2019 A3 Business Forum Agenda

8:00 AM – 2:00 PM
A3 Golf Outing
Waldorf Astoria Golf Club
Optional Activity – additional fee is required
10:00 AM – 6:30 PM
Registration Open
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
MCMA Permanent Magnet Division (PMD) Meeting
Open to all conference registrants. Attend to learn the latest happenings in the permanent magnet market.
4:45 PM – 5:45 PM
First Time Attendee Primer: An Introduction to the Forum
6:00 PM – 6:15 PM
Welcome and Introductions
6:15 PM – 7:00 PM
The Human Exploration of Mars
Dr. Anita Sengupta, University of Southern California and Aerospace Experience Technologies

Keynote Sponsored by:

Agenda - Dr. Anita Sengupta Mars is the next destination for humans to explore and colonize in our journey through the solar system and beyond. For the past thirty years, the space programs of many nations have been sending robotic landed platforms of increasing complexity, revealing the Red Planet’s ancient past. One of the most challenging aspects of sending humans to Mars is the safe landing on the surface, from an initial entry speed of 30,000 miles per hour to a soft touchdown. During the descent to the surface, humans must be protected from extreme temperatures and G-forces by complex engineered systems. On the surface future explorers must be able to survive surface radiation and low pressures, with only the limited resources they can bring with them. This talk will discuss the motivation for Mars exploration and how engineering challenges are tackled with cutting-edge technologies, in situ resource utilization, and out-of-the-box thinking. Engineering the Red Planet is the key to our future and understanding our past.Learn More About the Speaker
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Welcome Reception
6:30 AM – 7:00 AM
A3 Wellness Run/Walk
Meet at Bonnet Creek Pavilion (1 Mile Loop around property)
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Registration & Networking Breakfast
8:30 AM – 8:45 AM
Welcome and Introductions
8:45 AM – 10:15 AM
Global 2019 Economic Outlook & Forecast
Alan Beaulieu, ITR Economics

Keynote Sponsored by: Miller Resource Group

Agenda - Alan Beaulieu One of the country’s most informed economists, Alan has been providing workshops and economic analysis seminars in countries across the world to literally thousands of business owners and executives for the last 25 years.

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10:15 AM – 11:00 AM
Networking Break
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Current Political Outlook
A.B. Stoddard, RealClearPolitics
Agenda - A.B. Stoddard A.B. Stoddard offers a nonpartisan perspective of the political landscape of the day and our nation’s upcoming elections. Frequently meeting with sources and politicians of all stripes, Stoddard has her finger on the pulse of Washington, DC, as she offers detailed and smart political and electoral analysis. In a talk as up-to-date as the day’s headlines, she covers the five biggest stories in the news, the most up-to-date happenings between Congress and the White House, ongoing budget battles, and the electoral prospects for the two parties.
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12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Group Networking Lunch
1:30 PM – 2:15 PM
2019 Automation Market Update
Alex Shikany, Association for Advancing Automation
Agenda - Alex Shikany Alex Shikany is the Vice President of AIA, part of the Association for Advancing Automation (A3). In his position, he researches and reports statistics for the global robotics, machine vision, and motion control markets.
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2:30 PM – 4:00 PM
AIA Update & 2019 Achievement Award Presentation
Wallace Latimer, FISBA, Chair of AIA Board of Directors & Alex Shikany, Vice President – AIA
A Vision for Applied Automation in Mobility
Andrew Chatham, Transdev
The Future of Computer Vision in Manufacturing & Logistics
Eric Danziger, Invisible AI
Vision for Chef Robots
David M.S. Johnson, Dexai Robotics
MCMA Association Update
Matt French, AMETEK, Chair of MCMA Board of Directors
Exception to the Rule: The Surprising Science of Character-based leadership, engagement and performance
Peter Rea, Parker Hannifin Corporation
Networking Session
RIA Association Update
Joe Gemma, KUKA, Chair of the RIA Board of Directors
Managing Innovation: Redefine Your Company Based on the Company You Keep
Teresa Tung, Accenture
Insights from IDC’s 2018 Commercial Service Robotics Survey
4:00 PM – 4:15 PM
Return to General Session
4:15 PM – 5:15 PM
Do Robots Need to Look Human?
Dr. Dennis Hong, RoMeLa (Robotics & Mechanisms Laboratory) of the Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Department of UCLA

Keynote Sponsored by: Oakland University

Agenda - Dr. Dennis Hong In Hollywood, robots are often depicted in the humanoid form. Thus when we think of robots we naturally imagine humanoid robots. For robots to move around in a human environment and to do work using tools made for humans, it is natural to have robots that have the shape and size of a human. We have been developing humanoid robots at RoMeLa (Robotics & Mechanisms Laboratory) for more than a decade for firefighting and disaster relief applications. However, such robots are still too slow, too unstable, too complex, too expensive, and too unsafe which prevent them to be used in real life situations. Do robots really need to look like human? We revisit this question and present some of the new exciting morphologies as solutions, discuss the creative process, and imagine our future with robots.
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5:15 PM – 5:30 PM
A3 Special Announcement
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Sports Night Networking Party
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Networking Breakfast
8:30 AM – 8:45 AM
8:45 AM – 9:30 AM

Zume’s Social Responsibility in Automation and AI
Josh Goldberg, Zume, Inc.

Keynote Sponsored by: Littler Mendelson

Agenda - Josh Goldberg Zume was founded on the belief that everyone has the right to a healthy meal they can afford. Zume Pizza began with pizza delivery, a $40B a year industry in America that impacts the health and well-being of people and the planet. Since its founding in 2015, Zume has established a formula for partnering people with technology that creates a more thoughtful and efficient way to source, make, bake and deliver pizza. In the process, Zume is delivering an artisan pizza that takes care of the people who eat it and make it and even takes better care of the planet.

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9:30 AM – 10:00 AM
What’s Next for Robotics & Automation?
Robert Coneybeer, Shasta Ventures
Robert Coneybeer

What’s Next for Robotics & Automation?

For years, few venture capitalists invested in robotics, vision, and related startups. Now, it’s one of the most exciting new areas of investment in Silicon Valley. Why the recent change? Venture capital veteran Rob Coneybeer explains why, where the next opportunities will be, and what are the remaining challenges.

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10:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Networking Break
10:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Building an AI-Ready Culture
Dr. Irene Petrick, Intel
Dr. Irene Petrick Dr. Irene J. Petrick joined Intel in 2015 and is Senior Director of Industrial Innovation in the Internet of Things Group. Irene focuses on emerging technology, social, and global trends and their combined impact on the industrial space.

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11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

AI Panel – Our Future with Artificial Intelligence

Brigadier General R. Patrick Huston, The Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School
Garry G. Mathiason, Littler Mendelson
Dr. Irene Petrick, Intel
Claude Dinsmoor, FANUC America Corporation

Brigadier General R. Patrick Huston Brigadier General R. Patrick Huston is the Commanding General of The Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Legal Center and School, the federal government’s only ABA-accredited law school. General Huston’s current work focuses on the legal and ethical development and use of artificial intelligence, autonomous weapons, and other emerging technologies.

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Garry Mathiason Garry Mathiason is a senior partner with Littler, the largest global law firm exclusively devoted to labor and employment law. He originated the firm’s Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and Automation Practice Group, providing legal advice and representation to the robotics industry, as well as employers deploying this technology in the workplace. His robotics and AI practice includes workplace safety standards, privacy requirements, robot collaboration and human displacement, anti-discrimination law and legislative and regulatory developments.

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Dr. Irene Petrick Dr. Irene J. Petrick joined Intel in 2015 and is Senior Director of Industrial Innovation in the Internet of Things Group. Irene focuses on emerging technology, social, and global trends and their combined impact on the industrial space.

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12:00 PM – 12:15 PM
Closing Message and Send-Off

*Agenda is subject to change

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