The 7th Annual IEEE International Conference on Technologies for Practical Robot Applications (TePRA) will be held in the
Greater Boston Area, Massachusetts, USA on May 11 – 12, 2015. With an emphasis on practical applications and industrial
participation, TePRA provides researchers, innovators, entrepreneurs and robotics professionals with a balanced forum in
robotics science, engineering and technology. The presentations selected through IEEE's rigorous peer-review process highlights
foundational science and technology contributions towards realizing practical robots, new uses of algorithms, components, and
whole systems design in practical robot applications.
Past TePRA conferences featured leaders in the field as keynote speakers including Colin Angle (iRobot), Kevin Blankespoor
(Boston Dynamics), Henrik Christensen (Georgia Tech), Richard Erb (Robotics Trends), Helen Greiner (CyPhy Works), Joe Jones
(Harvest Automation), Mathieu Kemp (Bluefin Robotics), Rob Maline (JGRE), Mark Micire (NASA), Mick Mountz (Kiva), Jorgen
Pedersen (RE2), Gill Pratt (DARPA), Hanu Singh (WHOI), Mike Rufo (Boston Engineering), Tom Ryden (VGo Comm.), Eddie Tunstel
(John Hopkins), Holly Yanco (UMass Lowell). As an emerging robotics conference, past TePRA programs included more than 200
technical paper and poster presentations combined, robot demonstrations, student competitions, panel sessions, exhibits, and
strong industry participation. Recently, Springer Journal of Service Robotics, Special Issue on Technologies for Practical Robot
Applications featured eight publications from TePRA 2013.
The conference theme is the new scientific findings and technological developments in robotics and automation leading to