Top 10 Robotics Conferences of 2017

  • 22 March 2017
  • Cas Proffitt

Robotics has been in the public eye in recent years due to crossovers with artificial intelligence to create some of the world’s first consumer-ready home robots and entertainment such as real-life giant mecha battles.


I mean, check out this giant 12,000lb robot squish its smaller, lesser foe.

In short, robots are cool. But robotics has also become an integral part of many industries and their place in the world continues to expand with other disruptive technologies like machine vision and machine learning.


Across the globe, the brightest minds in the industry are gathering at these robotics conferences in 2017 to discuss the most pressing issues in the niche, share discoveries and inventions, and push humanity another step forward with our (mostly) metallic friends.



Robotics Alley Conference

Feb. 28-Mar. 1 in Minneapolis, MN

Ticket price:

Ranges from $129 to $1,500


Robotics Alley will feature speeches from Martin Buehler of Disney Imagineering and Jacob Ward. Topics covered at this conference include the making of an AI based on IBM’s Watson, enhanced manufacturing, and healthcare robotics prior to the startup presentations.



Mar. 6-9 in Ft. Worth, TX

Ticket price:

Ranges from $50 to $1,050


AERODEF will feature speeches by several members of prominent aerospace and defense companies like Northrop Grumman, Boeing, and Lockheed Martin. AERODEF is scheduled to feature discussions about advances in materials engineering and improved production methods either in terms of cost and efficiency.


Internet of Manufacturing 2017

Mar. 7-8 in Chicago, IL

Ticket price:

Contact them via their website for pricing.


Internet of Manufacturing is a Chicago-based conference which offers insight into the industrial Internet of Things as well as virtual reality and big data. Internet of Manufacturing 2017 will feature speeches and case studies given by big names from the manufacturing and energy sectors like Halliburton and Caterpillar.

Sensors Expo & Conference

Jun. 27-29 in San Jose, CA

Ticket price:

Ranges from free (early bird registration) to $1549 for full-price VIP passes


Sensors Expo 2017 is a dedicated sensor and emerging technology conference based in the heart of Silicon Valley, CA. This year they are highlighting wearable tech, IoT devices, and energy harvesting technologies. Sensors Expo has been the leading sensor and sensor integration conference for over 30 years. If you register early, you may be able to snag a free pass to the event.


ISC West Unmanned Security Expo

Apr. 4-7 in Las Vegas, NV

Ticket price:

Contact ISCWest via their website for pricing


ISC Events is presenting a new conference in 2017 specifically for unmanned vehicles—both UAVs and UGVs as well as any supporting components, be they physical or virtual. ISC Events is supported by a number of robotics hardware and software companies. The conference will be split into two parts to cover security, access control, public safety, and various exhibits of both UAV and UGV technology.



Collision Conference – TalkRobot

May 2-4 in New Orleans, LA

Ticket price:

Ranges from $227 for startups (sold as $680 for 3 people) to $4680 for the VIP conference pass.


TalkRobot is a conference in the Collision Network.  This year’s event will feature talks by Nicholas Horbaczewski (CEO and Founder, Drone Racing League) and John Donovan (CSO, AT&T). The event will cover three separate lines of thought as they relate to AI including robotics, ethical issues, and commercial uses.



Rapid 3D Event 2017

May 8-11 in Pittsburgh, PA

Ticket price:

Ranges from $129 for tours to $1,350 for an all-access conference pass.

Tickets may be eligible for bundle-pricing discounts.


Rapid is a manufacturing-centric conference based around 3D rapid prototyping and robotics. They have projected that it may be feasible to 3D replicate luggage and other items at will by 2060 for time and fuel efficient space travel. Rapid’s 2017 event features more than 200 subject matter experts and developers on topics like advanced manufacturing and medical 3D printing.



2017 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA)

May 29-Jun. 3 in Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

Ticket price:

Ranges from 450SGD for exhibitors to 1,750SGD for non IEEE members and 1,450 for non-life IEEE members.

Life Members of the IEEE get into all parts of the event for free.

Guests cost 300SGD extra.


The 2017 ICRA in Singapore is bringing some of the most innovative studies on robotics into one venue this May and will also include a surgical robots workshop. You can view some of the papers that will be presented at ICRA 2017 on their website, and if you want to submit a paper of your own, the deadline is May 27. See the registration page for paper length stipulations.




10 Times – Automation Technology East Expo

Jun 13-15 in New York, USA

Ticket price:

Contact 10Times via their website for ticket information


10Times is hosting the Automation Technology East Expo in June. This event looks to be an intensive glance into the world of robotics and automation. There are expected to be more than 20,000 attendants. This conference covers automation techniques, custom fabrication, as well as materials and software development.



MRS 2017: The 1ST International Symposium on Multi-Robot and Multi-Agent Systems

Dec. 4-5 in Los Angeles, CA

Ticket price:

Registration is currently closed.

Prices are currently unavailable.


MRS 2017 is open for academic submissions until May 27. The conference is striving to help others progress in robotics in fields such as AI applications in large systems, swarm drone intelligence modeling based on organic processes, and nano-scale multi-robot systems.


What’s the coolest robotics project you’ve ever seen? Do you know of other robotics conferences that should be on this list? Let us know in the comments below!

About Cas Proffitt

Cas is a B2B Content Marketer and Brand Consultant who specializes in disruptive technology. She covers topics like artificial intelligence, augmented and virtual reality, blockchain, and big data, to name a few. Cas is also co-owner of an esports organization and spends much of her time teaching gamers how to make a living doing what they love while bringing positivity to the gaming community.