Northeast Robotics Colloquium

The Northeast Robotics Colloquium (NERC) brings together the roboticists in the northeastern United States and Canada, in an event that is simultaneously a research meeting, a networking event, a job-fair, and a showcase for established and up-and-coming robot 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.

UPDATE: NERC IV is over! We have posted some pictures. NERC V will be at Cornell! Stay tuned for more details.

NERC is back in 2015, hosted at the beautiful campus of the Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Date: November 7, 2015 (all day)
Location: Worcester Polytechnic Institute
(Newell Hall, Atwater Kent Laboratories)

Previous editions:

The colloquium will feature invited research talks by leading local academics, robotics industry booths and demos, recruitment opportunities, and the opportunity to meet and mix with other roboticists. Academic and industrial research labs will have the opportunity to present their work at a poster session.

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.

Are you looking for a job or internship in robotics? Please fill this form. We will send your contact and CV to our industrial sponsors.

Confirmed Speakers

Prof. Scott Kuindersma, Harvard.

Prof Kuindersma is an Assistant Professor at Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. He was recently an integral part of the MIT Darpa Robotics Challenge team.

Prof. Chris Amato, University of New Hampshire.

Prof Amato is an Assistant Professor at the University of New Hampshire department of computer science. His research explores principled solution methods for systems of agents (e.g., robots, network nodes, sensors, people) with uncertainty and limited communication. Appications include getting beers to grad students (among others but this is the most import one).

Prof. Leslie Kaelbling, MIT CSAIL.

Prof Kaelbling is a leader of the Learning and Intelligent Systems Group.

Prof. Sangbae Kim, MIT ME

Prof. Kim is the head of the Biomimetics Lab, where they have recently been making headlines for their cheetah-inspired robot:

Call for Posters and Demos

Guidelines for poster abstract submissions: 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, with subject "Poster" for poster submissions and "Demo" for demo submissions. We will accept posters and demos on a rolling basis.

Important Dates

Poster/Demo Submission October 23 30, 2015
NERC Experience Registration Deadline October 24 30, 2015
Poster/Demo Acceptance Notification October 29, 2015
Online Registration Deadline November 3, 2015
Colloquium November 7, 2015


Registration is now open here.

We have a few different registration options:

Regular registration$50
Reduced (undergraduates, high school students,
high school teachers, family members over 12)
Family members under 12free

Early registration closes on November 3, 2015. Late/on-site registration is $20 more.

The NERC Experience

The NERC Experience is designed to make it easy and fun to attend NERC for people based in Boston (MIT, Harvard, Boston University, etc.). The NERC Experience includes transportation to and from the event, as well as a great networking dinner on the way home. Bad news - you missed it:


07:00amDoors open for exhibitors
09:00am Registration opens
10:15am NERC Starts! welcoming remarks
10:30am Sangbae Kim
11:15am Chris Amato
12:00pm Energid spotlight talk
12:15pm Lunch buffet | Interactive Session
1:15pm Poster spotlights I
2:00pm Scott Kuindersma
2:45pm Poster spotlights II
3:30pm Interactive session and lab tours
5:00pm Leslie Kaelbling
5:45pm NERC ends

Getting There

We will provide a transportation option to and from WPI leaving from Cambridge and stopping for dinner on the way home. This is the "NERC Boston Experience" (see registration options)

NERC is a family-friendly event

Because NERC is held on a Saturday, it is specifically designed to make it easy for families to attend. We're including a low-cost family registration option (and kids under 12 are free!).

Your family can attend and share the food at the conference. Your children can have fun looking and interacting with real robots. Like last year, we will have a kids table with fun robot-themed activities (“early indoctrination”), including play-dough, blocks, robot toys, robot coloring books...

The event venue is close to Institute Park, which has walking trails and a playground.

Organizing Committee

Liam Paull, MIT, CSAIL

Andrea Censi, MIT, LIDS

Michael Gennert, WPI

Stefanie Tellex, Brown University

Steering Committee

Rodney Brooks, Rethink Robotics

George Konidaris, Duke University

Daniela Rus, MIT, CSAIL

Stefanie Tellex, Brown University

Matthew Walter, Toyota Technological Institute


Are you looking for a job or internship in robotics? Please fill this form. We will send your contact and CV to our industrial sponsors.


Please e-mail the organizers if your company is interested in sponsoring NERC. This is a great recruitment opportunity!

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