Massachusetts Robotics Ecosystem


Massachusetts is home to a dynamic and thriving robotics industry. The region’s leading robotic companies, academic research laboratories, policymakers, and government organizations work closely together. Therefore, it spurs the technology’s economic development through education, knowledge-sharing, and relationship building.

This ecosystem includes:

  • More than 350 innovative companies producing and utilizing robotics applications serving 11 different markets (see map below)
  • A critical mass of world-class universities including more than 35 robotics R&D programs across 18 institutions
  • Highly skilled and experienced workforce and supporting related industries
  • MassRobotics – the innovation hub for robotics and connected devices startups, hosted in Boston’s Innovation District
  • New England Robotics Validation and Experimentation (NERVE) Center – based at UMass Lowell, one of three National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) test facilities in the nation providing an indoor environment for testing ground-based robotics and a validation site for ARM Institute and its projects
  • Joint Base Cape Cod – an FAA joint test site with New York, one of six test sites for Unmanned Air Systems providing a secure environment for early-stage outdoor field and environmental testing, including large AUV platforms
  • Center for Marine Robotics – based at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, advancing the way people and machines work together in the marine environment

Additionally, the below map showcases the hundreds of companies that drive the regional robotics industry. It includes robotics, AI, and connected device companies, as well as technology companies supporting the robotics ecosystem. (Zoom in to see all companies.)

We are working to keep this map as up-to-date as possible. If you know of a company not shown, please email us at with the company name, website, address, and technology/product. (last updated May 5 2020)