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RIC-Americas Annual Meeting 2016

  • SwRI 6220 Culebra Road San Antonio, TX, 78238 United States (map)

The 2016 ROS-Industrial Consortium Americas Annual Members' meeting will take place March 3-4 at SwRI's headquarters in San Antonio, Texas.

Link to printable agenda.
Link to Building 189 SwRI map.

Thursday Afternoon/Evening, March 3 (Public):

  • ROS-I technology demonstrations: Scan-n-Plan for robotic blending and painting, Euler mobile manipulator, Blue WorkForce Ragnar robot, Industrial Calibration Library, mixed parcel handling, 15kW CO2 laser, Descartes and STOMP Path Planners
  • Keynote: Jeremy Zoss, SwRI's lead engineer for the five-story tall Laser Coating Removal mobile robot, will present an overview of the project along with insights about how ROS is being integrated.
  • Dinner ($75 for non-members): Dine with us at Boiler House on the northern reach of San Antonio's historic River Walk.

Time Description
1220 Shuttle Pickup at Hyatt Regency Hill Country
1230-1300 Registration, SwRI Building 189 (refer to map link above)
1300-1315 Welcome – Intro to SwRI
1315-1345 Presentation: Space Science
1345-1415 Lab Tour: Unmanned Systems
1415-1445 Lab Tour: HAT and Coating Removal Laser Lab
1445-1615 Lab Tour: Robotics and Automation, Simulation...
1615-1645 Keynote: Design of Five Story Laser Depainting...
1645-1715 Consortium Overview and Wrap up
1715 Shuttles Depart for Dinner: Boiler House

Friday, March 4 (Members Only):

  • Consortium Updates:
    • RIC-Americas: Learn about the latest ROS-I Consortium Americas developments, Focused Technical Projects, and planned Consortium activities for 2016 (Paul Hvass and Shaun Edwards, SwRI)
    • RIC-Europe: Hear about the rapid growth and ROS-I interest in Europe (Mirko Bordignon, Fraunhofer IPA)
    • RIC-Asia: Hear about the recent interest in forming RIC-Asia
  • Lunch Keynote: Erik Nieves, CEO of the stealth startup PlusOne Robotics, will present his vision for the future of robotics.
  • Focused Technical Projects: Get the latest on upcoming 2016 projects.
  • Roadmapping: The meeting will end with a general discussion on the technical roadmap which will set the agenda for the 2016 activities. The meeting will end at 15:30 to allow for travel.

Time Description
0800 Shuttle Pickup at Hyatt Regency Hill Country
0800-0830 Registration, Light Breakfast
0830-0845 Welcome and Introductions
0845-0920 RIC-Americas Highlights and Upcoming Events
0920-0940 RIC-Europe: Rapid Growth
0940-1000 Is it Time for RIC-Asia?
1000-1030 Break
1030-1130 ROS-I Technical Roadmapping Round Tables
1130-1200 ROS 2.0 Real Time Capabilities, Q+A
1200-1230 Lunch
1230-1300 Lunch Keynote: PlusOne Robotics
1300-1400 Focused Technical Projects
1400-1415 Break
1415-1515 RIC Strategy Round Tables – NNMI, App Store...
1515-1530 Wrap up
1530 Shuttles Direct to Airport and Hotel


Paul Hvass, ROS-Industrial Consortium Program Manager (SwRI)


Southwest Research Institute
Building 189 Conference Room 6220 Culebra Rd.
San Antonio, TX 78238


Hyatt Regency Hill Country
$120/night for attendees (no resort fee)
9800 Hyatt Resort Dr.
San Antonio, TX 78251
Reserve a room online at the special rate
Telephone: 1-888-421-1442 (toll free)
or 1-210-647-1234 (local)
Group name: ROS-Industrial Consortium Americas
Meeting name: Annual members meeting

Dinner March 3

Boiler House Texas Grill & Wine Garden
312 Pearl Pkwy., Bldg. 3
San Antonio, Texas 78215
Phone: 210-354-4644


Later Event: April 6
ROS-I Developers Training Class