Robotics Conferences Return in Pittsburgh & Beyond

May 5, 2022 | News

Matthew Johnson-Roberson, director of the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, delivers a keynote presentation at Cascadia Connect

The spring and summer of 2022 have ushered in a number of in-person robotics industry conferences and events, many of which had been canceled, delayed, or scaled back in 2020 and 2021. This hiatus also means that these 2022 events often feature two years worth of new updates, announcements and demonstrations, increasing the level of excitement and anticipation surrounding them.

One such event, the Cascadia Connect Robotics, Automation & AI (RAAI) conference, took place from May 2-4 and featured an invitation-only group of the industry’s best minds gathering in the nation’s emerging RAAI innovation hub—Pittsburgh—for high-impact networking and discussion. Organized by Cascadia Capital with the support of the Pittsburgh Robotics Network, Innovation Works, and the Carnegie Mellon University School of Computer Science, the event highlighted the impact of robotics, automation & AI on healthcare, agriculture, the supply chain, and more. It also provided attendees with the opportunity to experience in-person tours of Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute, the National Robotics Engineering Center, and Carnegie Robotics.

While Cascadia Connect is a new addition to the list of can’t-miss industry events, there are other established gatherings coming up that are circled on the calendars of many roboticists, executives, academics, investors and members of the media.

Register for the Robotics Summit

Among them is the 2022 Robotics Summit & Expo, which is taking place in Boston from May 10-11. This Robotics Summit is a multifaceted educational forum and expo dedicated to addressing the issues involved with the design, development, manufacture and delivery of commercial robotics and intelligent systems products and services. The Robotics Summit keynotes and general sessions are specifically designed to impart to technical professionals the information they need to successfully develop the next generation of commercial robotics systems, while the Robotics Summit expo provides attendees with hands-on access to the latest design and development solutions for producing robotics and intelligent systems products and services. This year the Robotics Summit & Expo is co-located with the Healthcare Robotics Engineering Forum and DeviceTalks Boston, meaning that the gathering essentially serves as three events in one. Visit their website and registration page to learn more and attend.

Register for the Smart Manufacturing Experience

The arrival of June will bring two more long-awaited industry events. Pittsburgh will host the Smart Manufacturing Experience from June 7-9 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. Attendees will have the opportunity to explore new products, chat with experts about emerging technologies and how best to implement them, and hear from manufacturers about how they have increased productivity, decreased costs and developed new products using these transformative tools. This year Smart Manufacturing Experience is collaborating with the Pittsburgh Robotics Network to ensure this manufacturing conference and event has a comprehensive robotics track. See first-hand what robotics advancements are propelling manufacturing forward by attending Smart Manufacturing Experience. Registration for exhibit hall and show floor passes are free and can be accessed on their website.

Register for Automate

Meanwhile in Detroit the Association for Advancing Automating (A3) will host Automate from June 6-9. Started in 1977 as the International Robots, Vision & Motion Control Show and billed as the largest and most inspiring showcase of automation in North America, Automate is focused on helping attendees accelerate their business. The event features a full spectrum of automation technologies and solutions, from tried-and-true to cutting-edge and AI-enabled. Registration is free and includes access to all keynote talks, including Daymond John of the ABC television series Shark Tank. Registered attendees will also have access to the Theater, which will feature speakers and sessions including the highly anticipated Cowen Startup Challenge: Automate to Outperform. Learn more and register at

The Pittsburgh Robotics Network and our member companies will be supporting, attending and participating in all of these industry events as we continue to support the growth of the Pittsburgh robotics ecosystem and expand adoption of these technologies. We hope that you’ll join us!