Agenda for 2018
This session will explore how supply chains and order fulfillment are facilitated by autonomous systems in complex and highly variable environments. The growing e-commerce market is embracing the use of
This session will explore how supply chains and order fulfillment are facilitated by autonomous systems in complex and highly variable environments. The growing e-commerce market is embracing the use of robots and drones as it seeks to meet customer demand faster. The speakers will share specific examples of how robots have generated a rapid ROI, empowering facilities to retain, retrain, and maximize the productivity of their human capital. Points addressed:
- The importance of designing a robust supply-chain strategy.
- Managing change and transforming workflows.
- How to test robots and integrate them into existing processes.
- Managing the interaction between humans and technology.
- Tradeoffs between capital and operational expenses when deploying robots.
- Pricing and implementing robots as a service (RaaS).
(Tuesday) 10:00 am - 10:45 am
Speakers for this event
Carl Showalter is Chief Operating Officer of Fetch Robotics where he oversees sales, marketing, business development, product management and finance. Prior to joining Fetch in 2017, Carl was co-founder and general partner of Opus Capital. At Opus, he invested in early-stage start-ups specializing in emerging technology segments, such as IoT, cloud, enterprise and data communications. He began his investment career at Lightspeed Ventures where he was a general partner. Earlier in his career, Carl held executive roles at AOL, UUNet and Juniper Networks where he built, led and grew the product marketing and management divisions to deliver a variety of products and services on a global scale. Carl has a master’s degree in Engineering-Economic Systems from Stanford University and a bachelor’s degree in Systems Engineering from University of Virginia.
Daniel Theobald co-founded Vecna in 1998 with the mission of empowering humanity through transformative technologies. Daniel has been at the forefront of robotics R&D in actuation, machine perception, navigation, manipulation and human-robot interfaces. His work on the Rocky7 Mars rover, BEAR, QCBot, and VGo paved the way for development of the most robust and flexible suite of Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) and Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMRs) available. These robots are changing the way things are manufactured, moved, and maintained, enhancing human productivity across sectors. Daniel is also co-founder and president of MassRobotics, an industry consortium dedicated to fostering the global robotics community. MassRobotics brings innovative startups, industry, and financing together to promote innovation and economic growth. Graduating at the top of his class from MIT where Daniel worked in the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, he was honored with the Henry Ford II Scholar Award, an NSF Fellowship, and a Hertz Fellowship award.
Ted Dengel is the Managing Director, Operations Technology, for FedEx Ground. In this role, Ted leads a team of technology professionals responsible for the research, development, implementation, and support of field-based technologies at FedEx Ground. These technology areas include automated parcel sortation, mobile and fixed automated data collection (scanning, imaging, weighing, and dimensioning), and robotics. Ted also chairs a FedEx enterprise-wide technology council focused on identifying common technology solutions across all FedEx operating companies and ensures collaboration and consistency in the application of new technology. Ted has more than 23 years’ experience at FedEx Ground in operations technology and other operations engineering functions. He holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial management from Carnegie Mellon University and a master’s degree in industrial engineering management from the University of Pittsburgh.