Autonomous Vehicles in Distribution Centers

Apr 26, 2018 · Cambridge, United States of America

Learn about the unique challenges that autonomous vehicles face in distribution centers and some innovative solutions to address them. Technical topics that will be covered at this event include Robotics, Computer Vision, Object Detection, and SLAM.

6 River Systems has kindly offered to sponsor and host this event.

Warning: GPS will not work well for the address, so please follow the directions at:

*Note*: We are chartering a bus to bring attendees from Cambridge (Kendall Square and Alewife Station) to Waltham and back for this event. Please specify in your RSVP whether you would like to reserve a seat.


6:00p - 6:30p: Food, refreshments, and networking
6:30p - 6:45p: Announcements and overview
6:45p - 7:15p: Talk: "Where am I? Robot localization with AMCL" [Chris Cacioppo & Dan Winkler]
AMCL is a common method of localization. In this talk we will explain the concepts so that anyone can understand how it works. This will be followed by a deeper dive into the algorithm and how to make it work effectively.
7:15p - 8:00p: Demo: Meet Chuck, an autonomous vehicle that assists warehouse workers (video:
8:00p - 8:30p: Networking and wrap-up

Speaker Bios:

Chris Cacioppo
CTO and Co-Founder of 6 River Systems previously led engineering at Mimio. He holds multiple patents across hardware, firmware, software, and design. Chris is a University Scholar at the University of Connecticut and earned an M.S. in Electrical Engineering/Computer Science at MIT.

Dan Winkler
Prior to joining 6 River Systems, Dan was the chief technology officer at Mimio. He joined Mimio as one of its first software engineers, and was involved in all facets of the development process at the company, including product research, competitive reviews, user studies, software architecture, technical documentation, user experience and interface design, information technology and management.

About 6 River Systems:

Its founders were executives at Kiva Systems, a robotics company that Amazon bought for $775 million in 2012. Amazon eventually took the Kiva robots off the market, rebranded the division as Amazon Robotics, and wielded a big competitive advantage over other logistics businesses and retailers.

Now, they've got a new start-up called 6 River Systems that's bringing Amazon-grade technology to the broader warehouse and fulfillment industry. Check out this CNBC segment and video to learn more:

By the way, they are hiring! Check out

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  • Boston Autonomous Vehicles

    Welcome! This group is intended for anyone who has an interest in autonomous vehicles (ground, air, or water) and their related technologies:  Robotics, Computer Vision, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, etc. All are welcome. Please join our Slack workspace ( for active discussions about this field and to be notified about our events and activities. Slack invite link: Small-Scale Robocar Races A few of us are working on small (1/16th - 1/10th-scale) robo

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