2019 Conference Abstract Submission Form

Due Date: Monday, October 1, 2018

Thank you for your willingness to teach in the educational conference at Automate. In addition to the standard and new technology topics, the 2019 Conference will place a special emphasis on the needs of small and medium sized companies seeking the information they need to deploy automation. If you would like to participate with a non-commercial, educational presentation, please fill out the form below and click submit.  Fields marked with * are required. Speakers will be notified of acceptance via email. Selected speakers will receive complimentary registration for the Automate conference. 

Among the topics our audience is interested in are (note: this is not an exhaustive list, please suggest your desired audience-appropriate topic):







Introduction to  Automation Technology
- Getting started with robotics
- Getting started with machine vision
- Choosing motion control components/systems
- Working with system integrators
- Introduction to robotic safety
- What you need to know about digital (connected) factories
- Case studies - especially first implementations of automation

The Business Case for Automation
- Understanding the benefits of automation
- Is automation right for your company?
- How to prepare an automation ROI calculation
- How to prepare your workforce for automation
- Successful case studies of new automation implementations

Smart Manufacturing Trends
- Trends in smart manufacturing/automation
- Cloud-based AI and IoT business solutions
- Predictive maintenance solutions
- Cyber security in an IoT world
- Bringing IT and OT  together
- AR or VR in industry
- OPC-UA in automation
- Digital twins and real-time data
- 5G connectivity and manufacturing applications
- Edge and Fog computing
- Blockchain for industry

Building an AI or Smart Manufacturing Strategy
- How to evaluate an AI solution
- AI solutions: where to begin?
- How to accelerate a digital transformation
- What's your big data strategy?
- Exploring advanced business analytics
- Evaluating software
- Evaluating cyber security needs

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Trends
- Real world use cases for AI and machine learning
- AI or machine learning applications in robotics
- Asset and inventory management using machine learning
- Addressing AI ethics and bias concerns
- General artificial intelligence: how close are we?
- Natural language processing applications for smart manufacturing
- AI process controls
- AI, machine learning and vision applications for quality control
- Improving production/limiting waste with machine learning
- Human - AI collaboration

Automation Research and Academia
- The future of human-robot collaboration
- Using robots as a service
- Advances in "smart" robotics
- Advances in machine learning algorithms
- Advances in vision and imaging
- Material advances improving efficiencies
- Human-machine interface advances
- 3D printing in manufacturing

Collaborative and Mobile Robots
- Collaborative vs. industrial robots
- Safety implications with collaborative robots
- How to implement mobile robots
- Human-robot collaboration
- Automating warehousing and logistics
- Collaborative robots for high mix, low volume production
- User case studies

Advanced Robotics
- Robot simulation
- Advances in robotics software and programming
- Launching multiple robots
- Advanced end-of-arm tooling
- Robotic machine loading, tending, bin picking, etc.
- Vision guided robotics
- Robotic inspection
- Robot safety - how to perform a risk assessment
- Unique applications using robotics
- User case studies

Vision and Imaging
- Embedded / computer vision
- Vision's role in IoT
- 3D vision techniques
- Vision guided robotics
- Smart cameras / vision sensors
- Neural networks / deep learning
- Time of flight sensors
- Software tools for vision and robotics
- Vision systems integration
- Vision in autonomous vehicles
- Real-time video applications
- Non-visible imaging
- Emerging machine vision applications
- Vision inspection techniques
- Case studies of successful vision applications
- Vision and imaging in industries such as life sciences, agriculture,
   security, surveillance, electronics, automotive, etc.

Motion Control Components and Systems
- Advances in motion control technology
- Advances in programmable controls
- Realizing improvements in productivity with motion control
- Advanced motion control applications
- Design performance issues and how to overcome them
- Virtual commissioning  for risk-free design
- Advances in linear transport technology
- Adding algorithm intelligence to machines and systems
- Industrial networking technologies, methods, etc.
- TSN - time sensitive networks
- OPC-UA protocol
- Innovations in electric motors
- New servo drive technology
- Machine design best practices
- Drives-based integrated safety
- Linear actuator applications
- Advances in linear transport technology

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All presentations must be educational and non-commercial. Sales pitch presentations will not be considered. Please note that all speakers must use the Automate PowerPoint template for their presentations and your PPT file will be due approximately two months prior to your presentation date. All speakers must be able to present in clear, intelligible English language. Please click submit below. Contact us if you have questions at 734-994-6088. Thank you!


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