BostonCHI Sept meeting: In the Loop with Adam Goss and the iRobot Menagerie


  • Adam Goss, Principal UX Designer at iRobot
  • Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at 6:30pm
  • at iRobot in the  Spirit & Opportunity Room at iRobot Headquarters, 8 Crosby Dr, Bedford MA
  • Please register. It helps us and our hosts plan.


Robots do amazing things on their own. In most cases, this is where their capabilities shine. They:

  • Clean floors in the home
  • Handle hazardous materials in industry
  • Locate mines on the battlefield
  • Monitor environs autonomously and remotely

But what about when users interact with robots to accomplish a goal? Apps that allow remote control of complex robots require unique considerations around control and feedback.
Adam Goss will share his learnings from a multi-year effort to normalize the user experience across the entire line of Defense & Security products. He will discuss the challenges involved in designing for different types of feedback loops in robotics (open loops, closed loops, and latency). He will also discuss controlling Defense & Security robots (PackBot et al) with the iRobot uPoint Multi-robot Controller system.
This will be followed by:

  • A Q&A session
  • Hands-on demonstrations of robotic products
    • for the home (Roomba)
    • defense & security (FirstLook, PackBot, SUGV)
    • remote presence (Ava 500)
  • Visits to the iRobot museum, 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM.


Adam Goss is a Principal User Experience Designer at iRobot. His background includes designing contextual workflows, and training Fortune 500 clients in contextual design. He has worked as a web developer and web designer. He studied Marketing, Information Design, and Corporate Communication at Bentley University, 2000 – 2004.

Evening Schedule

  • 6:30 – 7:00 Networking over pizza and beverages
  • 7:00 – 8:30 Meeting
  • 8:30 – 9:00 CHI Dessert and more networking!

Monthly Sponsors

Thank you to our generous sponsors. If you’re interested in sponsoring BostonCHI, please let us know.

iRobot is hosting us and providing pizza.

Vitamin T is sponsoring dessert.



Getting to the event

We’ll be iRobot in the Spirit & Opportunity Room at iRobot Headquarters, 8 Crosby Dr, Bedford MA

  1. On Route 128/I95, take exit 32A toward Lowell and merge onto Route 3 North
  2. Take exit 26 for Route 62 toward Burlington/Bedford, stay in the middle lane.(0.05 miles)
  3. At the light, go straight across Route 62.(0.3 miles)
  4. At the crest of the hill, turn left on Crosby Road. We’re the last building on your right.