Southie Autonomy is a software startup based at MassRobotics changing the way people interact with robots. Winner of ABB Robotics Innovation Challenge, we are developing intelligent robotics software to enable high-mix automation and help businesses recoup ROI faster by lowering time, cost, and skill barriers in applications like kitting, palletizing, and simple assembly, through an easy-to-use interface.



We are transforming robotic automation by allowing robots to be told what to do, not how, saving time and money while providing flexibility. We do this through The Wand, our pointer-based interface that enables a novel interaction paradigm between humans and robots so any user has the flexibility to redeploy the robot for new tasks within minutes.



Our powerful, patent-pending software removes the cumbersome requirements of meticulous design of work cells as well as tedious, expert-level robot programming (for perception, task, control, and motion), so businesses can quickly and cost-effectively deploy and reprogram their robot processes (or workflows) in the order of minutes not days.

NO PROGRAMMING EXPERTISE NEEDED. This means anyone, regardless of computer or programming skills, can deploy and repurpose robots. See some of our visitors do just that. For many of them, this is their FIRST time deploying robot automation. You too can stop by our site, try it out, and tweet at us to be featured on our webpage! 



SAW is on the right track…. In order to lower cost and skills requirements which will lead to greater cobot adoption, both setup and infrasctructure overhead need to be greatly reduced. Overall productivity will be improved for today’s forward thinkers when they implement flexible systems that involve humans and robots collaborating together.

— Andie Zhang, Global Robotics Product Manager for Collaborative Robots, ABB

[Southie Autonomy is]... providing a solution that lets the manufacturer quickly re-deploy the robot to a new task and new applications in minutes, without needing engineers and programmers, will really fill a need. 

— John Killam, CEO, MassMEP

Southie has taken cutting-edge principles of autonomy and decision-making systems to the real-world, creating a new paradigm for human robot interaction. This breakthrough combines information from human partners with information from the environment to generate reliable physical actions just like autonomous vehicles. Southie has created the most compelling industrial application I’ve seen of using simple gesture-based commands to tell the robot what to do and letting it figure out how." 

— Professor Nicholas Roy, Bisplinghoff Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics, MIT