Keynote Presentations

Wednesday, October 2

AI to the Rescue: The Future of Advanced Robotics in Manufacturing

Howie Choset
Howie Choset
Professor | Carnegie School of Computer Science
Professor | Carnegie School of Computer Science Howie Choset is a Professor of Robotics at Carnegie Mellon ...

Howie Choset, Professor | Carnegie School of Computer Science
The speaker will share his perspective on the following:

  • Why U.S. manufacturing is falling behind Asia and Europe and what steps need to be taken to reverse this trend.
  • The factors no one can predict where we are and where we will end up.
  • How the democratization of robots will transform the industry.

Thursday, October 3

State of the Industry: What Will the Robotics and AI Landscape Look Like by 2025?

Keith Shaw
Keith Shaw
Editor-in-Chief | Robotics Business Review
Editor-in-Chief | Robotics Business Review Keith Shaw is the Editor-in-chief of Robotics Business Review, a sister ...
Georg Friedrich Stieler
Georg Friedrich Stieler
MD Asia | STIELER
Managing Director | Stieler Enterprise Management Consulting (Shanghai) Co., Ltd STM is a German management ...
John McElligott
John McElligott
CEO | York Exponential
CEO | York Exponential John McElligott is founder and Chief Executive Officer of York Exponential, a Pennsylvania ...
Doug Olson
Doug Olson
President | Harmonic Drive LLC
President | Harmonic Drive LLC Doug Olson joined the Harmonic Drive group of companies in 1991 as an application ...
James Kuffner
James Kuffner
CEO | Toyota Research Institute Advanced Development, Inc.
CEO | Toyota Research Institute Advanced Development, Inc. Prior to being named CEO at TRI-AD in March 2018, Dr. ...

Keith Shaw, Editor in Chief | Robotics Business Review
Doug Olson, President | Harmonic Drive LLC
Georg Stieler, Managing Director | Stieler Enterprise Management Consulting (Shanghai) Co., Ltd
James Kuffner, CEO | Toyota Research Institute Advanced Development, Inc.
John McElligott, CEO | York Exponential
Each panelist will share their perspective on current market trends, challenges and opportunities, and the short and long-term implications for the industry and the predictions on where the industry will be by 2025. Points to be covered:

  • Workforce changes and training: why does the market continue to be fixated on workforce changes and what can be done to turn this fixation into a positive vibe?
  • How can the industry show the positive implications of human-robot integration?
  • What steps do different markets need to take to remain competitive in their own national markets and internationally?
  • Why are so many robotics companies failing?
  • In your opinion, what do you see as the most growing industry vertical markets?
  • There is a lot of discussion about aerial systems as major growth areas (unmanned cars vs. planes) which one do you think we will ride first?

Thursday, October 3

Robots to the Rescue

Robin Murphy
Robin Murphy
Raytheon Professor of Computer Science and Engineering | Texas A&M University
Raytheon Professor of Computer Science and Engineering | Texas A&M University Dr. Robin R. Murphy is the ...

Robin Murphy, Raytheon Professor of Computer Science and Engineering | Texas A&M University
Dr. Robin R. Murphy will share how ground, aerial, and marine robots have been used in surprising ways since 2001 to assist with emergency management situations.

Thursday, October 3

Robots Save the Environment

Adam Cantor
Adam Cantor
Director of Engineering | Robots in Service of the Environment
Director of Engineering | Robots in Service of the Environment Adam Cantor is a career Roboticist and Futurist. The ...

Adam Cantor, Director of Engineering | Robots in Service of the Environment
From global environmental disasters and invasive species, to the pollution of the world’s oceans, humans are playing a significant role in our planet’s future. We live in an era of great technological and scientific development. It is time to bring these tools to the table and make a difference!

Thursday, October 3

Moving Beyond Engineering: Why Diversity is Essential for Success

Tessa Lau
Tessa Lau
CEO | Dusty Robotics
CEO | Dusty Robotics Dr. Tessa Lau is an experienced entrepreneur with expertise in AI, machine learning, and ...
Kristen Stone
Kristen Stone
Sr Operations Engineer II | Raytheon
Sr Operations Engineer II | Raytheon...
Erin Bishop
Erin Bishop
Director of Business Development | Sense Photonics
Director of Business Development | Sense Photonics Erin is a recognized expert in high-value applications for ...
Deborah Theobald
Deborah Theobald
CEO | Vecna Technologies, Inc.
CEO | Vecna Technologies, Inc. Deborah Theobald – Co-Founder and CEO Deborah has spent 20 years developing ...

Tessa Lau, CEO | Dusty Robotics
Erin Bishop, Director of Business Development | Sense Photonics
Kristen Moore, CMO | inVia Robotics
Deborah Theobald, CEO | Vecna Technologies, Inc.
A group of renowned roboticists share their viewpoints on the robotics industry, how it’s evolving, and why talent diversity is essential for creating the products for tomorrow.

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