Matt Mason to Keynote @ CASE 2019

15th IEEE International Conference on Automation Science and Engineering

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August 22 - 26, 2019

University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC

Berkshire Grey’s Chief Scientist, Matt Mason, will deliver a Keynote session at CASE 2019 titled:

From Carnegie Mellon to Berkshire Grey


When I first joined Carnegie Mellon in 1982, a mentor (Allen Newell) said that he had simplified his intellectual life by avoiding entanglements with industry.  I found that idea appealing, and followed that model for over 30 years.  It wasn’t too difficult, because of my innate skepticism toward most visions of the next commercial robotics revolution.  That all changed in the course of a two-hour meeting with Tom Wagner, when he laid out his vision of a robotic transformation of materials handling, and a company (Berkshire Grey) that could make it happen.  Berkshire Grey emerged from stealth mode several months ago, so that I can now talk about Wagner’s vision, Berkshire Grey’s accomplishments, and the interaction of academia and industry.


Matt Mason earned his PhD in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence from MIT in 1982. He has worked in robotics for over forty years. For most of that time Matt has been a Professor of Robotics and Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). He was Director of the Robotics Institute from 2004 to 2014.

Since 2014, Matt has spent most of his time at Berkshire Grey, where he is the Chief Scientist. Berkshire Grey is a Boston-based company that produces innovative materials-handling solutions for eCommerce and logistics.

Matt is a Fellow of the AAAI and the IEEE.  He won the IEEE R&A Pioneer Award, and the IEEE Technical Field Award in Robotics and Automation.

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