Exhibit Hall Hours:
Monday, April 11: 10:00am – 6:45pm | Tuesday, April 12: 10:00am – 3:45pm

Day 1: April 11

DAY 1

8:15am

Registration Opens

9:00am – 9:15am

Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:15am – 10:00am

Opening Keynote

10:00am – 10:45am

Cognitive Science & IoT
Manufacturing & Logistics
Managing the Robotics Organization with Robotics – IoT Getting your first robotics device setup and running is a wonderful accomplishment. Now you’re faced with the challenge of reproducing an army of these bots and providing the organization, care and maintenance globally. With all of these “robot things” to control, you need to enter the transition to the era of Roboitcs – Internet of Things or R-IoT. This session will explore the overlap of the IoT space as it applies to global deployment systems in robotics.
Advances in Robot Gripping, Grasping and 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 and applications for robotics.

10:45am – 11:00am

Morning Break and Exhibit Hall is Open

11:00am – 11:45am

Cognitive Science & IoT
Manufacturing & Logistics
Advances in Voice & Speech Recognition Voice and speech recognition has a long history of struggles and improvements that seems to continuously improve with each generation of technology. Now speech is becoming a major interface for home/consumer robots, mobile devices, autonomous cars and general computer interfaces. Voice platforms are crossing into other competitive smartphones, new players are entering the space as a front end for IoT applications and the back end platforms are growing that provide the technology to answer all your questions. This session will discuss the latest advances and players in the booming speech market.
Mobile Robots for Logistics Robot sensing and smart behaviors now allow dexterous robot arms and mobile robot bases to operate safely near people. Next generation robots can greatly reduce deployment time and allow rapid incremental automation rollout. This session will cover the demand trends driving automation of assembly and logistics tasks, best practices for automation rollout in your facility and safety/security considerations when managing your robot fleet.

11:45am – 12:30pm

Cognitive Science & IoT
Manufacturing & Logistics
The Neurorobotics Connection: Connecting the Physical World to our Human Brain Robots have always been compared to “brains” The leading edge research and applications in this area are now moving forward with success applications in two different directions: 1) Building computer models of sections of the brain based on neural network technology 2) Physically connecting the brain to robotic and mechanical connections. This session will provide an update on both of these vectors and discuss the practical applications moving out of the labs.
Co-operative Robotics: Uncage the Robots The Co-operative Robotics (Co-Bots) movement is creating a whole new era of robots that are uncaged and safe, affordable and programmable by mere mortals. These desktop, adaptable robots are changing the game of manufacturing. Robots are becoming co-workers that are mobile and and able to perform just-in-time tasks that are programmed by their human masters.

12:30pm – 1:30pm

Lunch Break and exhibit hall is open

1:30pm – 2:15pm

Keynote Panel

2:15pm – 3:00pm

Cognitive Science & IoT
Manufacturing & Logistics
Sensors Offer Infinite Opportunities for Designing Robots & Drones This session will cover many aspects of designing sensors into robots and drones. Sensors are the bedrock of any Robot or IoRT. The advent of evolving Sensor Technology is a main driver behind the uptick of consumer robots. Learn why Sensors are so important to the operation of a motor in a robot and how they enable it to move, see, feel and perform infinite human tasks.
Robots as a Service (RaaS) While the adoption of service robots has been slow and arduous over the past decade, experts predict that over the next few years we should expect to see massive advances in service robot capabilities. At the same time we will see prices reach affordable levels. In this session, attendees will gain insights into successful service robot developments, deployments, lessons learned and best practices.

3:00pm – 3:30pm

Afternoon Break and Exhibit hall is open

3:30pm – 4:15pm

Cognitive Science & IoT
Manufacturing & Logistics
AI, Robotics and Drones – The Real Story on The Future of Jobs Is there any doubt that AI, Cloud based – Knowledge engines, Robotic automation and Drones will impact the workforce of the future? Did you know that this automation revolution is actually creating jobs AND increasing productivity? Hear the real story on how Robotics automation is changing and jump starting the workforce of the future, and actually creating a rebound in the economy. We have the facts and figures to support this and the charts to show when, where and how this will happen. Attend this session and learn the facts about the Robot Economy emerging now. Then be ready to challenge our panel of experts with your own numbers and ideas during our Q&A.
Drone Mapping and Navigation – Options for Tracking, Mapping and Measuring Information from the Air Tracking and Measuring Information from the Air is now a mature science. How a drone “sees” and collects information is one of the main applications in the commercial space. It’s no surprise to see a multitude of options to perform this task. LiDAR, Optical, IR, Ultrasonic, Photogrammetry and Thermal are some traditional tools. Now new tools are being developed like multicamera 360 panoramic systems, Follow-me technology, object flow tracking, Multi-Spectral Imaging, Ground Penetrating Radar and more. This session will provide an overview of your drone vision options.

4:15pm – 5:00pm

Keynote
The Future of Affordable Exoskeletons In this keynote, Dr. Homayoon Kazerooni, founder of suitX, the robotic exoskeleton company, will discuss how exoskeletons have evolved. From the early days of exoskeletons where the devices weighed hundreds of pounds to the advanced modular systems weighing about 25 pounds which are going on sale now – it is a time of fast change. The newest exoskeletons are designed to help paraplegics walk again and prices are coming down. They also help in industry, providing support for the back, the legs and the arms. Dr. Kazerooni will share what robotics technology can do to bring exoskeletons down to the most lightweight and affordable levels.

5:00pm – 6:00pm

Networking Reception

Day 2 : April 12

DAY 2

8:15am

Registration Opens

9:00am – 9:45am

Keynote
Automating a Better World: Clusters, Impact, and the Bottom Line At a point in technological history where humanity is welcoming robots into our offices, hospitals, classrooms, and living rooms, we find that the time is right to revisit, rethink, and redesign the business of robotics. What are the most important decisions that will influence your business success? How do you channel innovation? How do you avoid the expense and time lost reinventing the wheel? What approaches produce the best results? Finally, why are social implications critical to consider in order to achieve sustainable profitability and impact? Learn how MassRobotics built a community around growing a bigger pie and how it can help you be more successful in your robotics projects. Discover how leveraging the broader robotics community (academic, regional, government, hobbyist, consumer) can contribute to your own success.

9:45am – 10:30am

Robots for the Enterprise
Intelligent Ground and Air Robots for Dynamic Environments This presentation will discuss the introduction of a new technology for positioning involving the use of ultra wideband (UWB) radios as a means of connectivity and peer to peer positioning. The 5D UWB Modules can be used to provide centimeter positioning throughout an ecosystem. The modules can be quickly added to existing vehicles, people and robots and do not require a complex or costly installation. The UWB modules provide safe motion, preventing collisions and offering situation awareness of all tagged assets. They also permit autonomous follow and wagon training between multiple disparate systems including humans, drones and ground vehicles as well as permitting accurate, reliable autonomous navigation. This presenation will provide case studies and videos illustrating the technology in action within a variety of environments including heavy equipment, military applications, drone inspection and automotive.

10:30am – 11:00am

Morning Break and exhibit hall is open

11:00am – 11:45am

Robots for the Enterprise
Investing in Robotics, Drones and Related Software While close to $500 million has been invested in the drone sector, the robotic sector as a whole trails behind the “unicorns” of the consumer digital space. Many early investors and angels have been scared of of the capital intensiveness and nascent stage of the industry, but these venture leaders are making high returns on their portfolio of automation. This panel will discuss both opportunities and lessons learned from the venture marketplace for robotics and related innovations.

11:45am – 12:45pm

Frontier Tech Startup Showdown
The Frontier Tech Startup Showdown brings together top startups in 3D Printing, Robotics, and Virtual Reality to crown the winner of a $15,000 Uncapped SAFE courtesy of Asimov Ventures. Past winners have collectively raised over $21 million, with the average winner raising more than $3.5 million in subsequent financing. The competition will feature 8-10 qualified startups featuring a range of technologies and applications.

12:45pm – 1:45pm

Lunch Break and exhibit hall is open

1:45pm – 2:30pm

Keynote
How To Make it as a Commercial Drone Business Thomas Haun, of international drone and data leader PrecisionHawk, identifies five factors that can make or break companies getting into the drone industry. Drone technology is an enabler, making businesses more efficient and effective than ever before. Whether you are building your own business or integrating drones into your existing enterprise, Haun shares insights into what characteristics have made PrecisionHawk partners successful and, looking into the future, what tools and expertise will be necessary to build workflows that last.

2:30pm – 3:15pm

Robots for the Enterprise
Global Capital Markets & Industry Outlook Mooreland Partners will provide insights into the “technology revolution” that is driving the robotics industry and the impact on M&A, investment activity and capital markets, China, and more. This session will include high profile industry practitioners that will provide their perspectives on the industry, and investments in automation and robotics.

3:15pm – 3:45pm

Afternoon Break and Exhibit hall is open

3:45pm – 4:30pm

Robots for the Enterprise
STEM Education Solutions Panel Robots are invading the education system at all levels. This session panel will present a wide range of programs, curriculum and tools for all levels to get started in teaching robotics. In this session you’ll learn: How innovative new robotics platforms and tools 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.

4:30pm – 5:15pm

Robots for the Enterprise
101 Things To Buy For Your Drone This is our last drone session – so hold onto to your seats, as we take you through a fast paced list of things that you might want for your Drone. Our panel of experts will provide a list of a few of their favorite things. Links for all the ideas, equipment and technology will be provided with the presentation for your reference after the session.

5:15pm – 5:30pm

Wrap up and thank you