COVID-19, robots and us – summary

Join us for a discussion with experts from the robotics and health community

Every week at 7pm on Tuesdays from March 24 until May 12 2020 we spoke to experts and practitioners from the robotics, health and manufacturing community, to understand our response to COVID-19 and the robots that would be required. The event was free and open to the public, and videos of each session can be found on the Silicon Valley Robotics youtube channel.

And we’ve posted summaries to and 

With regular guests:

Prof Ken Goldberg, UC Berkeley Director of the CITRIS People and Robots Initiative

Andra Keay, Managing Director of Silicon Valley Robotics and Visiting Scholar at CITRIS People and Robots Initiative will act as moderator.

Beau Ambur, Outreach, Design and Technology Lead for Kickstarter will be coordinating technology for us.

Open Source COVID-19 Medical Supplies Group is a rapidly growing Facebook group formed to evaluate, design, validate, and source the fabrication of open source emergency medical supplies around the world, given a variety of local supply conditions.

Helpful Engineering is another rapidly growing global network created to design, source and execute projects that can help people suffering from the COVID-19 crisis worldwide.


Cloud Robotics, Deep Learning, Human-Centric Automation, and Bio-Inspired Robotics are among the primary research themes of the CITRIS People and Robots Initiative that focuses on new theory, benchmarks, software, and approaches that address challenges in the interest of society.

About Silicon Valley Robotics

Silicon Valley Robotics is a non-profit industry association supporting innovation and commercialization of robotics technologies. With more than 50 robotics research labs, and over 500 robotics startups, the Silicon Valley/SF Bay Area region is the most active robotics cluster in the world.