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Pittsburgh Robotics Community appoints Jennifer Apicella as Govt Director

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Jennifer Apicella has been named the brand new Govt Director of the Pittsburgh Robotics Community. | Supply: Jim Harris/PBT

The Pittsburgh Robotics Community (PRN) has introduced the appointment of Jennifer Apicella because the Govt Director, efficient instantly. Apicella has been serving because the Interim Govt Director since Could 2023 and beforehand held the place of Vice President of Partnerships and Packages since February 2021. Her dedication and confirmed management have been instrumental in advancing the mission of the PRN, which serves because the nexus for over 140 robotics organizations within the Better Pittsburgh area. 

“I’m excited to have the ability to proceed this work, steering the Pittsburgh Robotics Community right into a future brimming with collaborative progress and innovation. Along with our companions, we’ll proceed to amplify Pittsburgh’s already well-established standing as one of many high worldwide hubs for robotics, automation and synthetic intelligence,” Apicella mentioned. 

“Our area’s robotics cluster is likely one of the most superior and modern on the planet, and I’m delighted to have the ability to develop this work, fostering a group that facilitates new alternatives for business progress and business partnerships to speed up the adoption of robotic options throughout the globe,” Apicella mentioned. 

The PRN has additionally formally moved its places of work into the Robotics Manufacturing unit, positioned inside the Tech Forge alongside Pittsburgh’s “Robotics Row.” The Robotics Manufacturing unit, which is backed by Innovation Works, the Pittsburgh Robotics Community, and the Southwestern Pennsylvania New Financial system Collaborative, serves as a catalyst for nurturing early-stage robotics startups, expediting the commercialization of robotics options, and enhancing manufacturing capabilities. It’s by means of private and non-private partnerships like these that actual influence might be achieved for the area. 

“Jennifer’s appointment comes at a pivotal time, marking a brand new chapter for our area’s robotics ecosystem,” Kevin Dowling, Chair of the Pittsburgh Robotics Community Board of Administrators and Managing Director of the Robotics Manufacturing unit, mentioned. “Her confirmed means to attach, encourage, and propel the robotics enterprise group ahead makes her the perfect chief to navigate the group’s journey forward.”

Because the PRN embarks on this new chapter, the synergies between the Pittsburgh robotics enterprise ecosystem and the broader international robotics sector are poised to succeed in new heights below Jennifer Apicella’s management. In June 2023 the PRN introduced a strategic partnership with Denmark’s Odense Robotics, aimed toward producing transatlantic enterprise progress alternatives and solidifying ties between the 2 eminent international robotics ecosystems. 

The Pittsburgh Robotics Community stays dedicated to empowering the area’s robotics organizations and additional solidifying Pittsburgh’s place as an internationally acknowledged powerhouse in robotics and AI. “As our area continues to put money into offering new packages and assets to assist develop our business robotics companies, it will lead to new firms right here, who will then have the ability to present extra jobs in our group,” Apicella mentioned. 

The announcement comes because the PRN gears up for the extremely anticipated Pittsburgh Robotics Discovery Day on November 16, 2023, an occasion showcasing the outstanding robotics group revolutionizing our world. Free and open to all, Pittsburgh Robotics Discovery Day gives enterprise professionals, traders, entrepreneurs, job seekers, college students, and most of the people a myriad of alternatives to have interaction with Pittsburgh’s world-leading robotics ecosystem.

The occasion, hosted on the David L. Lawrence Conference Middle, will function over 130 exhibitors together with notable organizations resembling Aurora, Agility Robotics, and Carnegie Mellon College. Pittsburgh Robotics Discovery Day is supported by partnerships with the Southwestern Pennsylvania New Financial system Collaborative, the Allegheny Convention on Group Growth, Innovation Works, and the Southwestern Pennsylvania Fee. 

This yr’s occasion will draw 1000’s to expertise reside demonstrations of the robots and AI applied sciences altering the way in which we reside, transfer, and work, meet the people making them attainable, find out about numerous methods to get into the sphere – from conventional levels to new coaching packages – and join with the group organizations elevating our autonomy ecosystem. Attendees can expertise 4 Discovery Zones — Robotics, Manufacturing, Profession Pathways, and Group – with experiences starting from hands-on demonstrations of superior robotics expertise and next-generation manufacturing methods to exploring profession and enterprise alternatives. The occasion’s Primary Stage shows will spotlight the people behind the robots, in addition to provide an opportunity to listen to from rising robotics and AI firms throughout the Robotics Manufacturing unit Startup Showcase. The occasion will culminate in a Robotics and Tech Glad Hour held onsite from 4 p.m. to six p.m. 

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