2017 Speakers


Daniel Theobald

Founder & Chief Innovation Officer

Vecna Robotics

Daniel Theobald is the co-founder and Chief Innovation Officer of Vecna, a leader in robotics solutions with a mission of empowering humanity through transformative technologies. Daniel founded Vecna in 1998 and, without taking any outside investment, he grew the company to serve a worldwide customer base.  Daniel has been designing robots for decades including the renowned Bear disaster recovery robot, and an end-to-end fleet of logistics robots for manufacturing, warehousing and order-fulfillment. His other work includes advanced automation components, such as a biomimetic muscle, advanced hydraulics and machine perception technology.

Daniel graduated at the top of his class from MIT and was honored with the Henry Ford II Scholar Award. He continued his graduate work as an NSF fellow in the Artificial Intelligence (AI) Laboratory at MIT, developing web-based control algorithms for a robotic Mars explorer. His academic record and research earned him an award from the Hertz Foundation.

Daniel is also the co-founder and President of MassRobotics, an industry consortium founded to foster the international robotics community.  MassRobotics is an independent, non-profit organization serving as an innovation hub for robotics and connected devices. Through programming and events, MassRobotics helps bring together innovative startups and existing technology organizations to nurture the next generation of talent, and promote innovation and economic growth for the robotics industry. 


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