TechSandBox: MetroWest Innovation Hub 


Robotics, Sensors, Automation, Manufacturing SIG (RoboSAM)
TBD. Apply to be the Chair. 
Networking and registration at 5:30p with program proceedings 6:30p to 8pm. $25 early bird/ $30 until day before program/ $35 day of or at door; Includes food. Members of this SIG are admitted free. This special interest group is targeted at the folks who make the products that help make the products and people using these tools to make their own product. This includes thoseusing or making sensors, prototypes, signal processing, testing, measurement, vision, robotics, automation, consumer electronics, medical devices, and even MEMs and semiconductors.


10/17/2016, 5:30PM: Now you see it; Now you see it better: Advances in Imaging for Medical Applications

Imaging and vision systems are being used for discovery of cells, to new material development, to diagnostic procedures, therapies and surgery.

Tonight we cover the medical uses and include advances in miniaturization, wavelengths of light, and robot guidance. See what can be detected, new applications and diagnostics that are enabled.

Eman Namati has been involved in image processing and optics across the light spectrum —xray, laser, fiber optic, infrared —and has seen the advances, the challenges, and the opportunities that still exist for creating products that enhance medicine.

Eman will provide an overview of the types of imaging, the biological/imaging structures each enables, and where the industry is now. This will be follow by each of the panelists explaining their company, and work.

Moderated by Lew Harrold, Innovative Medical Consultants:

  • Eman Namati, VP R&D, NinePoint Medical, Keynotes
  • Yuxiang (Shawn) Liu, Assistant Professor, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • Lionel Bouchet, VP Product Marketing, Mevion

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Eman Namati, PhD,  is Vice President of Research and Development at NinePoint Medical in Bedford, MA. As a founding member of the company in 2010, he brought extensive scientific and technical expertise in the fields of medical imaging. Prior to joining NinePoint, Eman was a post-doctoral research fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School working with Profs. Gary Tearney and Brett Bouma on the development of Optical Coherence Tomography – the core technology that was licensed to NinePoint. He helped build and lead the product development team, translating this academic technology into a commercial medical device in less than 3 years.

Eman has authored and coauthored over 50 scientific publications, abstracts and book chapters in the fields of signal processing, computed tomography, multi-modal imaging and biomedical optics. In addition, he has numerous patents related to optical imaging technologies. Eman holds a PhD in Biomedical Engineering through a dual program with Flinders University Australia and the University of Iowa as an APA(Australian Post-graduate award) and ISATNA(Iowa/South Australian Transnational Alliance) fellowship recipient. He received a double undergraduate degree in Engineering (BE) and Science (BSc) from Flinders University Australia.

Yuxiang (Shawn) Liu is an assistant professor in Mechanical Engineering who joined WPI in 2013. He received a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Maryland, College Park in 2011. Before joining WPI, Yuxiang Liu worked as a postdoctoral researcher in Purdue University in 2011. He worked at National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) as a NIST-ARRA fellow from 2011 to 2013. His research interests include fiber based optical trapping, silicon nanomechanics and nanophotonics, optofluidics, fiber optical sensors, bioinspired soft robotics, and cell mechanics. His research has been published on journals including Nature Nanotechnology, Physical Review Letters, Optics Letters, and Biomedical Optics Express.

Lew Harrold is an accomplished Medical Device Realization Professional with over 40 years’ experience of product lifecycle management of Medical Devices for a world-wide market. His experience encompasses multidisciplinary development team leadership, project management, engineering, clinical evaluation, manufacturing and medical device regulatory submissions for markets in US, Latin America, China and Japan. Lew has well developed business acumen and has a proven track record of bringing well designed and reliable products to market in a timely manner.

Throughout his career, Lew has managed and executed successful product development programs in radiology imaging, disposable whole blood optical devices, invasive and non-invasive cardiac output, patient vital signs monitoring and home health care remote monitoring. Additionally, he has assisted companies in the realization of new medical technologies, including clinical testing and medical research.

A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, a certified PMP, and a member of PMI, IEEE and PDMA, Lew is an expert in medical product design, biomedical engineering team development, program management, Quality Function Deployment (QFD) and clinical studies. Lew has deployed his expertise to realize profitable medical products for companies ranging in size from startups to Fortune 500. These commercialized products included 8 patents, 30+ successful 510(k)s, and 16 new medical products.

Lionel Bouchet, PhD, is VP of Product Management and Marketing at Mevion Medical Systems in Littleton. Prior to joining the startup team at Mevion (formerly Still River Systems), Lionel held similar roles at Varian Medical Systems and ZMed.

Lionel specializes in image-guided medical systems and was an Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Neurological Surgery at University of Florida.  Mevion Medical Systems is a leading provider of proton therapy systems for use in radiation treatment for cancer patients and uses imaging to locate the treatment site.

Dr. Bouchet has degrees in Physics - Nuclear Engineering from Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble, MS, Nuclear Engineering and Medicine from Texas A&M University, and PhD, Medical Physics from University of Florida.



June 13: Manufacturing: Making it in MA -- Literally. Starts at 6pm

The region clustered around I-495, I-90 and I-290 are abounding with the right mix of companies that support making physical products.

From contract manufacturing, to product developers, to fabricators, to PCB layout and machine shops, we have them all. Combine this with inexpensive real estate, easy parking, and roads that are certainly more accessible than Boston, and we have a compelling story to be based here.

We’d like you to join us in our first (hopefully annual and growing) showcase.

Showcase Companies help make medical instruments, medical devices, electronics, windturbines, solar panels, machined parts, robots, coatings, special materials or MEMs. Plus, contract developers to get the product designed, costed, and built.

Attendee companies: Are you a company in need of design, development or manufacturing assistance? Starting a product company?

$30 general admission to talk to helpful people!

MassMEP     ElectroMechTech     Central Coating -- EMI  Distron Contract Manufacturing

PanelRight at TechSandBox with MassMEP    Anchor Engineering Anchor EngineeringTri-Star Design Electro-mechanical design

 CogMedix           Tektronix            UMass CEERE

Contact the Chairs if you have an interest in serving on the Steering Committee. One year+ commitment,  attendance at committee meetings and programs, ability to attract panelists/speakers/cases and organize/ moderate the program 2x a year in a timely fashion. Build a strong(er) network, meet interesting people, lead, and help. Membership included as a small reward fro us to you.


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Speaker’s Name:     Candace Sidner

Speaker’s Title:       Research Professor, Computer Science

Short Bio:                   Candace L. (Candy) Sidner has a long-standing interest in human communication and collaboration, and their application to agents, robots and interfaces, especially those using gesture, social behavior, speech, and natural language.  


Candy is a Research Professor at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, with extensive experience in industrial labs, and independent consultant on projects including the RESPECT project for health information for clinical trials. She is PI of the Always On Relational Agent project with Chuck Rich at WPI and Tim Bickmore at Northeastern University, Co-PIs. She has recently worked on multimodal (including gesture) interfaces using a humanoid robot for the role of engagement in conversation.  


Candy is a Fellow and past Councilor of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, was elected a Fellow of the Association for Computational Linguistics in 2013, and is a senior member of the IEEE.  She has been general chair for a number of conferences, and services on two journal editorial boards.  She was also President of the Association for Computational Linguistics.  She received her Ph.D. from MIT in Computer Science.


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Company Pitch:    WPI’s Computer Science program is as diverse and varied as the field of computer science itself, offering course work and specializations in areas such as human-robotic interaction, intelligent tutoring and educational data mining, bioinformatics, computer security and privacy, and graphics and animation among many others. 

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