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Robotics

Some call it Roboburgh. Some call it Robotics Row. We call it Pittsburgh, and the intersection of the world’s best robotics talent with the world’s biggest tech names makes the region red hot for robots.

“Pittsburgh is a bigger more capable, more influential robotics center than the world knows.”

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– Joel Reed
Executive Director, Pittsburgh Robotics Network

THe Ecosystem

Pittsburgh is home to Carnegie Mellon University: an international leader in robotics research and education.

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1,054

Robotics Masters & PhD alumni

183,000

SF robotics facilities

1st Ever

AI undergrad program

65

Faculty Members

#1

AI grad degree program in the U.S.

$141M

Annual computer & information science R&D. 3rd highest in the U.S.

REsearch & Development

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294

patents awarded for robotics-based innovation (2015-18)

20+

academic & private research centers

National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC)

operates within the CMU Robotics Institute, partners with government and industry clients to develop and commercialize robotics solutions, while educating K-12 and college students through the Robotics Academy.

Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing Institute (ARM)

a public/private partnership and leading national collaborative in robotics technology and education, won a 2020 RBR50 Robotics Innovation award.

Human Engineering Research Laboratories (HERL)

of the University of Pittsburgh improves the mobility and function of people with disabilities through engineering in clinical research and medical rehabilitation.

Talent

88

Universities & post-secondary CTE institutions

12,000

Tech degrees & certificates awarded annually

20.7%

Growth of tech talent pool past 5 years to 45,440

36,000

Computer programmers, developers and administrators; average wage of $83,000*

2,210

Electrical engineers; average wage of $97,300*

3,760

Mechanical Engineers; average wage of $90,910*

*Employee numbers and average wages in Robotics-related positions based on 2018 data.

StartUp
Culture

400

Accelerators, educational organizations & ecosystem leaders

$3.3 Billion

VC & PE investment in regional robotics since 2012

12+

Organizations support the Pittsburgh robotics ecosystem, spearheaded by the Pittsburgh Robotics Network, founded in 2018 by robotics company leaders with the mission of accelerating robotics and AI adoption and connecting Pittsburgh with worldwide robotics communities.

Key Investments

Jan 2017 Advanced Robotics Manufacturing Institute

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$46,000,000 Capital Investment

Founded by CMU in 2017 and received $250M in funding to establish itself as an independent nonprofit to lead robotics innovation and expertise to accelerate growth in Pittsburgh.

Jan 2017 Advanced Robotics Manufacturing Institute

Feb 2017 Argo AI

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200 New Jobs
$30,000,000 Capital Investment

Homegrown self-driving car startup that burst on to the scene after a $1B in backing from Ford in 2017. Today, the startup is valued at $7.5B with big time investments from VW and Ford.

Feb 2017 Argo AI

Aug 2017 Aptiv

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100 New Jobs

Self-driving vehicle company – formerly Delphi Automotive PLC – with a local team of 200 employees focusing on the software and hardware of the company’s autonomous vehicles. Recently announced a $4B partnership with Hyundai Motor Group.

Aug 2017 Aptiv

Mar 2018 Aurora Innovation

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200 New Jobs

Self-driving car startup – founded by Google and Tesla alumni – that has raised more than $530M in funding, partnered with Hyundai and Fiat Chrysler, and recently expanded into Texas to accelerate the development of self-driving trucks.

Mar 2018 Aurora Innovation

Jun 2018 Bossa Nova Robotics

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40 New Jobs

Tech company behind the autonomous robots that support the world’s largest retailers. Recently doubled its Strip District space to accommodate an eventual 50% increase in staff. Recently announced that its robots will be in 1,000 Walmart stores by the end of 2020.

Jun 2018 Bossa Nova Robotics

Aug 2018 Gecko Robotics

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105 New Jobs

Developer and operator of wall-climbing, infrastructure inspecting robots. Relocated in Pittsburgh in 2015 and landed $40M in funding to build out its safety and infrastructure monitoring services. Plans to hire 120 new employees.

Aug 2018 Gecko Robotics

Oct 2018 iam Robotics

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61 New Jobs

Warehouse robotics startup spun out of CMU announced plans to expand in the Strip District, moving into a 30,000-square-foot facility – five times larger than its current space – with a headquarter offices, a showcase center and manufacturing space.

Oct 2018 iam Robotics

Mar 2019 Fifth Season

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40 to 60 New Jobs

Indoor farming + AI + robotics company – which started out as RoBotany. Resides in a 60,000-square-foot industrial building in Braddock and hopes to crank out 500,000 pounds of greens by year end. Raised more than $35M, and supplies produce to major supermarket chains across the country.

Mar 2019 Fifth Season

Oct 2019 Honeywell Robotics

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Honeywell announced the spinout in 2019 with plans to establish an advanced technology center of excellence focused on robotics and AI in Pittsburgh. Leased a 25,000-square-foot space in the Strip District with plans to hire engineers and designers.

Oct 2019 Honeywell Robotics

Dec 2019 Astrobotic

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140 New Jobs
$6,500,000 Capital Investment

Lunar tech company that went from unfamiliar to globally realized after landing a $200M contract to deliver a NASA moon rover in 2023. They’re now investing $6.5M to relocate to 47,000-square-foot building on the North Shore and create 95 new jobs.

Dec 2019 Astrobotic

Dec 2019 Seegrid

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75 to 100 New Jobs

Leader in self-driving industrial vehicles raised $25 million in a round of equity funding. Expanded its teams by nearly 40% in 2020 with plans to continue to grow.

Dec 2019 Seegrid

Robotics
Success

3rd Best City in U.S.

to start a robotics company (Robotics Business Review) with over 100 existing companies range across 18 industry verticals. 

85 company expansions

have led to 2,900 jobs created, totaling over 4,200 jobs today in the industry.

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Argo AI

Autonomous vehicle company that grew from 12 employees at founding in 2017 to 300+ locally and 800 worldwide today.

Investment totaling $3.6 billion secured from Ford and Volkswagen.

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Bossa Nova Robotics

CMU spinout partnering with Walmart to provide shelf-scanning robots for inventory automation in 300 stores 

Plans to expand to 1,000 stores this year

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Iam Robotics

Relocating HQ and opening a Showcase Innovation Center in a 30,000-SF facility in Robotics Row to feature the company’s e-commerce order fulfillment robots.

Contact Us

Kyle Chintalapalli
Vice President, Business & Economic Development