On Demand Sessions

The Life and Times of ROS2: A Look at the Future of Robotics Infrastructure

July 29, 2020 – 2:00 PM EST Steve Macenski, Open-Source Robotics Lead, Samsung Robotics Since 2007, Robot Operating System (ROS) has changed the way robots are built. In an effort to improve ROS to be appropriate for commercial and industrial solutions, Open Robotics released ROS 2 in 2018 supported by leading companies such as Samsung, Microsoft, and Amazon. ROS2 provides strict messaging guarantees, security, and modern tools for deterministic robot behavior. ROS 2 provides for higher-quality, robust solutions for many aspects of robotics development and deployment including simulation, communications, manipulation, navigation and more. Long-term support for ROS is ending in less than 5 years and the entire robotics industry must transition to the new meta-operating system. In this informative session, Steve Macenski, Open-Source Robotics Lead for Samsung Research, will provide decision makers with critical ROS2 information. The evolution of ROS2 since 2018 will be described, along with current status of ROS2 for professional use. The results of a survey of notable ROS2 users in industry will also be provided, along with a roadmap for the future. He will also highlight notable aspects of Eloquent, the latest release of...
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Human-Robot Collaboration for Flexible Manufacturing

July 22, 2020 – 2:00 PM EST Scott Denenberg, VP of Engineering and co-founder, Veo Robotics Flexibility and judgment, human capabilities that cannot be matched by robots and automation, are essential qualities for meeting the manufacturing demands for faster product cycles and shorter production runs. As a result, humans will continue to be crucial to the factories of the future, but they will not be working alone. Transforming factories means physically bringing together humans and robots. With safe human-robot interaction, manufacturers can replace the traditional assembly line with flexible cellular manufacturing to achieve mass-customization. But how is this accomplished? In this session, Scott Denenberg, VP of Engineering and co-founder, Veo Robotics, will describe the advantages of flexible manufacturing enabled by human robot collaboration. Denenberg will also discuss the technical challenges in human-robot interaction, and what it means to create a safety-certified collaborative workcell. An examination of the impact of human-robot collaboration on the future of manufacturing, along with the transition from factories that are flexible to factories that can self-optimize, will also be...
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Robotics at the Edge: Flexible Manufacturing, Intelligent Machines, and Edge Robotics

July 16, 2020 – 2:00 PM EST Juan Aparicio Ojea, Head of Advanced Manufacturing Automation, Siemens As manufacturing moves from mass production to mass customization, there is a strong need for more flexible automation and intelligent machines. Autonomy, understood as the evolution of automation combined with artificial intelligence and digitization, promises to solve this problem. But nothing comes for free – autonomous machines will require a powerful brain, which may reside on the cloud or at the edge. In this powerful session, Siemens’ Juan Aparicio will present the latest technologies and advances in edge robotics, including robotic sewing, bin picking, and electronics assembly...
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Cybersecurity and Robotics Systems: Vulnerabilities and Solutions

July 9, 2020 – 2:00 PM EST Satyajit Sinha, Research Analyst, Counterpoint Research One class of edge products, rarely mentioned in the typical IoT discussions and analyses, also provide for actuation. That is, they are robotic devices. Like other ‘connected’ IoT devices, robotics systems are open to security threats, which can be one roadblock to their widespread deployments. In this session, Counterpoint Research’s Satyajit Sinha will discuss current and future cyber security threats to networked robotics systems, highlighting their vulnerabilities in the process. He will also describe various cyber security solutions and provide a competitive landscape of security solutions for robotics...
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Building Zero Occupant Autonomous Vehicles to Accelerate the Benefits of Robotics Today

Autonomous vehicles promise to transform personal mobility and potentially reshape communities. This technology will impact long haul transportation, last mile delivery, and commerce through self-driving vehicles. In this session, Nuro's Head of Robot Operations, Andrew Clare, will explore some of the non-passenger applications of autonomy, discussing robot operations, and how Nuro is tackling the challenges associated with designing vehicles and putting forth a consumer-facing...
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How Robots Are Succeeding and Failing in the World of Logistics

Robotics systems are being introduced into the world of logistics at an increasing rate. While some robotics systems and the companies employing them have achieved their goals, many other deployments have been unsuccessful. Some of these failures are due to technological issues, but more commonly, humans are the primary source of deployment problems. In this insightful and informed presentation, FedEx’s Aaron Prather, who has successfully deployed robotics applications within FedEx (and has seen other initiatives go off the rails), will review the continuing opportunities for robotics solutions in the logistics sector. He will also point out those circumstances that lead to deployment failures, either the result of technology issues, or simply misunderstandings between the Robotic World and the Logistics World. He will also share his insights into how everyone can win if some common human missteps are...
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From 1 to 1,000: Lessons Learned in Scaling a Robot Fleet

Bossa Nova Robotics is one of the leaders in the retail robotics sector, providing large retailers with inventory-scanning robots that move up and down aisles, tracking inventory supply levels via computer vision and artificial intelligence to keep items available for customers. After a number of pilot projects, the company recently announced expansion of several programs, providing more than 1,000 robots through various partnerships. In this informative keynote, Sarjoun Skaff, CTO and co-founder of Bossa Nova, will provide highlights of the journey from the beginnings of the company (including a key pivot moment) and the challenges along the way. Robot companies looking to move beyond the startup phase and pilot programs can learn valuable lessons on how to work with customers and partners, managing the supply chain for startups, talking with investors for growth capital, and what challenges lie for many...
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The Automation of Manual Vehicles: Insights, Analysis and Opportunities

In this session, Rian Whitton, Senior Analyst at ABI Research will analyze one of the biggest opportunities for providers of robotics technologies – the retrofitting of manual vehicles used in a wide variety of industries to support autonomous navigation. The session will include data on shipments and revenues, as well as overviews of well-known providers of autonomous navigation solutions including Brain Corporation, BlueBotics, Built Robotics and Outrider. Ongoing opportunities will also be discussed. Topics include: Form Factors Passenger Vehicles, Field Vehicles, Forklifts & Pallet Stackers, Maintenance Vehicles (scrubbers, cleaners) Leading Providers / Key OEMs Fleet Management Solutions Case Studies and Ongoing...
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Overcoming Warehouse Challenges Using Mobile Robots

Demand for split case or each-case picking, where individual items are picked from bins or open cartons, is increasing rapidly, presenting additional challenges to warehouses already straining under ever tightening schedules, increasing customer demand and labor shortages. As a result, companies are turning to technological advances to streamline their warehouse processes and increase productivity. In this informative session, attendees will learn how collaborative robots and other fulfillment center automation systems helped Lockheed Martin improve their operational efficiencies, while also empowering their workforce....
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The New Investment Model for Robotics Startups

Despite the huge success of “startup escalation” models featuring shared infrastructure, prototyping and strategic capabilities, robotics startups still have a significant challenge to find the right investors especially on the pre-revenue stages. There is a clear funding gap for robotics startups as most VCs have been either focusing on 1) software investment with their standard valuations, rounds sizes, and exit potential outputs/metrics, or 2) biotech/life science opportunities which also have their own established investment metrics and framework. Robotics investment falls, however, falls in between these types, which makes it very hard to find the right investors who understand these two extremes. In this session, Fady Saad, Co-Founder & Vice President of Strategic Partnerships for MassRobotics will share his experience as the co-founder of the US largest robotics commercialization hub (startup escalator). Information gleaned from exposure to hundreds robotics startups and early/growth investors will be presented, along with a new model for investment in...
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The Future of Robotic Manipulation With ROS and MoveIt

Due to its business-friendly licensing, active community and impressive feature set, Robot Operating System (ROS) has become a de facto standard for robotics systems development for research groups, startups, and large companies around the world. One of the most popular components within ROS is MoveIt, a widely used software platform for advanced robotics manipulation, including mobile manipulation. Yet despite its popularity, many challenges must be overcome for MoveIt to achieve both fast computations and planning for complex global motion. This is one of the main development goals of MoveIt 2, which is enabled by ROS 2, a second generation, commercially hardened and technically extended version of ROS. In this session, Dave Coleman, CEO of PickNik Robotics, will review ROS / ROS 2 and MoveIt / MoveIt 2, as well as comment on the characteristics of real-time motion planning and why it is difficult to achieve. A hybrid approach for real-time motion planning will be described, along with a roadmap to achieve...
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