RoboUniverse Conference & Expo - San Diego - Day 1 - Wednesday, December 14th, 2016

8:00 am
Registration
8:50 am
Room: 14AB
 
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9:00 am
Room: 14AB
Keynote:
Millions of guests visit Disney Parks each year to explore fantastic places, experience unforgettable attractions, and interact with their favorite Disney characters. In this talk, Executive R&D Imagineer Martin Buehler will discuss the approach, challenges, and future of using advanced robotics (and a little magic) to bring Disney characters of all shapes and sizes to life in the real world.
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Speaker
Martin Buehler
Executive R&D Imagineer
Walt Disney Imagineering
10:00 am
Session Change
10:05 am
Room: 14AB
Track 1: Agriculture
Discussion of the different segments and skills required in robotics to do work we broadly call Farming today. From Computer Vision to AI, and from Soft and Hard gripping & intelligent path planning, we will explore all of the pieces needed to help automate Agriculture.
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Speakers
Matthew Borzage
Co-Founder
SynTouch LLC
Dan Harburg
Director of Business Development
Soft Robotics Inc.
Daniel Theobald
Co-Founder
Vecna
Mel Torrie
CEO and Founder
Autonomous Solutions, Inc.
Room: 15A
Track 2: AI
Industry interest and focus on artificial intelligence has never been greater. A panel of VC’s and experts discuss trends and opportunities in frontier technologies, with special focus on how artificial intelligence cuts across and affects a wide range of sectors, including robotics.
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Speakers
Lea Freeman
Senior Associate
Qualcomm Ventures
Adam Kell
Investment Partner
Comet Labs
Kate McAndrew
Investment
Bolt
Ping Wang
RoboUniverse Program Chair
10:50 am
Exhibits & Morning Break
11:15 am
Room: 14AB
Track 1: Agriculture
Real Farmers sharing exactly how far the industry has advanced, their needs and impatience waiting for technology to consider the role of feeding 9 Billion people with a dwindling, ageing workforce and tightening margins.
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Speakers
Brian Antle
Vice President
Harvest for Tanimura & Antle
Curtis Garner
Agriculture Commercial Director
Morning Star Packing Company
Dino Giacomazzi
CEO
Giacomazzi Dairy Farms
Paul Noglows
Executive Director and Head
ForbesLive!
Gary Wishnatzki
Co-Founder
Harvest CROO Robotics
Room: 15A
Track 2: AI
As Deep Learning and other Machine Learning approaches gain popularity, new infrastructure needs to be created to handle the exponentially increasing computational load, both in the cloud and on the edge. Learn how companies such as Nervana address these challenges with optimized systems and solutions that makes the scaling of a new generation of machine learning solutions possible.
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Speakers
Gert Cauwenberghs
Professor of Bioengineering and Co-Director of the Institute for Neural Computation
University of California San Diego
Yinyin Liu
Machine Learning Engineer
Nervana
12:00 pm
Lunch
1:30 pm
Room: 14AB
Track 1: Agriculture
This panel will explore what the greatest issues and challenges facing farmers are, as well as both how they are dealing with those challenges today, and what they desire to see in terms of solutions for the future. Catch the real story directly from the farmers themselves.
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Speakers
Bruce Bigelow
San Diego Editor
Xconomy
Kathleen GraveIBM
Excecutive
IBM
Andreas Neuman
Founder
UAV-IQ
Simon Pearson
Director
Lincoln Institute for Agri Food Technology at the University of Lincoln
Rob Trice
Founder
The Mixing Bowl and Better Food Ventures
Room: 15A
Track 2: AI
Computer Vision is one of the fields to benefit the most from new Deep Learning architectures. From bio-inspired Predictive Vision Modeling to facial expression recognition, these, and other approaches, offer an ever increasing toolset for the advancement of vision-based A.I. systems designed for robotics and a new contextually aware “Ambient Intelligence”.
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Speakers
Modar Alaoui
Founder and CEO
Eyeris
Olivier Coenen
CTO and Founder
Qelzal
Patryk Laurent
Director of Engineering (AI)
LeEco US
2:15 pm
Session Change
2:20 pm
Room: 14AB
Keynote:
We will introduce Amazon Echo and Alexa, the virtual personal assistant that powers Echo, and discuss the challenges our team is facing when developing machine learning solutions for wake word detection, automatic speech recognition, natural language understanding, question answering, dialog management, and speech synthesis. We will describe how we apply deep learning to the problem of speech recognition, addressing challenges associated with training on large data sets and adapting the acoustic model to a variety of speakers and environmental conditions.
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Speaker
Paul CutsingerAmazon
Amazon Alexa
3:05 pm
Exhibits & Afternoon Break
3:35 pm
Room: 14AB
Track 1: Agriculture
Venture capital, government and industry discuss what is advancing in the ag tech space, what is not and where the disconnects are. Are we waiting for tech to improve to the needs of farmers? Are we waiting for Farmers to adopt? When will we see the leaps forward and what is missing?
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Speakers
Seana Day
Partner
Better Food Ventures and the Mixing Bowl Hub
Henry Giclas
Senior Vice President Science & Technology, Strategic Planning
Western Growers
Amrith Gunasekara Dr.
Science Advisor to Secretary Karen Ross
California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA)
Kirk Haney
CEO and Managing Partner
Radicle Growth
George Kellerman
Founding Member
Yamaha Motor Ventures & Laboratory Silicon Valley
Room: 15A
Track 2: AI
A new generation of powerful hardware and software tools are enabling developers and system integrators to harness the power of AI to fuel an IOT and Robotics boom. From products that can integrate and analyze a variety of sensor inputs, including acceleration, vibration, sound, image, AC power, and RF signals, to customizable software SDKs and reconfigurable hardware IPs to enable I2OT (Intelligent Internet of Things), new tools are allowing the benefits of deep learning to be accessible to everyone. Applications range from image/video-based solutions enabling smart surveillance, smart multimedia database management, ADAS, and more.
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Speakers
Stuart Feffer
Co-Founder and CEO
Reality Analytics Inc.
May Martin-Kuo
Senior Director
Kneron
4:25 pm
Room: 11AB
The Frontier Tech Showdown is the premier pitch event for seed-stage startups in 3D Printing, Robotics and Virtual Reality. The past seven winners, including 3D Hubs, Wiivv, Voxel8, Metamason and CleverPet, have gone on to raise a cumulative $37 million. Asimov Ventures will present the winner of this year's Frontier Tech Showdown in San Diego with an uncapped SAFE for $15,000. Come join us to shape the latest advancements in Frontier Tech!
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Speakers
Gary Chang
Co-founder and CEO
San Draw
Aleksander Ciszek
CEO
3YOURMIND
Robert Kay
CEO
Elite Robotics
Justin MarksArfona
CEO
Arfona LLC
Gregg Ratanaphanyarat
Founder & Director
Gnetic Inc.
Carrie Shaw
CEO and Founder
Embodied Labs, Inc.
Neha Singh
Founder & CEO
Obsess
Ethan Winner
Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder
ILLUSIO Imaging
5:30 pm
Networking Reception
6:30 pm
End of First Conference Day

RoboUniverse Conference & Expo - San Diego - Day 2 - Thursday, December 15th, 2016

8:00 am
Registration
9:00 am
Room: 14AB
Keynote:
We are currently experiencing tremendous growth in the adoption of robots for everyday tasks such as improved manufacturing, improving quality of life for an aging population and securing our first responders. Robots enable a range of new services and secures continued growth for society. In this presentation we will review major opportunities in robotics, as detailed in the National Robotics Roadmap, and discuss how Southern California is an ideal environment for further developing a robotics innovation eco-system. The discussion will also include a survey of the necessary core technologies, key business drivers, and requirements for continuing buildout of this industry.
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Speaker
Henrik Christensen
Professor of Computer Science at Dept. of Computer Science and Engineering
UC San Diego
10:00 am
Room: 14AB
Track 1: Drones
To kick the day off for the Drone Track, this panel will present an overview of the drone industry, its meteoric growth over the last few years, and where it will be in terms of both units, revenues, investment and exit activity. It will also showcase new developments in machine learning, propulsion, and more.
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Speakers
Darryl Anunciado
CEO
Action Drone Inc.
Ellen Chang
Managing Partner
LightSpeed Innovations
Maryanna Saenko
Partner
Airbus Ventures
Andrew Uerkwitz
Executive Director and Senior Analyst
Oppenheimer & Co. Inc.
Room: 15A
Track 2: Manufacturing & Logistics
Plug and play solutions provide safety and autonomy for many different vehicles and environments. Case studies will be presented from recent deployments including connected vehicles, autonomous driving, and replacement of magnetic tape for AGVS in logistics and manufacturing. Cases include: tapeless automated part delivery and logistics in a manufacturing plant in Seattle; positioning for autonomous EVs for shared mobility in St. Louis; and a Dept of Transportation project using wireless positioning technology embedded into lights that supported connected vehicles in Manhattan, allowing GPS-less telematics, and other applications including predictive braking, smooth acceleration, smart intersections, pedestrian safety and more. Plug and play modules are also being developed for a variety of other applications including autonomous forklifts, drones and military convoys.
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Speaker
Phil Mann5D Robotics, Inc.
Chief Marketing Officer and Vice President Commercial Sales
5D Robotics
10:45 am
Exhibits & Morning Break
11:15 am
Room: 14AB
Track 1: Drones
This panel will be a focus on case studies and investment opportunities in UAVs, including new developments in machine learning, propulsion, and more.
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Speakers
Ryan Armbrust
Managing Director
ff Venture Capital
Shahin Farshchi
Partner
Lux Capital
Audrey Jacobs
Partner
OurCrowd
Gareth Keane
Senior Investment Manager
Qualcomm Ventures
Liane Thompson
Co-CEO
Aquaai
Room: 15A
Track 2: Manufacturing & Logistics
Advancements in manipulation technologies such as electro-adhesion, pneumatics, and advanced algorithms bring automation capabilities to industries and operations where automation has been difficult. These new manipulators can also handle a large range of materials and shapes. Applications include everything from garment and footwear manufacturing to and previously difficult areas of manufacturing, warehousing and shipping industries. Combining these new capabilities with advanced vision and control systems means difficult to automate operations across a variety of industries are now seeing new levels of efficiency.
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Speakers
David AskeyAscend Robotics
Co-Founder and CEO
Ascend Robotics
Greg Miller
President and CEO
Grabit Inc.
Carl Vause
CEO
Soft Robotics
12:30 pm
Lunch
1:30 pm
Room: 14AB
Diversity Panel:
This interactive panel session will discuss and debate the impact diversity and multiculturalism plays on business success and its bottom line. Panelists will be challenged to take a critical look at both sides of the coin when it comes to prioritization, investment and implementation of inclusion programs. Should diversity programs be mandatory and how does the technology industry, in particular, stand to benefit from diversity initiatives? Key Learning Objectives: • To dissect varying viewpoints on the subject of diversity in business • To examine and debate industry research related to the impact of diversity programs • Create opportunity for audience input and participation by using technology to advance dialogue and provide and share ideas, insight, and questions
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Moderators
Nora ToureWomen in 3D Printing
Founder
Women in 3D Printing
Adriana Vela
Founder & Chair
NanoTecNexus
Speakers
Steven Jones
CEO
Jones Inclusive
Kate McAndrew
Investment
Bolt
Meisha ShermanHewlett Packard Enterprise
Global Senior Director, Executive Leadership & Organization Development
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
2:15 pm
Session Change
2:20 pm
Room: 14AB
Drones + Manufacturing & Logistics
This presentation will discuss the perfect storm that is triggering this disruption via robotics technologies and the keys to being successful in helping make it happen.
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Speaker
Mel Torrie
CEO and Founder
Autonomous Solutions, Inc.
3:05 pm
Exhibits & Afternoon Break
3:30 pm
Room: 14AB
Track 1: Drones
This panel will explore the use of drones and the data they produce. A range of data and analytic issues faced by industry participants. What technologies are being offered to handle this flood of real-time information? What are the legal issues collecting all this data? Hear from this panel of experts as they discuss the best ways to digest, analyze, and manage the reams of data coming in from UASs (such as those used for Precision Agriculture), and what we can expect as more take flight.
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Speakers
Kevin Mukai
Co-Founder and COO
NVdrones
Treggon Owens5D Robotics, Inc.
Chief Innovation Officer
5D Robotics
Mike Ritter
Founder & CEO
SlantRange, Inc.
Douglas Stow
Professor of Geography and Co-director of the Center for Earth Systems Analysis Research
San Diego State University
Room: 15A
Track 2: Manufacturing & Logistics
Tomorrow’s robots will be intelligent autonomous machines that clean, move, sort, secure, maintain, and automate our everyday lives. These are currently done by existing commercial machines, such as forklifts, pallet jacks, or floor cleaners, but all of which can be given intelligence and converted into robots. Robotic Operating System (ROS), and its commercial-grade equivalents (e.g., BrainOS), provide all the necessary tools for the machines to perceive their environments, control their motion, grasp and manipulate simple objects, navigate using visual cues and landmarks, see and avoid people and obstacles. This also enables new business models such as providing "autonomy as a service" to the end-users, allowing technology companies to focus on their core expertise – software and AI – and avoid dealing with hardware.
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Speaker
Eugene Izhikevich
CEO
Brain Corporation
4:15 pm
Session Change
4:20 pm
Room: 14AB
Track 1: Drones
This panel will explore opportunities and challenges in the drone industry, including technology, regulation, and societal challenges.
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Speakers
Ian Clampett
Director of Policy
City of San Diego
Mark Connot
Office Managing Partner
Fox Rothschild
Tim McConnell
Executive Leadership
Robotics, IOT and Manufacturing
Jeff Riolo
Owner Operator
Empower UAV
Jason Vickery
San Diego Sheriff's Department
Room: 15A
Track 2: Manufacturing & Logistics
This panel will explore the impacts on society of robotics and AI, from the use of robots in law enforcement and surveillance, to their potential for displacing human labor in industry.
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Speakers
Jeff Debrosse
Founder and CTO
NXT Robotics
Jeff Lee
Principal
DCM Ventures
Michele Nash-Hoff
Founder and President
ElectroFab Sales
Don Phin
Attorney
5:05 pm
Closing Remarks
5:15 pm
End of Conference
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