2023 AUTOMATE SPEAKER BIOGRAPHIES


Chris Aden

Chris Aden

Sr. Director of AI Solutions
LMI Technologies

As Sr. Director of AI Solutions for the LMI Group, Chris is responsible for driving AI product development, to ensure LMI is a leader in its field. In his role, he oversees the AI solutions team to develop turn-key 3D inspection AI and IoT powered inspection solutions that are used in factory automation systems applications. With more than 20 years of experience in the industry, Chris provides leadership in the development of machine vision and AI solutions to support customers to improve factory’s operational performance with AI technology. 

Chris holds a master of science degree in Management & Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Sloan School of Management as well as an M.S.E.E in Electromagnetics and Device Physics from Georgia Institute of Technology. 


Juan Luis Aparicio

Juan Luis Aparicio

VP of Product
Rapid Robotics

Juan is a robotics and automation enthusiast on a mission to scale and democratize access to robotics technology in manufacturing and beyond. During his career he has brought together the worlds of Industrial Automation, Robotics, and AI with his work featured in the New York Times, MIT Tech Review, Wired, Forbes, TheRobotReport, and other media outlets. Prior to Rapid, Juan was the VP of Product at Ready Robotics, where he launched Forge/OS 5, an award-winning industrial platform for robots and automation. Before that, Juan was the Head of Advanced Manufacturing Automation for Siemens, where he led a top team of researchers and engineers in Berkeley, California, working elbow-to-elbow with renowned academic partners. Juan is a Technical Advisor for the Advanced Robotic in Manufacturing (ARM), a member of A3’s AI Tech Strategy Board, and a Skydeck advisor. In 2019, he was awarded the MIT Tech Review Innovator under 35 Europe in the Pioneer category. In 2020, he was awarded Siemens Inventor of the year and the prestigious Thomas Alva Edison Patent Award.


Saeed Bakhshmand

Saeed Bakhshmand

Senior Computer Vision Software Engineer
Musashi AI

I am a member of an innovation team that creates cutting edge deep learning technologies for automated visual inspection in industry 4.0 era. My goal is to empathize with intended users of such smart systems so that I can have a positive impact on their lives. With my engineering and research background, I enjoy owning and building technologies that are based on visual computing. These techniques include computer vision, artificial intelligence as well as 3D (medical) image visualization and analysis.


Bryan Bird

Bryan Bird

Regional President, US/Canada
Universal Robots

Bryan Bird is Regional President for Universal Robots, responsible for the U.S. and Canada. Based in St. Louis, MO, Bird brings 20+ years of experience in industrial automation to UR, most recently as Vice President of Sales at TerraSource Global and Kollmorgen Corporation. Bird, who has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University, has previously held roles at Danaher Motion and GE Fanuc. Bird has been with Universal Robots for three years.


Shae Birkey

Shae Birkey

Industry Account Manager
Caterpillar Inc.

Shae Birkey has more than 17 years of experience in the Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) profession working in consulting, governmental, commercial, industrial, and private industry settings. He has a range of work experience, including frontline field positions and corporate management roles, as an EHS subject matter expert, a corporate auditor, and an EHS Facility Manager. Shae applies knowledge from his experiences to his current role as a Safety Adviser and Industry Account Manager with Caterpillar Safety Services. His passion is educating others on the process of empowering front-line employees, engaging, and educating supervisors in positive accountability practices, and supporting top leaders to be visibly committed to improving safety culture. He holds a Master of Science degree with an emphasis on leadership skill development from the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign.


Robert Bollinger

Robert Bollinger

Owner
Dynamic Horizons Automation Solutions LLC

Bob has over 35 years of experience in the creative application of robotics, collaborative robotics, mobile robotics, and automation technology to solve challenging problems and create business opportunity. Prior to founding Dynamic Horizons, Bob was a Technical Director for Applied Robotics Innovation at Procter & Gamble. There he identified new and innovative robotic technologies to leverage throughout the company. He was also responsible for setting technical direction and deploying global standard approaches for robotics within P&G. Bob is an active member of several safety standards committees, including industrial robot standards RIA R15.06 the industrial mobile robot standard RIA R15.08.


Ilian Bonev

Ilian Bonev

Cofounder
Mecademic

Ilian Bonev joined the ÉTS in 2004, where he is a professor, teaching industrial robotics and conducting research in the fields of parallel robots, precision robotics, and robot manipulators. Ilian is also cofounder of Mecademic, which manufactures the smallest and most precise industrial robot arms.


David Bruce

David Bruce

Engineering Manager
FANUC America

Dave Bruce joined FANUC America Corporation (FAC) in 1997 and is currently an engineering manager in the General & Automotive Segment for a group of engineers that support FANUC Robot integrators and end users with iRVision and 3rd party machine vision enabled applications.  He has a Master’s in Computer Science from Oakland University (Auburn Hills, MI) and a Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering from the University of Windsor (Windsor, Ontario).


Thomas J Burke

Thomas J Burke

Global Strategic Advisor
CC Link Partner Association (CLPA)

Thomas J. Burke is Global Strategic Advisor for the CC Link Partner Association (CLPA) www.cc-link.org, whose aim is collaborate on industrial network connectivity worldwide. 

In addition, Tom serves as Global Director of Industry Standards for Mitsubishi Electric to lead the strategic development and adoption of networking standards, including the adoption of Mitsubishi Electric’s open networks solutions. Tom is also the Global Directory of Industry Partnerships for ICONICS, providing leadership to increase market share of ICONICS’ leading-edge product portfolio.

Tom’s background includes being the former OPC Foundation President & Executive Director and pioneered the OPC Unified Architecture (OPC UA) as the foundation of information integration and interoperability. 

He has a bachelor’s degree in theoretical mathematics from John Carroll University (Cleveland, Ohio), and a master’s degree in computer engineering from the University of Dayton (Dayton, Ohio). 


Ricardo Burnanello

Ricardo Burnanello

SVP, IoT Platforms
Telit IoT Solutions Inc.

Ricardo Buranello has over 16 years of experience in the Technology and IoT Industry. Before joining Telit in 2008, Ricardo worked for big technology companies such as Siemens and Totvs. With Telit, Ricardo held the position of head of Business in Latin America, and in 2017, assumed the role of Global VP for Telit Factory Solutions, driving a significant growth for the business unit.
 


David Bursell

David Bursell

Vice President of Business Development
MoviTHERM Advanced Thermography Solutions

David C Bursell is passionate about imaging technologies and solutions. For over 23 years, he has been extensively involved with infrared imaging science. He has worked for imaging companies, including Inframetrics, FLIR Systems, and MoviTHERM, where he is currently the Vice President of Business Development. His education includes a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Brigham Young University and an MBA from Boston University. He has also studied Digital Marketing Analytics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. When not working with infrared cameras, David enjoys restoring old cars. A current project includes the restoration of a 1977 Toyota FJ40 Landcruiser.  


Chris Caldwell

Chris Caldwell

Product Manager
Yaskawa Motoman

Chris Caldwell is Product Manager at Yaskawa Motoman, where he is dedicated to product planning and execution through the entire product life cycle. This includes responsibilities for gathering and prioritizing product and customer specifications, as well as defining the product vision and working to ensure customer goals are met. With over 15 years of experience in manufacturing and operations, he has worked in every corner of organizations to provide exceptional products and services, while optimizing costs, maintaining reliability and ensuring quality. Chris holds a BS in business management from Wright State University.


Michael Clark

Michael Clark

Director OPC Foundation North America
OPC Foundation

Michael Clark B.TECH., C.E.T.

As the Director of OPC Foundation North America, Michael Clark continues his career-long advocacy on behalf of the automation industry as it transforms itself through IT/OT convergence into the digital era.

With over 30 years of experience in the discipline of industrial automation and controls, Mr. Clark is internationally recognized throughout the process automation sector for his expertise in Industrial Control System (ICS) fieldbus protocols. Mr. Clark is also recognized for his contributions as one of the authors of the Open Process Automation Standard (O-PAS™). As a vendor-neutral advocate for the end-user community, Mr. Clark became the Founding Director of BusCorp Inc., a Canadian-based consulting firm dedicated to design, implementation, commissioning, and training in the competencies of ICS networks and fieldbus systems. He has supported industrial sectors across the globe including, refining & upgrading, chemicals, food & beverage, gas exploration, offshore production, water & wastewater treatment, power generation, and nuclear remediation. 


Georgy Das

Georgy Das

Director of Systems and Training
Midwest Optical Systems

Georgy Das is the Technical Training Manager at Midwest Optical Systems. He has delivered countless presentations and training sessions all over the globe. He loves to figure out simple solutions to complex problems and is always tracking the latest trends in both machine vision and the technology landscape as a whole. 


Dale Deering

Dale Deering

Senior Director, Business Development
Teledyne DALSA

Dale Deering is the Senior Director for Business Development at Teledyne Vision Solutions, responsible for oversight of product and business development for all machine vision camera products.  Dale has worked in the field of machine vision for over 25 years in both development and business leadership roles, and has extensive experience with line-scan use for many high speed and novel imaging applications.  His in-depth knowledge of application requirements and key performance factors combined with technical innovation have produced a succession of imaging products with industry leading performance and strong global demand.


Tim DeGrasse

Tim DeGrasse

Senior Channel Development Manager
Universal Robots

Tim is a Senior Channel Development Manager for Universal Robots, covering Northern California. He spent the first part of his career working on the manufacturing floor with L3 Technologies before transitioning to high tech sales. He moved into the automation market in Silicon Valley with Keyence Corporation and then Universal Robots where he has worked the past four years. Tim holds a bachelor’s degree in Hardware Engineering from University of California – Santa Cruz. With a passion for helping companies adopt innovative technology, Tim has helped deploy hundreds of robots into the electronics industry helping customers stay ahead of the curve in the global manufacturing marketplace. 


Mike DeRosier

Mike DeRosier

Business Development / Safety Manager
Advent Design Corporation

Mike DeRosier is a TÜV certified Functional Safety Engineer for Machinery. His 20+ years of experience include controls engineering to design, build and integrate full machine control systems. His safety experience led him to help corporations to develop corporate safety standards, perform machine safeguarding risk assessments, machine safety training and design, as well as implementation of safety systems for all aspects of machinery and robotic cells (electrical, electronic, pneumatic, hydraulic, mechanical). Mike is currently the Business Development / Safety Manager for Advent Design Corporation. Advent Design is a custom automation builder that also performs robot integration and machine safety upgrades.


Jan Diekmann

Jan Diekmann

Technical Account Manager
Ericsson

Jan Diekmann is helping bring the advantage of cellular technologies (4G/5G) to life in production and process industries—enabling them to cut the wires enhance existing means of production and logistics. He is currently a Technical Account Manager focusing on partnering with the manufacturing technology ecosystem to develop the next generation of digital manufacturing. He has been with Ericsson for over 20 years and holds an Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Dortmund in Germany.


Aaron Donlon

Aaron Donlon

Product Manager
Epson Robots

Aaron Donlon is a product manager at Epson Robots with over 20 years of experience in the factory automation environment with expertise in packaging, packaging machinery, and automation. At a major packaging OEM, he led the development team of their next generation machine. During his tenure at a major CPG he focusied on line management, capital install, startup support, technology development, and focus improvement efforts. Aaron holds a BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology.


Kyle Drummer

Kyle Drummer

General Manager
Lincoln Electric Automation

Kyle Drummer has been with Lincoln Electric since 2007 and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from Penn State University and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Memphis.  He has held various commercial roles of increasing responsibility both domestically and internationally for Lincoln Electric.  Kyle is currently the General Manager for Lincoln Electric Automation in Columbus, OH where he is responsible for site operations focusing on grinding, finishing and material handling mechanized and robotic automation systems.


Martin H. Ettenberg

Martin H. Ettenberg

CEO/President
Princeton Infrared Technologies, Inc.

Dr. Ettenberg is currently the CEO and founder of Princeton Infrared Technologies, Inc., a company dedicated to the commercialization of NIR/SWIR detection technologies. He has been developing InGaAs detectors for over 20 years with previous experience at Sensors Unlimited Inc./Goodrich Corporation. Dr. Ettenberg graduated with a Masters and a Ph.D. degree from the University of Virginia Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering. He also received his BS in Materials Science and Engineering from Cornell University.


Jeff Fryman

Jeff Fryman

Principal Consultant
JDF Consulting Enterprises, Ltd.

Jeff Fryman is a retired United States Air Force officer. His 21-year career included eleven years’ experience as a Program Manager overseeing technical training programs.

For a second career, Jeff joined the Robotic Industries Association as their Director of Standards Development until his retirement in 2013. His 17-years at the RIA saw him responsible for the development of both the 1999 and 2012 editions of the ANSI/RIA R15.06 American National Standard for Industrial Robot Safety. He was also responsible for organizing the annual National Robot Safety Conference and numerous smaller safety events. In his roll at RIA, Jeff developed curricula for robot safety training, and taught hundreds of classes featuring the R15.06 methodology for conducting Risk Assessment. He also assisted in consulting on Risk Assessment and Robot Safety, and continues in his training roll with the association.

Internationally, Jeff was the Convener for ISO TC184/SC2 WG3, the committee responsible for developing the ISO 10218-1 and -2 International Standards for Industrial Robot Safety. Domestically, Jeff was the Vice-chair for the ANSI/ASSE Z244.1 committee; the standard for Control of Hazardous Energy – Lockout/Tagout and Alternative Methods. He has also been involved in other standards development efforts including the Canadian Standards Association committees for Robot Safety and Hazardous Energy Control; the Underwriters’ Laboratories Standards Technical Panel for UL1740 (robot safety); AMT and B11 Inc. ANSI Accredited Standards Committee for Safety of Machines – B11; and an advisor to the American Welding Society’s D16 committee for robotic welding.

Outside interests include all aspects of railroad operations. His model railroading activities include standards development and participation in regional and national events. And finally, Jeff never denies “going around in circles”; particularly when he is doing volunteer work for a railway museum where he is a qualified antique trolley operator.

Jeff resides in Saline, Michigan; outside of Ann Arbor.


Adam Gluck

Adam Gluck

Founder & CEO
Copia Automation

Adam Gluck was an early hire on Uber's driver engineering team and later was the founding engineer on Uber's engineering strategy team. At Uber, Adam worked on multiple rewrites of Uber's driver app, the processes to ship the driver app to millions of drivers each month, and helped redesign Uber's overall microservice architecture. He founded Copia to bring the same best practices that top-tier engineering organizations use to the fundamental technology that runs our economy. Adam was recently recognized in Forbes 30 under 30 2022 in the category of Manufacturing and Industry.


Ed Goffin

Ed Goffin

Senior Manager, Marketing
Pleora Technologies

Ed Goffin is senior marketing manager with Pleora Technologies, a leading supplier of AI solutions and video connectivity products for quality inspection and factory automation applications. Over his 25-year career, he has been widely published and has been a featured speaker on topics ranging from packet switching and network timing to real-time video solutions for situational awareness in medical, factory automation, and security applications.


Armando Gonzalez

Armando Gonzalez

Business Leader of AMR/Robotics for North America
Bosch Rexroth Corporation

Armando Gonzalez joined Bosch Rexroth in 2021 and is the North American business leader for AMR/Robotics. He's been in industrial automation for almost 20 years and working with robots since for over 16 of those years. Armando currently resides in Dallas, TX and is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin. In his time off he's enjoying the outdoors with his (2) boys or teaching them about technology.


Harley Green

Harley Green

Director of Business Development
Soft Robotics Inc

  • 18 years in the industrial automation field  
  • Industry Specialties:  food, pharma, plastics, metals, electronics, medical device and more.
  • Focused on robotics, sensors, machine safety, and machine vision.
  • Target Markets:  Food and Consumer Packaged Goods


Satyandra Gupta

Satyandra Gupta

Chief Scientist, Co-Founder
Gray Matter Robotics

Dr. Satyandra K. Gupta is a Co-Founder and Chief Scientist at GrayMatter Robotics. He also holds Smith International Professorship in the Viterbi School of Engineering at the University of Southern California and serves as the founding director of the USC Viterbi Center for Advanced Manufacturing. He served as a program director for the National Robotics Initiative at the National Science Foundation from September 2012 to September 2014.  Dr. Gupta’s research interests are physics-informed artificial intelligence, computational foundations for decision-making, and human-centered robotics and automation. He has published more than four hundred technical articles in journals, conference proceedings, and edited books. He is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), and the Solid Modeling Association (SMA). He is a member of the Technical Advisory Committee for Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institute and a member of the National Materials and Manufacturing Board (NMMB).


Kurt Häusler

Kurt Häusler

CEO Sensors & Automation North America
Photoneo s.r.o.

Kurt started to gain extensive knowledge and experience in the fields of robotics, automation, industrial metrology, sensors, and machine vision right after graduating from the University of Linz (Mechatronics) in 1996. He coordinated multi-national R&D projects dealing with automated robot motion planning and programming for complex manufacturing processes based on 3D sensor data input. He had been involved long-term with ATENSOR in Steyr, Austria (a company of the MICRO-EPSILON group) since its foundation in 2003. He was managing the company for several years, focusing on the development and sales of sensor-based robotics for industrial processes.

At Photoneo, Kurt acts as the CEO of the Sensors & Automation division in North America. He utilizes his experience in the field to discover new applications and expand Photoneo‘s business in German-speaking regions and North America. His ambition is to increase machine intelligence and automate processes beyond the state-of-the-art. With his in-depth systems engineering knowledge, he knows how to integrate sensor hardware and software algorithms to push the limits further.


Bernd Heinrichs

Bernd Heinrichs

Co-CEO
Wandelbots

Bernd Heinrichs is Co-CEO at Wandelbots - the globally successful robotics software company from Dresden, Germany, with more than 160 employees.


Eric Hershberger

Eric Hershberger

Applications Engineering
Cognex

22 years of applications work in machine vision, robots, and PLC programming.  I actually don't know anything but I make it up better than most!  (I can flesh this out more if chosen but I don't have a bio handy)


Ben Hope

Ben Hope

Director Product Commercialization, SuperTrak CONVEYANCE
SuperTrak CONVEYANCE

Ben Hope is the Director of Product Commercialization for the SuperTrak CONVEYANCE™ team. This role involves furthering the development of innovative conveyance products and establishing the go-to-market strategy for products under the SuperTrak CONVEYANCE™ portfolio. 

Ben has established himself as a thought-leader in the manufacturing automation space by developing the notion that Smart Conveyance drives productivity, as well as furthering the understanding of the role automation plays in Industry 4.0.


Kristian Hulgard

Kristian Hulgard

General Manager, Americas Division
OnRobot

Kristian is the General Manager of the Americas division at OnRobot – the One-Stop Shop for collaborative and light industrial robot applications. He has been part of the collaborative robot market since its emergence and is a thought leader in cobot applications and activation of robots in the collaborative space.


Barbara Humpton

Barbara Humpton

President & CEO
Siemens Corporation USA

Barbara Humpton is President and CEO of Siemens Corporation, where she guides the company’s strategy and engagement in serving the company’s largest market. Siemens USA employs approximately 45,000 people serving customers in all 50 states and Puerto Rico and generated $18.6 billion in revenue in fiscal year 2022. She views the true purpose of technology as expanding what’s humanly possible. She’s also passionate about diversity, STEM education and what she calls a work-life blend that honors her priorities both at Siemens and as a grandmother.

Most recently, Humpton served as president and CEO of Siemens Government Technologies, Inc. (SGT), a leading integrator of Siemens’ products and services for federal government agencies and departments. In this role, Humpton also served as an officer/director member of the board of directors of SGT.

Prior to joining Siemens in 2011, Humpton served as a vice president at Booz Allen Hamilton where she was responsible for program performance and new business development for technology consulting in the Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security. Earlier, Humpton was a vice president at Lockheed Martin Corporation with responsibility for Biometrics Programs, Border and Transportation Security and Critical Infrastructure Protection, including such critical programs as the FBI’s Next Generation Identification and the TSA’s Transportation Workers’ Identification Credential.

Humpton is a graduate of Wake Forest University with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics. Barbara is Chairman of the Siemens Corporation Board, the Siemens Foundation and of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA). She serves on the board of directors of the Triumph Group, National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), Chief Executives for Corporate Purpose (CECP), Economic Club of Washington, D.C. and the Seabee Memorial Scholarship Association. She resides in Washington, D.C., with her husband David.


Cedric Hutchings

Cedric Hutchings

CEO
Outsight

Cedric Hutchings is the cofounder and CEO of Outsight, the firm that built the first LiDAR Software Processor. He holds a Master of Science degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in addition to Engineering Degree from Ecole Centrale (Paris, France).

Cedric has been a serial tech entrepreneur of the last 20 years. As a pioneer in IOT, his former company has designed, manufactured and sold millions of products. Over the course of his career, he has been asked to deliver keynote presentations at most important Tech and business conferences worldwide.


Rajesh Iyengar

Rajesh Iyengar

Chief Executive Officer
Lincode Labs Inc.

Rajesh Iyengar is the Founder & CEO of Lincode Labs Inc. He has been working in the technology industry for more than 20 years. His background focuses on AI, machine learning, and robotics solutions. Aside from managing Lincode, he is also a Board Member, Advisor, and Investor for various startups. Rajesh previously worked as a Chief Technology Officer for Si3D Systems Pvt. Ltd., PurpleData, and KloudData Inc. Today, he is focused on helping the manufacturing industry transform to smart manufacturing with Artificial Intelligence and Automation.


Tom Izzo

Tom Izzo

Head Coach
Michigan State University Men’s Basketball Program

Tom Izzo was enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on September 9, 2016, cementing his status as one of the game’s all-time greats.

Izzo has compiled an impressive list of accomplishments in 24 seasons as head coach of the Michigan State men’s basketball program, including the 2000 NCAA National Championship, nine regular-season Big Ten Championships (1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2018 and 2019), six Big Ten Tournament titles (1999, 2000, 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2019), eight Final Four appearances (1999, 2000, 2001, 2005, 2009, 2010, 2015 and 2019), eight National Coach of the Year awards and a Big Ten-record 22-straight NCAA Tournament appearances.

The 2018-19 season was one of the best in program history as MSU won a share of the Big Ten regular-season title, won the Big Ten Tournament Championship and advanced to the Final Four for a nation’s-best eighth time in 21 years.

With a career record of 606-232, it’s easy to see that Izzo knows how to win, but he also knows how to win the right way. In his 24 years directing the Spartan program, 86 percent of his players who completed their eligibility also left with a degree. In the last 20 years, 57 Spartans have received their undergraduate degrees.

Izzo’s 606 wins are the fifth most by any coach in his first 24 seasons in college basketball history. In November 2009, he passed his mentor Jud Heathcote (340 wins) to become MSU’s all-time winningest coach. In the NCAA Tournament, Izzo is at his best, winning at a clip of .712 to rank fourth among all active coaches with at least 10 tournament games coached. His 52 NCAA Tournament wins are the most ever for a Big Ten coach, and rank fifth all-time.

A 2015 inductee into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame, Izzo led MSU to seven Final Four appearances between 1999 and 2015, becoming just the fourth school in college basketball history to do it in any 17-year span, including just the third since the tournament field expanded to 64 teams in 1985. His eight Final Four appearances rank fifth all-time, third among active coaches, first all-time among Big Ten coaches and the most of any coach since 1996.


Geoffrey Karpa

Geoffrey Karpa

Applications Engineer Staff
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics

Team lead in the manufacturing technology organization at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics’ Fort Worth facility, overseeing several drilling and dispensing automation-related projects. Karpa specializes in task-level automation using robotic end-effectors that perform vision, drilling, metrology and fastener installation operations. He recently integrated a large capital system that uses robots to countersink mate panels on the F-35, replacing hand countersinking and reducing production costs. Additionally, Karpa is integrating a complex multifunction robot system on the F-35 wing line to automate the setup hole drilling and fastening processes. It utilizes an all-in-one end-effector with machine vision that removes a Cleco fastener, reams the hole, measures the hole and installs a fastener in a single cycle. He also supports other automation projects across the enterprise. Karpa received his master’s degree in systems engineering from Southern Methodist University and bachelor’s degree in construction science from Texas A&M University.


Fouad Khalil

Fouad Khalil

Senior Director, Enterprise Security, Risk and Compliance
Locus Robotics

Khalil’s career path in technology has provided him with keen insights in the areas of  network, system and database administration, software programming, system, software and GUI design, project and product development, solution implementation and much more. 

For nearly the past two decades, Khalil has focused on data security, security investigations, cybersecurity, security training and awareness, and security compliance-- serving as an industry expert in key areas such as IT, NIST, Internal Controls over financial reporting, Sarbanes-Oxley, GDPR, CCPA, PCI DSS, HIPAA and HITECH. 

At Locus, Khalil is responsible for internal and external compliance programs, auditor education, alignment with industry best practices and cross-functional support. With extensive experience in the technology space with more than 25 years spanning disciplines in software development, IT support, program and project management and most recently IT Security and Compliance management.

Khalil holds a Bachelor's degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Marquette University and CISA, CDPSE and ITIL Foundations certifications. Additionally, he is an active member/contributor in ISACA, IIA and Infragard.


Steve Kinney

Steve Kinney

Director of Training, Compliance, and Technical Solutions
Smart Vision Lights

Steve Kinney, Director of Training, Compliance, and Technical Solutions at Smart Vision Lights, is an Electrical Engineer who joined Pulnix America and entered the machine vision industry in 1998. Going on to work for Basler, JAI, CCS, and now Smart Vision Lights, he has many years of machine vision imaging experience and has become an expert in industrial cameras and imagers. Since starting work in the lighting sector of Machine Vision in early 2015, he now combines camera expertise with machine vision lighting to bring an expanded knowledge base to the machine vision market.
 


Steffen Klawitter

Steffen Klawitter

Digital Enterprise Lead Architect
Siemens Digital Industries

Steffen Klawitter is a Digital Enterprise Lead Architect with Siemens Digital Industries. He provides well-balanced visionary & practical leadership for strategic digital transformations in highly competitive and cutting-edge markets. He has a proven track record of leading international teams to create long-lasting business value for enterprises. Steffen’s hands-on AI experience spans across industries and a wide range of use cases, such as: anomaly detection, quality prediction, visual inspection, process improvement and predictive maintenance. When he is not immersing himself in the world of AI, he enjoys working out or spending time outdoors with his wife, baby girl, and their two dogs.Steffen Klawitter is a Digital Enterprise Lead Architect with Siemens Digital Industries. He provides well-balanced visionary & practical leadership for strategic digital transformations in highly competitive and cutting-edge markets. He has a proven track record of leading international teams to create long-lasting business value for enterprises. Steffen’s hands-on AI experience spans across industries and a wide range of use cases, such as: anomaly detection, quality prediction, visual inspection, process improvement and predictive maintenance. When he is not immersing himself in the world of AI, he enjoys working out or spending time outdoors with his wife, baby girl, and their two dogs.


Tom Knauer

Tom Knauer

Global Industry Manager – Factory Automation & Robotics
Balluff GmbH

More than 30 years experience in the industrial automation industry, with equipment/solution suppliers including GE Fanuc, Parker Hannifin, Omron STI and Balluff. Focus on product management and business development for sensors, safety and networking. Recent activities include work on robotic, material handling, condition monitoring and general factory automation solutions and market development. Lead Balluff’s activities to evaluate and understand changes in robot and factory automation technologies and the marketplace, and help direct Balluff’s strategy and technology development path based on this information.


Keith Knight

Keith Knight

Market Development Manager
Celera Motion - a division of Novanta

Keith H. Knight is currently a Market Development Manager for Celera Motion, a division of Novanta. In this role he is focused on gathering market intelligence, application, customer, and technology trends to support strategic initiatives within the Celera Motion organization. Prior to his current role, Keith held positions as the Manager of New Product Innovation, Product Manager, and Engineering Manager for HaydonKerk Motion Solutions and has spent his entire career in the arena of motion control. Prior to his professional career Keith graduated cum laude from Wentworth Institute of Technology of Boston MA with a BS in Electromechanical Engineering.


Etienne Lacroix

Etienne Lacroix

CEO & Co-Founder
Vention

Etienne is a business leader and entrepreneur with deep experience building and turning around engineering-intensive businesses. He’s the founder and CEO of Vention. 

Before Vention, he spent five years at McKinsey & Company as an Associate Partner with the Operations and Product Development Practices. In this role, he led enterprise-wide strategic, operational, and turnaround programs at global industrial and high-tech companies. Before joining McKinsey, he held various positions in product management, product development, and supply-chain operations at General Electric as part of the Technical Leadership Program.

Etienne holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from the École de Technologie Supérieure.


Mike Lashbrook

Mike Lashbrook

Vice President, Digital Solutions
JR Automation

With a background in automotive, operations leadership, corporate strategy, and automation, Mike has accumulated over 25 years industry experience in Automotive and Industrial Automation industries.  He currently serves as Vice President of Digital Solutions for JR Automation, leading the organization’s suite of software products and services that help customers make the transition to Industry 4.0.   


Dr. Daniel L. Lau

Dr. Daniel L. Lau

Professor
University of Kentucky

Daniel L. Lau (dllau@uky.edu) received his B.Sc. degree (with highest distinction) in electrical engineering from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, and his Ph.D. degree from the University of Delaware, Newark, in 1995 and 1999, respectively. Currently, he is a professor and the director of graduate studies for electrical and computer engineering at the University of Kentucky, Lexington. Among his many published works is an article in Proceedings of the IEEE and his book Modern Digital Halftoning. His work has also been featured in trade magazines such as Vision Systemsp Design, Photonics Spectra, Imaging Insight, Prosilica Camera News, and Inspect Magazine. His research interests include image and signal processing, 3D imaging, and machine vision. He is a Senior Member of IEEE.


Chris Liu

Chris Liu

Industrial Edge Product Marketing Manager
Siemens Industry, Inc

Chris Liu is the Product Marketing Manager of Siemens brand new IIoT technology Industrial Edge, based in Orlando, FL. Chris join Siemens in 2021 and has over 8 years of experience in the manufacturing and product management sector. He holds a BS in electrical engineering from Purdue University. Chris attended Automate 2022 as a speaker and shared his knowledge and insights on Edge computing and Siemens Industrial Edge.


Nick Longworth

Nick Longworth

Senior Systems Application Engineer - Robot Guidance
SICK, Inc.

As a Market Product Manager for SICK, Nick Longworth oversees the overall United States market success of SICK’s robot guidance portfolio throughout the entire product lifecycle. Primarily focused on SICK’s PLOC2D and PLB products, Longworth is responsible for providing the highest level of product/application knowledge, product positioning, and marketing expertise. Longworth also functions as a technical consultant for industrial robotics technology for SICK.

Longworth joined SICK in 2019 after gaining over seven years of experience in the automation engineering and machine building fields. He is a Certified Vision Professional with a bachelor’s degree in Physics and Business Administration from Washington College, and a master’s in Robotics Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. 


Joe Lui

Joe Lui

Managing Director, Industry X, Autonomous Robotic Systems, Global Lead
Accenture

I lead the global robotics practice for Accenture Industry X, and my goal is to establish Industry X as a full turnkey automation solution provider and operator to support my clients in every step throughout their digital transformation and robotization journey. I made my career in spotting emerging technologies, inventing solutions, evaluating their readiness and opportunity for the market, then commercializing them to profitability. I work with organizations to identify opportunities for technology to positively impact their businesses and create roadmaps to get them there successfully—and strategically.

I started my career in product development, system engineering, and solution architecture in the telecom industry. I had the honor to commercialize three generations of cellular technology (2G CDMA/GSM, 3G UMTS/EvDO, 4G LTE.) I spent a few years in M&A leading the tech practice.  I have extensive experience with P&L management and corporate development. Leveraging my wireless background, I’ve been working in advanced automation, smart robotics, digital services, and IIOT space for the past 15 years. 

Bringing sustainable change to companies across industries through technology is my passion. I’ve built new lines of non-traditional business to disrupt legacy business models and drive profitability. Throughout my career, I’ve had the opportunity to specialize in a wide variety of technology including AI, machine learning, computer vision, autonomous systems, Internet of Things, wireless commercialization, and cloud/edge computing. This experience enables me to come into companies with an outside-the-box approach to find the most innovative and impactful solutions.

It’s my mission to drive the adoption of smart robotics and all its core technologies in an approachable and sustainable way.


Tyler Marr

Tyler Marr

Research Engineer
Southwest Research Institute

Tyler Marr is a Research Engineer at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) in San Antonio, Texas. After receiving his Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University, where his research focused on autonomous vehicles, Tyler joined SwRI to work with industrial and collaborative manipulator robots. Since joining SwRI Tyler has helped develop and deploy many advanced robotics systems in a wide range of applications. His primary areas of focus are advanced motion planning and perception capabilities for indsutrial robots.


Jonathan Marseglia

Jonathan Marseglia

Director of Financial Strategy and Head of Tax
Formic

Jonathan is the Director of Financial Strategy and Head of Tax for Formic, a leading Robotics-as-a-Service company.  Jonathan has his C.P.A., J.D., and LL.M.


Daryl Martin

Daryl Martin

Technical Sales and Product Specialist
Advanced illumination

Daryl Martin is Advanced illumination’s Technical Sales and Product Specialist, based in Ann Arbor, MI. He assists Ai’s strategic industry partners and OE Customers in North America developing custom-fit vision lighting solutions. Daryl has primary responsibility for research and collection of industry product information for updating existing products and developing new products and services. He also trains Ai’s vision partners, ASPs and customers in all aspects of vision lighting, and emphasizes practical methods for creating lighting solutions.

Before coming to Ai in 2003, Daryl was District Sales Manager at Tectivity for 8 years, specializing in computer imaging systems and solutions. He was also a Laboratory Manager at the University of Michigan, overseeing imaging operations in FDA-sponsored Human Drug Certification Studies in Diabetes. Daryl has BS and MS degrees in Geology.


Kevin M. McCabe

Kevin M. McCabe

Senior Application Engineer
IDS Imaging Development Systems Inc.

Kevin McCabe is a senior application engineer at IDS Imaging Development Systems Inc. and is responsible for technical inquiries across North America. He currently focuses on helping other engineers integrate IDS 2-D, Ensenso 3-D, and NXT AI Inference cameras and provides in-depth product training to customers, distributors, and resellers to ensure a quick time to market. Throughout his ten years at the company, Kevin has helped integrate IDS cameras into applications such as bin picking, palletizing/depalletizing, logistics automation, quality assurance, and ITS. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Massachusetts Lowell.


Shanif Merchant

Shanif Merchant

Chief Product Officer
Numurus

Shanif is the Chief Product Officer, Numurus LLC. He has over 15 years product management experience having built complex software and hardware products in the fields of industrial automation, robots, telecommunications and camera market segments. Shanif led immersion of IOT, AI, and machine vision in enterprise workflows, key to the end–to-end disruption of operations across aviation, rail, automotive, heavy equipment, manufacturing and smart city industries, helping clients navigate industrial 4.0 transformation. Shanif brings product management experience from similar roles at Hitachi, GE and GoPro. Shanif holds an honors Bachelor of Science, Computer Science and Mathematics from McMaster University and a Certificate of Data Science from University of California Berkeley.


Greg Morehouse

Greg Morehouse

Vice President, Custom System Sales
Acieta

Greg Morehouse is Vice President, Custom System Sales for Acieta, a leading A3/RIA certified and FANUC Authorized System Integrator. He is responsible for leading a sales team in providing state-of-the-art custom automation solutions for customers. Greg has been with Acieta more than 7 years with roles within the Procurement, Project Management and Sales groups. Most recently, he served as Executive Vice President of Acieta's Council Bluffs, Iowa operations where he led teams responsible for design, production, and commissioning of robotic automation projects.


Sean Murray

Sean Murray

Vice President of Customer Success
Bright Machines

Sean Murray is the Vice President of Customer Success at Bright Machines, a global pioneer in the field of software-defined manufacturing and intelligent automation. He ensures that customers are widely successful using tools developed by Bright Machines. As a senior executive, he has more than 30 years of experience in driving commercial growth and business transformation.  
 
His resumé spans IBM, Philips Electronics, Assembléon and Panasonic, where he most recently served as Business Unit Head of Process Automation. He has a passion for deploying solutions that increase quality, output and profitability. As an advocate for smart manufacturing, Sean is dedicated to ensuring that Industry 4.0, Industrial Internet of Things and digital transformation initiatives are successful and deliver real value for manufacturers, their teams and those they serve. 


Tyler Naatz

Tyler Naatz

Global Portfolio Manager Robotics & Automation, Abrasive Systems
3M

My role within 3M's Abrasive System Division is a Robotics Application Engineer - focusing on the metal fabrication markets. This includes weld grinding, stainless steel finishing, sanding, deburring and much more. Working with customers to find robotic solutions for their current manual processes, optimizing older robotic systems, and answering any questions you may have about automation. At 3M ASD, we have 30+ years of robotic experience in abrasive material removal and the best products to optimize your processes. Our large integrator network, relationships with robotic OEM's and tooling manufacturers allows us to work together to find the best solution for your material removal needs.


Edward Neff

Edward Neff

Founder and CEO
SMAC Corporation

Edward Neff is the founder and CEO of SMAC Moving Coil Actuators. He founded SMAC Corporation in 1990 in Carlsbad, Calif. SMAC has grown to become a global leader in moving coil technology and the largest manufacturer of moving coil actuators. Neff has spent more than 40 years in the automation field and has managed automation companies in Belgium, Japan and the USA. He holds more than 40 patents.
Neff grew up in Birmingham, Mich., and is a graduate of the University of Michigan. He’s a retired international rugby player and enjoys watching the Wales national team.


Roberta Nelson Shea

Roberta Nelson Shea

Global Technical Compliance Officer
Universal Robots

Responsible for global UR product compliance and reducing barriers to acceptance of UR robots for collaborative applications.  Over 45+ years’ experience in automation safety and standardization.

  • Honored as … 
    • Recipient of the 2022 Goddard Alumni Award for Outstanding Professional Achievement by Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester MA USA.
    • 1 of the “Twenty Women Making Their Mark in Robotics & Automation” by Smart Manufacturing (SME) in February 2021.
    • 1 of the “100 Women in Safety in 100 years” by the American Society of Safety Professionals (known then as ASSE) in 2011. 
    • One of the 100 Women – Making a Difference in Safety
    • Chair Emeritus of A3’s standardization activities in 2016. A3 was formerly known as RIA (Robotic Industries Association).
  • Past member of the board of directors of ANSI (American National Standards Institute) and of RIA (now known as A3).
  • National robot safety standardization activities:
    • Since 1982, the only consistently active robot safety standards expert.
    • Chair for 23 years of the US Robot Safety Committee (R15.06).  
    • Active for 45 years in various American National machinery safety standards.
    • Expert member of the NIOSH/ OSHA/ RIA Alliance.
  • ISO and US national standardization in automation and safety:
    • Convenor: TC299 WG3 Industrial robotics (ISO 10218 & TS15066).
    • Convenor: TC299 SG1 Study group on TC299 Robotics structure.
    • Expert member: TC199 Safety of machinery, TC110/SC2/WG3 Safety of industrial trucks & various IEC working groups.
    • Expert member in various US and Canadian standards committees: safety, robotics, plastics machinery and IEEE.
  • Certified Functional Safety Engineer (TÜV Rheinland).

BS Mechanical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) and a Masters degree in Advanced Safety Engineering and Management (ASEM) from the University of Alabama Birmingham. 

Before UR, lead Rockwell’s global safety component product management organization. Preceding Rockwell, held leadership positions at Symbotic, AMT and Pilz USA, with a career start at P&G.


Aaron Nienaber

Aaron Nienaber

Product Development Specialist
3M Company

Aaron is part of the Global Systems R&D Team for 3M Abrasives Systems Division. He is the technical lead for the development of the 3M™ Finesse-it™ Robotic Paint Repair System and has 12 years of technology platform development experience within the company establishing novel product forms, processes, and abrasive grain advancements. He currently has 84 filed patents, 23 which have been granted in the US. Additionally, he is proud to be a 4th generation employee of 3M and share a role in the legacy of 3M innovations and technologies.


Erik Nieves

Erik Nieves

CEO & Co-Founder
Plus One Robotics

Erik Nieves is co-founder and CEO of Plus One Robotics, a software company developing 3D and AI-powered vision software for robots in logistics automation. Before Plus One, Erik was Technology Director for Yaskawa Motoman Robotics, responsible for the technology roadmap and emerging applications. During his 25+ year tenure at Yaskawa, Erik held a variety of leadership positions in the U.S. and abroad. Erik serves on the board of directors at Robotics Industries Association (RIA) and is a frequent speaker and contributor to public policy on robotics.


David Northup

David Northup

Director of Product Management
OTTO Motors

Dave Northup has more than twenty years of experience in the robotics and automation industry, ranging from autonomous mobile robotics, machine vision, and autonomous vessels.  An early pioneer in the commercialization of AMR technologies for industrial use, Dave was part of the initial team at MobileRobots Inc. which first brought fully autonomous navigation to the mainstream market in the early 2000s. Dave also ran the North American division of Adimec for over seven years, producing mission-critical machine vision cameras for applications ranging from remotely operated submersibles to the space shuttle.  At OTTO Motors, Dave oversees the entire product development lifecycle for OTTO’s suite of AMRs. Dave holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Union College.


Nivedita Ojha

Nivedita Ojha

VP of Product
FORT Robotics

As VP of Product at FORT Robotics, Nivedita Ojha is the driving force behind FORT’s end-to-end platform for machine safety, security, and trusted communications. Over the course of her career, she’s used her customer-focused product strategy to generate massive valuations, IPOs, and revenue for both Fortune 500 companies and venture-backed enterprises in SaaS, Mobility, and IoT. Nivedita has served as VP of Autodesk, where she designed the Platform Strategy for transforming the business, and as Senior Director at Citrix, where she expanded the company’s mobile business through innovation and partnerships. As CEO of w-Planit, she evangelized the Location Based Services across 15 marque brands and exited the business. She has been awarded 2 patents in the IoT and networking space.

Nivedita has a BS in Chemical Engineering from University of Bombay, an MS from Mississippi State University, and an MBA from University of Michigan. She is passionate about traveling, long distance cycling, and swimming. She lives in San Francisco with her daughter.


Johannes Olbort

Johannes Olbort

Project Manager II4IP
VDMA e.V.

Johannes Olbort, Project Manager at the VDMA, is responsible for the harmonization activities including OPC UA for Machinery. This is done in the Context of the Global Production Language based on OPC UA in which more than 600 companies worldwide participate. This makes it an important contact for the international machinery and plant construction industry in matters of OPC UA standardization and networked production. The VDMA's strong international political networking has enabled it to introduce OPC UA activities into global politics. Before joining the VDMA, Mr. Olbort studied Industrial Engineering, specialising in Mechanical Engineering, and was a research assistant  at the Departmend for Computer Integrated Design of the Technical University Darmstadt.


Jerry Perez

Jerry Perez

Executive Director Global Accounts
FANUC America Corporation

Jerry Perez is an Executive Director - Global Accounts at FANUC America Corporation, consulting global corporations in topics such as automation roadmap fulfillment, workforce development, and value stream transformations.  Over the past 20 years, Jerry has been a leader in the expansion of robotics in multiple markets from defense and automotive to electronics and medical device manufacturing.  He graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.S. in Engineering and resides in Royal Oak, MI with his wife and two kids.


Florian Pestoni

Florian Pestoni

CEO & Co-founder
InOrbit

Florian is an accomplished business leader and author, with hands-on experience bringing innovative products to market. As InOrbit’s CEO and co-founder, Florian leads strategy, fundraising and go-to-market activities. He is passionate about raising awareness around the new category of RobOps, sharing his compelling vision for the evolution of robotics and the future of work. He is also a co-founder of the Robot Operations Group, a community-led organization of experts in scaling robot deployments. Florian is an investor, advisor, board member, and mentor to young startup founders. 


Matt Prellwitz

Matt Prellwitz

Drive Technology Product Manager
Beckhoff Automation

Matt Prellwitz is Drive Technology Product Manager for Beckhoff USA. With over 17 years of motion control, automation and engineering experience, Prellwitz leads U.S. product launch and support initiatives across all motor, drive and robotics technologies from Beckhoff. He has held a variety of engineering positions at Beckhoff over his tenure, including high level application engineering and technical support roles. Prellwitz is a graduate of the Alexandria Technical and Community College in Alexandria, Minnesota.


David Reger

David Reger

CEO and Founder
Neura Robotics GmbH

David's mission to make the world a better place began in San Francisco, where he was a social worker responsible for reintegrating prisoners into society. Back in Europe, the technology pioneer and ambitious visionary laid the foundation for cognitive robots to become the revolutionary partner of modern social society. His career as a founder and leader of high-tech companies has proven that respect for existing technological achievements never limits the possibilities of what can be further envisioned and created. With the distinctive attitude of this experienced yet down-to-earth entrepreneur, the founder and CEO of NEURA Robotics has succeeded in developing the first robot with cognitive capabilities in record time. Thanks to artificial intelligence and Neura's proprietary sensor and hardware design, this cognitive robot can work alongside humans with unprecedented safety, speed, and precision. As a result of his success, Reger has been appointed to key thought leadership and advisory positions, including the Senate of German Business and the European Senate of Business and Technology. Grateful for the blessing of this success, he’s tirelessly committed to the development of an ecological and social modern society.


Eric Rice

Eric Rice

Product Market Manager
Festo Corporation

Eric is an experienced industrial automation professional and specialist in motion control technologies including motors, motors, drives and controls. Over the past 20 years he has applied numerous hardware and software solutions to solve complex automation challenges and developed the ability to successfully communicate key concepts to a diverse audience. 


Gregory Robinson

Gregory Robinson

Former Director
NASA, James Webb Space Telescope

A 33-year veteran of NASA, Gregory Robinson is the former director of the $10 billion dollar James Webb Space Telescope (Webb). With 100 times more power than its predecessor, the Hubble Telescope, Webb is considered one of NASA’s greatest achievements of the 21st century. Robinson’s role in not only turning around an over-budget program that was tarnished by a series of setbacks—but actually raising its efficiency rating from 55% to 95%—is attributed to his winning leadership style and willingness to shake up the status quo.

He is credited with radically streamlining communications with multiple stakeholders (including four different committees in Congress, the Office of Management, Budget, aerospace contractors, international space agencies, the White House and more), smoothing political tensions, motivating teams and elevating transparency. He also drew widespread praise for his calm, soft-spoken leadership and communications style, and effective oversight of nearly 20,000 scientists, engineers and support staff in 29 countries and 14 U.S. states. Today, Webb is one million miles from Earth, transmitting never-before-seen images. Over its projected 20-year lifespan, the space observatory is expected to capture galaxies being born and record the very origins of the universe itself, in many ways thanks to Robinson’s quiet, unassuming and highly effective leadership.

In honor of his achievements, Robinson was named to TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2022 and EBONY’s 2022 Power 100 lists, and is a recipient of the TIME100 Impact Award. He was named 2022 Federal Employee of the Year and received the 2022 Distinguished Presidential Rank Award, one of the highest awards bestowed upon career senior executives by the President of the United States of America. His talents were also recognized by Columbia University, which recruited him to the faculty of the School of Professional Studies, where he now lectures on information and knowledge strategy and leading large, complex projects. Prior to overseeing the Webb Space Telescope, Gregory Robinson’s roles at NASA ranged from leading 114 missions for the Science Mission Directorate to being intricately involved with the 21 shuttle launches following the Columbia Shuttle accident.

Robinson joined NASA in 1989, after graduating from HBCU Howard University with a bachelor’s in electrical engineering, joining the slim ranks of Black professionals at the agency. His against-the-odds path to the highest levels of NASA began as the ninth of eleven children born to tobacco sharecroppers in segregated rural Virginia. Although Robinson had a notable talent for math and science, a football scholarship paid his way to Virginia Union University, where studied mathematics before transferring to Howard. Over the course of 33 years at NASA, Robinson’s jobs included Deputy Associate Administrator for Programs, where he was responsible for more than 100 science missions; Deputy Center Director of NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Deputy Chief Engineer, and Deputy Assistant Administrator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National and Environmental Satellite Data and Information Service. He also spent 11 years in various leadership positions at NASA’S Goddard Space Flight Center.

Robinson’s professional accolades include being named 2022 Federal Employee of the Year, the NASA Presidential Meritorious Executive Rank Award (2007), the NASA Presidential Distinguished Executive Rank Award (2013) and 2022 Distinguished Presidential Rank Award. He was also a finalist in ‘Management Excellence” for the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal.

In addition to undergraduate degrees from Howard and Virginia Union, Gregory Robinson holds an M.B.A. from Averett University and was a Senior Executive Fellow at Harvard. He is a past faculty member at the George Washington University, Department of Engineering Management & Systems Engineering.


Bob Rochelle

Bob Rochelle

Account Manager
Güdel

Bob Rochelle earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Engineering from Virginia Tech and his Industrial Automation career spans over 30 years where he has held a variety of engineering, sales and management positions.   He joined the Güdel team in 2016 as the Southeast Region’s Account Manager.     Bob is a veteran speaker for industry groups, teaches engineering at the University and Community College level and is a freelance author for technical journals.   He is a regular contributor to educational committees for Industrial Automation Groups, has served on the RIA Board of Directors and is a past Standards Committee Chair for the 3A Sanitary Standards Institute.    He enjoys sharing his experiences through speaking engagements like this one.


Aaron Royster

Aaron Royster

CoLab (Collaborative Laboratory) Manager - Robot EOAT Application Developme
SCHUNK

Aaron is the manager of the SCHUNK USA CoLab, a center for testing and proving robotic handling and material removal applications for manufacturers seeking to embrace automation. He has 11 years at SCHUNK including experience in operations, customer support and product management. His goal is supporting industry growth by removing barriers to automation through creative application solutions. 


Ted Rozier

Ted Rozier

Director of Digital, Advanced Technology and Robotics
FESTO Didactic

Ted Rozier is the Director Of Digital Advanced Technology  and Robotics for Festo Didactic Solution Center North America headquartered in Mason , Ohio.

Before Joining Festo Didactic, He Brings 18 years of experience in leading the Automation Engineering Department for Doosan Infracore Machine Tool Corporation. He specialized in the design and development of Robotics and Machine tool turnkey systems for the Automotive, Aerospace and Pharmaceutical industry.

Ted has managed the development of several User friendly automation control turnkey systems on a global scale. 

As Director of Digital, Advanced Technology and Robotics  of Festo Didactic, Ted is passionately looking to advance Festo Didactic as a global leader in designing and implementing Industry 4.0  learning factories and training programs with the view to systematically prepare individuals to excel working in dynamic and complex industrial automation environments.


Daniela Rus

Daniela Rus

Professor (Electrical Engineering and Computer Science), Director of CSAIL
MIT

Daniela Rus is the Andrew (1956) and Erna Viterbi Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Director of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) at MIT. Prof. Rus's research interests are in robotics and artificial intelligence. The key focus of her research is to develop the science and engineering of autonomy.

Prof. Rus served as a member of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) and on the Defense Innovation Board. She is a senior visiting fellow at MITRE Corporation. She currently serves as a USA expert for Global Partnerships in AI, on the board of trustees of MBZUAI, and on the board of directors of Mass Robotics. She also served as Deputy Dean of Research in the Schwarzman College of Computing at MIT between 2019-2022.

Prof. Rus is a MacArthur Fellow, a fellow of ACM, IEEE, AAAI and AAAS, a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is the recipient of the Engelberger Award for robotics, the IEEE RAS Pioneer award, IEEE RAS Technical award, Mass TLC Innovation Catalyst Award, and the IJCAI John McCarthy Award. She earned her Ph.D. in Computer Science from Cornell University.


Stephen Se

Stephen Se

Senior Engineering Manager
Teledyne FLIR - Machine Vision

Stephen Se is the Senior Engineering Manager at Teledyne FLIR Machine Vision with over 20 years of experience in computer vision, video/image processing, deep learning, 3D modeling, mobile robotics, airborne surveillance, etc. He completed a B.Eng. degree in Computing at Imperial College London and a Ph.D. degree in Computer Vision and Robotics at University of Oxford.  He then worked as a post-doctoral researcher at University of British Columbia on vision-based mobile robot localization. Subsequently, he led computer vision R&D projects for defense, mining, and terrestrial applications at MDA Corporation.  He is a senior member of IEEE and a professional engineer, with over 40 technical publications.


Stuart Singer

Stuart Singer

CEO
Schneider Optics, Inc.

Stuart Singer is the Chief Executive Officer of Schneider Optics, Inc.

Stuart has over 40 years of optical engineering, optical manufacturing, lens design, and management experience, as well as his technical sales experience in the optical applications for Machine and Robotic Vision, Military Reconnaissance, Space Born Optical Systems, Industrial/Commercial, and Motion Picture/Television Industries.

Stuart had formerly been the Senior Vice President & CTO of Schneider Optics, the U.S. subsidiary of Schneider-Kreuznach of Germany for 7 years, and Technical Director for 17 years. Prior to Schneider, Stuart was the Optical Engineering Manager at Loral Fairchild Systems, formerly known as Fairchild Reconnaissance and Surveillance Systems for 14 years. For the last two years, Stuart served as the Senior Technical Director of Ruda Cardinal, Inc., a leader in design and the building of the most complex and intricate optical designs located in Tucson, Az.

Stuart is a Senior Member of the Optical Engineering Society - SPIE. Over the years, Stuart has published numerous technical papers for Schneider and various other publications and has been a frequent lecturer in the field of optics. Stuart was also one of the recipients of a National Emmy Award in 2012 for my contributions in the development of an IRND Filter for Digital Motion Picture Cameras.


Eugen Solowjow

Eugen Solowjow

Head of Research Group
Siemens

Dr. Eugen Solowjow is Head of Research Group at Siemens’ central R&D division, located in Berkeley, CA, USA. His research interests are in the areas of Machine Autonomy, Robotics, and Artificial Intelligence with applications to factory automation. His mission is to enable cognitive automation with autonomous machines at scale and apply it to use cases that could not be automated so far. Eugen holds a Ph.D. (Dr.-Ing.) from Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH), Germany and was a visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley.


Manuel Sordo

Manuel Sordo

Chief Revenue Officer
Apera AI

Manuel brings more than 25 years of sales and business management experience to Apera AI. He has considerable commercial expertise in the automation and robotics markets. Most recently, Manuel was Universal Robots’ Regional President for Latin America. Manuel holds an MBA from California Intercontinental University.


Denise Stafford

Denise Stafford

Business Development Manager
KUKA Robotics

Denise Stafford is a business development manager for KUKA Robotics, where she works with local sales and account management to provide customers within the North American market with innovative automation solutions utilizing human-robot collaboration and mobile robotics. 

Ms. Stafford has been with KUKA since 2008, supporting the company in a variety of key positions, including head of Service Robotics Research for KUKA Laboratories and as a key account manager. In her current position, she provides invaluable thought leadership for both KUKA and their customers on a wide range of topics, such as Industry 4.0, mobility, and human-robot collaboration.

Before coming to KUKA, Ms. Stafford was the patent coordinator for AKsys GmbH, where she was responsible for the set-up of the company’s patent department, ensuring that their processes and formulas were egally compliant. She also served as patent engineer for REINZ-Dichtungs-GmbH.

Ms. Stafford obtained a Master of Science degree in business administration and economics from the University of Hagen after completing her graduate studies in industrial engineering at the Ulm University of Applied Sciences. 


Liz Stortstrom

Liz Stortstrom

Application Engineer
HP 3D Printing

Liz Stortstrom is a 3D Printing Application Engineer with expertise in using HP's Multi Jet Fusion (MJF) Technology for industrial applications. She has a background in Mechanical Design and joined HP to support the development of the MJF technology. She now utilizes that experience to help people take their businesses to the next level with additive manufacturing. Liz received her BS & MS in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and currently resides in Portland, OR.


Marin Tchakarov

Marin Tchakarov

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Kindred, Part of Ocado Group

In his role as CEO, Marin works with the Kindred team and board of directors to deliver on the promise of industry-progressing artificial intelligence, machine learning, and next-generation robotics systems for supply chain and order fulfillment organizations. A seasoned technology and finance executive of over 25 years, Marin has made valuable contributions to start-up, private and public companies such as KPMG, Oracle, Smart Modular, Second Life, Jawbone and Pebble. 


Henry Toal

Henry Toal

Sales Director
Inxpect

Henry Toal is the current Sales Director at Inxpect. He is a TUV certified Functional Safety Engineer and has been working in the safety industry since 2000.In addition to his current role he has also participated in various standards groups in both USA and Europe. 


Per Treven

Per Treven

Director Business Development, Manufacturing
Ericsson

Per Treven brings over 30 years of experience within telecom. Per's domains of expertise are in charging, O&M, managed services, IoT and private networks solutions. For the last couple of years, he has worked with business development and sales to enable private wireless solutions for mining companies. Per's current focus is on assisting enterprises on utilizing the capabilities of 5G for manufacturing.


Jenny Tuertscher

Jenny Tuertscher

Vice President Technical Safety
Fortress Safety

Education:  Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering – Automation and Mechatronics
Certifications and Designations:  Functional Safety Engineer - TÜV Rheinland, #14247 / 17, Machinery; B11 LMSSTM AA311265118

Jenny designed machinery for use globally for over 20 years, has been a TÜV Rheinland Functional Safety Engineer for 5 years, and has participated on ISO and ANSI B11 machinery standards development committees for 5 years.  While working at Procter & Gamble, Jenny enhanced the training and qualification program internal to the company by creating and providing material on using the machinery safety standards, U.S. and global, to evaluate machine designs for proper risk reduction implementation.  She currently teaches B11 LMSSTM and answers questions relative to machinery safety, LOTO, and AMEC for Fortress customers.


Houssaine Waled

Houssaine Waled

Senior Staff Systems Engineer
KUKA Robotics Corporation

Houssaine Waled is a senior engineer at KUKA Robotics Corporation. He has more than 25 years of experience in the fields of robotics, automation, and motion control. He worked on many highly advanced robotics applications in the aerospace, manufacturing, machining, medical, non-destructive testing, and mobile robotics fields, among others.


Perry C. West

Perry C. West

President
Automated Vision Systems, Inc.

Perry C. West is the president of Automated Vision Systems, Inc., a leading consulting firm in the field of machine vision.  He has over 43 years of experience in machine vision.  This experience includes system design and development, software development of both general purpose and application specific software packages, optical engineering for both lighting and imaging, camera and interface design, education and training, manufacturing management, and engineering management.  He received his BSEE from the University of California at Berkeley, is a past President of the Machine Vision Association of SME, received the MVA/SME Chairman’s Award for 1990, and received the Automated Imaging Association’s annual Achievement Award for 2003.


James Witherspoon

James Witherspoon

Product Manager
Zebra Technologies

Jim is currently a Product Manager with the Machine Vision and Fixed Industrial Scanning group where he is responsible for the Zebra Aurora software and help getting the best solutions to the market. Jim has more than 20 years of experience within the Machine Vision and Fixed Industrial Scanning Industry and has worked in application engineering, sales, and management.  Jim previously worked with many of the world’s top companies to install thousands of machine vision and fixed industrial scanning systems and solutions.