Robotics & AI

Our innovative spirit is leading the pack for advancements in robotics and AI

The International Hub for Robotics and AI

Across the globe, major players in the technology sector view Robotics & AI as synonymous with Pennsylvania. Our world-class R&D institutions like Carnegie Mellon University – combined with an environment rich in venture capital and private equity opportunities, a robust entrepreneurial ecosystem, an affordable cost of living, and a vibrant culture – make Pennsylvania the best choice for new or existing robotics and AI companies.

Pennsylvania’s strengths in robotics and AI extend beyond just one specialized subsector. The next big innovations in autonomous vehicles, space exploration, advanced manufacturing, agriculture, and so much more are being developed here. That’s why, in addition to leading autonomous vehicle technology companies like Aurora and Argo AI calling Pennsylvania home, we also see robotic arm manufacturer RE2 Robotics, drone developer Exyn Technologies, and space robotics company Astrobotic all growing rapidly in Pennsylvania.

The technologies of tomorrow are being developed and built in Pennsylvania – and the world has taken notice. Come see what it’s all about.

Out of this World Investments

Astrobotic Technology is creating space robotics technology for lunar and planetary missions and is based in Pittsburgh. In coordination with the Governor’s Action Team, Astrobotic recently announced an expansion of its headquarters that will create 150 jobs that pay more than $100,000 annually.

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Funding & Resources

Ben Franklin Technology Partners (BFTP)

The BFTP are a national model for technology-based economic development programs. BFTP provides both early-stage, technology-based firms and established manufacturers with funding, business and technical expertise, and access to a network of innovative, expert resources.

Penn Center for Innovation

University of Pennsylvania’s Penn Center for Innovation facilitates technology transfer from university research to the private sector through licensing, R&D alliances, and other commercial partnering opportunities. Opportunities exist in a broad range of sectors, including nanotechnology, electronic materials, robotics, computer information systems, bioengineering, medical devices, and more.

Pittsburgh Robotics Network (PRN)

The Pittsburgh Robotics Network connects industry with robotics leaders, and stakeholders to accelerate opportunities for business growth and the adoption of robotic solutions and artificial intelligence technologies.

National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC)

Operating within the CMU Robotics Institute, the National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC) is a technology transfer organization that designs, develops, and tests robotic systems and vehicles for industrial and government clients. The NREC combines systems engineering disciplines of requirements and trades analysis, design, simulation, integration and testing with applied research capabilities in autonomy, sensing and unmanned platform design. The NREC excels in rapid integration and field-testing of automated systems and several of their systems have transitioned to industry and the military.

Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing Institute (ARM)

The ARM Institute is a public-private partnership bringing together more than 300 organizations across industry, government, and academia to drive the use of industrial robots to strengthen the U.S. manufacturing sector. Key industrial sectors include aerospace, automotive, electronics, and textiles.

Industrial Resource Centers (IRC)

The Industrial Resource Centers are a network of seven private, nonprofits located strategically throughout the state to provide localized support. The network works with manufacturers to respond to changing market conditions, adopt new technology, and on creating strategies to remain competitive in today’s global economy.

Scott Deitrich

Deputy Director for Operations

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