Scholarship Winners: Using Robotics to Help Companies Streamline Operations

When people ask Lauren Ziccardi what she does for a living, she half-jokingly says that she “helps people move boxes.” But in reality, being vice president of solutions development at MHI member inVia Robotics is a lot more complicated than that.

inVia Robotics provides robotics as a service to warehouses and distribution centers using autonomous mobile robots, optimization software and dedicated support teams.

The startup has tripled in size to about 90 employees since Ziccardi came aboard in October 2018. Last summer, inVia Robotics announced that it had raised $30 million to fund its rapid expansion, with the list of investors headed by Microsoft’s M12 Ventures, Qualcomm and Hitachi. inVia said the funding will allow it to…

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