Exhibit Hall Hours:
Tuesday, May 12: 10:30 am – 6:45 pm | Wednesday, May 13: 10:30 am – 3:15 pm

Day 1: May 11

WORKSHOP DAY

12:00pm

Registration Opens

1:00pm – 3:00pm

Workshop #1
Workshop #2
Educators Bonanza – Discovering Resources and Getting Started with Robotics Education Robots are invading the education system at all levels. This session will present a wide range of programs, organizations, tools and curriculum for all levels to get started in teaching robotics. In this session you’ll learn:

  • – How a wide range of robotics competitions are driving the adoption of robotics in schools across the world
  • – Key concepts to consider when starting a robotics program
  • – Research based tools designed to support teachers at all levels
  • – Current and future trends in robotics education
Knowledge Engines – Building Smart Applications that Learn The field of robotics is closely aligned with the work in Artificial Intelligence or AI. The brains of a robotic system can be cloud based and used in the operation of a robot, or could become an independent, stand alone system itself. The knowledge engines acquire information from natural language interfaces, perception, haptic interfaces, non-structured data and more. Knowledge Engines collect, organize, filter, and perform predictive analytics to provide guidance for future actions. In this workshop you’ll learn:

  • – Research work in building generic Knowledge Engines with broad applicability to a variety of robots and intelligence systems
  • – How to get started with Knowledge Engine tools to build your own Intelligence Systems
  • – How the digital brains are used to connect with the physical world of robotics

3:00pm – 3:15pm

Break

3:15pm – 5:15pm

Workshop #3
Workshop #4
Robot Simulation Before you build it, simulate it. Building and understanding the mechanical, electrical and other engineering components of a robot can be complex and expensive. In order to understand how the physical world of a robot will work, engineers use simulation and design software to understand and test ideas in the digital world first. In this workshop you’ll learn:

  • – Software options for the analysis of kinematics, force/dynamic analysis, circuit design and physical models
  • – Open Source tools available now and being developed or in beta
  • – Options for add ons or extensions to traditional CAD programs like AutoDesk Inventor and Solidworks useful for robotics design
Robots and the New Adaptive Manufacturing Movement New affordable, collaborative robots and mobile service robots are changing the game of manufacturing. Robots are-becoming co-workers that are mobile and adaptable allowing them to perform just-in-time tasks that are programmed by their human masters. In this session you’ll learn:

  • – How robots can now be programmed by non-programmers using visual programming tools and a “show-me-how” model of development
  • – Case studies and Use Cases of how adaptive manufacturing is evolving and what to look for in the near future
  • – Components and parts that can be added to suit the task at hand including the latest advances in manipulation, perception and motion capability

5:15pm – 5:30pm

Break

5:30pm – 7:30pm

Robo GameChanger Startup Competition
This high energy session is a rapid-fire blitz of what’s on the horizon for Robotics. Join us as startups and emerging entrepreneurs in the robotics space give Lightening Talks on their business strategies, their customers, their challenges, and the opportunities that lie ahead. Each selected startup will have the opportunity to speak for three (3) minutes and pitch their business idea. The winner will receive a cash prize and complimentary investment and legal services. Startups wishing to be considered should apply here. Cocktail/Networking Reception to be held immediately following completion of competition.

Note: Audience attendance is included with any registration category for RoboUniverse.

7:30pm – 8:30pm

Cocktail/Networking Reception

Day 2: May 12

CONFERENCE DAY 1

8:15am

Registration Opens

9:00am – 9:15am

Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:15am – 10:00am

Opening Keynote
Robotics: Where Are We Now, Where Are We Going? By any measure, the robotics industry is expanding dramatically. This growth can be quantified in terms of increased sales and installations, along with the development of wholly new applications and businesses enabled by robotic technologies. Recent robotics acquisitions by highly visible, forward thinking companies such as Google, Apple and Amazon have fired the imagination of business leaders, investors and others, with the result that interest for robotics technologies is at an all-time high.

But the term “robotics” can describe a wide swath of technologies, applications, markets, and even industries. This makes understanding robotics in toto problematic. Ongoing, rapid technological churn only makes the process more difficult (hype also abounds). The purpose of this session is to describe the potential of the robotics opportunity in a way that informs decision making, maximizes opportunity and reduces risk. Attendees at this session will be provided with a taxonomic framework describing the various classes of robotics sectors. Market sizing data for many of the most exciting new markets will be provided for many sectors including unmanned aerial systems, consumer robotics, mobile service robots and more. Business, technology and social issues driving these sectors will be discussed (the Internet of Things, cloud computing and “reshoring”, for example), along with descriptions of recent innovations that will further accelerate the proliferation of robotic technology into the home, the workplace and public places.

10:00am – 10:45am

Keynote
Robots and the Internet of Everything One of the world’s leading authorities on mobile robots, Angle is an industry pioneer with more than two decades of experience. Under his leadership, iRobot is at the forefront of the robot industry, having delivered more than 13 million home cleaning, remote presence and military robots that empower people to do more. Just as the robot industry continues to grow, so does the Internet of Everything. We’re currently in the midst of an explosion of connected possibilities, yet there is potential for so much more. What stands in the way? Angle will explore challenges the Internet of Everything faces, where robots fit into the equation, and how robotic technologies like mapping will spur growth within the Internet of Everything by enabling a smarter, more dynamic and more user friendly connected home. He will also explore how the development of these technologies will, in turn, lead to more capable robots in the future.

10:45am – 11:00am

Morning Break

11:00am – 11:45am

Business Development Track
Applications of Robotics Track
Technology Track
Driverless Cars Conference
Robots – Walk the Line – in the Courtroom As robots move from the lab to the workplace, new emerging legal entanglements become real. If you’re a startup – you need to protect your ideas and IP. If you’re a corporation – you have privacy/safety and security of your employees and human displacement issues. And if you’re setting policy and the rules of robot engagement you have new unchartered territory to map out. This session will explore the top issues in the legal arena – and why you and your robot will probably need a lawyer.
Changing the Face of Retail After decades in which the model for delivering customer service in retail stores remained largely unchanged, 2014 saw the debut of several intelligent, mobile service robots for retail and customer service applications. Robotic innovation is changing the face of retail. This session will focus on Lowe’s Innovation Labs introduction of Autonomous Retail Service Robot (ARSR) technology to amplify the shopping experience for customers and employees.
3D Printing and Robotics – Perfect Together At first glance, the 3-D Printing and Robotics world seem like two distinct fields. However, these two emerging technologies are more closely related than you think. The Robotic Stock indexes include 3D Printing companies. Robotics and 3D Printing are two of the top disruptive technologies that are symbiotically related and destined to merge in the future. But how will ideas from the robotic space influence the architecture of future 3D printing products? In this session, you’ll learn about the thought process of the robotics industry toward 3D printing and we’ll share open source projects that utilize 3D printers to build robot components. We’ll also discuss 3D Printer kits (large and small) that when combined with maker kits like Arduino or Raspberry Pi enable you to build your own robots or UAVs.
Automated Cars: From Today to the Ultimate Riding Machine Described is the technology that is available in today’s showrooms, today’s technology garages and how these may well evolve to substantially change surface transportation and our daily lives.

11:45am – 12:30pm

Business Development Track
Applications of Robotics Track
Technology Track
Driverless Cars Conference
The Education Ecosystem – Training our Workforce for the Future As robots begin the process of human displacement in traditional old school jobs, we need to develop a workforce that is trained in new skills to provide the building, care and feeding of the rising robot population. Starting from a young age, kids will learn and play with new robotic toys. Kids from K-12 will be required to be bilingual in English – and a programming language. Universities will redefine degrees to create the proper mix of skill sets to service the robotic ecosystem. And if the education system ignores this problem – the MAKER movement and STEM efforts will move ahead without them. This session will discuss many of the issues in the education of our workforce for our robotics future.
Mobile Robots for Distribution & Fulfillment This session will focus on new scalable and flexible robotic systems for material handling and data management in a range of industrial environments. Multiple industries every day have significant material handling needs. Manufacturing operations, construction sites and e-commerce fulfillment centers all involve large amounts of repetitive work, where teams of smart, practical and sustainable robots will add significant value in terms of getting work done and doing it efficiently when working with and alongside humans.
Gripping, Grasping and Fine Manipulation Robotics automation is fueling the manufacturing 2.0 revolution as robots packages and pricing are now reachable for middle and small manufactures. But there is much more happening than new low cost programmable arms, innovative end effectors are coming to market that allow robots to perform tasks more accurately or allow robots to perform tasks they could not perform in the past. During this session, attendees will learn about these new technologies for dexterous manipulation.
How Deep Learning AI is changing the Driverless Landscape Learn about the various technologies involved in realizing driverless cars, and why the glue that puts it all together – the Artificial Intelligence – has been so difficult to find. A new AI technology called Deep Learning, however, is changing the game. Hear what deep learning is, how it works, and why it is a game changer.

12:30pm – 1:30pm

Lunch Break

1:30pm – 2:15pm

Afternoon Keynote
Robots Among Us Dr. Rodney Brooks has spent a long and distinguished career dedicated to developing robots that work with people in safe and productive ways. At iRobot, where he was a co-founder, Brooks and team introduced the first mass-market robot, the Roomba, now in 14 million homes around the world, and the first large scale deployment of robots in the military, 4,500 Packbots in the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. In both cases, people with no special training started working directly with robots. At Rethink Robotics, Brooks’ vision of changing the way robots are used in factories and logistics is being realized with a new class of smart, collaborative robots. These robots safely share workspaces with people doing their own jobs. And because they are easy to train and retrain, people in factories are able to use the robots to do the dull, repetitive, or sometimes injury prone tasks that they don’t enjoy doing themselves. Smart collaborative robots have become a productivity tool for the aging workforces in US factories. Over the next thirty years we can expect to see the role of collaborative robots spread throughout society, in hospitals, service environments, and even in in-home elder care. In his keynote, Dr. Brooks will share his vision on how robots and people will increasingly work together, with each doing the tasks that they are best at.

2:15pm – 3:00pm

Business Development Track
Applications of Robotics Track
Technology Track
Driverless Cars Conference
Robots on Wall Street – Show Me the Money How can you ride the wave and avoid a wipeout in the fast pace world of robotics investment? One stroke of a pen on a new law could cripple the product plans of a promising rising company. Companies like Google open their wallets and in a flash acquire a suite of robotics companies. What robots are moving out of the labs and into production, and which will be forever stuck in the muck of never ending research funding. Join us as we explore how robotics based investments might be a part of your future portfolio.
Next Generation Soft Wearable Robots Next generation wearable robots will use soft materials such as textiles and elastomers to provide a more conformal, unobtrusive and compliant means to interface to the human body. These robots will augment the capabilities of healthy individuals (e.g. improved walking efficiency, increased grip strength) in addition to assisting patients who suffer from physical or neurological disorders. This talk will focus on two different projects that demonstrate the design, fabrication and control principles required to realize these systems.
Advances in Motion Control Motion control is a sub-field of automation, in which the position or velocity of machines are controlled using some type of device such as a linear actuator, or electric motor, generally a servo. Motion control is an important part of robotics, however it is more complex than in the use of specialized machines, where the kinematics are usually simpler. This is a can’t miss session for robot developers and end users considering custom robot solutions. Attendees will learn about the latest advancements in motion control such as adaptive tuning, the importance of drive and motor power density, controller options and more.
The New Dawn of Car Tech The car business has witnessed several generations of advancements over the past century. Manufacturing, safety, supply chain, design, luxury, performance, reliability, emissions, and efficiency highlighted several of the decade-long innovation cycles through the early 21st century. We now are entering the most exciting era yet: where cars will become autonomous and personalized. Advanced sensors, deep learning, and persistent connectivity will take the majority of piloting efforts away from the driver. Customization via platforms such as Android Auto and Apply CarPlay will create unique in-car productivity and entertainment experiences to safely engage the driver as they oversee the robot pilots. In this talk, we’ll cover these trends and their implications for the future of the automobile.

3:00pm – 3:30pm

Afternoon Break

3:30pm – 4:15pm

Business Development Track
Applications of Robotics Track
Technology Track
Driverless Cars Conference
When to Automate The decision to automate can be complicated, if not overwhelming when one considers all the factors involved. There is no handbook that tells you when to automate or invest in robotics solutions. This session will provide real world insights and factors to consider when you start down the automation path. Key items covered will include projecting your production requirements, why you should (or should not) automate, aligning robotic solutions with manufacturing / production needs, understanding the real ROI, where to go for help – before, during and after deployment, and balancing leading edge technology and proven products & solutions.
Reinventing Hospitality Through Automation Robots are poised to revolutionize the services industry through the automation of routine tasks in functions like banquet catering, amenity replenishment, food delivery, and trash removal to name a few. By assigning robots to these functions behind the scenes, personnel can be reassigned to tasks that provide more value for guests. The Hyatt plans to pilot the QC Bot, a logistics solution, to improve the delivery of hospitality services. This presentation will discuss: goals of the pilot program, discovering workflow needs and managing organizational change, and the success metrics critical to understanding how automated logistics technologies will impact hospitality services.
Knowledge Engines and AI – Applications Beyond Gaming How do these robots get so smart? Beating a champion chess player. Knocking off not one, but two Jeopardy champions. That don’t impress me much. What will make a lasting impression on society will be when these smart-alecs can diagnose common and elusive illnesses, predict stock market movements, even improve and extend our own limited brain capacity. This session will explore the movement toward cloud-based, artificial intelligent, knowledge engines and how you can get started in applying the knowledge engines today.
The Automotive Graph – Connecting Engine Data to the Ambient Information Around Driving Dash, Inc. is creating the Automotive Graph. The graph encompasses the broad set of information available while driving. At its foundation is the vehicle sensor information available via the electronic bus of a vehicle using OBD-II legislated data accessible on all vehicles 1996 and newer. This data is paired with the ambient information surrounding a drive; location, weather, traffic, social information of the driver and passengers. This data is analyzed to provide insights into more fuel efficient driving, safer driving and predictive feedback regarding your vehicle’s health.

4:15pm – 5:00pm

Business Development Track
Applications of Robotics Track
Technology Track
Driverless Cars Conference
Choosing a Robotics Integrator While many robotics integrators can achieve marginal improvements, choosing one with deep experience and business strength will yield superior solutions that are thoroughly designed to maximize your ROI and value. This session will explore the top things to consider when selecting a robotics integrator.
Smarter, Not Harder! Smarter, not harder!, is a presentation about the importance of great software to build awesome and innovative robotic systems. This session will highlight robotics solutions in the construction and broadcasting industries using Universal Robots with innovative software, enabling long range remote control of robotic systems and live man-robot interaction for completely new Robot markets. And it’s all controlled by a touch on your iPad.
Robot Collaboration in Air, Land, Sea and Space The robotics field is emerging and defining distinct markets and solutions for land, sea, air and even space. This session will explore the advances in distributed, collaborative, autonomous solutions for controlling multiple unmanned systems vehicles. What are the benefits when Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGV) collaborate while operating autonomously? Join us as we explore the technology behind robot collaboration and the future of robots in land, air, sea and space.
Connected Vehicles to Autonomous Vehicles: Challenges and Opportunities to Improve Mobility and Safety For the past hundred years, innovation within the automotive sector has brought major technological advances, leading to safer, cleaner, and more affordable vehicles. While the dream of an automated vehicle-highway system has been around for some time, we are finally witnessing a convergence of technologies that promise to make that dream a reality. These technologies include dramatic advances in wireless communications, sensing, control, computing and automation, which are promising to transform transportation as we currently view it. Connected and autonomous cars will transform our lives, influencing everything from the routes we take to work to how we find the closest parking spot. What are the challenges and opportunities that these technologies will bring on our transportation system?

5:00pm – 5:45pm

Afternoon Keynote
Putting Sophisticated Computation into Everything

5:45pm – 6:45pm

Networking Reception

Day 3: May 13

CONFERENCE DAY 3

8:15am

Registration Opens

9:00am – 9:15am

Day 2 Review

9:15am – 10:00am

Morning Keynote
Intelligent Flying Robots With a world population exceeding 7 billion, food security has taken center stage as one of the key challenges in the coming decade. At the same time, approximately 700 disasters occur each year with an annual worldwide impact of billions of dollars. There is urgent need for improvements in the efficiency and optimization of systems in both areas. In this talk Dr. Kumar will discuss the development of smaller, smarter and safer robots that can be used individually or in swarms for such applications as precision farming, first response and disaster recovery.

10:00am – 10:30am

General Session
Preparing Our Workforce for a Robotic World Over the coming decade the employment landscape will be transformed. Millions of jobs will permanently disappear to robotic applications, while millions of new jobs will be created.

Will our workforce have the skills and knowledge necessary to compete?

Dennis Kambeitz from EZ-Robot discusses the impact that robotics will bring to the workforce, what steps our educators and government need to take, and how long we have to prepare. Hint: It’s shorter than you think…

10:30am – 11:00am

Morning Break

11:00am – 11:45am

Business Development Track
Applications of Robotics Track
Technology Track
AI and Robotics – The Impact on the Future ofJobs – The Great Debate There is no doubt that AI, cloud-based knowledge engines and robotics will impact the workforce of the future and no doubt that robots will continue to displace dirty and dangerous jobs in the blue-collar space and on the factory floor. But what happens when they displace your doctor, your accountant and other white-collar jobs? While technology has historically been a net job-creation force it may not be in the future. Experts do not agree on this topic. Join us as we debate the question: “Will the Robotics Movement Create or Destroy Jobs in the Workforce of the Future?”
Making the Case for Co-Worker Robots The development of safe, human-compatible robots that can adapt to real world variability and be integrated into existing work cells opens up several exciting possibilities for increasing industrial efficiency including; faster production runs, limber multitasking, higher quality yields, and lower integration cost. This session looks at the advancements in collaborative robots and the benefits of implementing these productive, affordable and smart machines.
Talk to the Robot Communicating information to a robot and listening to it talk back was something that only happened in the movies. With the Apple introduction of Siri, the game changed. We now almost expect our machines to understand us and solve all our problems. But we still have a long way to go to perfect the application of speech technology. Misunderstanding our commands could have a disastrous impact in a work environment. Instant multilingual communications and translation could have an enormous positive affect. This session will reveal the anatomy of a speech application and the challenges and advances in the field of speech.

11:45am – 12:30pm

Afternoon Keynote
Disaster Robotics: Lessons Learned from 15 Years of Deployments This talk will cover the history of small unmanned ground, aerial, and marine vehicles for search and rescue and recovery operations. It will discuss the lessons learned from the nearly 50 reported deployments internationally, focusing on the 18 incidents that the Center for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue has assisted with. These incidents include the 9/11 World Trade Center, Hurricane Katrina, the Tohoku tsunami, and the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident. Extensive video will be shown.

12:30pm – 1:30pm

Lunch Break

1:30pm – 2:15pm

Business Development Track
Applications of Robotics Track
Technology Track
The Business of Drones – Real Life Applications and Challenges On one hand, drones have become the in-thing for the tech crowd. Everyone wants one of these toys to play with. On the other, drones have gotten a bad name with the applications in the military as a precise, lethal, disposable killer weapon. What’s in between these two extremes? This session will uncover a collection of real life applications of drones in various industries and the challenges that might surface from regulatory agencies in the future.
Wearable Robotics Before the Singularity era approaches and robots become totally part of us, we’ll have a transition into this era with wearable robotics. Drones can be readily available and attached to our wrist, exoskeletons will lose their clunky metal and yield to exosuits of fabrics that can support and stimulate the nerves, and hats may hide extended connections to our brains and thoughts. This session will explore the reality of wearable robotics now and in the near future.
The Guts of a Robot: Looking Inside Robots are complex systems that require tight integration between all the components and subsystems – they must work seamlessly and they must be compatible with a manufacturing process that is typically outsourced. They also need to be robust enough to survive and operate under different conditions (depending on the application) from a child playing with a toy robot, to surviving a 10 foot drop off a building. This seminar will explore the electro-mechanical-optical systems that make up a typical robot, and discuss strategies to design for robustness and manufacturability. We’ll explore an actual example of the process and decisions in taking a robot from the lab to production.

2:15pm – 3:00pm

Business Development Track
Applications of Robotics Track
Technology Track
Accelerating Your Startup As a bootstrapped robotics startup company, you have many decisions to make regarding DIY or outsourcing design and manufacturing expertise and services. These decisions are usually risky, complicated and most likely expensive. During this session, you will learn firsthand from two successful robotics startups about the choices, results and lessons learned from outsourcing design and manufacturing services to accelerate their companies. This session will be moderated by Steve Ohler, Senior Vice President, JETTA Company, a leading global ODM / OEM.
Drones for Cinematography & Media Aerial robotics “drones” are arguably the most exciting, popular yet controversial robot technology available today. The array of applications from mapping, inspection, surveying, security, entertainment, filmmaking and news reporting makes this technology segment the most compelling and potentially lucrative in the world of robotics. During this session, you will hear firsthand from the founders of NYC based AeroCine, which has established itself as a leader in aerial cinematography. AeroCine is breaking the early market barriers and was one of the first to successfully work with the FAA to take flight.
Robotics and Bio-mimicry – What We Can Learn from Nature Bio-mimicry is an approach to innovation that seeks sustainable solutions to human challenges by emulating nature’s time-tested patterns and models. These models are being researched & tested for a variety of applications. This approach is now being explored in the area of robotics. Humans are not the best biological model for an optimized flexible robot. For mobility, insect-like ability to climb surfaces & provide stability over varied terrain seems to work better. This presentation we will explore various light weight energy efficient bionic models that have been developed & how they can be applied to manufacturing solutions.

3:00pm – 3:15pm

Afternoon Break

3:15pm – 4:00pm

General Session
The Safety to Autonomy Curve The Safety to Autonomy Curve is the distribution-oriented trajectory on which a robot becomes self-directed with safety as its primary concern. Safety is enabled by sensorizing the robotic platform. That is: Don’t just *sense* the surroundings, *make sense* out of an environment. This presentation will discuss the 5 key on the Safety to Autonomy Curve and the results of taking this approach.