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Larry M. Sweet, Ph.D., is Associate Director and Professor of the Practice in Robotics at the Georgia Tech Institute for Robotics & Intelligent Machines (IRIM). At Georgia Tech, Dr. Sweet established the new Technology Transition Laboratory, taking IRIM research with high-impact potential to successful industrial deployment, based on his experience as senior executive technology, manufacturing, and operations positions at GE, ABB, United Technologies, and PepsiCo. In these roles he led the conception, development, and successful large-scale robotic automation systems. These systems achieved high levels of performance, with recognition including Industry Week’s “Top 10 Plants in North America” award and UTX awards for asset productivity and operational excellence.
Most recently, he was Chief Technology Officer at Symbotic, leading the conceptualization, design, and implementation of transformational warehouse automation technology using fleets of high-speed autonomous mobile robots in dense three-dimensional structures. This technology provides fully automated product handling and palletizing without human contact—from initial project startup to a pipeline of operational systems—for leading customers in four vertical market segments. During his time at Symbotic, he was recognized for his achievements with numerous awards, including the 2013 Edison Award for Productivity and the 2015 Manufacturing Leadership Supply Chain High Achiever Award.
He received his Ph.D. and M.S. degrees from MIT, and a B.S from the University of California, Berkeley. He was a tenured faculty member at Princeton University, with his courses twice recognized as the “Ten Best” at Princeton.