Interested Investors and Thought-Leaders Intrigued by a No-Code Robot Interface

BOSTON, Mass., September 28, 2018 – Southie Autonomy (, the winner of the ABB Innovation Challenge and resident of MassRobotics, has added two new accolades to its success indicators, one providing a $5,000 award.

Southie Autonomy (“Southie”) is developing an intelligent platform for robots that lowers the cost of automating high-variability/ lower volume materials handling applications. It does this through a patent-pending AR (augmented reality) interface that uses gestures, requiring no computer expertise, so line workers and operators can change tasks in minutes.

“I was pleased to see the judges pick Southie as the winner of the Pitchfire event,” said Jeff Burnstein, President of Robotic Industries Association. “They are addressing two of the most important barriers to increased robot adoption: ease of use and the lack of skilled workers to program robots. We’re proud of this achievement from a new member of our trade association.”

Explaining how companies need to automate repetitive tasks to stay competitive, even in flexible material handle applications, CEO Rahul Chipalkatty said, “We keep hearing how the combination of a good economy, mass-customization trends, and low unemployment are challenging companies to produce more; our solution really addresses this while providing a career path to upskill workers.”

"Ease of use is critical to the widening adoption of robotics by small and midsize enterprises," said Eugene Demaitre, senior editor at Robotics Business Review. "Southie Autonomy's software and training wand could really help with the democratization of automation for new applications.”

"The Pitchfire startup competition is one of the most popular parts of our annual RoboBusiness conference," he added. "We were impressed by the rising quality of this year's submissions, and the judges had a real challenge deciding among the qualified finalists."

"Training of robots without computer skills is something we've heard a lot about, but Southie Autonomy's innovative approach and clear pitch helped it win Pitchfire 2018," said Demaitre. "We're also pleased to see a Massachusetts robotics startup joining the ranks of companies recognized at RoboBusiness and by Robotics Business Review."

"We’ve watched Southie get more-and-more interest since they started at MassRobotics and they’re getting nods for focusing on automating variable, yet repetitive kit assembly tasks,” said Tom Ryden, Executive Director of MassRobotics . “I think the judges see the growing need too.”

In a related announcement, Southie took home the Audience Vote at Mass Innovation Nights on September 13th, held at MathWorks and attended by over 300 people.

About Southie Autonomy

Southie Autonomy is transforming robotic automation by allowing robots to be told what to do, not how through a patent-pending AI/AR platform that enables a novel and natural interaction paradigm between humans and robots. Its initial use is in kitting and other container-to-container material handling tasks.

Southie was founded in 2017 by Rahul Chipalkatty, a roboticist from Draper Labs, with a PhD from Georgia Tech, along with former Draper Labs 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.



Barbara Finer, COO