Team Members Added as Company Positions Itself for Growth

BOSTON, Mass., May 23, 2018 – Southie Autonomy Works (, a winner of the ABB Innovation Challenge and resident of MassRobotics, has come out of stealth mode with new team members and more market validation.

Southie Autonomy Works (“SAW”) is developing an intelligent platform for robots that lowers the cost of automating high-mix, lower volume materials handling applications. It does this through a patent-pending solution that significantly lowers set up time by enabling any robot to be told what to do, not how to do it, re-deploying its use for new tasks in a matter of minutes.

"There are thousands of small-to-medium sized manufacturers in Massachusetts that are looking to address their critical labor shortages and would use tools like robots; they cannot currently financially justify automating many of these tasks due to low volume or variability of the production run," said John Killam, CEO of MassMEP. “By 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.”

“Our product creates a paradigm shift for manufacturers and niche logistics companies,” said Rahul Chipalkatty, Founder and CEO of SAW. “They should now be able to justify a return-on- investment by implementing a robot across multiple applications, even in lower volume, short- run tasks in kitting, materials handling, pick & place, and simple assembly.”

SAW also announced that it is building out its business team, starting with Chief Marketing Officer, Barbara Finer, of Shrewsbury, MA, a serial entrepreneur and former CEO of TechSandBox. Barb spent a significant part of her career leading marketing, channels, and business development for industrial automation and manufacturing applications with companies such as Keithley Instruments, Synoptics, and ITI. Joining the team as an advisor, Peter Vicars, former CEO of VGo, a leader in robotic telepresence acquired by Vecna, brings his experience and network as a serial entrepreneur with several exits.

Together with the co-founders, Rahul Chipalkatty and Jay M. Wong, and two technical advisors from MIT and Brown, the bolstered team will help SAW as it enters its next phase.

About Southie Autonomy Works (“SAW”)

Southie Autonomy Works is transforming robotic automation by allowing robots to be told what to do, not how to do it through a patent-pending AI/AR platform that enables a novel and easy-to-use interaction paradigm between humans and robots.

SAW was founded in 2017 by Rahul Chipalkatty, a roboticist from Draper, with a PhD from Georgia Tech, along with former Draper scientist Jay M. Wong. Their work in intelligent, autonomous vehicles led them to think about how the paradigm for instructing intelligent machines of any kind could change the way work gets done.

SAW’s offering, Teach-by-Touch, removes the cumbersome requirements of designing discrete manufacturing work cells as well as the tedious, expert-level robot programming traditionally required. Businesses deploy new workflows in minutes, not days, through gestures and voice commands.

Southie Autonomy Works is based at MassRobotics, 12 Channel Street, Boston, MA 02210



Barbara Finer