In this engaging keynote session, Agility Robotics co-founders Jonathan Hurst and Damion Shelton will discuss the development of their bipedal robot, Digit, and how it’s being built to perform real-world tasks such as unloading trailers and moving totes and packages. Agility Robotics will also demo Digit and show a special tease of the next version of Digit that is due out this fall.
Research advancements and technological progress have combined to remove barriers to robotics innovation and commercialization, providing the robotics sector with many opportunities for startups that can deliver robotics solutions that are functional and deliver real value.
While funding for robotics start-ups continues to increase, it is equally true that fundraising for a robotics startup can be challenging, more so compared to other sectors and technologies. A keynote panel of leading robotics sector investment professionals will discuss venture capital (VC) and private sector investment in companies producing robots or enabling technologies.
The keynote will also highlight companies, technologies, and applications that have found commercial success or have the potential for doing so. Macro trends in the robotics sector, useful for uncovering novel technological innovations, as well as surfacing overlooked business opportunities, will be discussed. Topics include:
– The state of robotics sector investment
– Business, technological and social drivers for investment
– Gating factors and headwinds
– Why robotics startups succeed (or fail)
– Robotics unicorns
– Ongoing robotics opportunities
It is well documented that robotics clusters, groups of regionally localized robotics companies, enthusiastic investors, universities and research institutions, and other supporting organizations, act as facilitators and accelerators for robotics innovation, new business formation, job creation and regional wealth generation. For companies developing robotics solutions (both large and small), as well as individual engineers, awareness and understanding of the outsized role robotics clusters play in the growth of the overall robotics sector, particularly as it relates to business planning and partnership opportunities, is critical. In this panel session, representatives from various robotics clusters will describe how clusters support robotics companies and robotics communities, and by extension, career opportunities. Topics include:
– Global Robotics Clusters
– Partnering with Robotics Clusters
– Conclusions and Recommendations
Over the last 50 years, machines have changed dramatically, becoming more autonomous, intelligent and mobile than ever before. In short, today’s machines do more with less human supervision. They’re also increasingly connected, both to the Internet and to other machines and devices.
In light of these changes, society needs to reevaluate our understanding of what it means to safely deploy machines, especially in scenarios where they will work closely with people. The safety measures of the past, when machines were bolted down, caged, or controlled by wired systems, are not suited for the age of autonomy. Robotics systems and smart machines need a new approach to safety— one that includes cybersecurity as a primary consideration.
In this session, FORT CTO Nathan Bivans will discuss:
– The convergence of IT and OT
– Cybersecurity threats in OT environments
– Best practices for mitigating safety and security risks
Robots are increasingly being used in environments where they are exposed to the public, whether it be in a shopping mall, a grocery store, a restaurant, an airport, or in the home. This raises concerns about whether these commercial & consumer robots can be trusted to operate safely around people, especially vulnerable groups such as children and elderly. Even when no humans are present, having a robot in a home or work place can increase risk. As a result, standards have been developed describing how these robots are to be assessed in terms of construction, materials, design, and testing to substantially reduce risk and increase public safety. In this presentation, UL’s Jason Smith and Karen Reddington will introduce these safety standards, including the new UL 3300, the standard for robotics systems, including service, information, educational and entertainment robots. Topics such as electrical safety, battery safety, safe mobility and functional safety, and designing for compliance will also be discussed.
Robots, UAVs and drones have become an integral part of our society today. No longer limited to improving productivity and efficiency in industrial settings, these automated systems are making lives easier and the world greener. We no longer do a double take when we see robots supporting human workers, drones helping fight climate change or robot chefs serving at restaurants. As our reliance of automation accelerate, we have to ask — what’s next?
In this engaging and far-reaching panel session, representatives from robotics, aviation and other industry insider will address the ‘what’s next’ question. Topics include:
– Impact of co-bots’ in the construction industry
– How automation/UAVs are decarbonizing aviation
– Market drivers and emerging opportunities
– Challenges and gating factors
– What’s coming next?
AI, including machine learning and deep ;earning, is increasingly impacting our personal lives, and the use of AI-powered robots in manufacturing facilities, power plants, warehouses, and other industrial sites also continues to expand. Warehouse bin-picking provides just one example. In an e-commerce fulfillment warehouse, human workers need to pick and place millions of different products into boxes based on customer requirements. Deep learning and reinforcement learning now enables robots to learn to handle various objects with minimum help from humans. In this session, YJ Lim, Senior Technical Product Manager of Robotics and Autonomous Systems at MathWorks, will describe how to empower robotics systems using deep learning and reinforcement learning for perception and motion control in autonomous robotics applications including robot manipulators, autonomous mobile robots, and UAVs.