AUTOMATE SHOW theater

From roundtables with industry leaders to the latest research and trends, our theater is full of insights and ideas. Free for attendees and located right on the show floor (booth 3641).

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THEATER AGENDA

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Monday, May 6, 2024
10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
Booth 3641

Automation's Cybersecurity Minefield: The Trends and Tools in Navigating the Invisible Threats

Jay Korpi, Principle Cybersecurity Advisor, NextLink Labs

Jeremy Dodson, CISO, NextLink Labs

Leah Dodson, Senior Cybersecurity Specialist, NextLink Labs

Taylor Dodson, Information Security Manager, Interactive Training Systems, Inc.

Will Healy III, Global Industry Segment Leader, Welding, Universal Robots

Explore the invisible threats to automation and manufacturing, and discover how to strengthen your operations with the latest defenses. This interactive session will guide you through essential cybersecurity strategies, empowering you to safeguard your systems against digital dangers. Engage with our experts, ask questions, and turn uncertainty into actionable resilience. Prepare to navigate the future with confidence.
 

Jay Korpi

Jay Korpi

Principle Cybersecurity Advisor NextLink Labs

Jeremy Dodson

Jeremy Dodson

CISO NextLink Labs

Leah Dodson

Leah Dodson

Senior Cybersecurity Specialist NextLink Labs

Taylor Dodson

Taylor Dodson

Information Security Manager Interactive Training Systems, Inc.

Will Healy III

Will Healy III

Global Industry Segment Leader, Welding Universal Robots

11:30 AM - 12:15 PM
Booth 3641

Private Cellular Networks: Lessons from Early Adopters in Manufacturing

David Hart, Director Business Development, Manufacturing, Ericsson

Jan Diekmann, Technical Account Manager, Ericsson

Per Treven, Director Business Development, Manufacturing, Ericsson

Ron Watkins, Worldwide DELMIA Industry Process Expert – HT/A&D, Dassault Systemes

Vish Kolur, Senior Director, Manufacturing Solutions, Ericsson

Sponsored by Ericsson

In this session, an expert panel will explore real-world examples of private cellular network full-scale factory deployments. They’ll discuss how these manufacturers enabled 5G successfully and overcame the challenges they experienced along the way. Finally, they’ll provide an update around the maturing 5G ecosystem and how its maturity will make future implementations simpler.

David Hart

David Hart

Director Business Development, Manufacturing Ericsson

Jan Diekmann

Jan Diekmann

Technical Account Manager Ericsson

Per Treven

Per Treven

Director Business Development, Manufacturing Ericsson

Ron Watkins

Ron Watkins

Worldwide DELMIA Industry Process Expert – HT/A&D Dassault Systemes

Vish Kolur

Vish Kolur

Senior Director, Manufacturing Solutions Ericsson

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Booth 3641

ChatGPT, Simulation & Beyond: How AI Advances Are Changing What’s Possible

Georgia Olympia Brikis, Director of Physics-Informed AI Research, Siemens

Gerard Andrews, Product Marketing, Robotics, NVIDIA

Holger Kenn, Director of Business Strategy, AI, Data and Emerging Technology, Microsoft Corp.

Paul Thomas, Director of Machine Vision and Applied AI in Global Engineering, P&G

Rashmi Misra, Chief AI Officer, Analog Devices

Explore how large language models, advanced simulations, and other evolving artificial intelligence technologies are changing the face of manufacturing and industrial production. Join us as this panel of experts discusses how AI can streamline operations, enhance efficiency, and drive innovation in your operations.

Georgia Olympia Brikis

Georgia Olympia Brikis

Director of Physics-Informed AI Research Siemens

Gerard Andrews

Gerard Andrews

Product Marketing, Robotics NVIDIA

Holger Kenn

Holger Kenn

Director of Business Strategy, AI, Data and Emerging Technology Microsoft Corp.

Paul Thomas

Paul Thomas

Director of Machine Vision and Applied AI in Global Engineering P&G

Rashmi Misra

Rashmi Misra

Chief AI Officer Analog Devices

1:45 PM - 2:45 PM
Booth 3641

How Ease-of-Use Automation is Empowering Industries

Brian Gerkey, CTO, Intrinsic

Etienne Lacroix, CEO, Vention

Misa Ilkhechi, Co-Founder, VP of Sales, Formic

Stephanie Cannon, SVP, Operations Excellence & Collaborative Innovation, Pitney Bowes

Join us as this panel of experts delves into the latest advancements in automation and robotics, showcasing how simplified interfaces and intuitive designs are making powerful tools easier, faster, and cheaper to deploy, making automation accessible to a broader range of industries.

Brian Gerkey

Brian Gerkey

CTO Intrinsic

Etienne Lacroix

Etienne Lacroix

CEO Vention

Misa Ilkhechi

Misa Ilkhechi

Co-Founder, VP of Sales Formic

Stephanie Cannon

Stephanie Cannon

SVP, Operations Excellence & Collaborative Innovation Pitney Bowes

3:00 PM - 3:45 PM
Booth 3641

Digital Twins and Gen. AI : How Innovative Technology Assistants are Reshaping Automation

Mohua Ghosh, Principal Engineer, Industrial Automation, Schneider Electric

Sponsored by Schneider Electric

In today’s fast-paced automation world, using digital twins to explore what-if scenarios before physical system deployment can speed up time to market and reduce Capex. Rapid prototyping streamlines design and engineering, the efficiency of systems. Now, with innovative technology assistants such as digital twins and AI, engineers can solve technical problems more efficiently while exploring new approaches to designing systems. Digital twins are powerful and effective technology assistants that allow designers and engineers to virtualize a physical system (such as a high-performance robotic application) and simulate it in all possible scenarios before rollout. Furthermore, as the coding requirements for automation systems are becoming more complex, machine builders can now harness the power of generative AI Large Language Models (LLMs) to help with repetitive task automation, code generation, documentation, compilation assistance, etc., freeing up time for more strategic work.

Mohua Ghosh

Mohua Ghosh

Principal Engineer, Industrial Automation Schneider Electric

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Booth 3641

Automate Innovation Awards Ceremony

The inaugural Automate Innovation Awards Ceremony recognizes and celebrates the most groundbreaking automation solutions introduced to the market since May 2023. In an era where automation is revolutionizing industries worldwide, these winning innovations not only push the boundaries of technology, but also contribute to the betterment of the economy and consumers at large. Join us in celebrating the pioneers of the industry and be a part of the transformative journey towards a smarter, more efficient and sustainable future.

Tuesday, May 7, 2024
10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
Booth 3641

The Future of Automation in Healthcare, Medicine & Pharmaceuticals

Darcy Bachert, Founder and CEO, Prolucid

Martin Buehler, Distinguished Fellow, Robotics, Johnson & Johnson MedTech

This session will dive into how cutting-edge automation and AI technologies are reshaping patient care, surgical procedures, and operational efficiencies, paving the way for a more advanced, accessible, and personalized healthcare system.

Darcy Bachert

Darcy Bachert

Founder and CEO Prolucid

Martin Buehler

Martin Buehler

Distinguished Fellow, Robotics Johnson & Johnson MedTech

11:30 AM - 12:15 PM
Booth 3641

Overcoming Motion Control Technology Challenges: A Powerful Combination of Simulation, Virtualization, and Data Analytics for Industrial Drivetrain and Robotics

Rafael Larcher, SINAMICS GP Drives Product Marketing Manager, Siemens

Tiansu Jing, Product Manager, Siemens

Sponsored by Siemens

Ready to accelerate your digital transformation and address the modern industry's urgent challenges? Unlock the manufacturing potential with the transformative power of virtualization, simulation, and data analytics. Applying digitalization in drivetrain technology and utilizing powerful digital twin in robot applications bring significant operational impact to your company, while creating new business model opportunities for OEMs and service providers. In this presentation, we will explore motion control and robotics application examples from Siemens on how to collect, analyze, and simulate drivetrain data to optimize machine efficiency and process monitoring, reduce costs, and enhance overall performance.

Rafael Larcher

Rafael Larcher

SINAMICS GP Drives Product Marketing Manager Siemens

Tiansu Jing

Tiansu Jing

Product Manager Siemens

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Booth 3641

The State of the Automation Industry - Leadership Roundtable

Dave DeGraaf, CEO, JR Automation

Gregory Hollows, VP of Product Strategy and New Product Development, Edmund Optics

Jonathan Luse, Industrial Solutions Management Director, Intel Corporation

William Junghoon Ryu, CEO, Doosan Robotics

Hear from some of the top leaders in the automation industry as they share insights on emerging technologies, market dynamics, business trends, and strategic initiatives that are driving the future of automation. This roundtable promises a deep dive into the challenges and opportunities facing the industry, offering a unique perspective on how companies can navigate and thrive in an increasingly automated world.

Dave DeGraaf

Dave DeGraaf

CEO JR Automation

Gregory Hollows

Gregory Hollows

VP of Product Strategy and New Product Development Edmund Optics

Jonathan Luse

Jonathan Luse

Industrial Solutions Management Director Intel Corporation

William Junghoon Ryu

William Junghoon Ryu

CEO Doosan Robotics

1:45 PM - 3:45 PM
Booth 3641

The Automate Startup Challenge Competition

The Automate Startup Challenge spotlights early-stage companies in robotics and automation as they go head-to-head at the Automate Show Theater, pitching their technology solution to a panel of industry-expert judges.

4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Booth 3641

Global Business Opportunities for Automation Panel, followed by the International Trade Reception

Diane Farrell, Deputy Under Secretary for International Trade, International Trade Administration

Jaron Bass, International Trade Specialist, Office of Transportation and Machinery, International Trade Administration

Sarang Panse, Co-Founder, Robot Safety Center Inc.

Uriel Fraire, Regional Manager Mexico and Central America, Universal Robots

4:00 PM - 4:45 PM: Global Business Opportunities Panel Discussion
The world is filled with opportunities. But which opportunities are favorable right now and what regions are best suited for expansion or partnerships? Join us for this discussion -- hosted with the U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration -- as we examine global business opportunities with a focus on Mexico and India. The session will feature an introduction by Deputy Under Secretary for International Trade Diane Farrell and highlight statistical data from the ITA along with "on-the-ground" insights from Mexico and India experts. 

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM: International Trade Reception
The panel discussion will be followed by the International Trade Reception, giving the attendees the opportunity to network and explore new business relationships with global partners.

Diane Farrell

Diane Farrell

Deputy Under Secretary for International Trade International Trade Administration

Jaron Bass

Jaron Bass

International Trade Specialist Office of Transportation and Machinery, International Trade Administration

Sarang Panse

Sarang Panse

Co-Founder Robot Safety Center Inc.

Uriel Fraire

Uriel Fraire

Regional Manager Mexico and Central America Universal Robots

Wednesday, May 8, 2024
10:30 AM - 11:45 AM
Booth 3641

The Robotics Executive Roundtable: The Trends & Technologies Driving the Industry in 2024

Adi Leviatan, President - Abrasive Systems Division, 3M

David Reger, CEO and Founder, NEURA Robotics

Jane Heffner, VP Sales - Americas, MiR

Mike Cicco, President and CEO, FANUC America Corporation

Co-Hosted by the International Federation of Robotics

Join us for this discussion with top leaders from the robotics industry as we explore the latest economic trends, cutting-edge technologies, business opportunities, and strategic insights that are driving automation forward. 

Adi Leviatan

Adi Leviatan

President - Abrasive Systems Division 3M

David Reger

David Reger

CEO and Founder NEURA Robotics

Jane Heffner

Jane Heffner

VP Sales - Americas MiR

Mike Cicco

Mike Cicco

President and CEO FANUC America Corporation

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Booth 3641

Humanoid Robotics: Is It Their Time?

David Reger, CEO and Founder, NEURA Robotics

Jeff Cardenas, Co-founder and CEO, Apptronik

Melonee Wise, CTO, Agility Robotics

This expert panel will explore the technological breakthroughs, challenges, and opportunities that come with building humanoid robots and integrating them into today’s industrial environments. Some of the leading companies in the field will discuss the latest developments and potential use cases -- and how they are looking to make humanoid robotics a practical reality.

David Reger

David Reger

CEO and Founder NEURA Robotics

Jeff Cardenas

Jeff Cardenas

Co-founder and CEO Apptronik

Melonee Wise

Melonee Wise

CTO Agility Robotics

1:15 PM - 2:15 PM
Booth 3641

The Automation Market: The Statistics & Trends You Should Be Watching

Alex Shikany, Vice President - Membership & Market Intelligence, Association for Advancing Automation (A3)

Alex Shikany

Alex Shikany

Vice President - Membership & Market Intelligence Association for Advancing Automation (A3)

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Booth 3641

Logistics & Warehousing: What’s Next for the Industry & Automation

James Cooper, General Manager - General Industry Sales and Execution, FANUC America Corporation

Joel Stenson, Senior Vice President of Global Operations Technology, UPS

Matthew Wicks, Vice President, General Manager, Zebra Technologies

Ross Diankov, CEO & Co-Founder, Mujin Corp

Explore the future of supply chains as this panel of industry leaders discusses the next wave of innovations in logistics and warehousing, focusing on the role of automation in revolutionizing these sectors. Learn how cutting-edge technologies are helping reimage the warehouses of the future and making supply chains more efficient, resilient, and responsive to the rapidly changing demands of the global market.

James Cooper

James Cooper

General Manager - General Industry Sales and Execution FANUC America Corporation

Joel Stenson

Joel Stenson

Senior Vice President of Global Operations Technology UPS

Matthew Wicks

Matthew Wicks

Vice President, General Manager Zebra Technologies

Ross Diankov

Ross Diankov

CEO & Co-Founder Mujin Corp

3:45 PM - 4:45 PM
Booth 3641

Advocacy and the Future of Robotics and Automation: How A3 is Working with Industry and Government Leaders To Advance U.S. Leadership

Brendan Schulman, VP of Policy & Government Relations, Boston Dynamics, Inc.

Stephen Ezell, Vice President, Global Innovation Policy, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF)

There is an urgent and immediate need for government leadership in the domain of advanced robotics and automation technologies. The Association for Advancing Automation recently developed and released a set of Advocacy Principles, addressing five factors essential to the continued evolution and growth of our industry in the United States. Join A3 leadership, the chair of A3’s Advocacy Committee, and a global innovation policy expert from the leading Washington DC think tank Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF), for an informative discussion on the state of U.S. leadership in the robotics industry. We will cover emerging challenges and opportunities, recent efforts to engage government leaders, and the steps we can all take to advocate for the success of our endeavors in this market.

Brendan Schulman

Brendan Schulman

VP of Policy & Government Relations Boston Dynamics, Inc.

Stephen Ezell

Stephen Ezell

Vice President, Global Innovation Policy Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF)

Thursday, May 9, 2024
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Booth 3641

Hiring for the Future: How To Build an Automation Workforce

John Zappa, Director of Product Management, Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institute

Ritch Ramey, Director of Education, Association for Advancing Automation

Learn how to harness innovative resources for identifying and cultivating a robust workforce in the fields of Smart Manufacturing, Robotics, and Automation. Whether you're involved in manufacturing, education, or government sectors focusing on workforce development and employment, this session offers valuable insights and strategies to meet your needs. 

John Zappa

John Zappa

Director of Product Management Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institute

Ritch Ramey

Ritch Ramey

Director of Education Association for Advancing Automation

11:45 AM - 12:15 PM
Booth 3641

Building Future Innovators: Transforming Computer Science Education with Minecraft

Andrew Spiece, Computer Science Teacher, Edlearn

Building Future Innovators: Transforming Computer Science Education with Minecraft Education will delve into the revolutionary teaching methodologies adopted by Andrew Spiece, a forward-thinking Computer Science teacher at Grand Blanc High School. This presentation is designed for educators, technologists, and curriculum developers interested in exploring the intersection of gaming and education to enhance learning outcomes in computer science. Andrew will share his journey of integrating Minecraft Education into the high school curriculum, a move that has not only captured the imagination of his students but also significantly deepened their understanding of complex computer science concepts.

Andrew Spiece

Andrew Spiece

Computer Science Teacher Edlearn