Beyond conventional process automation lies an area of dramatic innovation. Semi- and fully autonomous systems promise to change the way things are made, and how goods and people are transported. This area is rapidly emerging and innovation in hardware, software, and system integration is critical to ensure reliable and efficient automation that meets the needs of end-users. From sensors and controls to data analytics, the area is ripe with uncertainty – and opportunity. There are numerous ways for corporations to participate in the value chain, or simply benefit from using the next generation of autonomous systems in their businesses, and the Autonomous Systems 2.0 service is dedicated to bringing these opportunities to the forefront.
The Autonomous Systems service will address questions such as:
  • What sensor technologies on the horizon improve the viability of autonomous systems?
  • How much can software and machine learning compensate for less sophisticated sensors?
  • How will policy and safety dictate the adoption of autonomous vehicles and drones?
  • How will mobile robotics enable new efficiencies in logistics?
  • Who are the leading robotics start-ups and research groups globally?

Recently Profiled Companies

  • Piaggio Fast Forward

    Robotic material transport platform

    Mar 22, 2017

  • Perceptual Robotics

    UAV platform for automated inspection of wind turbines

    Mar 8, 2017

  • Aerialtronics

    UAV platforms for industrial applications

    Mar 8, 2017

  • Spidey Tek

    Bacteria-produced spider silk for fibers and additives

    Mar 2, 2017

  • Identified Technologies

    End-to-end UAV services for construction site monitoring

    Feb 22, 2017

  • Artificial Solutions

    Natural Language Interaction (NLI) platform that enables free-format conversation between human, machine, and applications

    Feb 22, 2017

  • AlphaICs

    Provides AI platform to simplify chip design process; designs AI-based chips for gaming, IOT, and wearable applications

    Feb 14, 2017

  • RexBionics

    Exoskeleton for spinal cord injury rehabilitation

    Feb 3, 2017

  • Osaro

    Develops artificial intelligence software based on deep reinforcement learning

    Jan 30, 2017

  • Sunflower Labs

    Drone-based home security system

    Jan 25, 2017

  • Nirenberg Neuroscience

    Develops computer vision software

    Jan 19, 2017

  • Algorithmia

    Algorithm marketplace

    Jan 17, 2017

Sample Autonomous Systems 2.0 Topics

Robotic/system components:

  • Grippers, end effectors
  • Sensors
  • Actuators
  • Controls
  • Software (e.g. perception, machine learning)
Autonomous (or semi-autonomous) systems:
  • Industrial robots
  • Humanoid robots
  • Autonomous vehicles
  • UAVs/drones
  • Service robots
  • Surgical robots
Automation infrastructure:
  • V2X
  • Industrial internet (M2M)
  • Data analytics
  • Advanced manufacturing
  • Agriculture
  • Automotive
  • Exploration and Production
  • Hazardous environment operations
  • Heavy transport
  • Inspection
  • Logistics/Materials handling
  • Mapping
  • Mobile health
  • Medical procedures
  • Predictive Maintenance
  • Security and surveillance

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