Congressional Robotics Caucus Advisory Committee

The Advisory Committee to the Congressional Robotics Caucus serves as a resource for the Caucus members and their staffs, and assists the members in hosting regular briefings for policymakers, the press, and the public on the state of robotics technology and key issues facing the robotics industry. Contact information for each organization is listed below.


ASSOCIATION FOR COMPETITIVE TECHNOLOGY - an international advocacy and education organization representing more than 3000 small and mid-size app developers and information technology firms. ACT offers experts and information on the needs of small business innovators from around the world.

Contact: Mr. Morgan Reed, Executive Director

THE ROBOTICS INSTITUTE -  CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY - established in 1979 to conduct basic and applied research in robotics technologies relevant to industrial and societal tasks. Seeking to combine the practical and the theoretical, the Robotics Institute has diversified its efforts and approaches to robotics science while retaining its original goal of realizing the potential of the robotics field. The Institute's faculty and students come from a wide variety of backgrounds and represent many unique areas of expertise. They can answer your questions about the multi-disciplinary nature of robotics, which encompass aspects of computer science, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, psychology, and many other disciplines.

Contact: Debbie Tekavec, Director of Federal Relations, CMU


COMPUTING RESEARCH ASSOCIATION - an association of more than 200 North American academic departments of computer science, computer engineering, and related fields; laboratories and centers in industry, government, and academia engaging in basic computing research; and affiliated professional societies. CRA offers experts to answer your questions about policies involving computing research and computing technology in general.

Contact: Brian Mosley

IEEE-USA - an organizational unit of the IEEE, the world's largest professional association - with over 400,000 members globally - for the advancement of technology. IEEE-USA offers, experts on engineering R&D policies and programs, innovation and fast moving technologies, and many other topics related to sustaining U.S. technological leadership and promoting economic competitiveness.

Contact: Ms. Erica Wissolik, Senior Program Manager, Government Relations


IEEE ROBOTICS & AUTOMATION SOCIETY (IEEE-RAS) - a professional society of the IEEE consisting of IEEE's members who have expertise in systems incorporating sensors and actuators that operate autonomously or semi-autonomously in cooperation with humans. The IEEE-RAS offers the foremost experts for all of your questions about robotics and automation innovation. RAS strives to advance innovation, education, and fundamental and applied research in robotics and automation.


MASS TECHNOLOGY LEADERSHIP COUNCIL - the only business association that addresses the critical leadership issues of innovative technology and technology-enabled companies. The organization offers experts in fostering entrepreneurship and promoting the success of companies that develop and deploy technology across industry sectors.

Contact: Mr. Tom Hopcroft, President & CEO


NATIONAL CENTER FOR MANUFACTURING SCIENCES - a nonprofit, member-based consortium with the objective to drive the global competitiveness of North American manufacturers through collaboration, innovation, and advanced technologies. NCMS recognizes that robotics will help define the future, and they offer experts who can answer your questions about the future of manufacturing and use of robotics in North America.

Contact: Dr. Chuck Ryan, Vice President, Technology



NATIONAL DEFENSE INDUSTRIAL ASSOCIATION - a leading defense industry association promoting national security. NDIA provides a legal and ethical forum for the exchange of information between industry and government on national security issues. They offer experts to answer your questions about defense- and technology-related issues.

Contact: Mr. Peter Staffs


ROBOTIC INDUSTRIES ASSOCIATION - the only trade group in North America organized specifically to serve the robotics industry. Member companies include leading robot manufacturers, users, system integrators, component suppliers, research groups, and consulting firms.

Questions? Ask the Robotics Experts


SAE INTERNATIONAL - a global association of more than 128,000 engineers and related technical experts in the aerospace, automotive and commercial-vehicle industries. SAE offers experts who can answer your questions on robotics standards and technology in the automotive industry.

Contact: Mr. Bruce Mahone, Director, Washington Operations


ROBOTICS TECHNOLOGY CONSORTIUM - a non-profit industry organization formed in 2008 to speed the creation and deployment of ground robotics technology for the Defense Department and other government organizations. The RTC currently has a membership of nearly 200 large and small commercial companies, academic institutions, and non-profit organizations. The consortium develops solutions to meet critical needs identified by the Office of the Secretary of Defense Joint Ground Robotics Enterprise (OSD/JGRE) to support national security objectives.


Last Updated: 17 April 2012


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