Automate Forward 2021

Get faster, better and more efficient with automation!

One thing every industry has in common right now is the need to do more with less. Whether it’s less manpower or tighter budgets, demand is increasing even if resources are not. Automation is the key to not just getting through these difficult times, but to growing during them! With more than 80 speakers reviewing robotics, machine vision, motion control, artificial intelligence, and smart automation technologies, Automate Forward is the event to participate in to learn how to reach and exceed your goals.

Join us March 22-26 for this FREE virtual event and learn how automation will help you move forward!

Automate Forward was live March 22-26, 2021 and was available on-demand through April 2nd. Thank you to our speakers, sponsors, exhibitors and attendees who made this event so terrific.

We look forward to continuing to bring you the latest automation technologies and resources. 

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Raj Batra Siemens

Raj Batra
President, Digital Industries USA

Greg Brown UPS

Greg Brown
Vice President of Strategy and R&D

Rodney Brooks Robust

Rodney Brooks
Founder & CTO

Debarati Sen 3M

Debarati Sen
VP & GM Abrasive Systems Div Safety & Industrial Business Group

Dieter Fox Nvidia

Dieter Fox
Senior Director of Robotics Research

Indranil Sircar Microsoft

Indranil Sircar
CTO Manufacturing Industry

Marc Segura Landing AI

Marc Segura
Executive Global Business Line Leader - Consumer Segment Service Robotics

Stephen Hansen Landing AI

Stephen Hansen
Head of Robotics

Andrew Ng Landing AI

Andrew Ng
Founder and CEO

Robert Little ATI Industrial Automation

Robert Little

Mark Lewandowski Procter & Gamble

Mark Lewandowski
Director - Robotics Innovation

John Dulchinos Jabil

John Dulchinos
Vice President

Ted Dengel FedEx

Ted Dengel
Managing Director, Operations Technology and Innovation

John Bubnikovich KUKA Robotics

John Bubnikovich
Chief Regional Officer – North America

Mike Cicco FANUC America Corporation

Mike Cicco
President & CEO

Patrick McDermott B&R Industrial Automation

Patrick McDermott
President & CEO

Thomas H. Evans Honeywell Intelligrated

Thomas H. Evans
Robotics Chief Technology Officer

Christine Boles Intel Corporation

Christine Boles
VP, Internet of Things Group - GM, Industrial Solutions Division

Sebastien Schmitt Stäubli

Sebastien Schmitt
North America Robotics Division Manager

Rashmi Misra Microsoft

Rashmi Misra
GM AI Platforms, Business Development

Jorge Ramirez General Motors

Jorge Ramirez
Global Director Automation and Chief Mfg. Cybersecurity Officer

Rishi Vaish IBM

Rishi Vaish
CTO & VP, IBM AI Applications

John Lizzi GE

John Lizzi
Executive Leader - Robotics

Tom Panzarella Seegrid

Tom Panzarella
Sr. Director of Perception

Milton Guerry Schunk USA

Milton Guerry

Joe Gemma Calvary Robotics

Joe Gemma
Global Vice President, Sales & Marketing

Greg Smith Universal Robots

Greg Smith
President of the Industrial Automation Group at Teradyne

David Robers Denso Robotics

David Robers
Robotics Sales Manager - Americas

Soren E. Nielsen Mobile Industrial Robots

Søren E. Nielsen

Matt Rendall OTTO Motors

Matt Rendall
CEO and Co-Founder

Rob Sullivan AutoGuide Mobile Robots

Rob Sullivan

Melonee Wise Fetch Robotics

Melonee Wise
CEO and Founder

Bob Rochelle Güdel

Bob Rochelle
Account Manager South Region

Armin Khatoonabadi Apera AI

Armin Khatoonabadi
Co-Founder and CEO

Arye Barnehama Elementary Robotics

Arye Barnehama
CEO & Founder

Dave Dechow Integro Technologies

Dave Dechow
Principal Vision Systems Architect

Craig Salvalaggio AMT

Craig Salvalaggio
Chief Operating Officer

John Tuohy FANUC America

John Tuohy
Senior Account Manager- ASI; Machine Tool- Canada, US, Mexico

Craig Zoberis Fusion

Craig Zoberis
President & Founder

Ted Rozier Miller Resource Group

Ted Rozier
Director Of Engineering

Michael Sullivan Miller Resource Group

Michael Sullivan
Executive Recruiter

Pamela Kan Bishop Wisecarver

Pamela Kan

Monroe Kennedy III Stanford University

Monroe Kennedy
Assistant Professor

Carolyn Lee Manufacturing Institute

Carolyn Lee
Executive Director

Jean Brunelle Teledyne Imaging

Jean Brunelle
Product Manager - Uncooled Infrared Products

Doug Meyer Yaskawa

Doug Meyer
Motion Project Manager

Raman Sharma Zivid

Raman Sharma
VP Sales & Marketing Americas

John Stechschulte PickNik

John Stechschulte
Perception Scientist

Jan Zizka Photoneo

Jan Zizka
CEO & Founder of Photoneo

Peter Yu XYZ Robotics

Peter Yu

Michael Suppa Roboception

Michael Suppa
CEO & Co-Founder

Carole Franklin Association for Advancing Automation

Carole Franklin
Director of Robotic Standards Development

Stewart Chalmers BISTel

Stewart Chalmers
Vice President of Business Development

Karen Leavitt Locus Robotics

Karen Leavitt
Chief Marketing Officer

Nick Anderson AutoGuide Mobile Robots

Nick Anderson
Strategic Account Manager

Jay Judkowitz Otto Motors

Jay Judkowitz
VP Product

Denise Ebenhoech KUKA Robotics

Denise Ebenhoech
Director of Engineering

Josh Cloer MiR

Josh Cloer
Sales Director - Eastern US

Steve Kinney Smart Vision Lights

Steve Kinney
Director of Engineering

Corey Merchant Kitov.AI

Corey Merchant

Scott Marsic EPSON Robots

Scott Marsic
Group Product Manager

Ramachandram Vedula Wipro  Limited

Ramachandram Vedula
Enterprise Architect

Anurag Maunder SensAble, Inc.

Anurag Maunder

Joe Michaels HaptX

Joe Michaels
Chief Revenue Officer

Rich Walker The Shadow Robot Company

Rich Walker
Managing Director

Jordan Kretchmer Rapid Robotics

Jordan Kretchmer
Co-Founder and CEO

Kevin Dowling Kaarta, Inc.

Kevin Dowling

Tim Burns ATI Industrial Automation

Tim Burns
Senior Applications Engineer

Jim Webb MESH Automation

Jim Webb
Director of Sales and Marketing

Johnathan Rankin Nidec Press & Automation

Johnathan Rankin
Robotic Automation Sales and Engineering Manager

Dev Singh Qualcomm

Dev Singh
GM Robotics, Drones & Intelligent Machines

Matthew Robinson 3M

Matthew Robinson
ROS-Industrial Consortium Americas Program Manager

Lawrence Whittle Parsable

Lawrence Whittle

Joe Campbell Universal Robots

Joe Campbell
NAM Marketing

Brandon Harrison Staubli

Brandon Harrison
Engineering Manager

James Cooper FANUC America Corporation

James Cooper
Manager – Sales Executive Sales Team; Executive Director Global Accounts

Jane Heffner ABB

Jane Heffner
Director of Sales

Michael Perry Boston Dynamics

Michael Perry
VP of Business Development

Damion Shelton Agility Robotics

Damion Shelton

Tyler Naatz 3M

Tyler Naatz
Application Engineer

Ryan Scott 3M

Ryan Scott
Applications Engineer

Luca Verre Prophesee

Luca Verre
CEO and Co-founder

Jonathan Hou Pleora

Jonathan Hou

Juha Saily LMI Technologies

Juha Saily
3D Surface Imaging and Metrology Expert

Michael Beising EVT Eye Vision

Michael Beising

Bob McCurrach Association for Advancing Automation

Bob McCurrach
Director of Standards Development, Vision and Imaging

Friedrich Dierks Basler AG

Friedrich Dierks
Director R&D Module Business

Reynold Dodson Bitflow, Inc.

Reynold Dodson

Mike Miethig Teledyne Imaging

Mike Miethig
Technical Manager

Chris Beynon Active Silicon Ltd.

Chris Beynon

Eric Bourbonnais Teledyne Imaging

Eric Bourbonnais
Program Manager

Eric Gross NI

Eric Gross
Principal Engineer




Learn about products and systems that can help you with your unique challenges. Visit with exhibitors live during exhibit hours and get immediate answers for your unique challenges.

Is your company interested in being part of the exhibitor showcase? For information on exhibiting, contact Jim Hamilton at or call (734) 929-3268.




Apera AI (formerly Vancouver Computer Vision Ltd.)
ATI Industrial Automation
AutoGuide Mobile Robots
Calvary Robotics
Elementary Robotics
Freedom Robotics
Gudel, Inc.
Honeywell Intelligrated
KUKA Robotics Corporation
Landing AI

Locus Robotics
Miller Resource Group

OPC Foundation
OTTO Motors
Qualcomm Inc.
Seegrid Corporation
Smart Vision Lights
Universal Robots A/S
Wipro Limited
Yaskawa America, Inc.


Advanced Illumination
Bishop-Wisecarver Corporation
Euchner USA
Hexagon Manufacturing
Hirose Electric Co. Ltd.
Shibaura Machine

Become an Automate Forward Sponsor and better reach automation builders and buyers that need your products and solutions! For more information, contact Jim Hamilton at or call (734) 929-3268.



Association for Advancing Automation


Robotic Industries Association


Motion Control & Motor Association

A3 Mexico

Association for Advancing Automation México


IMVE (Europa Science)
Modern Machine Shop
Packaging Strategies
Packaging Technology Today
Plant Services
Plant Services
Robotics Tomorrow
Photonics Media
Workplace Material Handling and Safety