Agenda

Agenda

MONDAY, JANUARY 13, 2020
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
4:45 PM – 5:45 PM
First Time Attendee Primer: An Introduction to the Forum
6:00 PM – 6:15 PM
Welcome
6:15 PM – 7:00 PM
KEYNOTE SESSION
Robots, AI, and the World of Tomorrow
Byron Reese
Agenda - Byron Reese In this new talk prepared just for the Association for Advancing Automation, Byron Reese will explore the future that technology will soon bring about. Decidedly optimistic, Reese paints the picture of a world in which data gathered by sensors powers artificial intelligence to improve the lives of everyone on the planet. Drawing from history and the long arc of human civilization, Reese tells the story of our species as one that has clawed its way from barbarism and ignorance, and is about to enter an age of abundance and long lives for everyone. Reese is no Pollyanna, and will address in detail how the challenges we presently face will be overcome.

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7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Welcome Receptions
AIA Reception: Bonnet Creek V & VI
MCMA Reception: Bonnet Creek III
(Sponsored by: AMETEK )
RIA Reception: Bonnet Creek I & II (Sponsored by: Honeywell Intelligrated)
Groups will meet separately for the first half of the reception, then come together
TUESDAY, JANUARY 14, 2020
6:30 AM – 7:00 AM
A3 Wellness Run/Walk
(1 Mile Loop around the property)
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Registration Open & Networking Breakfast
8:30 AM – 8:45 AM
Welcome
8:45 AM – 10:00 AM
KEYNOTE SESSION
The Trust Edge
David Horsager, Trust Edge Leadership Institute
Sponsored by: FANUC America Corporation
Agenda - David Horsager Trust is a fundamental, bottom-line issue. Without it, leaders lose teams, salespeople lose sales, and organizations lose reputation, retention of good people, relationships and revenue. But with trust, individuals and organizations enjoy greater creativity, productivity, freedom, and results. Through David’s industry-leading research The Trust Outlook™ and firsthand experience working with the world’s highest-performing organizations, David reveals how top leaders and organizations drive business results to become the most trusted in their industry.

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10:00 AM – 10:45 AM
Networking Break
10:45 AM – 12:00 PM
KEYNOTE SESSION
Planning with Optimism
Alan Beaulieu, ITR Economics
(Sponsored by: Miller Resource Group)
Agenda - Alan Beaulieu The last two years have provided for many headlines, but did those headlines help or hinder your business? Presidential politics are fascinating and we will be exploring the likely impact, if any, on the near-term economy and what those politics will do to our forecast and to your world. Our job will be to determine the best course of action for the most important part of the economy – you and your business. We will discuss the sectors of the economy that will provide the best opportunities in 2022 and into 2023. We will also consider your 3,5, and 7-year planning and talk about the 2020s and how you should prepare for them.

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12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Group Networking Lunch
1:30 PM – 2:15 PM
KEYNOTE SESSION
2020 Automation Market Update
Alex Shikany, Association for Advancing Automation
(Sponsored by: Littler)
Agenda - Alex Shikany As we move into a new year, it’s important for you to understand what is happening in automation markets across the world. By coupling first-hand data collected by A3’s daughter associations with macroeconomic indicators, Alex will use statistical trends to paint a picture of the year to come in the global automation market.
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2:15 PM – 2:25 PM
Move to Breakouts
2:25 PM – 2:40 PM
AIA Breakout: Association Update
2:25 PM – 2:40 PM
RIA Breakout: Association Update
(Sponsored by: Kawasaki)
2:25 PM – 2:40 PM
MCMA Breakout: Association Update
(Sponsored by: Nabtesco)
2:40 PM – 2:45 PM
Session Change
2:45 PM – 3:25 PM
AIA Breakout: Shadows, Speckles, Glare – The State of the Art of High Dynamic Range Imaging
Ronald Mueller, Vision Markets GmbH
Ronald Mueller The trend towards Autonomous Vehicles in Automotive is pushing technological advances in High Dynamic Range (HDR) imaging. Autonomous cars need to rely on their visual perception of the road course, other road users, and traffic signs, etc. at all times. Image sensors and thus automotive cameras often face scenes of mixed brightness, such as entries and exits of tunnels, bridge underpasses, or low frontal sunlight. To capture all required image details in very dark and very bright areas, cameras need to show a so-called High Dynamic Range (HDR).

In Industrial Automation, the inspection of complex shapes and surfaces as well as applications in outdoor scenarios depend on such advancements in Automotive image sensor developments. This presentation will introduce the state of the art in High Dynamic Range imaging and available solutions. It will explain the four most promising HDR technologies and put them in context with practical video recording experiments utilizing the latest automotive image sensors from leading OEMs.
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2:45 PM – 3:25 PM
RIA Breakout: The Survey Results Are In! Adoption of Industrial Robots in North America
Moderator: Remy Glaisner, IDC
Gregory C. Brown II, UPS
David Peacock, Hytrol Conveyor Co., Inc.
Curtis Richardson, Spirit AeroSystems
(Sponsored by: Kawasaki)
The adoption of industrial robotics is proliferating and expanding globally. However, while organizations in industrial sectors face many of the same issues, they consider the leveraging of robotics solutions in different ways. In this session, Remy Glaisner from the market research firm IDC will review the results of a recent survey conducted by IDC. The purpose of the survey was to understand, identify and track key trends related to the current and future use of industrial robotics solutions. The results characterize how organizations are leveraging robotics in multiple areas of their business, how they are anticipating the use of these technologies in the future, and evaluate where robotics fits best in the value chain. Following the survey results discussion, Remy will moderate a panel of users to discuss how they incorporate robotics technologies into their business.
Agenda - Remy Glaisner Remy Glaisner
IDC
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Agenda - Gregory C. Brown II Gregory C. Brown II
UPS
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Agenda - David Peacock David Peacock
Hytrol Conveyor Co., Inc.
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Agenda - Curtis Richardson Curtis Richardson
Spirit AeroSystems
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2:45 PM – 3:25 PM
MCMA Breakout: U.S. Global Trade and Automation
Robert Casanova, U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC)
(Sponsored by: Nabtesco)
Robert Casanova This presentation will focus on: U.S.-China trade relations including the Section 301 tariffs on Chinese goods and the recent agreement between the two countries; USMCA and intellectual property; CP-TPP and intellectual property; and, U.S. regulations surrounding AI and automation.
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3:25 PM – 3:30 PM
Session Change
3:30 PM – 4:10 PM
AIA Breakout: Does size matter? Perception challenges for autonomous vehicles large and small.
Leo Baldwin, Amazon
Leo Baldwin The challenges of autonomous vehicle navigation will be presented, with an emphasis on sensing methods and their various strengths. These challenges will be reassessed in the context of a compact low-speed autonomous delivery robot.
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3:30 PM – 4:10 PM
RIA Breakout: Advancing Robotics Technology in Manufacturing: A Deeper Dive
Moderator: Suzy Teele, Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institute
Allen Bancroft, RE2 Robotics, Inc.
Arnie Kravitz, Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institute
Ted Rozier, Festo Didactic
(Sponsored by: Kawasaki)

For the past 3 years, the national collaborative Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institute has been working with hundreds of organizations to better understand opportunities to progress the state of robotics in manufacturing. Five key areas have been identified, and the national collaborative has been investing in projects to drive advancements in these areas. A panel discussion between ARM and some of its members will address these five key areas, what has happened to date, and the opportunities for future advancements in the near future. The five technology focus areas include:

  1. Risk Reduction for Transition to the Factory Floor
  2. Human-Robot Interaction
  3. Interoperability
  4. Reconfigurable, Agile, and Flexible Robotic Workcells
  5. Intelligent Robotic Systems
Agenda - Suzy Teele Suzy Teele
Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institute
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Agenda - Allen Bancroft Allen Bancroft
RE2 Robotics, Inc.
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Agenda - Arnie Kravitz Arnie Kravitz
Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institute
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Agenda - Ted Rozier Ted Rozier
Festo Didactic
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3:30 PM – 4:10 PM
MCMA Breakout: Changing the Perception of Archaic Industry
Chris Laudando, Stout – The Agtech Company
(Sponsored by: Nabtesco)
Chris Laudando While Silicon Valley works on the sexy problems of our time (e.g. autonomous vehicles), legacy industries like manufacturing, agriculture, and infrastructure remain largely reliant upon archaic technology. Fully autonomous robot taxis may be further away than we hoped, but the very same tools being developed for autonomous cars can be applied to less technically challenging problems in archaic industry. This session will discuss the marriage of Silicon Valley perception technology to archaic industry problems. By comparing & contrasting the feasibility of perception tech applied to different engineering problems, we’ll highlight the extreme financial viability associated with “Big Tech” tools cleverly applied to manufacturing, agriculture, and infrastructure.
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4:10 PM – 4:30 PM
Return to General Session
4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
KEYNOTE SESSION
The Sky is Not The Limit: Lessons From A Year In Space
Captain Scott Kelly Retired Astronaut and U.S. Navy Captain
(Sponsored by: Oakland University)
Agenda - Captain Scott Kelly During his record-breaking Year In Space, U.S. astronaut Scott Kelly captivated the world while laying the groundwork for the future of space travel and exploration. And while science was at the core of Kelly’s groundbreaking expedition—it is his life lessons and personal stories from 229 miles above Earth and the path that led him there that provide such unique and valuable perspective on embracing risk and discovering one’s true potential to achieve the impossible. With a journey that exemplifies the power and resilience of the human spirit, from U.S. Navy fighter pilot to record-holding astronaut, Kelly reveals the choices and life events that paved his way. An American hero whose contribution to humanity is as far-reaching as his epic story, Kelly reflects on his journey with his trademark candor, humor, and humility. From the leadership and teamwork required in such demanding conditions to the long-term deprivation from loved ones and Planet Earth itself, Kelly delivers a true one-of-a-kind experience.
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7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Forum Street Party
Sponsored by: SCHUNK and Visual Components
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15, 2020
7:30 AM – 9:00 AM
Registration Open & Networking Breakfast
9:00 AM – 9:10 AM
Welcome
9:10 AM – 10:00 AM
KEYNOTE SESSION
Everyday Innovation
Josh Linkner, 5x Tech Entrepreneur, Author, Speaker, Change Agent
Fresh approaches to growth, change, and transformation

Innovation isn’t limited to engineers in lab coats or C-suite executives. In this inspiring, thought-provoking address, tech entrepreneur and New York Times bestselling author Josh Linkner dispels the myths around innovation, offering five actionable steps you can take to make innovation a daily habit. In doing so, he demonstrates how innovation can be an accessible, everyday part of your business. Energizing, actionable, and hysterically funny, audience members will emerge with a fresh perspective on driving the principles of innovation directly into their daily work.

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10:00 AM – 10:15 AM
A3 Update
10:15 AM – 10:45 AM
Networking Break
10:45 AM – 11:45 AM
KEYNOTE SESSION
The Future of Automation Roundtable

Moderator: Robert Huschka, Association for Advancing Automation
Raj Batra, Siemens USA
Jon Battles, Amazon
Bob Hosler, Keyence
Matt Vasey, Microsoft
This revolution has been called many names … Industry 4.0… The Factory of the Future … Smart Manufacturing… The Industrial Internet of Things. No matter the label you choose, robotics, advanced vision, and evolving motion control technologies – combined with the power of artificial intelligence — will touch every aspect of the automation ecosystem, from product design to manufacturing processes to delivery to a customer’s door. Four automation industry leaders will discuss what we can expect in the next decade – and how we can prepare to take advantage of these new opportunities.
Agenda - Robert Huschka Robert Huschka
Association for Advancing Automation
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Agenda - Raj Batra Raj Batra
Siemens USA
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Agenda - Jon Battles Jon Battles
Amazon
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Agenda - Bob Hosler Bob Hosler
Keyence Corporation of America
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Agenda - Matt Vasey Matt Vasey
Microsoft
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11:45 AM – 12:00 PM
Closing Message
12:30 PM
Amazon Fulfillment Center Tour 1 Bus Departs – (Tour currently full)
Tour Starts at 1:00 PM
Tour visitors will receive a special, behind-the-scenes tour of MCO1, Amazon’s Fulfillment Center for the Orlando area. You’ll get to witness the daily partnership between Amazon associates and Amazon Robotics to pick, pack and ship Amazon orders for customers across Central Florida. Busing will be provided.
1:30 PM
Amazon Fulfillment Center Tour 2 Bus Departs – (Tour currently full)
Tour Starts at 2:15 PM
Tour visitors will receive a special, behind-the-scenes tour of MCO1, Amazon’s Fulfillment Center for the Orlando area. You’ll get to witness the daily partnership between Amazon associates and Amazon Robotics to pick, pack and ship Amazon orders for customers across Central Florida. Busing will be provided.

*Agenda is subject to change

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