Automate Forward 2021

Automate Forward 2021 AGENDA

Monday, MARCH 22
9:00 AM EDT EXHIBITS OPEN ALL DAY 9 AM - 5 PM EDT
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM EDT SNEAK PEEK: Your First Look at the New Association for Advancing Automation
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM EDT KEYNOTE PANEL: The New Industries Driving The Growth of Automation and Robotics
Robert Little, CEO, ATI Industrial Automation
Mark Lewandowski, Director - Robotics Innovation, Procter & Gamble
John Dulchinos, Vice President, Jabil
Ted Dengel, Managing Director, Operations Technology and Innovation, FedEx Ground
John Bubnikovich, Chief Regional Officer – North America, KUKA Robotics
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT KEYNOTE: The Competitive Advantage is Here and It's All About Digital
Raj Batra, President, Digital Industries, Siemens
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM EDT Conference Break - Please Visit Our Virtual Exhibit Hall and Networking Lounge
Virtual Exhibit Hall Hours: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM each day
Networking Lounge Hours: 12:30 PM to 1:00 PM each day
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM EDT KEYNOTE: Moving Automation Forward: What is required?
 Greg Brown, Vice President of Strategy and R&D, UPS
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM EDT Getting Started with Robotics
Bob Rochelle, Güdel
4D Vision & How It’s Revolutionizing Robotic Automation
Armin Khatoonabadi, Apera AI
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM EDT Closing the Quality Loop - Combining Machine Vision with AI and the Cloud are Creating the Scalable Autonomous Inspection System of the Future
Arye Barnehama, Elementary Robotics
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM EDT How Smaller Companies are Embracing Automation
David Dechow, Integro Technologies
Craig Salvalaggio, Applied Manufacturing Technologies
John Tuohy, FANUC
Craig Zoberis,Fusion OEM
Building an Industry 4.0 Workforce for the Future
Ted Rozier, Festo
Michael Sullivan, Miller Resource Group
Pamela Kan, Bishop Wisecarver
Monroe Kennedy, Stanford University
Carolyn Lee, The Manufacturing Institute
4:00 PM - 4:30 PM EDT
4:30 PM - 5:00 PM EDT Conference Break - Please Visit Our Virtual Exhibit Hall
Virtual Exhibit Hall Hours: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM each day
TUESDAY, MARCH 23
9:00 AM EDT EXHIBITS OPEN ALL DAY 9 AM - 5 PM EDT
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM EDT KEYNOTE PANEL: The 2021 State of the Automation Industry Executive Roundtable
Mike Cicco, President & CEO, FANUC AMERICA
Patrick McDermott, President North America, B&R Automation
Dr. Thomas Evans, CTO Robotics, Honeywell Intelligrated
Christine Boles, Vice President, Internet of Things Group - General Manager, Industrial Solutions Division, Intel
Sebastien Schmitt, North American Robotics Division Manager, Stäubli
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT KEYNOTE: Human Aware Robot Software and Tools for Delivering it
Rodney Brooks, Co-Founder and CTO, Robust.AI
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM EDT Conference Break - Please Visit Our Virtual Exhibit Hall and Networking Lounge
Virtual Exhibit Hall Hours: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM each day
Networking Lounge Hours: 12:30 PM to 1:00 PM each day
12:30 PM - 1:00 PM EDT Networking Lounge - Midday Meetup with the Manufacturing Millennial via LinkedIn, Facebook & YouTube
Join the Midday Meetup with your host, Jake Hall, the Manufacturing Millennial where we will discuss important industry trends in an informal, conversational setting. Bring your comments and questions! Jake will be engaging the audience and you will have the opportunity to speak to guests and fellow attendees.
LinkedIn | Facebook | YouTube
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM EDT KEYNOTE: 3M's Automation Journey: Driving Growth & Productivity
Debarati Sen, Vice President & General Manager Abrasive Systems Division Safety & Industrial Business Group, 3M
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM EDT Non-Visible Imaging - High Temperature Radiometric Measurements and New Advances in Thermal NDT Inspections
Jean Brunelle, Teledyne Imaging
Innovations in Picking and Grasping
Raman Sharma, Zivid
John Stechschulte, PickNik
Jan Zizka, Photoneo
Peter Yu, XYZ Robotics
Michael Suppa, Roboception
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM EDT Simplifying the Integration of Machine Control and Robotics
Doug Meyer,Yaskawa
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM EDT

An Introduction to Robotic Safety Standards
Carole Franklin, Association for Advancing Automation
Stephen A. Billings, OSHA

4:00 PM - 4:30 PM EDT AI-based Asset Performance Management: Continuous Improvement for Pharma, Automotive and Other Industrial Manufacturing Sectors
Stewart Chalmers, BISTel
4:30 PM - 5:00 PM EDT Conference Break - Please Visit Our Virtual Exhibit Hall
Virtual Exhibit Hall Hours: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM each day
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 24
9:00 AM EDT EXHIBITS OPEN ALL DAY 9 AM-5 PM EDT
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM EDT KEYNOTE PANEL: The Rise of Smart Automation
Rashmi Misra, GM AI Platforms, Business Development, Microsoft
Jorge Ramirez,Global Director Automation and Chief Mfg. Cybersecurity Officer, General Motors
Rishi Vaish, CTO and VP, IBM AI Applications, IBM
John Lizzi, Executive Leader – Robotics, GE
Tom Panzarella, Senior Director of Perception, Seegrid
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT KEYNOTE: Using Deep Learning and Simulation to Teach Robots Manipulation in Complex Environments
Dieter Fox, Senior Director of Robotics Research, NVIDIA
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM EDT Conference Break - Please Visit Our Virtual Exhibit Hall and Networking Lounge
Virtual Exhibit Hall Hours: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM each day
Networking Lounge Hours: 12:30 PM to 1:00 PM each day
12:30 PM - 1:00 PM EDT Networking Lounge - Midday Meetup with the Manufacturing Millennial via LinkedIn, Facebook & YouTube
Join the Midday Meetup with your host, Jake Hall, the Manufacturing Millennial where we will discuss important industry trends in an informal, conversational setting. Bring your comments and questions! Jake will be engaging the audience and you will have the opportunity to speak to guests and fellow attendees.
LinkedIn | Facebook | YouTube
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM EDT KEYNOTE: Automation and the Future of Manufacturing
Indranil Sircar, CTO, Manufacturing Industry, Microsoft
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM EDT New Use Cases for Autonomous Mobile Robots
Karen Leavitt, Locus Robotics
Nick Anderson, AutoGuide
Jay Judkowitz, OTTO Motors
Denise Ebenhoech, KUKA
Josh Cloer, MiR
Lights, Camera, Deep Learning: Simplify Your Deep Learning Vision Solution Through Optimized Lighting
Steve Kinney, Smart Vision Lights
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM EDT Challenging Human Quality Inspection with Modern AI and Deep Learning Technologies
Corey Merchant, Kitov.AI
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM EDT Edge+ Solutions to the Future of AIoT
Brian Wilson, Advantech Corporation
4:00 PM - 4:30 PM EDT Automation 201 - Clarifying Your Requirements for Project Success
Scott Marsic, Epson Robots
IT and OT Integrated Robotic Automation
Ramachandram Vedula, Wipro
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM EDT Manufacturing Happy Hour! Automation in the Beer Industry Panel via LinkedIn, Facebook & YouTube
Ready for a drink? Roll up your sleeves and join us for a casual panel conversation with technology leaders and beer experts across the brewing industry. Moderated by Chris Luecke, host of the industry podcast Manufacturing Happy Hour.
LinkedIn | Facebook | YouTube
THURSDAY, MARCH 25
9:00 AM EDT EXHIBITS OPEN ALL DAY 9 AM-5 PM EDT
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM EDT KEYNOTE PANEL: How Collaborative Automation is Driving Productivity
Co-sponsored by the International Federation of Robotics
Milton Guerry, President, Schunk USA
Joe Gemma, Global Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Calvary Robotics
Greg Smith, President of the Industrial Automation Group at Teradyne
David Robers, Robotics Sales Manager - Americas, Denso Robotics
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT KEYNOTE: Value Chain Integration and Optimization Through Robotics in Consumer segments and Retail
Marc Segura, Executive Global Business Line Leader - Consumer Segment Service Robotics, ABB Robotics and Machine Automation
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT Conference Break - Please Visit Our Virtual Exhibit Hall and Networking Lounge
Virtual Exhibit Hall Hours: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM each day
Networking Lounge Hours: 12:30 PM to 1:00 PM each day
12:30 PM - 1:00 PM EDT Networking Lounge - Midday Meetup with the Manufacturing Millennial via LinkedIn, Facebook & YouTube
Join the Midday Meetup with your host, Jake Hall, the Manufacturing Millennial where we will discuss important industry trends in an informal, conversational setting. Bring your comments and questions! Jake will be engaging the audience and you will have the opportunity to speak to guests and fellow attendees.
LinkedIn | Facebook | YouTube
1:00 PM - 1:30 PM EDT Pragmatic Robotics: Drive Real ROI and Simplify Adoption
Stephen HansenFreedom Robotics
1:30 PM - 2:00 PM EDT Automation Startup Showcase
Anurag Maunder, SensAble
David Reger, Neura Robotics
Joe Michaels, Haptx
Rich Walker, Shadow Robot
Jordan Kretchmer, Rapid Robotics
Kevin Dowling, Kaarta
Investigate, Collaborate, Integrate: The Value of Proof-of-Concept Testing for Automated Material Removal
Tim Burns, ATI Industrial Automation
Jim Webb, MESH Automation
Johnathan Rankin, Nidec Press & Automation
2:00 PM - 2:30 PM EDT
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM EDT 5G and AI-Enabled Robotics, Driving Smart, Secure and Connected Manufacturing
Dev Singh, Qualcomm
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM EDT Lessons Learned in Deploying ROS2 in Industrial Applications
Matthew Robinson, Southwest Research Institute
New Use Cases for Collaborative Robot Applications
Joe Campbell, Universal Robots
Brandon Harrison,
Stäubli
Jim Cooper, FANUC
Jane Heffner, ABB
David Robers, DENSO
Corey Ryan, KUKA
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM EDT
4:00 PM - 4:30 PM EDT New Research: The State of Digital, Connected Work, and Sustainability on the Manufacturing Frontlines
Lawrence Whittle, Parsable
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM EDT Automation Forward Networking Happy Hour on Clubhouse
(iPhone only) By now you might have heard of the new Clubhouse app that is creating new ways of connecting with the folks in your industry. Join us for an event wrap up conversation and the chance to connect with fellow Automate Forward attendees!
Join on Clubhouse
FRIDAY, MARCH 26
9:00 AM EDT EXHIBITS OPEN ALL DAY 9 AM-5 PM EDT
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM EDT KEYNOTE PANEL: Autonomous Mobile Robots: How to Get Started
Karen Leavitt, Locus Robotics
Søren E. Nielsen, President, Mobile Industrial Robots
Matt Rendall, CEO and Co-Founder, OTTO Motors
Rob Sullivan, President, AutoGuide Mobile Robots
Melonee Wise, CEO and Founder, Fetch Robotics
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT KEYNOTE: Using an End-to-End Workflow to Build, Iterate, and Operationalize Deep Learning-Powered Visual Inspection Projects
Andrew Ng, CEO & Founder, Landing AI
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM EDT Conference Break - Please Visit Our Virtual Exhibit Hall and Networking Lounge
Virtual Exhibit Hall Hours: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM each day
Networking Lounge Hours: 12:30 PM to 1:00 PM each day
12:30 PM - 1:00 PM EDT Networking Lounge - Midday Meetup with the Manufacturing Millennial via LinkedIn, Facebook & YouTube
Join the Midday Meetup with your host, Jake Hall, the Manufacturing Millennial where we will discuss important industry trends in an informal, conversational setting. Bring your comments and questions! Jake will be engaging the audience and you will have the opportunity to speak to guests and fellow attendees.
LinkedIn | Facebook | YouTube
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM EDT The Opportunities for Legged Robots
Michael Perry, Boston Dynamics
Damion Shelton, Agility Robotics
Advances in Machine Vision Applications
Luca Verre, Prophesee
Jonathan Hou, Pleora
Juha Saily, LMI Technologies
Michael Beising, EVT Eye Vision Tehcnology
Corey Merchant, Kitov.ai
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM EDT Advances in Robotic Abrasive Processing of Weldments
Tyler Naatz, 3M
Ryan Scott, Lincoln Electric Automation
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM EDT Vision Digital Interface/Interoperability Standards: What They Are and Latest Status
Bob McCurrach, Association for Advancing Automation
Fritz Dierks, Basler AG
Reynold Dodson,BitFlow Inc. 
Mike Miethig, Teledyne Imaging
Chris Beynon, Active Silicon
Eric Bourbonnais, Teledyne Imaging
Eric Gross, National Instruments
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM EDT  
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM EDT Conference Break - Please Visit Our Virtual Exhibit Hall
Virtual Exhibit Hall Hours: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM each day

*Agenda Subject to Change
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