RBR Staff LiveWorx 2018 Robotics and AI Summit

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From June 17 to 21, PTC held its annual LiveWorx user conference in Boston, showcasing the latest in advanced manufacturing, the Internet of Things, and augmented and virtual reality. Robotics Business Review was there too, hosting the 2018 Robotics & AI Summit and the Robotics Pavilion in the Xtropolis exhibit hall. The events included dramatic keynotes, numerous breakout sessions, and opportunities for the more than 6,000 attendees to network and see the latest technologies in person.

Whether you attended the conference and expo or want to catch up on what you missed, this webcast will help you get up to speed.

The 2018 Robotics & AI Summit, whose theme was “Advancing Manufacturing Competitiveness,” included a wide range of expert speakers and panelists:

  • Academics and researchers: Such as Elaine Chen, MIT; Nancy DeAngelis, Brandeis University; Ai Ping Hu, Georgia Tech; and Jing Xiao, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • Analysts, attorneys, and investors: Dave Bourgeau, Kolish Hartwell; James Boumil, Proskauer Rose; John Santagate, IDC; and Georg Stieler, STM Shanghai
  • End users and integrators: Ted Dengel, FedEx; Sam Hoff, Patti Engineering; and Adrian Kumar, solutions design team lead at DHL
  • Governments and associations: Dr. Byron Clayton, ARM Institute; Thomas Ryden, MassRobotics; Katie Stebbins, University of Massachusetts; and Alex Shikany, Association for Advancing Automation
  • Robotics suppliers: Jeff Christensen, Seegrid; Doug Olson, Harmonic Drive; Carl Showalter, Fetch Robotics; Miguel Tam, Propel; and Jason Walker, Waypoint Robotics
2018 Robotics & AI Summit in Boston

Honeywell’s Chris Benson talks about the state of AI at the Robotics & AI Summit at LiveWorx ’18. Credit: Matt Wagner

Sessions focused on the convergence of industrial automation, artificial intelligence, and industrial IoT. They also considered issues such as change management, choosing an integrator, mobile robots, and protecting privacy and intellectual property.

In addition, our second summit at LiveWorx included the invitation-only Chief Robotics Officer (CRO) Network luncheon, which featured discussions designed to help the executives charged with adopting and implementing automation in their organizations. Another networking opportunity was the Connected Transportation, Robotics, and AI Meetup in Boston’s Seaport District.

We announced at the 2018 Robotics & AI Summit the RBR50 list of our selections of this year’s leading companies in robotics, AI, and unmanned systems, but that’s a topic for another webcast.

What trends emerged from our conversations with attendees, exhibitors, and speakers? In this webcast, Robotics Business Review editors Eugene Demaitre and Keith Shaw share insights about robotics, VR, ROI, and more from this high-powered gathering.

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