Join us at the 2017 AUVSI NE Annual Meeting as we collaborate to build upon the chapter's successes and work on initiatives to foster growth throughout the region in autonomous and robotic systems. This year's meeting topic will be advances in healthcare robotics. 

The meeting is open to the public and the year we welcome attendees with an interest in: robotics, autonomous systems, Ai and technology in healthcare at any level. Students & faculty in medical practice and healthcare policy, hospital administrators, insurance providers and technology developers. 

Our 2017 meeting will be held on May 24th, from 5-8pm at the WPI Life Sciences & Bioengineering Center in Worcester, MA. Please plan on attending this yearly meetup of our regional affiliate members, corporate sponsors and other key industry participants. This is your forum for open conversations to model chapter initiatives and plan future activities. AUVSI is always seeking out opportunities to enhance our member's shared value, and we welcome your participation as we define the right course for 2017 and beyond.



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Agenda for May 24th

Welcome Reception
6-6:30 Chapter Members Meeting
6:30-7:15 PraticePoint at WPI Intro
7:30-8pm Closing Comments

In addition to the chapter proceedings, we are honored to have an opportunity to present to our members an insiders view on the future of healthcare. Gregory Fischer, Director of PracticePoint at WPI, will lead a discussion about current challenges and opportunities for robotics and cyber-physical systems in healthcare.  The growing field of medical robotics has applications in the operating room, patient care facilities and at home.  As recently announced by the Commonwealth's Executive Office, WPI is launching a new landmark healthcare research facility with industrial, academic, and clinical partners to support healthcare research and product development. 

Gregory Fischer is the William Smith Dean’s Professor of Mechanical Engineering & Robotics Engineering with an appointment in Biomedical Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). He received his PhD from Johns Hopkins University in Mechanical Engineering and an MS in Electrical Engineering where he was a member of the NSF Engineering Research Center for Computer Integrated Surgery (ERC-CISST). He is the Director of PracticePoint at WPI. Dr. Fischer leads the WPI Automation and Interventional Medicine Robotics Research Laboratory (AIM Lab) with research focus including: an MRI-compatible robotic system for image-guided conformal ablation of deep brain tumors currently in pre-clinical trials, a robotic system for precision targeted MRI-guided prostate cancer biopsy currently in clinical trials, wearable soft robotic devices for rehabilitation and assistance with activities of daily living, and social robots for providing therapy.

PracticePoint at WPI is an integrated engineering/healthcare research and development center that will accelerate the creation of smart, secure digital health technologies and support workforce development for the industry.

To learn more about PracticePoint at WPI, see Governor Charlie Baker's announcement here.

Thank You to our host partner, WPI. We look forward to seeing you there.




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