[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] Call for Participation - Northeast Robotics Colloquium 2014

Stefanie Tellex stefie10 at cs.brown.edu
Tue Sep 9 06:40:33 PDT 2014


   Northeast Robotics Colloquium (NERC 2014)

   10 AM - 6 PM, October 11th 2014 (Saturday), Brown University




We invite all roboticists to attend the 3rd annual Northeast Robotics 
Colloquium (NERC) to be held at Brown University on Saturday, October 
11th 2014.

After two very successful events in Boston at MIT in 2012 and Harvard in 
2013, NERC is moving to Brown University for the 2014 edition.   The 
colloquium aims to bring together all robotics practitioners in the 
northeastern United States through an exciting one-day event that is 
simultaneously a research symposium, a job-fair, and a showcase for 
established and up-and-coming robotics companies. Ultimately, we hope to 
promote the kind of healthy and well-connected robotics community that 
will be essential in fueling the field's rapid growth in the coming decade.

The colloquium will feature invited talks by leading local researchers 
and professionals, robotics industry booths and demos, and interactive 
poster sessions. The program provides the occasion to meet and mix with 
other area roboticists and offers unique career and networking 

NERC is co-located with Waterfire, Providence’s well-known festival of 
fire and water.  After the colloquium, enjoy a full-basin lighting of 
braziers along the rivers in Providence, along with music and other 

This year's invited talks are:
* Holly Yanco,  UMass Lowell
* Bertram Malle, Brown University
* Joe Jones, Harvest Automation
* Nicholas Roy, MIT

NERC is located fifteen minutes walk from the Providence Amtrak station. 
  There is daily train service from Boston and New York City.  The MBTA 
also has daily commuter rail train between Providence and Boston.

Register for NERC at http://nerc2014.eventbrite.com. The registration 
deadline is September 30, 2014. Registration is $50 for general 
audience, $10 for undergraduates, and additional meal tickets for family 
members are available for $10.


Apart from the invited talks, the colloquium will feature an extensive 
poster/demo session intended to foster discussion on the recent 
developments in robotics from both academia and industry. This is a 
great opportunity for you to publicize your ongoing work, as well as get 
feedback from other researchers.

Submit a proposal for demos or posters as a 1-paragraph abstract. Make 
sure that the author list, affiliations, and contact information are 
clear in the submission. Please email them to the organizers at 
nerc-2014 at lists.cs.brown.edu, with subject "Poster" for poster 
submissions and "Demo" for demo submissions. We will accept posters and 
demos on a rolling basis.


We recognize that NERC is held on a Saturday, and that this makes it 
difficult for some people to attend. To address this, we're including a 
low-cost family registration option (and kids under 12 are free!), so 
your family can attend the conference, see the robots, and share the 
food at the event. Providence is a great city for families, and has a 
wonderful Children's Museum close to Brown University. There are also 
many great beaches and parks; one of our favorites is Lincoln Woods. 
Finally, we are holding NERC on the same day as the famous Waterfire 
festival. After NERC finishes, about 10 minutes away in downtown 
Providence, more than eighty braziers will be lit in the rivers. There 
will be live music, food, and other activities.


Jaybridge Robotics

Humanity-Centered Robotics Initiative, Brown University

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