As research advancements, technological developments, and societal need have combined to remove barriers to innovation and commercialization, the robotics sector has the good fortune of offering many opportunities for those companies that can deliver robotics solutions that are functional and deliver real value. However, the opportunity landscape for robotics is so large, and the rate of technical advancement so rapid, as to make difficult the choice of which opportunities to pursue.
Choice is good, but an overabundance of options can be overwhelming, stifling the decision-making processes, and more regretfully, resulting in less informed, incorrect decisions. Equally important, once opportunities have been identified, the correct strategy to maximize the opportunity (and minimize risk) must be determined, and the according technical and business process must be executed in response. Topics covered in the Identifying Opportunities Track include:
Robotics Adoption Trends
Import / Export Strategies
Political & Social Drivers
Design & Engineering Services
Exploiting Technologies Track
The design and development of robotics systems is a cross discipline undertaking requiring the synergistic combination of a number of mechanical, material, electrical and computer technologies, and the integration of the same using smart software. Often these robots must be further integrated with other systems in their environment and be able to communicate with other devices, as well as directly with humans. If this were not difficult enough, some classes of robotics systems must be able to operate autonomously, often in unstructured environments, with little outside control to guide them.
Thankfully, a wide range of powerful enabling technologies are available to the developer of commercial robotics systems, ranging from microprocessors / SoCs and sensors, to networking solutions, and design and development toolsets, as well as ready-made robotic ‘platforms’, that dramatically simplify the job of designing and developing robotics solutions. Sessions in the Exploiting Technologies Track will cover the latest advances in these ‘core’ enabling technologies, which special emphasis placed on how they can best be exploited to deliver robust robotics, commercial class systems:
Sensors & Sensing
AI & Machine Learning
Actuators, Motion & Mobility
Materials & Componentry
Microprocessors / SoCs
Standards & Standardization
ROS & Open Source Solutions
Communications / Networking
Design & Development Tools
Driving Business Track
Business development is crucial for any robotics company, from new start-ups to the largest Global 2000 multinationals. Without it, companies will struggle to survive, let alone thrive.
Business development initiatives themselves can take many forms, including the basic “blocking and tackling” requirements common to all companies such as attracting, hiring and retaining employees, meeting legal requirements and protecting intellectual property. Other forms of business development are unique to the size, class and age of the companies. For example, attracting funding is a central concern for many start-ups, while for publicly traded companies, investment trends and global trade are vital issues.
Sessions in the Driving Business Track will provide management level attendees with critical information regarding business development, investment and partnership opportunities specific to producers of commercial class robotics solutions, as well as best practices for running robotics companies more efficiently. Representative topics in Driving Business Track include:
Legal & IP Services
Robotics Innovation Clusters
Governmental Agencies & NGOs
Design & Development Track
The development of ground-based field robots is difficult, requiring the mastery of multiple disciplines – including software development, mechanical and electrical engineering. Adding to the challenge is the additional burdens of real-time constraints, complex systems engineering, and operational environments featuring difficult terrain, high levels of uncertainty and dynamism. Also, as field robotics systems are made to operate in open spaces, public places and on the battlefield, engineering and testing for usability and safe operation becomes critical.
Thankfully, solution providers have responded to these difficulties by providing a whole host of robotics design, development tools, and testing tools that speed and east the development and deployment of field robotics systems. Topics covered in the Design & Development Track include:
Development Tools / SDKs / Libraries
System Integration / Programming
Prototyping, and Simulation and Testing
Robotics Engineering Methodologies
Simulation and Testing Tools
CAD/CAM Tools For Robotics Development
Testing Methods / Testing Sites
Languages and Libraries
Robot Operating System, MoveIt! and Open Source Solutions
Software Development Kits and Modeling Tools
COTS Solutions for Robotics
3D Printing / Rapid Prototyping
Design, Engineering and Testing Services
Markets and Applications Track
There are many classes of ground field robotics systems based on differing capabilities and enabling technologies, including teleoperated/autonomous, wheeled/tracked/legged, battery/fuel/solar, and more. Systems can also be differentiated based on their specific target market (construction, mining, agriculture, public safety, defense etc.) and application (surveillance, portage, delivery etc.). While the various field robotics systems often use identical enabling technologies and are developed using similar engineering methodologies, industry and application specific requirements can make generalized engineering principals and techniques non-transferable. Sessions in the Markets and Applications Track focus on those attributes that make certain field robotics systems unique, with sessions providing insights and recommendations into the optimal design, development and deployment choice for specific system classes.
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