2024 AUTOMATE SPEAKER BIOGRAPHIES

The 2024 Automate speaker list will continue to grow; please check back often for updates.


Sina Afrooze

Sina Afrooze

CEO & Co-Founder
Apera AI

Sina is a technical entrepreneur in artificial intelligence, machine learning and systems engineering, with more than 20 years of experience. He was a founding engineer at Avigilon, an innovator in the surveillance market acquired by Motorola for U.S.$1.2 billion. He was then a major contributor to the SageMaker Reinforcement Learning service used to train AI for robotic simulation at Amazon Web Services (AWS). He holds 10 patents in the fields of AI, digital imaging, image processing, and media streaming. Sina holds a Bachelor of Systems Engineering from Simon Fraser University.

Session(s):

Deploying AI to Retrofit Manual and Vision-Guided Robotic Processes in the Automotive Industry | Monday, May 6, 2024 - 8:00 AM


Gretchen Alper

Gretchen Alper

Business Director
AT - Automation Technology, Inc.

Gretchen Alper is the Business Director for the new North American subsidiary of AT-Automation Technology. With two decades of experience in metrology and vision applications, she brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her role. Her primary responsibilities include promoting AT's innovative products within the North American market and providing support to local customers.

Gretchen is dedicated to collaborating with Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) to enhance their measurement accuracy and throughput. This underscores her commitment to advancing technology and helping businesses achieve greater efficiency and precision in their operations. Her extensive background in metrology and vision applications positions her well to lead AT-Automation Technology's efforts in North America and contribute to the success of the company's customers in the region.

Session(s):

Revolutionizing Industrial Metrology: How Advanced 3D Laser Sensors Are Changing the Game | Wednesday, May 8, 2024 - 8:00 AM


James Anderson

James Anderson

Digital Business Consultant - Vision and Quality Control
SICK

Jim has been working in the automation industry for over 20 years with the last 15 concentrating on machine vision.  He has worked in many different phases of the application cycle.  In the earlier years he worked as an application specialist helping companies use 3d technology to solve some of their more difficult applications.   He then moved into the product manager role and helped bring many imaging based products to the market in both the machine vision and the industrial code reading sections of the business.  Over the last handful of years he has worked on the end-to-end project delivery that many customers are looking for in the imaging segment of automation especially in the area of vision guided robotics, with applications ranging from bin picking to navigation.  Jim has also been an active member of the A3 and has presented information about 3D vision at shows and conferences including the CVP program.  He has also served as a member of the Automate trade show committee since it transitioned from the Robot and Vision show years ago.  Jim also brings a unique perspective to the board as he and the SICK organization are members of all three of original groups of the A3, AIA,RIA and the MCMA.

Session(s):

3D Vision System Development | Tuesday, May 7, 2024 - 8:00 AM


Kence Anderson

Kence Anderson

CEO & Co-Founder
Composabl, Inc.

Kence Anderson teaches Autonomous AI design and consults enterprises on how to build their autonomous systems organizations and practices. He was previously director of Autonomous AI Adoption at Microsoft. Kence has pioneered uses for Autonomous AI in industry and designed over 150 autonomous decision-making AI systems for large enterprises.

Session(s):

Introduction to Industrial AI for Automation | Tuesday, May 7, 2024 - 8:00 AM
Designing Autonomous AI Agents | Wednesday, May 8, 2024 - 8:00 AM


Juan Luis Aparicio Ojea

Juan Luis Aparicio Ojea

CEO
Reshape Automation

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. Juan is the founder and CEO of Reshape Automation, a company that is directly targeting the labor shortage in manufacturing with an innovative approach to design, deploy and support industrial automation and robotics cells. Before that, he was the VP of product at Rapid Robotics, a Robotics as a Service startup where Rapid Machine Operators (RMOs) could be hired by subscription. 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.


David Bader

David Bader

VP of Business Development
Eurotech

Dave Bader is a seasoned professional with over three decades of experience in robotics and automation. As a Vice President of Business Development at Eurotech, he brings a wealth of knowledge and a distinguished career history that spans across leading organizations in the industry. Dave has been instrumental in several automation revolutions, including the evangelism of Artificial Intelligence at the Edge, Industrial IoT, and Autonomous Mobile Robotics for industrial and warehouse applications.

In addition to his numerous leadership roles, Dave has made a significant impact by actively helping customers understand and address ever-evolving cybersecurity risks. With his unique ability to convey highly technical solutions, he bridges the gap between technical and non-technical audiences, ensuring that clients receive comprehensive support and guidance in navigating the complex landscape of cybersecurity. Dave is excited to lend his considerable expertise to inform next-generation technologies and solutions.

Session(s):

Designing for Tomorrow’s Cybersecurity Challenges | Monday, May 6, 2024 - 8:00 AM


Arye Barnehama

Arye Barnehama

CEO
Elementary

Arye Barnehama, a Forbes 30 under 30 honoree from 2020’s manufacturing and industry list, is the CEO of Elementary, which is developing a new generation of quality vision inspection that uses visual AI and machine learning to automate the inspection of products for defects or other problems in manufacturing.

Session(s):

Advances in AI-Powered Machine Vision Inspection | Tuesday, May 7, 2024 - 1:30 PM


Billy Beane
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Billy Beane

Former Executive Vice President of the Oakland Athletics

Billy Beane, now senior adviser to Oakland Athletics owner John Fisher, has molded the team into one of baseball’s most consistent winners since taking over as General Manager following the 1997 season. Eventually rising to the role of Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations, Beane shattered traditional MLB beliefs that high payrolls equated wins by implementing a data-driven methodology that led the Oakland A’s, with one of the lowest payrolls, to 7 AL Western Division titles and 10 playoff appearances. That strategic methodology has come to be known as the “Moneyball” philosophy, named for the best-selling book and Oscar-nominated film chronicling Beane’s journey from General Manager to hero to celebrated management genius. Beane is a four-time Major League Baseball "Executive of the Year" award winner and was named by Forbes as one of the "100 Greatest Living Business Minds."

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Session(s):

Moneyball: Lessons for Life and Business from Baseball’s Best General Manager | Monday, May 6, 2024 - 9:00 AM


Ronnie Belcher

Ronnie Belcher

Product Training Engineer
Yaskawa America

With a degree in Electrical Engineering from ITT Technical Institute, Ronnie Belcher has been with Yaskawa America since 2012. Ronnie started out in the Drives Technical Support Engineer Group at Yaskawqa America. After 5 years he transitioned to the Motion Group Division as a technical support engineer and now works in the Motion Product Training Division as a Trainer. He has worked closely with the other trainers and product engineering groups to update current classes and create new eLearning videos. In his free time, Ronnie enjoys the outdoors on his electric longboard and boating.

Session(s):

Digital Servo Amplifier Basics | Wednesday, May 8, 2024 - 9:00 AM


Matt Berch

Matt Berch

Sr. Account Manager
Gudel Inc.

This presentation will be offered by Sr. Account Manager – Midwest, Matt Berch. Matt has Bachelor of Arts from Michigan State University and Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Wayne State University. He has worked for Gudel since 2013 and previously worked for Stanley Engineered Fastening in weld systems. He has a tremendous amount of experience in the robotics industry and is an expert in linear motion solutions including robot trackmotion, multi-axis gantries and custom design equipment.


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 also an active member of several safety standards committees, including industrial robot standards RIA R15.06 the industrial mobile robot standard RIA R15.08.

Session(s):

Getting Started with Mobile Robotics | Tuesday, May 7, 2024 - 10:15 AM
Introduction to Mobile Robot Risk Assessment | Wednesday, May 8, 2024 - 2:15 PM


Collin Bristow

Collin Bristow

Territory Manager
LMI Technologies

Based in the Greater Toronto Area, Collin Bristow is the Territory Manager for Central and Eastern Canada for LMI Technologies. Collin has more than 10 years of experience providing hardware and software measurement solutions to a wide range of industries. Collin’s specialties include 2D and 3D vision solutions, image processing software and AI and Deep Learning.


Robert Brodecki

Robert Brodecki

Application Portfolio Manager
KUKA Robotics Corp

With more than 6 years' experience in the industry, from small to large automation companies, I have experience with automation applications in industries ranging from food & beverage to metals & machining and many in between.  I've primarily held sales or business development and product management roles, with KUKA and Mitsubishi Electric Automation.  I particularly enjoy working with new technologies and partners to help manufacturers improve their processes and production.

Session(s):

Ecosystems - Unlocking Solutions via Partnerships | Thursday, May 9, 2024 - 10:00 AM


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 Industry & Automotive Segment for a group of engineers that support FANUC Robot integrators and end users with the application of FANUC’s fully integrated intelligent products. These intelligent products make it very easy for FANUC Robots to use machine vision (iRVision) and/or 6-Axis force control as part of any intelligent robotic system. 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).

Session(s):

Advanced Vision Guided Robotics | Wednesday, May 8, 2024 - 8:00 AM


Utku Buyuksahin

Utku Buyuksahin

President & CTO
Sensobright Industries LLC

Prof. Dr. Utku Buyuksahin, who holds over 180 internationally granted patents, is the founder & CTO of Sensobright, a tactile sensing technology company which has engineered the world’s tiniest tactile sensors (over 300 receptors per 1 square centimeter). 

Prof. Dr. Buyuksahin’s innovations at Sensobright (over 140 international granted patents about tactile sensing technologies) provide robots with a sense of touch more powerful than human touch sensing abilities and can greatly enhance robotic manipulation/gripping, safety/surrounding sensing, and multidimensional touch data gathering. Applications include Automotive, MedTech, Robotics, Industrial Automation, and Consumer Electronics. 

As a decorated engineer he owns a B.S. M.Sc. and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering and B.S. in business administration. His expertise is in but is not limited to robotics, sensors, image processing, motion control, and neuromodulation. 

Prof. Dr. Buyuksahin's dedication to making a positive impact on society and his unwavering commitment to advancing technology have earned him respect both professionally and personally. In 2019, he was selected as one of the top 25 scientists across the globe by Falling Walls Foundation, which has the President of Nobel Foundation among its board members. Recently he was selected to the lists of “Most Influential Leaders to Follow in 2023”, “World’s Most Technophile Leaders to Watch in 2023”, “The 10 Smartest Personalities in the Robotics Industry, 2023” and has been honored as the cover face of many prestigious technology and business magazines. 

He also actively engages in music to stimulate his mind and fuel his imagination. He is both a music enthusiast and a skilled musician. He plays over 10 instruments and has been composing/playing/recording/arranging advertisement music for television channels for many years.

Session(s):

Emerging Tactile Sensing Technology Solving the Challenges in Robot & Cobot Safety | Wednesday, May 8, 2024 - 11:15 AM


Brian Casey

Brian Casey

CEO and President
ECM PCB Stator Tech

Mr. Casey is an expert in the energy and technology industry with over 30 years of experience. This includes leading two companies from growth-stage, to scale, to acquisition.    

As the founder and CEO of sustainable energy firm, SourceOne,  Brian was responsible for the overall management and technical efforts of the company. He successfully raised equity investments, targeted and acquired a complementing business from a Fortune 500 company, and developed a uniquely qualified commercial, private utility offering. Under Mr. Casey’s direction, SourceOne created and implemented award winning, sustainable energy projects for its customers and secured multi-million-dollar energy efficiency and infrastructure contracts within the private and public sectors.  

Veolia Environnement S.A. acquired SourceOne in April of 2007. Mr. Casey continued to grow SourceOne over the next several years, realizing double-digit growth in revenue and earnings and delivering significant shareholder value.  

From there, Mr. Casey co-founded SourceGreen, an industrial scale solar energy development company that successfully created 8 MWs of renewable solar energy within the state of Massachusetts. NextSun Energy acquired SourceGreen in 2013. 
 
In his role as President and CEO of ECM PCB Stator Technology, Brian has driven ECM’s development as a global electric motor design and SaaS company. ECM pairs advanced Motor CAD and patented PCB Stator—printed circuit board—technology to create next generation electric motors that are lighter, quieter, and more energy and space efficient across a broad range of use cases.   

Mr. Casey has led the adoption of ECM’s technology by multiple partners across a broad range of verticals: HVAC, Consumer Electronics, E-Mobility, Fitness, Medical, Robotics, Renewable Energy, Aerospace, Defense, and more. 
 
Brian served on the board of Hubbell Power Systems acquired Cantega Technologies—an industry-leading software platform for the manufacture of dielectric polymer products that serve the electric utility industry.  

Mr. Casey holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering with a concentration in Power Systems & Delivery from Northeastern University.

Session(s):

How Electric Motor Design Innovation Will Advance Automation | Wednesday, May 8, 2024 - 10:15 AM


Rebecca Charboneau

Rebecca Charboneau

Optical Engineer
Edmund Optics

Rebecca Charboneau joined Edmund Optics in 2021 and is part of the Engineering Leadership Program. Currently, she works with the Imaging Business Unit and is focused on developing a strategy for Edmund Optics’ microscopy portfolio. Rebecca holds an MS and BS in Biomedical Engineering from Rowan University.

Session(s):

Discovering the Key Factors in Microscope Objective Performance | Monday, May 6, 2024 - 10:15 AM


Romik Chatterjee

Romik Chatterjee

VP Business Development
Graftek Imaging

Romik Chatterjee has a Ph.D. from the University of Texas in Electrical Engineering. He has been involved in the development of new scientific imaging methods and technologies for over two decades. His research started with the visualization of density fluctuations that occur in magnetically confined fusion plasmas with an infrared laser based imaging system. He has experience developing imaging systems using microwaves, visible and infrared light, and x-rays. As the Vice President of Business Development at Graftek Imaging for the last 13 years, he has led a team of engineers in development of custom machine vision systems for Fortune 50 companies that have been deployed worldwide. Graftek has specialized in color measurements, metrology and automated inspection systems for semiconductor, electronic manufacturing and food industries.

Session(s):

Advanced Color Machine Vision & Applications | Wednesday, May 8, 2024 - 2:00 PM


Michael Clark

Michael Clark

Director OPC Foundation North America
OPC Foundation

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 & waste water treatment, power generation, and nuclear remediation. 

You can reach Mike at: [email protected]

Session(s):

OPC UA - Secure Interoperability from Sensor to Cloud | Wednesday, May 8, 2024 - 8:00 AM


Robb Colbrunn

Robb Colbrunn

Director, BioRobotics Lab, Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland Clinic

Robb received a B.S.M.E. in 1996 from Grove City College, a M.S.M.E. in 2000 from Case Western Reserve University, and a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering in 2013 from Cleveland State University. Along the way he worked in both academia and industry developing test systems for the automotive industry, creating control systems for unique robotic actuators, performing system integration of International Space Station experiments for NASA, and designing & manufacturing novel medical devices. He was recruited by the Cleveland Clinic in 2005 to launch the BioRobotics Core. His area of research interest lies where medicine and robotics intersect; both currently and in the future. Much of the research he has done is in the realm of orthopaedic biomechanics using robotic testing methodologies, but is not limited to a single joint or anatomical region. This technology is now being applied in manufacturing settings as well. This broad perspective has given him a unique view and cross-disciplinary knowledge in the field. Robotics are becoming more and more common in today’s world and the potential applications are limitless. He is motivated by having the ability to harness those technologies and apply them in ways to ultimately help patients and workers.

Session(s):

Where Robotics and Medicine Intersect | Monday, May 6, 2024 - 10:15 AM


Adam Crandall

Adam Crandall

Chief Revenue Officer
Addtronics

Adam Crandall has a successful track record building high-performing teams and leading new commercial initiatives. In his role at Addtronics, he will continue to build and lead sales, marketing, and applications teams, while also driving revenue growth. Previously, Mr. Crandall served in various senior leadership positions at VWR International (now Avantor), Refraction Technologies Corporation, Micro Instrument Corporation, and Dynamic Design Solutions. He has also led all areas of new business development, including monitoring market trends, acquiring new customers, and implementing robust sales and marketing strategies. As a former member of the World Leaders Group and current member of Vistage Worldwide, Mr. Crandall is dedicated to refining his craft in order to further empower his team and find new ways to give back to others around him. With 6 years in the automation space and more within manufacturing, Mr. Crandall has a vast knowledge and extreme passion for innovation in the manufacturing industry.

Session(s):

An Introduction to Automation: Working with Systems Integrators | Monday, May 6, 2024 - 3:30 PM


Ken Crawford

Ken Crawford

Sr. Director Automation
Weidmuller

With 25+ years of experience working in the automation industry, Kenneth Crawford has quickly become a leader in the field of Industrial Automation Intelligence.? Ken graduated with a BSEE from Old Dominion University and an MBA from The University of Richmond. Ken led many IoT and Automation teams at General Electric before becoming the Dir. of Automation at Weidmuller USA, where he currently leads the Automation business.? He is charged with growing the automation business through IIoT offerings and services, as well as assessing and meeting customer needs across a variety of industries for solutions leading to smarter manufacturing aal the way to AI-enabled solutions. An experienced and accomplished Engineer, Ken has over 150 design wins, 7+ patents, and multiple awards.??

Session(s):

How to Simplify Your Industrial IoT Through an Open Ecosystem | Thursday, May 9, 2024 - 8:00 AM


Justin Crump

Justin Crump

Application Engineer, Large Accounts
Universal Robots

Justin Crump is a 14-year veteran of turnkey automation, having worked for a robot manufacturer, system integrator and vacuum end-effector producers. For the past 5 years with Universal Robots, Justin held various roles including application engineer and currently a Senior Application Engineer, Large Accounts. In his roles, he supports distributors, integrators and end-users find success with cobot deployments. He is based in North Carolina and supports the East Region.


Drew Cunningham

Drew Cunningham

Business Development Manager
AutoStore

Drew Cunningham has advised clients at every organizational level across the full gamut of industries. He brings a decade of experience specifying and deploying technology into manufacturing facilities and warehouses. After graduating with a Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Texas, he began his career designing pipelines and O&G facilities before finding his calling in industrial automation.

He currently leads AutoStore’s Industrial Division in North America, its largest vertical worldwide. AutoStore systems are installed at over 1,200 sites globally. Drew’s primary aim is to be a resource for leaders who want to explore automation to maximize space and labor utilization.

Session(s):

Simplicity and Innovation: Designing Small Automated Systems | Monday, May 6, 2024 - 1:30 PM


Beatrice Danese

Beatrice Danese

Product Manager
Opto Engineering

Beatrice Danese is a product manager at Opto Engineering® Headquarters.

She graduated in linguistic mediation with a major in marketing, public relations and advertising in 2019 and in international communication for enterprises and organizations in 2021, while already interning at Opto Engineering.

Since 2022, she has started giving speeches at international events in the field of machine vision.

Session(s):

Special Lenses for Top and Side Inspection with Just One Camera: Advantages vs. Multi-camera Systems and Latest Innovations | Wednesday, May 8, 2024 - 4:15 PM


Eric Danziger

Eric Danziger

CEO & Co-Founder
Invisible AI

Eric Danziger is the CEO and Co-Founder of Invisible AI. After serving in the US Army for nearly a decade, Eric studied computer vision at the Robotics Institute of Carnegie Mellon University. He then moved to Silicon Valley and worked at several startups before joining the self-driving race at Luminar Technologies. As the Director of Software Engineering, he led a team of over 30 engineers working on some of the hardest problems in autonomous driving. In 2018, he founded Invisible AI to bring state-of-the-art technology from self-driving to industrial applications, blending his military experience and technical knowledge to help companies streamline operations.

Session(s):

Demystifying AI: Tangible Solutions for Today's Manufacturing Challenges | Monday, May 6, 2024 - 1:30 PM


Georgy Das

Georgy Das

Director of Systems & 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.

Session(s):

Protect and Enhance Your Imaging System with Optical Filters | Tuesday, May 7, 2024 - 3:30 PM


David Dechow

David Dechow

Owner
Machine Vision Source

David L. Dechow is an engineer, programmer, and entrepreneur specializing in the integration of machine vision, robotics, and other automation technologies. Over a long career in the industry, he has served various companies including Landing AI, Integro Technologies, and Fanuc America. Most notably he was founder, owner, and principal engineer for two systems integration firms delivering successful machine vision and robotic solutions for over 25 years. Currently Mr. Dechow provides technology consulting and integration services through his company Machine Vision Source, LLC and also works as consulting Director at TechB2B supplying training and technology services to their clients.

Mr. Dechow is a recipient of the A3 Automated Imaging Achievement Award honoring industry leaders for outstanding career contributions in industrial and/or scientific imaging. He is a member of the Association for Advancing Automation (A3) Imaging Technology Strategy Board, and is a contributing editor with Vision Systems Design magazine.

As a key educator within the machine vision industry, Mr. Dechow has participated in the training of hundreds of engineers as an instructor with the A3 Certified Vision Professional program. He also is well known for his frequent informative technical articles, papers, webinars, and conference sessions and classes covering a wide range of technical topics involving machine vision and enabling technologies in industrial automation.

Session(s):

The Fundamentals of Machine Vision | Monday, May 6, 2024 - 8:00 AM
Vision System Design | Wednesday, May 8, 2024 - 10:30 AM
Advanced Vision System Integration | Friday, May 10, 2024 - 8:00 AM


Dale Deering

Dale Deering

Senior Director, Business Development
Teledyne

Dale Deering is the Senior Director for Business Development at Teledyne Imaging, 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.

In this course you learn about Line-scan imaging, and how using a scanning technique can be beneficial for efficient image capture of moving objects. While line-scan imaging enables some of the simplest applications, it also facilitates the highest resolution, highest performance applications on the planet (or off planet) due to its ability to rapidly capture image data and stream it for sequential processing. Topics cover components for line-scan image acquisition, when to use line-scan, factors that impact image capture, how to achieve optimum results, and trends in the industry. When you complete this course, you will be able to recognize candidate applications for line-scan imaging and understand how to develop and implement line-scan solutions.

Session(s):

Designing Linescan Vision Systems | Tuesday, May 7, 2024 - 1:30 PM


Michael DeGrace

Michael DeGrace

UR+ Ecosystem Manager
Universal Robots

Michael DeGrace graduated from the Colorado School of Mines with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical and Biological Engineering and is an experienced sales engineer with proficiency in manufacturing, components, and collaborative robots. Michael started at Universal Robots as a Channel Development Manager in 2018 and is now a Universal Robots Plus Ecosystem Manager.

Session(s):

Emerging Trends in Collaborative Automation | Monday, May 6, 2024 - 8:00 AM


Paul DeWys

Paul DeWys

Sales Engineer
Forerunner 3D Printing

I am a sales guy trapped in the body of an engineer who ended up in marketing, hence, my role as a Sales Engineer! I love to work with companies and customers to help educate them about what is possible when you combine 3D laser scanning to capture a part, mechanical engineering expertise to modify it as needed, and a wide variety of additive manufacturing equipment to help either prototype it or in some cases produce end use parts.

Session(s):

Design For Additive Manufacturing: By A Machine Designer For Machine Builders | Monday, May 6, 2024 - 10:15 AM


Ross Diankov

Ross Diankov

CEO
Mujin

Ross studied computer science and artificial intelligence in high school, and acquired his PhD with the thesis “Automated Construction of Robotic Manipulation Programs” from the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. After graduation, he co-founded Mujin in Japan in 2011.

Session(s):

No-Code Robot Programing for End Users: Simplifying Automation | Tuesday, May 7, 2024 - 11:15 AM


Boris Duché

Boris Duché

Product Manager
IDS Imaging Development Systems GmbH

Boris Duché holds a position of Product Manager at IDS Imaging Development Systems GmbH. He is an experimented sales oriented engineer with deep knowledge in camera technologies including 3D sensors.

Session(s):

Which 3D Imaging Technique Is Right for You? | Monday, May 6, 2024 - 1:30 PM


Heiko Eisele

Heiko Eisele

President
MVTec USA

Heiko Eisele is the President of MVTec's subsidiary in the USA and responsible for sales, technical support, managing the North American network of distributors and integration partners as well as general business development.  Heiko joined MVTec in 2003 as an Application Engineer. He provided technical support to MVTec's worldwide distribution network, conducted product trainings for customers and distributors and implemented solutions for customers based on MVTec's HALCON software.  Bevor joining MVTec Heiko was a PhD student at Robert Bosch GmbH. There he developed software algorithms and applications for the automated analysis of X-Ray CT images. Heiko received his PhD from the University of Heidelberg in 2002.  Heiko has more than 20 years of experience in the machine vision industry.

Session(s):

Image Processing Fundamentals | Wednesday, May 8, 2024 - 8:00 AM


Martin H. Ettenberg

Martin H. Ettenberg

CEO/President
Princeton Infrared Technologies, Inc.

Dr. Ettenberg is currently the CEO, board member, and founder of Princeton Infrared Technologies, Inc., a company dedicated to commercialization of NIR/SWIR detection technologies. They have been in business for 10 years and have several award-winning products. He had been developing InGaAs detectors for over 25 years starting at Sensors Unlimited Inc./Goodrich Corporation. He led the development of the first night-vision-capable InGaAs camera, which was later commercialized as the SU320MX. In addition to fabricating larger focal plane arrays and more sensitive cameras he was instrumental in developing smaller cameras for robotics and unmanned aerial vehicles. His DARPA worked lead to his nomination in 2005 for the DARPA Significant Achievement Award. Dr. Martin H. 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.

Session(s):

The Importance of Signal to Noise in SWIR Imaging: Why Is My SWIR Image Black? | Tuesday, May 7, 2024 - 1:30 PM
Non-Visible Imaging: Infrared Technology and Applications | Wednesday, May 8, 2024 - 10:30 AM


Neil Farrow

Neil Farrow

Machine Vision Applications Engineer
Datasensing

Neil Farrow has over 8 years of machine vision experience. Previously he was involved in the design, startup and improvement of control systems for many years. Roles include consulting, systems integration, and process improvement. He is a Certified Vision Professional and licensed professional engineer. The most important and fun aspect of his current role as Applications Engineer at Datasensing, a division of Datalogic, is training of Machine Vision fundamentals.

Session(s):

Beginning Lighting for Machine Vision | Tuesday, May 7, 2024 - 8:00 AM


Philip Freidin

Philip Freidin

Applications Engineer
IDS Imaging Development Systems

Philip Freidin is an Applications Engineer at IDS Imaging Development Systems Inc. He currently supports customers that are developing machine vision solutions with IDS 2D, Ensenso 3D, and NXT embedded cameras. Throughout his 5 years at the company, Philip has helped integrate IDS cameras into applications such as bin picking, palletizing/depalletizing, logistics automation, quality assurance, and sports engineering. He holds a B.S. in aerospace engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Session(s):

The Fundamentals of Camera & Image Sensor Technology | Tuesday, May 7, 2024 - 2:00 PM


Jeff Fryman

Jeff Fryman

Principal Consultant
Association for Advancing Automation

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.

Session(s):

Introduction to Robot Risk Assessment | Tuesday, May 7, 2024 - 1:30 PM


Colm Gavin

Colm Gavin

Portfolio Development Manager
Siemens DI SW

Colm Gavin is Portfolio Development Manager for Siemens Digital Industries Software. With over 22 years at Siemens, he applies his experience in discrete manufacturing to help companies take advantage of new innovations with Industry 4.0.

Session(s):

Simulation and Virtual Commissioning for Discrete Production Systems | Monday, May 6, 2024 - 11:15 AM


Simone Gianotti

Simone Gianotti

Application Engineer Manager
Elmo Motion Control Inc.

Simone Gianotti is an Application Engineer Manager at Elmo Motion Control. Before joining Elmo, he held numerous positions at Schneider Electric over an eleven-year period, mostly dealing with motion and safety. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Politecnico di Milano and received certification as a Functional Safety Specialist from TUV Nord Akademie in 2011.

Session(s):

Functional Safety | Wednesday, May 8, 2024 - 4:15 PM


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.

Session(s):

Modern Backup Strategies to Minimize Risk and Maximize Efficiency | Monday, May 6, 2024 - 3:30 PM


Ed Goffin

Ed Goffin

Vice President, Product Marketing
Pleora Technologies

Ed joined Pleora in 2013 and is responsible for overseeing product and marketing strategies for our video connectivity portfolio and expansion into AI for manufacturing to ensure the company delivers the best solutions to our customers. Over his 25-year career, he has held media relations, marketing, and investor relations roles in the telecom and machine vision industries and has been widely featured as an event speaker and author on topics ranging from packet switching and network timing to real-time vision and AI solutions for automation and manufacturing.

Session(s):

Advances in AI-Powered Machine Vision Inspection | Tuesday, May 7, 2024 - 1:30 PM


Evan Gonnerman

Evan Gonnerman

Product Portfolio Manager
Concept Systems, Inc.

Evan Gonnerman is a robotics veteran devoted to pushing the boundaries of integrated technology in the advanced manufacturing space. With an academic background in mechanical engineering paired with 6+ years of industry experience in programming and commissioning high-speed, cutting-edge robotic solutions, Evan understands common pain points with full-solution robotics for manufacturers. During his career, Evan has acted at every level of solution development and deployment. 

As an applications engineer, he worked hand-in-hand with customers to bring their highly personalized robotic systems to life. 

As a lead mechanical and controls engineer, he designed high-speed, dynamic turnkey robotic work cells using Nachi, KUKA, FANUC, and custom servo-driven robots from the ground. 

In his current role as the Product Portfolio Manager at Concept Systems, Evan oversees a development team of software engineers, mechanical and electrical designers, and automation enthusiasts. With a suite of automation solutions ranging from off-the-shelf robotic paint systems to high-precision 6-degree of freedom advanced collision avoidance software, Evan’s product team is always pushing the bounds of the technological landscape is capable of.

Outside of work, Evan is married to his wife Hailey, is the father to his 2-year-old daughter Luna, and thrives in the Pacific Northwest camping, hiking, skiing, and generally adventuring.

Session(s):

Exploring Modularity in Robotics Work Cell Design | Thursday, May 9, 2024 - 8:00 AM


Satyandra K. Gupta

Satyandra K. Gupta

Co-Founder & Chief Scientist
GrayMatter 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 serves as 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).

Session(s):

Leveraging AI to Deliver Human-Centered Automation | Wednesday, May 8, 2024 - 10:15 AM


Michael Haas

Michael Haas

Vice President
FerRobotics

Michael Haas has a sophisticated technical background in mechanical engineering completed with international sales skills. He is leading North American operations as VP of FerRobotics INC. With his extraordinary expertise, he is a regular speaker at events and supports the FerRobotics customer network in the automotive, aerospace, and general industries.


Blake Hall

Blake Hall

Systems Engineering Project Manager
SCHUNK

Blake has supported the automation industry for over five years as an applications engineer focused on concepting and specifying automation equipment. Today, Blake is a project manager in a systems engineering group pairing standard automation equipment with custom solutions to solve challenging automation applications with advanced end effectors.

Session(s):

Robotic End Effector Technologies Adapted for Special Applications | Wednesday, May 8, 2024 - 3:15 PM


Jean-Pierre Hathout

Jean-Pierre Hathout

President Mobile Industrial Robots
Mobile Industrial Robots

Jean-Pierre Hathout is a highly experienced professional with a strong track record in the industrial space. He has spent over two decades working in various technical and managerial leadership roles globally.  

Jean-Pierre comes from a role as president of SIT Controls USA. Prior to this, he built a 17-year career at Bosch, including several international management roles. Jean-Pierre earned a Sc.D. in mechanical engineering from MIT and he brings deep technological expertise and global leadership skills including management of operations in the US, Germany, the Netherlands, Turkey and China.? He has successfully managed the integration of multiple companies acquired by Bosch.

Session(s):

Automating Warehousing and Logistics | Monday, May 6, 2024 - 1:30 PM


Will Healy III

Will Healy III

Global Industry Segment Leader, Welding
Universal Robots

Will Healy III is enthusiastic about manufacturing, technology and workforce development. A Purdue University mechanical engineer who loves to share his passion for automation, Will is a leader at Universal Robots and with the Advanced Manufacturing Industry Partnership (AMIP) in Cincinnati. He speaks from personal experience about people-centric technology investments, managing culture change in organizations, bridging the manufacturing skills gap and creating value through automation. Will has more than 18 years of experience in a variety of industries including automotive, welding, and food & beverage.

Session(s):

Advances in Cobot Welding: Your New Welding Journey | Wednesday, May 8, 2024 - 4:15 PM


Eric Hershberger

Eric Hershberger

Principal Application Engineer
Cognex

Eric Hershberger is a Principal Applications Engineer at Cognex with over 23 years of experience in machine vision integration and applications. He possesses expertise in programming robots, PLCs, and cameras. Eric is well-versed in various tips and tricks to streamline the resolution of challenging vision projects that often lack straightforward solutions. He dedicates significant effort to simplifying solutions for enhanced application support, and he thrives on tackling tough problems that challenge his analytical skills and critical thinking.

Session(s):

Machine Vision Made Simple | Tuesday, May 7, 2024 - 10:15 AM
Advances in AI-Powered Machine Vision Inspection | Tuesday, May 7, 2024 - 1:30 PM


Christopher Hoemeke

Christopher Hoemeke

Global Account Manager
Rockwell Automation, Inc.

Over 30 years of automation experience in more than 30 countries. I am now focused on IIOT and private networks

Session(s):

Eliminating Drift and Hallucinations in Generative AI with RAG AI | Tuesday, May 7, 2024 - 8:00 AM


Mark Holcomb

Mark Holcomb

Director of Product Management and Application Engineering
Genesis Motion Solutions

Mark Holcomb is the Director of Product Management and Application Engineering for Genesis Motion Solutions. He studied at the University of Buffalo (MS 1994) and began his professional career at CSA Engineering (now Moog) in Palo Alto, California. In 1997 Mark started his own consulting company, focusing his work at KLA, a leading semiconductor equipment manufacture. While at KLA, Mark conducted model testing and servo loop modelling, tuning, and testing. Joining Celera Motion in 2015, his early work focused on writing software for motor analysis and automated testing of motors and mechatronics products. In 2018 he became Applications Engineering manager, helping customers solve their motion control needs. In September of 2022, Mark joined Genesis Motion Solutions where he is supporting a team of product managers and applications engineers, setting product roadmaps and helping customers and sales with pre and post sales technical support.

Session(s):

Introduction to Magnetism and Motor Basics | Tuesday, May 7, 2024 - 2:00 PM


Ben Hope

Ben Hope

Director of Product Commercialization
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.

Session(s):

Selecting the Right Conveyance for Your Application – A Smart Conveyance Case Study | Wednesday, May 8, 2024 - 11:15 AM


Misa Ilkhechi

Misa Ilkhechi

Co-Founder VP of Sales
Formic

Misa Ilkhechi co-founded Formic to simplify automation for manufacturers. As a childhood tinkerer turned engineer, he saw factories' hurdles in embracing automation. Formic’s solution? A pay-as-you-go model that ensures systems work without burdening manufacturers with risks or high costs. Misa's vision for Formic: leading the automation shift in two years and dominating the industry in a decade. The mission: make automation accessible and affordable.

Session(s):

How to Calculate ROI of Automation when the Investment is Zero with Robots-as-a-Service | Tuesday, May 7, 2024 - 2:30 PM


Rajesh Iyengar

Rajesh Iyengar

Co-Founder and CEO
Lincode Labs Inc.

Rajesh Iyengar boasts a track record of over two decades in the ever-evolving technology industry. With a strong background in AI, machine learning, and robotics solutions, he has been a driving force in the field. Rajesh has held pivotal positions as the Chief Technology Officer at Si3D Systems Pvt. Ltd. and PurpleData and has achieved two successful exits in Silicon Valley, showcasing both his entrepreneurial and technical prowess. Furthermore, he generously shares his expertise as an advisor to Rover Robotics and Lavorro while diligently overseeing the operations of Lincode as the Co-Founder and CEO. .

Session(s):

Advances in AI-Powered Machine Vision Inspection | Tuesday, May 7, 2024 - 1:30 PM


Frank Jakubec

Frank Jakubec

Product Marketing Manager
Balluff Inc.

Frank Jakubec is a product marketing manager at Balluff Americas, where he leads the growth of the machine vision portfolio in the region. He has over 10 years of experience in B2B product and solution selling, with a focus on automation and machine vision technology. He holds a master's degree in business and commercial engineering from the Czech Technical University in Prague.

He collaborates closely with sales engineers to support their efforts and help drive business success. He oversees the release of new products, product introductions, and deal closures, as well as discounts and margins to ensure profitability. He has a proven track record of achieving double-digit growth for the machine vision market in the Americas. He is passionate about ensuring customer success and working on challenging and complex projects across various industries. He is an expert in customer relationship management, business relationship building, and presentations. He has also received multiple awards and certifications for his outstanding performance and skills.

Session(s):

Industrial Cameras: Beyond the Limits of Smart Cameras | Thursday, May 9, 2024 - 8:00 AM


Michael Jensen

Michael Jensen

Product Manager - Industrial Machinery & Automation
UL Solutions

Michael is an industrial segment product lead in UL Solution’s Energy & Industrial Automation division. Michael focuses on advanced manufacturing for industrial market segments globally including robotics, additive manufacturing, machinery and control panels.

Michael is identifying business opportunities, creating and optimizing service offerings, and building capabilities within UL Solutions for industrial manufacturers and suppliers with advisory, digital, testing and compliance safety solutions. Industrial applications of focus include autonomous mobile robots, 3D printers, digital certification data, and advanced manufacturing innovation.

Prior to developing a focus on industrial product safety, Michael worked in product marketing for IoT and IIoT cybersecurity. Before joining UL Solutions, Michael worked as a marketing consultant for industry-leading 3D printing technology companies.

Session(s):

Leveraging UL Robotics Standards Testing to Meet Your Verification & Validation | Monday, May 6, 2024 - 10:15 AM


Wen Jiang

Wen Jiang

Boeing Designated Expert(BDE) in Factory Automation
Boeing Commercial Airplanes

Factory automation in Final Assembly and Delivery (FAD), Fabrication Hard Metals and Composite, Manufacturing Process.
 
Has extensive experience and knowledge of hardware, software, system integration in programmable logic controller (PLC), computer numerical control (CNC), Motion Servo Control, Robot, Enterprise-Control System Integration (ISA95), through control design with Siemens, Fanuc and Allen Bradley (AB), Ladder logic, Micro code, Assembly language, NC program, Human Machine Interface (HMI), Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA), C++, and Visual Basic.

Session(s):

Digital Thread and Digital Twins Used to Control and Monitor Real-Time Manufacturing Process at Boeing | Tuesday, May 7, 2024 - 2:30 PM


Kevin Jones

Kevin Jones

VP of Sales
OnLogic

In leading the sales team at OnLogic, Kevin has had the privilege of working side-by-side with customers across a wide range of verticals who are looking to solve today's technology challenges. From Machine Vision and AI, to factory automation and SCADA deployments, the OnLogic team provides the hardware necessary for projects in nearly any environment. In combination with OnLogic's software and ecosystem partners, the team consults with customers across the world and bring the insight and experience necessary to tackle even the most ambitious programs.

Session(s):

Leveraging AI in Manufacturing and Logistics | Monday, May 6, 2024 - 2:30 PM


Matthew Jones

Matthew Jones

VP of US Sales and Operations
Micropsi Industries USA, Inc.

Matt Jones has been working in the automation world for the last 10 years, with his most recent 3 being at Micropsi Industries. Matt was the first US-based employee for Micropsi, which was founded in Berlin, Germany. Matt has helped build out the US team to 10+ people to help support the roll out of Micropsi's product, Mirai. Mirai is an AI system for controlling industrial robots. It enables automation where automation was previously not viable, making factories more productive, workspaces more ergonomic, and businesses more resilient.

Session(s):

AI/Machine Learning Applications in Robotics | Thursday, May 9, 2024 - 10:00 AM


Will Keller

Will Keller

Senior Manufacturing Engineer
General Motors

Will has spent almost 30 years working in manufacturing with a Focus on automation.

Will holds an MBA from NYIT, an MS in Manufacturing Systems Engineering from Stanford and a BS in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Minnesota.

Session(s):

Robotic Bin Picking Solutions in Automotive | Monday, May 6, 2024 - 10:15 AM


Steven King

Steven King

Product Manager
Omron

Steven King has been in the automation field for 35 years, working both as a developer and as a solutions engineer in the fields of mobile robots, machine vision and code reading. For the past seven years he has put that technical and field training into practice as a product manager for Omron Microscan’s lineup of Smart Cameras, Code Readers and Machine Vision Lighting with the goal of creating innovative, capable and simple to use products.

Session(s):

Advanced Vision Lighting | Monday, May 6, 2024 - 12:30 PM


Steve Kinney

Steve Kinney

Director of Training
Smart Vision Lights

teve Kinney is a machine vision expert 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.

Steve has additionally been an active A3 member and a current member of the A3 Board of Directors as Vice Chair of the Vision & Imaging Technology Strategy Board. He has been a past chairman of the AIA’s Camera Link Committee, beginning with its inception in 1999. As chair of one of the major standards committees, he has also been a participant the G3’s Future Standards Forum.

Steve has also been a major material contributor and instructor for the A3 Certified Vision Professional (CVP) program in both the Basic and Advanced CVP Camera + Image Sensor Technology courses. Steve currently is the Director of Training, Compliance and Technical Solutions for Smart Vision Lights in Muskegon, MI.

Session(s):

Advanced Camera & Image Sensor Technology | Monday, May 6, 2024 - 3:00 PM


Michael Kleiner

Michael Kleiner

VP Edge AI Solutions
OnLogic

Dr. Michael Kleiner is the VP of Edge AI Solutions at OnLogic (www.onlogic.com). His mission is to bring OnLogic's history of providing innovative industrial computing hardware to the world of edge solutions and AI consulting, helping to best serve the company's growing list of customers who are deploying AI at the edge.

Michael joined OnLogic in 2015 to lead the company's Engineering and Product Management teams. Prior to joining Onlogic, Michael worked for over a decade in the DRAM industry, starting out as a circuit design Engineer and later building and leading development teams at locations in the US, Germany, and China. Michael loves technology and is passionate about growing teams and building businesses.

Session(s):

Leveraging AI in Manufacturing and Logistics | Monday, May 6, 2024 - 2:30 PM


Tom Knauer

Tom Knauer

Global Strategy Manager - Robotics & Automation
Balluff GmbH

Tom Knauer has more than 30 years’ experience in the industrial automation industry, with firms including GE Fanuc, Parker Hannifin, Omron STI and Balluff. He focuses on strategy, 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. Tom leads Balluff’s activities to evaluate and understand changes in robot and factory automation technologies and the marketplace, and helps direct Balluff’s strategy and technology development path based on this information.

Session(s):

Improve Uptime and Save Money – Getting Started with Condition Monitoring | Tuesday, May 7, 2024 - 11:15 AM


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.

Session(s):

Mechanical Motion Control Components and Subsystems | Tuesday, May 7, 2024 - 10:00 AM
Understanding Inertia and Reflected Inertia | Tuesday, May 7, 2024 - 11:00 AM


Chris Knorr

Chris Knorr

Vice President, Business Development North America
Eclipse Automation, Part of Accenture

With over 30 years in various progressive rolls with some of the world leading companies in the automation industry, Chris leads the Business Development team and strategy for Eclipse Automation, part of Accenture, in North America. 

Over the years, Chris has assisted countless companies in the transportation, life science and consumer product industries in developing their automation strategy and optimizing their manufacturing operations through automation.

Through working with a broad range of clients bringing new products to market, Chris has gained extensive experience in what strategies lead to a successful manufacturing automation program launch and has a passion for sharing these best practices through thought leadership opportunities.

Session(s):

Automated Manufacturing Scale Up: Planning for Success | Tuesday, May 7, 2024 - 10:15 AM


Thomas Kuckhoff

Thomas Kuckhoff

Product Manager – Controllers and Industrial PC’s
Omron Automation America

Thomas Kuckhoff is the product manager for NX and NJ controllers, NY industrial PCs, as well as the Sysmac Studio software for Omron Automation in the Americas, where he champions the power of Sysmac solutions. Thomas has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a master’s degree in business from Clemson University. A licensed engineer in the State of South Carolina and author of thirteen patents, he has been named Greenville’s Best and Brightest as well as receiving Clemson’s Roaring 10 Alumni award.

Session(s):

All-In-One: Accelerating Robotic Success Through Holistic Factory Control | Thursday, May 9, 2024 - 8:00 AM


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 founding Vention in 2016, Etienne 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.

Session(s):

The Rise of the Advanced Manufacturing Team and DIY Industrial Automation | Monday, May 6, 2024 - 2:30 PM


Daniel Lau

Daniel Lau

Professor
University of Kentucky

Daniel L. Lau (Senior Member, IEEE) received the B.Sc. degree (with highest distinction) in electrical engineering from Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA, and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Delaware, Newark, DE, USA, in 1995 and 1999, respectively. He is currently a Professor and the Director of graduate studies for electrical and computer engineering with the University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, USA. His research interests include image and signal processing, 3D imaging, and machine vision. His work has also been featured in trade magazines such as Imaging Insight, Prosilica Camera News, and Inspect Magazine.

Session(s):

Using AI for Semantic Segmentation of Livestock in Time-of-Flight Depth Video | Tuesday, May 7, 2024 - 1:30 PM


Chan Lee

Chan Lee

CEO
Floatic

Chan Lee is CEO and co-founder of Floatic, a company that provides robotics solution for e-commerce warehouse automation. Chan graduated from KAIST with a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, where he focused on gaining extensive knowledge and study on the robotic industry.  He also brings a wealth of practical experience in the field of robotics and business with his past experience in Kakao Ventures’ investment team, robot engineer for Delivery Hero’s Robot Business Unit and Naver Labs’ Robotics Team.  His deep passion for driving innovation and growth in the robotics and automation industry  has been recognized by multiple stakeholders including Forbes, listing Chan as one of the ‘30 Under 30’ in Korea.

Session(s):

Real-World Use Cases: Step into the South Korean E-Commerce Warehouse Industry and Discover How to Deliver A Successful Automation Experience to the Users | Wednesday, May 8, 2024 - 4:15 PM


Bernhard Lichtenauer

Bernhard Lichtenauer

Head of Marketing and Product Management Automation Technology II
Dr. Johannes Heidenhain GmbH

At HEIDENHAIN he is responsible for product management for inductive encoders. Through his continuously innovative mindset, he motivates teams within the company to think outside the box. His focus is on motor feedback applications in general automation and robotics.

Session(s):

Enabling A New Era of Motor Design | Wednesday, May 8, 2024 - 3:15 PM


Andrew Long

Andrew Long

CEO
Cyth Systems

Andy Long founded Cyth Systems in 1999 after working for several years on test engineering projects large and small. His earliest experience was for the British Aerospace Military in roles of Flight Test, Information Services, and Marketing. He later developed test systems for aerospace, automotive, and biotech applications. Cyth Systems grew rapidly and began developing the procedures, skills, and experience to help customers around the world develop successful Machine Vision applications. Now, thanks to Cyth's AI-based Machine Vision software NeuralVision, clients for the first time ever have total control of their machine vision systems performance without being dependent on an external vision expert and without any prior programming experience.

Session(s):

Introduction to Machine Learning | Tuesday, May 7, 2024 - 10:30 AM


Scott Marsic

Scott Marsic

Group Product Manager
Epson Robots

Scott Marsic has over two decades of experience successfully transforming diagnostic, technical, and business intelligence products into innovative, market-leading goods and services. As Group Product Manager at Epson America, Scott is responsible for developing strategic initiatives to help drive channel growth and end-user demand across the industrial robotics product category. Scott holds a BS from the University of California, Santa Cruz, an MS from the University of Southern California, and an MBA from San Francisco State University.

Session(s):

Automation 301: Improving Key Steps in Your Automation Process | Tuesday, May 7, 2024 - 2:30 PM


Ryan Marti

Ryan Marti

Product Manager – Industrial Cameras & Smart Cameras
Omron Automation America

Ryan Marti is a Product Manager at Omron Automation Americas. He brings 12+ years of experience in industrial cameras as well as expertise in machine vision. He is in charge of PC Based Vision solutions and the Smart Camera product line at Omron. Ryan has led multiple custom projects for large OEMs and end users, as well as specifying cameras for large products.


Kevin Mauger

Kevin Mauger

President
Glide-Line

Kevin Mauger started working for the parent company of Glide-Line the day after college and bought the company 12 years into his career when it was at an all-time low. The company has multiplied in volume 5X since and is growing at 20%+ year over year. Personally, his entire life is based upon spending time with his family, figuring out a way to get out deep sea fishing, and supporting his Philadelphia Eagles. His vision for Glide-Line is to make it the world’s most flexible multi-strand conveyor solution with tools for customers allowing instantaneous response and control of their own destiny along with the fastest deliveries in the industry.

Session(s):

The Future of Manufacturing for Assembly Automation | Tuesday, May 7, 2024 - 11:15 AM


Bob McCurrach

Bob McCurrach

Director of Standards Development
Association For Advancing Automation

Bob McCurrach has over 25 years of experience in the manufacturing and product development sector, with a focus on global engineering management, strategic program and process management, primarily for the nuclear, defense and automotive industries. He holds a BS in mechanical engineering from Lehigh University as well as an MBA from Georgia Institute of Technology. Bob joined the Association For Advancing Automation (A3) in 2011 as their Director of Standards Development for Vision & Imaging. He has been a key leader in A3’s standards development and coordination of vision standard development globally. Standards play a key role in the Vision & Imaging industry by ensuring interoperability of components, increasing market size, and shortening the time it takes to get new products to market.

Session(s):

Updates on Machine Vision Standards | Tuesday, May 7, 2024 - 3:30 PM


Ramey Miller

Ramey Miller

HMI Product Marketing Manager
Siemens

Ramey Miller is the HMI Product Marketing Manager for the US with more than 18 years of industry experience and has been with Siemens for +6 years.

Session(s):

Human Machine Interfaces - The Gateway to Your Data | Wednesday, May 8, 2024 - 3:15 PM


Alan Minney

Alan Minney

Global Lead Strategic Partnerships, Enterprise & Emerging Business
Ericsson

Alan Minney leads 5G innovation and new business development through strategic partnerships for Ericsson’s Enterprise & Emerging Business organization. He has expertise in driving digital transformation, collaborative innovation, and co-development strategies that deliver business value. He works closely with partners, and customers to utilize dedicated 5G connectivity solutions that enable new customer experiences, build engagement, and improve business outcomes.

Session(s):

Enabling Smart Factories with 5G-Driven Computer Vision – A Case Study | Wednesday, May 8, 2024 - 3:15 PM


Michael Nagle

Michael Nagle

Machine Vision Specialist
Baumer

Mike Nagle is a Machine Vision Specialist at Baumer. He earned his mechanical engineering degree from the University of Dayton. He has a demonstrated history of working in industrial automation with a focus on providing customer solutions to make their production more efficient, safer, and profitable.

Session(s):

Simple Smart Cameras for AI and Industry 4.0 | Wednesday, May 8, 2024 - 2:15 PM


Farukh Naqvi

Farukh Naqvi

Manufacturing Business Partner
Boston Beer Company

Experienced expert with a distinguished career spanning over two decades, renowned for proficiency in manufacturing execution, automation, and supply chain planning. Adept at skillfully guiding cross-functional teams to oversee supply chain, smart manufacturing, and business transformation initiatives across a spectrum of diverse business sectors. Actively engaged in thought leadership through participation in ISA (International Society of Automation) and possessing specialized expertise in cross-system production models.

Session(s):

Event Driven IT/OT Convergence for Smart Manufacturing | Monday, May 6, 2024 - 11:15 AM


Martin Naumann

Martin Naumann

CEO
drag and bot GmbH (part of KEBA group)

After studying mechatronics at Stuttgart University, Martin joined the department of Robot and Assistive Systems of Fraunhofer IPA, Stuttgart, Germany in 2005. In 2010 he started the group "Assembly Automation" at Fraunhofer IPA and became its group leader. From 2017 till today he is co-founder and CEO of drag and bot GmbH. Since 2022 drag and bot GmbH is part of KEBA group.

Session(s):

Why Ease-of-Use is Key for Flexible Robot Solutions…and How to Achieve It | Wednesday, May 8, 2024 - 10:00 AM


Gianpiero Negri

Gianpiero Negri

Senior Risk Manager - Robotics Safety
Amazon

Gianpiero Negri received the MSc degree summa cum laude in Computer Science – Electronic Engineering from Salerno University, a post MSc degree in Industrial Research, Mechatronics and Automation from CNR-ITIA (Italian National Research Council - Institute of Industrial Technologies and Automation, 2005). He also holds a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics (dissertation title “A Game Theoretical Approach to Safe Decision-Making System Development for Autonomous Machines”).

He’s currently Principal Manager - WW Robotics Safety Engineering at Amazon Global Robotics (Mechatronics and Sustainable Packaging Customer eXperience), leading the worldwide CX Robotics safety and compliance team and managing safety systems innovation, research, development, implementation and certification for mechatronics/robotics system, safe artificial intelligence systems, safe integration of technologies in automated research and testing Lab environment.

In 2004 he joined Italian National Research Council (CNR) as researcher in the field of Mechatronics. Since 2007 he has been technical leader and scientific responsible of several R&D programs in the field of advanced mechatronics, robotics and industrial automation.

Since 2017 he’s a member of ISO technical committees and working groups focused on development of autonomous machine safety and functional safety standards: ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC42 – Artificial Intelligence, ISO TC 299/WG3 focused on industrial robotics safety/integrated robotic systems, etc. Since 2018 he’s an IEEE Computer Society – IEEE Software reviewer.

His current research interests include mechatronics, functional safety, automotive control systems, sensors, system engineering, robotics, electronic control system of advanced machines, scientific dissemination and artificial intelligence. He is author of several scientific and dissemination papers in the field of mechatronics, robotics and artificial intelligence, and he holds several patents in mechatronics and automotive related fields.

Session(s):

Machine Learning Applied to Robotics Product Development and Standardization | Tuesday, May 7, 2024 - 8:00 AM


Craig Nelson

Craig Nelson

Senior Product Manager
Siemens Digital Industries

Craig Nelson is a senior product marketing manager for high performance drive systems in the Motion Control Business of Siemens Industry, Inc. Craig has been with Siemens for over thirty years and, in previous roles, has held engineering positions in the field and in system design.  He has expert knowledge motion control systems across various applications and is an avid promoter and presenter of new motor and drive technologies.

Session(s):

Increased Efficiency with Common DC bus Drive Systems | Tuesday, May 7, 2024 - 3:30 PM


Roberta Nelson Shea

Roberta Nelson Shea

Global Technical Compliance Officer
Universal Robots

Responsible for global UR product compliance, risk management, 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 2023 Joseph F. Engelberger “Nobel Prize of Robotics” award (safety).
  • 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, awarded 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) with 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.

Session(s):

Industrial Mobile Robot Safety: A Look at the New 10218 | Monday, May 6, 2024 - 11:15 AM


Gail Norris

Gail Norris

Director of Siemens Digital Industries Learning Services
Siemens Industry, Inc.

Gail Norris is the Director of SITRAIN – Digital Industries Learning for the US. Developing people is a passion well suited for her current role. She has been responsible for customer product learning services in the US since 2011 and has been the primary driver behind the development of a Continuous Learning approach, with the incorporation of Digital Technology.

Session(s):

Closing the Workforce Skills Gap in Automation: Navigating the Digital Revolution | Thursday, May 9, 2024 - 10:00 AM


Jason Okerman

Jason Okerman

Staff Product Manager
OTTO Motors

Jason Okerman holds an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Master of Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Jason’s initial work in robotics dates back to 2010 when he worked as a Robotics Software Researcher on applied machine learning and vision processing to enhance how robots can function in human spaces. As Staff Product Manager at OTTO Motors by Rockwell Automation, Jason has managed the company’s comprehensive autonomous mobile robot software suite. He has led strategic initiatives to deepen investment in robot fleet productivity, security, and analytics. Prior to joining OTTO Motors, Jason managed hardware and software initiatives for industrial inspection, replacing life-threatening human work with human-robot teleop tools which collected 1000x more data while keeping human inspectors safe. He has over a decade of experience successfully and efficiently launching new products that serve industrial applications, including electrical power, hazard monitoring, inspection, and industrial automation. Jason has more than a dozen patents from his work on product innovation.

Session(s):

8 Key Considerations When Assessing Autonomous Mobile Robot (AMR) Vendors | Wednesday, May 8, 2024 - 11:15 AM


Rushiraj Patwardhan

Rushiraj Patwardhan

Safety Engineer
Pilz Automation Safety L.P

Experienced safety engineer in machinery safety, risk assessments, safety validations, control system design, CE marking, delivery of safety trainings with demonstrated history of working in the industrial automation industry. Strong engineering professional with Master of Engineering - MEng focused on Electrical Power System & Certified Machinery Safety Expert (CMSE) as well as Certified Expert in Functional Safety (CEFS).

Session(s):

AGV Validation | Wednesday, May 8, 2024 - 8:00 AM


Jerry Perez

Jerry Perez

Executive Director - Global Accounts
FANUC America Corporation

Jerry Perez is an Executive Director - Global Accounts and Manager of the Business Develop Group 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. 

Session(s):

Successful Automation Strategies: Fast, Wide Scale Implementation for Small or Global Organizations | Monday, May 6, 2024 - 1:30 PM


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.

Session(s):

It Takes A Village: Fostering an Ecosystem to Solve the Biggest Challenges | Monday, May 6, 2024 - 11:15 AM


Søren Peters

Søren Peters

CEO
HowToRobot

Søren Peters is the founder and CEO of the global automation marketplace HowToRobot.com and founder of Gain & Co, independent advisors on robots and automation.

A serial entrepreneur, Søren has previously founded, led, and successfully exited a series of companies in the IT industry. Søren was born and raised in Denmark where he founded Gain & Co and HowToRobot. Today, he is spearheading HowToRobot’s expansion in the United States and Europe, helping local manufacturers take on automation and find the right solutions and suppliers.

Session(s):

The Road to Mass Adoption of Robotics | Tuesday, May 7, 2024 - 1:30 PM


Gareth Powell

Gareth Powell

Product Director
Prophesee

An industry veteran with more than 35 years of experience in semiconductors, specializing in CMOS imaging after the acquisition of VLSI Vision (early pioneers in CMOS sensing technology) by ST Micro as applications engineer, then later as technical marketing/business manager. Gareth joined (Teledyne-)e2v, in 2006 as strategic marketing manager appointed with the task of building a CMOS imaging business from the ground up targeting professional/industrial markets.

Early 2022, Gareth joined Prophesee as Product Marketing Director to contribute to bringing to market their pioneering Event Based Sensing technology and products.

After graduating with a degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Swansea University in the mid-80s, Gareth relocated from UK to France to join ST Micro in Grenoble and has remained there ever since with his wife and three children. Gareth is also passionate about music and is a performing musician and recording studio owner in spare time.

Session(s):

Advances in AI-Powered Machine Vision Inspection | Tuesday, May 7, 2024 - 1:30 PM


Mukesh Ranjan

Mukesh Ranjan

Vice President of Product
Dexterity

Mukesh Ranjan is Dexterity's Vice President of Product. He joined the company in 2023 to expand the company's product portfolio to include new applications for AI-powered warehouse solutions and enterprise software.

Mukesh is a seasoned product leader with over 15 years of experience in building native AI/ML SaaS products for B2B enterprises with responsible and explainable AI at the core. He previously acted as the SVP of Product at Noodle.ai (AI/ML Products and Platform for Supply Chain & Manufacturing) as held leadership and operating roles at Intel and Kearney.

Mukesh holds a PhD in Computer Science & Engineering from the University of Cincinnati as well as an MBA from U.C. Berkley's Haas School of Business.

Session(s):

The Future of Warehouse Robotics is Mobile and Multi-Use | Monday, May 6, 2024 - 3:00 PM


Matthew Robinson

Matthew Robinson

ROS-Industrial Consortium Americas Program Manager
Southwest Research Institute

Matt Robinson is the Program Manager for the ROS-Industrial Consortium – Americas, an industry-driven open source program bringing advanced manufacturing solutions for the industrial robotics community. Prior to his current role, Robinson was team leader for Caterpillar’s Manufacturing Technology Automation Research where he led development and deployment of automation tools to improve the performance and productivity of Caterpillar manufacturing facilities around the globe. Robinson also led manufacturing value stream design initiatives that led to the deployment of over 50 robotic/automated manufacturing systems around the world. Robinson holds a Master’s Degree from Ohio State University.

Session(s):

Developing High Mix Capability Through Open-Source Collaborative Initiatives | Monday, May 6, 2024 - 8:00 AM


Bob Rochelle

Bob Rochelle

Account Manager
Güdel Inc.

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.

Session(s):

Getting Started with Industrial Robotics | Monday, May 6, 2024 - 10:15 AM


Daniela Rus
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Daniela Rus

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

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.

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Session(s):

One Robot for Any Task | Wednesday, May 8, 2024 - 9:00 AM


Paul Ryznar

Paul Ryznar

Founder & CEO
LightGuide

Engineer, inventor, and entrepreneur Paul Ryznar created LightGuide and is the founder, president, and CEO of Wixom, MI-based LightGuide, Inc. Prior to LightGuide’s invention in 2005, he held senior management roles including Vice President of Operations positions at Detroit Diesel, Bosch, and Energy Conversion Devices—more than 30 years of manufacturing experience. LightGuide is the leading projected augmented reality (AR) software platform that transforms manual assembly and manufacturing processes for companies worldwide. Today, LightGuide works with a variety of leading automotive, aerospace, heavy equipment, agricultural equipment producers, and distribution companies, as well as in the healthcare field, to solve a growing variety of challenges. LightGuide, Inc. is headquartered in Wixom, Mich., with an EU office in the Czech Republic and an AP office in Suzhou, China. LightGuide is currently running in 36 countries worldwide.

Session(s):

Transform Your Workforce into a Competitive Advantage with Augmented Reality (AR) | Wednesday, May 8, 2024 - 11:15 AM


Stephen Se

Stephen Se

Senior Engineering Manager, Depth Sensing
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.

Session(s):

Stereo Imaging Use Cases and Challenges for Warehouse Robotic Applications | Monday, May 6, 2024 - 3:30 PM


Michael Sharpe

Michael Sharpe

Executive Director - Materials Joining Sales
FANUC America Corporation

Mike Sharpe is the Executive Director of Sales for Materials Joining at FANUC America, responsible for sales and business development laser, arc, and adhesive bonding market.  A 36-year veteran of FANUC, Sharpe has served in a variety of positions within the company and holds patents in robotics-related applications.  Sharpe is a member of the American Welding Society, Laser Institute of America, sits on the steering committee for ALAW, and actively supports the Society of Manufacturing Engineers.

Session(s):

COBOTs Make Fiber Laser Welding Easy | Wednesday, May 8, 2024 - 8:00 AM


Nolan Shelton

Nolan Shelton

Cobot Sales Specialist
ABB Inc.

After graduating with a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Dayton, Nolan joined ABB as part of the early talent program which ultimately led to his current position as Cobot Sales Specialist.

Having responsibility for collaborative robot sales in the US; he provides support, resources, and strategies to the organization relating to ABB's collaborative portfolio. He spends a great deal of time taking the pulse of the collaborative robot market, and can be found networking with peers at industry events, picking the brains of cobot application engineers, and visiting customers to gain a deeper understanding of the needs, drivers, and trends that are behind the rising demand for collaborative robots.


Stuart Singer

Stuart Singer

CEO
Schneider Optics, Inc.

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

Stuart has over 45 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. Three years ago, Stuart served for two years 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.

Session(s):

Advanced Optics for Vision | Monday, May 6, 2024 - 8:00 AM


Nicholas Sischka

Nicholas Sischka

Director, Imaging
Edmund Optics

Nick Sischka is the Director of Imaging at Edmund Optics, specializing in optics for machine vision and robotics. In addition to teaching the basic optics course for the A3's Certified Vision Professional certification, he is the chair of the NextGen committee, which strives to get young people interested in factory automation. He has a bachelor's degree in Optical Sciences and Engineering from the University of Arizona.

Session(s):

Beginning Optics for Machine Vision | Monday, May 6, 2024 - 1:30 PM


Jason Smith

Jason Smith

Principal Engineer - Commercial Robotics
UL Solutions

Jason is currently the Principal Engineer for Robots and Control Systems at UL Solutions, based in Northbrook, IL USA. Jason has been with UL Solutions for 18 years, during which time he also previously served as UL’s Principal Engineer for Functional Safety. Jason has worked extensively in the development of and staff training in service robot safety standards such as UL 3300 and ISO 13482, and functional safety standards such as UL 991, UL 1998, CSA C22.2 No. 0.8, IEC/UL 60730-1, and ISO 13849. Jason is a graduate of Northern Illinois University (BSEE) and has over 23 years of experience working with embedded systems and software.

Session(s):

Leveraging UL Robotics Standards Testing to Meet Your Verification & Validation | Monday, May 6, 2024 - 10:15 AM


Denise Stafford

Denise Stafford

Business Development Manager
KUKA Robotics

Denise is fascinated by the “human element” in robotics and believes listening to skilled workers is the key to success. Among her favorite quotes is one by Ernest Hemmingway, “When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.”   
In her role as Business Development Manager for KUKA Robotics, Ms. Stafford works with local sales and account management to provide customers in North America with innovative automation solutions using human-robot collaboration and mobile robotics. She offers valuable insight for both KUKA and their customers on a wide range of topics, such as Industry 4.0, mobility, and human-robot collaboration.


A KUKA employee since 2008, her role with the company has evolved over time to include a variety of key positions, including head of Service Robotics Research for KUKA Laboratories and as a Key Account Manager. Prior to KUKA, Ms. Stafford was the patent coordinator for AKsys GmbH, where she set up the company’s patent department, with a focus on ensuring company processes and formulas were legally compliant. She also served as a 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.  She enjoys exploring her new home, the City of Detroit, connecting with her neighbors, traveling and golfing with her husband.

Session(s):

Worker-Centric Mobile Robot Integration: Unlocking Manufacturing Excellence | Wednesday, May 8, 2024 - 2:15 PM


Paul Stephens

Paul Stephens

Manufacturing Transformation Lead
Ford Motor Company

Paul Stephens is a next-generation manufacturing leader, bringing outside-the-box thinking and innovation to the automotive industry. Paul was appointed Manufacturing Transformation Lead for Ford Motor Company in April 2023, responsible for delivering best-in-world strategies to accelerate Ford's transition to a fully electric portfolio. With responsibilities ranging from advanced concept development through in-plant execution, Paul is fundamentally redefining vehicle assembly operations to generate long-term value for customers, employees, and shareholders.

Paul brings a fresh approach to a traditional industry, challenging the status quo and driving next-level growth in automation, process strategy, labor relations, investment optimization, and industry partnerships. Additionally, Paul has responsibilities and experience in cultivating relationships with global partners, leading negotiation delegations in the European and Asian markets.

Prior to his current assignment, he held positions in Industrial Engineering, Final Assembly, Vehicle Launch, and Technology Development.

Paul graduated from Kettering University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, and has an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University - Tepper School of Business.

Paul holds multiple US and global patents, and is a frequent speaker at international automotive and manufacturing conferences. Outside his professional schedule, Paul enjoys exploring new cultures through travel, bringing global perspective to his Michigan home.


Steve Strong

Steve Strong

CEO
Concept Systems,Inc.

Steve Strong is the CEO of Concept Systems Inc., an automation systems integrator with more than 24 years of experience in the industry.  With Steve at the helm, Concept delivers turnkey automation solutions and services to manufacturers across the globe.  His team prides itself on its industry knowledge, deep technical expertise, a methodology that delivers with quality and speed, and a relentless commitment to delivering value to our partners.

Steve spent many years in the aerospace industry before joining Concept Systems in 2021.  His technical background is centered in manufacturing process development where he delivered solutions for production system PLM and MES software, developed automated robotic path planning systems, and managed NC programming system development for commercial airplane programs. Later he led enterprise strategy and deployment for NC and robotic programming for Boeing Commercial Airplanes.  His final role before joining Concept Systems was leading the organization responsible for the Digital Factory as part of Boeing Product Development future airplane programs.

Steve resides in the Seattle, WA area with his wife and three children.  He’s an active member of the local community, coaching flag football, golfing, and thinking deep thoughts on his tractor.  He and his family take every opportunity to advocate for Type 1 Diabetes research and outreach in support of his daughter Imogen who was diagnosed with T1D in 2020.

Session(s):

Exploring Modularity in Robotics Work Cell Design | Thursday, May 9, 2024 - 8:00 AM


Lindsey Sullivan

Lindsey Sullivan

Technical Marketing Manager
CCS America

Lindsey Sullivan has spent 8 years as an engineer evaluating machine vision applications in every industry. She started as a Sales Engineer at Keyence before moving to an Application Engineer at CCS America, Inc., a machine vision lighting company. In her current role as Technical Marketing Manager, she is sharing her expertise so that industrial automation companies can design high-accuracy systems without troubleshooting lighting challenges after machines are built.

Session(s):

Avoiding the Major Pitfalls of Machine Vision Lighting | Tuesday, May 7, 2024 - 8:00 AM


Larry Sweet

Larry Sweet

Director, Engineering
ARM Institute

Larry Sweet is a widely recognized robotics and automation expert, working in both commercial organizations and academia. He brings experience in bringing emerging technologies into production by increasing their Technology Readiness Level, concurrent with improvements in factory floor processes and workforce skills. Previously he was the Director, Worldwide Robotics Deployment at Amazon Robotics, leading technology transition and system integration for all internally developed automation into Amazon’s global network. Larry also held senior manufacturing and technology roles at Symbotic, the Frito-Lay, United Technologies, ABB, Fanuc, and GE. Industry recognition includes 32 patents, the Edison and IR-100 Awards, and the Manufacturing Leadership Council Outstanding Achiever Award for Supply Chain Excellence. Larry received his Ph.D. and M.S. degrees from MIT, and a B.S from the University of California, Berkeley. He was a tenured faculty member at Princeton University.

Session(s):

From Funding to Impact: How ARM Institute Projects Strengthen U.S. Manufacturing | Monday, May 6, 2024 - 1:30 PM
Strategies for Making Advanced Robotic Manufacturing Technology Accessible to System Integrators and End Users: | Monday, May 6, 2024 - 2:40 PM


Tucker Sweet

Tucker Sweet

Automation Application Engineer
SCHUNK

Tucker has supported the automation industry for over 10 years with a focus in automation tool changing equipment and automated material removal. Tucker has extensive experience in concepting material removal automation, selecting tools and consumables, and validating the concept with application testing. Tucker is known for excellent automation support through gaining a deep understanding of customer requirements and developing a robust solution to bring confidence to the application.

Session(s):

Optimizing Automated Material Removal: Safe, Effective, Repeatable | Monday, May 6, 2024 - 11:15 AM


Robert Tait

Robert Tait

Partner
Optical Metrology Solutions

Robert Tait started in industrial and scientific imaging before computer vision was a thing and was an early adopter on the machine vision technology curve.  Focusing on industrial / government research and development while developing applications and technology, he has maintained a fast and fun career over the last 45 years in the field..  His projects, spanning several countries, have taken him to the bottom of a training nuclear reactor, to the top of wind towers, with an excessive range of activities in-between. After most recently working 14 years at General Electric Global Research, he left to become a partner in Optical Metrology Solutions LLC, in 2018, and has been busy supporting a range of clients, as well as working on improved optical metrology solutions for industry.  One of his favorite jobs is to mentor beginning machine vision people and help them become proficient in the craft. 

Session(s):

Advanced Vision System Integration | Friday, May 10, 2024 - 8:00 AM


Chris Tourney

Chris Tourney

Innovation Engineer
Mayo Clinic

Chris Tourney is a dynamic Health System Engineer at Mayo Clinic, with a steadfast commitment to pioneering innovation in healthcare. Currently, he is at the forefront of robotics and automation initiatives across both the Rochester and Florida campuses, blazing a trail toward the future of Autonomous Mobile Robotics in healthcare.

Chris excels in fostering cross-functional collaboration, uniting diverse teams to devise forward-thinking solutions that promise to revolutionize patient care. His recent endeavors have been dedicated to the early integration of AMR (Autonomous Mobile Robotics) technology. 
His journey with Mayo Clinic started in 2011 when he assumed the role of Process Improvement Manager for health system sites, dedicated to elevating quality and patient outcomes. Chris's academic accolades include an MBA from Western Governors University, complemented by dual bachelor's degrees in Industrial Engineering and Supply Chain Management from Purdue University.

Before becoming a part of the Mayo Clinic team, Chris worked as a manager in supply chain at IU Health in Indianapolis. In every role, Chris has brought his distinct engineering perspective to the table, effectively turning visionary concepts into tangible, transformative solutions. With a dedication to advancing healthcare through innovation, Chris continues to be a driving force in the healthcare AMR field.

Session(s):

Autonomous Mobile Robots in Healthcare | Tuesday, May 7, 2024 - 10:15 AM


Jenny Tuertscher

Jenny Tuertscher

Vice President Technical Safety
Fortress Safety

Jenny designed machinery for use globally for over 20 years, has been a TÜV Rheinland Functional Safety Engineer for 6 years, and has participated on ISO and ANSI machinery standards development committees for 6 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 related to machinery safety, LOTO, and AMEC for Fortress Safety customers.

Session(s):

Risk Reduction Is Not Always About Changing Your Control System | Tuesday, May 7, 2024 - 8:00 AM


Patrick Varley

Patrick Varley

Product Marketing Manager, Robotics
Mitsubishi Electric Automation Inc

Patrick is an automation industry veteran with over 35 years of automation experience including systems integration, robot & vision system suppliers and distribution. In his role as Product Marketing Manager for Mechatronics / Robotics at Mitsubishi Electric Automation, he is driven by the challenge of solving customers’ needs through innovative and durable automation solutions.

Session(s):

How Their First Robot Purchase Enabled A 70-Year-Old Company with 11 Facilities on 3 Continents to Profitably Expand Their Domestic Manufacturing | Monday, May 6, 2024 - 2:30 PM


Massimiliano Versace

Massimiliano Versace

CEO and Co-Founder
Neurala

Dr. Massimiliano Versace is the CEO and co-founder of Neurala. With decades of experience and research in AI and deep learning techniques, Dr. Versace is now focused on making AI more applicable and useful in real-world applications, specifically in the manufacturing and industrial industry. Prior to co-founding Neurala, Dr. Versace co-founded the Boston University Neuromorphics Lab, and worked with government organizations such as DARPA and NASA to develop AI with the ability to learn in real-time, at the edge, and free of traditional constraints of computational hardware.

Dr. Versace has spoken at numerous events, including a keynote at Mobile World Congress Drone Summit, TEDx, NASA, the Pentagon, MIT Tech Review’s Future Compute and IMA Sensing Days. His work has been featured in Forbes, CNN, Fortune, MSNBC, the Associated Press, TechCrunch, VentureBeat, and more.

He holds several patents and two PhDs: Cognitive and Neural Systems, Boston University; Experimental Psychology, University of Trieste, Italy.


Jason Walker

Jason Walker

VP, Market Development
Locus Robotics

Before joining Locus Robotics, Walker co-founded Waypoint Robotics, which designs and manufactures easy-to-use, industrial-strength, omnidirectional autonomous mobile robots (AMRs). Locus acquired Waypoint in 2021.

Prior to founding Waypoint, Walker co-founded CyPhy Works, where he served as lead roboticist and director of operations while working on contacts for DARPA, NIST, and the National Science Foundation. He helped grow CyPhy Works into a leading tethered drone supplier in North America.

Prior to CyPhy Works, Walker was the quality and testing manager for the Roomba vacuuming robot at iRobot. He received a BSEE with a concentration in robotics and control systems from Kansas State University.

Session(s):

I Need to Automate, So Now What | Tuesday, May 7, 2024 - 3:30 PM


John Wen

John Wen

Professor and Head, Electrical, Computer, & Systems Engineering
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

John Wen is the Russell Sage Professor in Engineering and Head of Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He has been an active researcher in control, robotics, and automation for over four decades. His recognitions include IEEE Fellow in since 2001, the 2013 IEEE Control Systems Society Transition to Practice Award, Oversea Assessor for the Chinese Academy of Sciences 2004-2009, and Senior Visiting Scientist of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science in 1997. He was with Fisher Controls 1981-1983, Jet Propulsion Laboratory 1985-1988, and RPI since 1988. He served as Head of Industrial and Systems Engineering 2013-2018 and Director of the Center for Automation Technologies and Systems (CATS) 2005-2013. His research is in the area of control theory and applications including robotics, material processing, thermal management, and circadian rhythm and sleep regulation. His work has been funded by federal agencies, e.g., NSF, ONR, ARO, NASA, NIST, New York State, consortia, and industry.

Session(s):

Multi-Robot Coordinated Motion | Thursday, May 9, 2024 - 10:00 AM


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.

Session(s):

High-Speed, Real-Time Machine Vision | Tuesday, May 7, 2024 - 3:30 PM


Jim Wiley

Jim Wiley

Product Manager
Parker Hannifin

Jim Wiley is a Product Manager for servo and stepper drives with Parker Hannifin Corporation's Electromechanical and Drives Division, where he has spent his entire twenty-year motion control career. After graduating from Carnegie Mellon University with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, Jim joined Parker's Daedal Division as an engineer.

Session(s):

Positioner Selection and Motor Sizing | Tuesday, May 7, 2024 - 3:00 PM
Motion Controllers, Programming, and System Design Basics | Wednesday, May 8, 2024 - 10:00 AM


Melonee Wise

Melonee Wise

CTO
Agility Robotics

Melonee Wise is the CTO of Agility Robotics. Melonee has a deep history in developing autonomous robots and advancing the robotics industry as we know it today. Prior to joining Agility in 2023, Melonee was the Vice President of Robotics Automation at Zebra Technologies. She was CEO of Fetch Robotics until its acquisition by Zebra Technologies in 2021. Melonee was the second employee at Willow Garage where she led a team of engineers developing next-generation robot hardware and software, including ROS, the PR2, and TurtleBot. Melonee serves as the Chair of the IFR Service Robot Group, as a robotics board member for A3, and on the MHI Roundtable Advisory Committee. Melonee has received many accolades and awards including the MIT Technology Review TR35, Silicon Valley Business Journal’s Women of Influence and 40 Under 40, Supply & Demand Chain Executive’s 2021 Supply Chain Woman of the Year, the 2022 Engelberger award, and as one of eight CEOs changing the way we work by Business Insider. Melonee received a BS in Mechanical Engineering and Physics Engineering and a MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois.

Session(s):

The Next Frontier of Automation: Human-Centric Robots | Tuesday, May 7, 2024 - 1:30 PM


Allyson Wyatt

Allyson Wyatt

Sr. Applications Engineer
Allied Motion

Allyson Wyatt is a Senior Applications Engineer for Allied Motion. She holds a B.S. in Physics from UC Santa Barbara and has extensive knowledge of motors, encoders, servo drives, and motion systems. Allyson is also an A3 Certified Motion Control Professional and is excited to share her love of physics with this year's attendees.


David Zerkler

David Zerkler

Machine Vision Senior Learning Advisor
Zebra

David Zerkler has been writing about, teaching, and making training videos on machine vision for over 12 years for Matrox Imaging and now Zebra Technologies. Currently, his team is focused on developing and delivering technical sales enablement training for Zebra Technologies' Machine Vision and Imaging Partner Program. David has graduate credentials in Education and Computer Science from Concordia University in Montreal, where he currently lives with his family.

Session(s):

Advanced Image Processing | Thursday, May 9, 2024 - 2:00 PM


Daniel Zindl

Daniel Zindl

Chief Product Officer
Agilox North America

Daniel has been with AGILOX for more than 8 years since 2015. His Responsibilities include the Coordination of the Product Strategy, Innovation Management & Future Business Models and Leading the Product Management Team. He holds a degree in Mechatronics Engineering and a Master's Degree in Innovation and Product Management.

Session(s):

Robots Unleashed: Why AMRs Are on the Rise and How AI Will Further Disrupt Production Logistics | Monday, May 6, 2024 - 8:00 AM