the Robots” on Thursday, May 30, in collaboration with Silicon Valley Robotics and NEDO, the largest public agency for R&D funding in Japan. This one-day robotics conference will provide a glimpse into a future where humans and robots will work dynamically together.

The conference brings together U.S. and Japanese startups, corporations, and non-profit research institutes to collaborate on technology solutions that can be transitioned into market to solve some of today’s hardest business challenges. During the conference, NEDO will also unveil information on the World Robotics Summit, which will take place in Japan in 2020.

Featuring informative sessions and lively demos, The Rise of the Robots highlights the latest innovations in robotics aimed at augmenting humanity – including SRI’s latest prototype, a traffic stop robot that goes between police officers and motorists to make traffic stops safer for everyone. This event will mark the first live demo for the prototype and its creators, whose video went viral with press coverage around the world.

“Being at the forefront of technology innovation and at the cutting edge of translating technologies into customer solutions gives SRI unique insights into where the industry is heading. This conference is the ideal platform to share our perspectives,” said Thomas Low, Director, SRI Robotics Laboratory.

Conference sessions include:

  • Keynotes from Dr. Terry Fong, NASA’s Chief Roboticist and Steve Cousins, CEO of Savioke and co-founder of Robots4Humanity.
  • Case Studies in Collaboration
  • Robot Manipulation: From Research to Real World
  • Human-Robot Interaction
  • Robotics Challenges for Investors
  • Startup Stories

The Rise of the Robots will showcase several demos, including:

  • MOTOBOT: Yamaha’s autonomous motorcycle-riding humanoid robot, developed in collaboration with SRI
  • Robominer: a teleoperated robot for mine safety and exploration, developed by Eanex in collaboration with SRI
  • Taurus: SRI’s dexterous, teleoperated robot system for safe bomb disposal
  • Japanese robots: exhibited by GrooveX, Yaskawa, TRI, among others.

“Silicon Valley is at the heart of the robot revolution, and this conference highlights robotics startups that are putting people first. Silicon Valley Robotics doesn’t just provide access to investment, as a robotics co-workspace for acceleration, we keep the ethics of robotics at the center of everything we do,” said Andra Keay, Managing Director, Silicon Valley Robotics.

“Japan is well known as a leader in robotics, with cutting edge technologies. We are confident that this event will help foster a strong U.S. – Japan collaboration to further innovation in the robotics industry,” said Shinnosuke Kameyama, Director General, NEDO Silicon Valley.

The Rise of the Robots will take place on Thursday, May 30, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at SRI International. Visit Silicon Valley Robotics for the full schedule, and click here to register for the event.

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