Alex Shikany is the Vice President of AIA. In his position, he researches and reports statistics for the global robotics, machine vision, and motion control markets for the Association for Advancing Automation. Alex also develops market opportunity studies and white papers for the automation industry on key issues such as the impact of robots on employment, and the emergence of collaborative robotics. In addition to his research, Alex runs the day to day operations of AIA, the world’s largest vision and imaging trade group. He is also a frequent speaker at industry events around the world. Alex is a graduate of Michigan State University’s Broad MBA program, where he majored in Marketing and Finance. He also received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from MSU. Alex has seven years of experience in Marketing, Brand Strategy, and Market Research.