Innovation Track

Recognizing the Next Wave of Technological Innovations

This track will discuss how and where the next generation of technologies are impacting the market and how robotic and component technology developers and suppliers are applying these new technologies and applications.

Who Should Attend

  • Robotic Solution and Technology Developers
  • Component and Enabling Technology Suppliers
  • Senior and Mid-Level Executives
  • Developers, Engineers (Computer, Software, Mechanical, Application and Data Scientist)
  • Financial Professionals
  • Start Ups
  • Legal/IP Executives

Track Opening Session

Advancing AI to Get Robots to Work with Humans, Not Just Next to Them

Many emerging robotics applications require the use of multiple collaborating robots to operate under human supervision. To be useful in such applications, robots will need to act as smart assistants by (1) programming themselves, (2) efficiently learning from the observed performance, (3) safely operating in the presence of uncertainty, (4) appropriately calling for help during the execution of challenging tasks, and (5) effectively communicating with humans. This presentation will provide an overview of the advances in artificial intelligence that are being used to enable robots to automatically make decisions to meet the aforementioned requirements. As smart manufacturing represents a leap forward from traditional automation to fully connected and flexible systems the question that will be asked and answered – is how ready is the industry to embrace the challenges and opportunities.

Satyandra K. Gupta, PhD

Smith International Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science; Director, Center of Advanced Manufacturing; Editor, ASME Journal of Computing and Information Science in Engineering

University of Southern California

Mollie Anderson

Mgr., Principal Consultant

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