Covariant, MassRobotics, and The Engine Discuss the Lab-to-Market Road in TC Sessions: Robotics – TechCrunch

It’s a long road to taking an idea from the R&D stage in a lab to successful commercialization, especially when it comes to technologies as complex and expensive as robotics and artificial intelligence.

Robotics startups need expensive equipment — like industrial-grade sensors, 3D printers, and controlled environments — to build and test prototypes. And even though robotics is weathering the current downturn in venture capital funding better than other tech sectors, it’s still too easy for innovative inventions to get stuck in the lab.

That’s why we’re delighted to welcome three process experts to the TC: Robotics sessions on July 21: Pieter Abbeel, co-founder and chief scientific officer of Covariant; Joyce Sidopoulos, co-founder and vice president of programs and community at MassRobotics; and Milo Werner, General Partner of The Engine.

In a session titled “From Cage to Stage: Commercializing AI and Robotics,” the panel will share their considerable experience on what it takes to take an AI robot or process from lab to market.

Here’s what our panelists bring to the table, and why we can’t wait to hear their views on the subject.

In addition to founding Covariant, which develops AI for robotic warehouse and factory automation, Pieter Abbeel is the director of the Berkeley Robot Learning Lab and co-director of the Berkeley Artificial Intelligence (BAIR) Lab.

A founding partner of AIX Ventures, a venture capital firm focused on AI startups, Abbeel also hosts The Robot Brains podcast, which explores what and where AI and robotics can do today. lead.

Abbeel’s work has been featured in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, BBC, Rolling Stone, Wired, Tech Review and (of course) TechCrunch.

As co-founder and vice president of programs and community at MassRobotics – whose mission is to enable and grow the next generation of robotics businesses – Joyce Sidopoulos develops high-impact programs for the robotics ecosystem . She connects startups with potential funders and customers, connects students and talent with potential employers, and works with universities to commercialize research.

Previously, Sidopoulos served as the Innovation and Robotics Community Leader for the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council to expand the robotics ecosystem in Massachusetts and the New England region, which helped create from MassRobotics.

Sidopoulos spent 14 years at the USN’s Naval Undersea Warfare Center, where she held various positions including chief scientist, systems and test engineer, and sonar systems analyst/engineer. She has held leadership positions with General Dynamics and other defense contractors.

Milo Werner is a general partner at The Engine, a venture capital firm that helps high-tech companies bridge the gap between discovery and commercialization. Previously, she was a partner at Ajax Strategies where she led midstream investments in energy, transport, agriculture and industrial applications.

At Tesla, Werner led the new product introduction team and helped launch the Model S powertrain and Model X. She also led the new product introduction team at Fitbit, and she led engineering and product development at Zola, a microgrid startup providing distributed power to families. in sub-Saharan Africa.

Werner received a BS in geology and civil and environmental engineering from the University of Vermont, a master’s in civil engineering and an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

TC Sessions: Robotics is a free online event taking place on July 21. You can attend all sessions and join the online robotics community for quick networking, discussions and one-on-one meetings. Register here for free.

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