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RoboBusiness, which takes place October 18-19 on the Santa Clara Conference Heart, at the moment introduced its full convention agenda. Based in 2004, RoboBusiness is the highest occasion about overcoming the technical challenges of growing industrial robots. RoboBusiness is produced by the identical firm behind The Robotic Report and Robotics Summit & Expo.

There shall be 60-plus audio system within the convention, a startup workshop, the Pitchfire robotics startup competitors, a profession truthful, networking receptions and extra. There may even be 100 exhibitors on the showfloor showcasing their newest enabling, services and products from to assist resolve your robotics improvement challenges.

RoboBusiness shall be co-located with the Subject Robotics Engineering Discussion board, an occasion targeted on methods to efficiently develop robots that function in wide-ranging, out of doors, dynamic environments. Additionally co-located with RoboBusiness is DeviceTalks West, the premier {industry} occasion for medical expertise professionals, at present in its ninth yr. Each occasions appeal to engineering and enterprise professionals from a broad vary of healthcare and medical expertise backgrounds.

Early chicken charges for full convention passes are $395 till August 18th. Expo-only passes are simply $75 and tutorial reductions can be found.

The whole agenda for RoboBusiness is beneath. You may also view the complete RoboBusiness agenda right here and register right here.

Oct. 17

Welcome Reception
5-7 PM

Oct. 18

Opening Keynote: State of Humanoid Robotics Growth
Geordie Rose Co-Founder & CEO of Sanctuary AI, Jeff Cardenas Co-Founder & CEO of Apptronik, Jonathan Hurst Co-founder and Chief Robotic Officer of Agility Robotics
9:30-10:15 AM

Step into the long run as this keynote panel explores the exceptional developments and present panorama of humanoids. Humanoids have traditionally been relegated to robotics analysis labs to assist push the boundaries of legged locomotion and management techniques. Nonetheless, the tides are altering, and this panel will discover the technological breakthroughs which can be propelling humanoids into the true world. Acquire firsthand insights into the challenges and alternatives that lie forward and uncover which industries are poised to be early adopters of those exceptional creations.

Keynote: Robotics Are Serving to to Feed the World
Sarah Schinckel Director of Rising Applied sciences, John Deere
10:15 AM – 10:55 AM

Farmers are up in opposition to a monumental problem: feeding a rising inhabitants with much less obtainable land, labor, and assets. The world’s inhabitants is anticipated to succeed in practically 10 billion by 2050, rising the worldwide meals demand by 50%. Nonetheless, total employment of agricultural staff is just projected to develop by 1% by 2029, slower than common for all occupations. Superior robotics are important to serving to farmers upskill restricted labor and carry out exact duties at scale. Robotics are additionally the important thing to bringing autonomy and automation to the farm. At the moment, farmers use highly-automated machines to organize the soil, plant, spray, and harvest. With continued robotic innovation, farmers can carry out duties quicker and with fewer assets to offer the meals, gas, and fiber our world wants. This presentation will discover the worth robotics carry to the farm and what different industries can study from its purposeful use case in agriculture.

Unlocking New Purposes in Warehouse Case Dealing with
Craig Salvalaggio, President, Utilized Manufacturing Applied sciences
11:15 AM – 12:00 PM

Warehouse automation is a rising development, and it entails the complexity of mixing supplies dealing with gear, sensors, conveyance, and software program to resolve these challenges at very excessive speeds. Labor challenges proceed to influence the rising warehousing and e-commerce markets so we should look to establish best-in-class applied sciences that may resolve the complexity within the warehouse. The warehouse of the long run consists of extra environment friendly selecting and sorting expertise, with fewer errors and elevated reliability whatever the packaging.

On this session, Salvalaggio will break down the completely different descriptions of combined product palletizing and depalletizing and describe how imaginative and prescient expertise and software program create new functions throughout the warehouse. He’ll break down case research of robotically inducting instances into an automatic storage-based system.

Attendees will find out about:

  • Challenges related to combined load palletizing and depalletizing
  • Actual-world examples for pallet to storage case dealing with options
  • Imaginative and prescient enabling expertise for de-palletizing and case-handling options

Movement Management Fundamentals for Humanoids & Exoskeletons
Tom S. Wooden Frameless Motor Specialist at Kollmorgen; Kyle Hanley Subject Gross sales Engineer at Kollmorgen
11:15 AM – 12:00 PM

With the speedy developments in robotics expertise, labor shortages, and the growing old inhabitants, the demand for humanoids and exoskeletons with enhanced effectivity and efficiency has grown. Humanoids and exoskeletons are more and more utilized in numerous functions, together with healthcare, manufacturing, development, and customer support sectors. This necessitates extremely environment friendly, exact, and highly effective electrical motors to assist replicate human-like actions precisely and improve human actions.

Prioritizing efficiency, robotics startups usually defer price and scalability concerns. Sustaining the fee facet of SWaP-C (Measurement, Weight, Energy, and Value) poses challenges. To fulfill evolving necessities, choosing the correct motor resolution turns into essential.

On this session, three crucial questions shall be addressed to assist engineers choose the optimum motor design and measurement for his or her robots:

  • What are the challenges related to growing humanoids and exoskeletons for cellular functions?
  • How does selecting the best movement options handle these challenges, particularly when scaling to commercialization whereas sustaining price viability?
  • How do I specify the right everlasting magnet motor to enhance effectivity and working time?

A VC’s Perspective on the State of Robotics Funding
Sanjay Aggarwal, Enterprise Associate, F-Prime Capital
11:15 AM – 12:00 PM

Over the past 5 years, the robotics {industry} has witnessed the rise and fall of autonomous automobiles as a class. On the identical time, we’ve seen the emergence of a brand new class referred to as “vertical robotics,” the place firms deal with industry-specific vertical use instances. Early successes have centered round logistics, protection and safety, and medication. The autonomous automobiles class yielded a greater understanding of methods to construct profitable robotics firms, and educated a brand new era of skilled entrepreneurs and operators within the robotics area.

Aggarwal will talk about what to anticipate within the robotics {industry} within the coming 5 years, the way it will proceed to increase, with an rising deal with vertical use instances, notably in rising fields like agriculture, development, mining, meals, and lab and pharma. As well as, Sanjay will talk about how the hurdles going through the autonomous car {industry} and the way M&A exercise from incumbent OEMs shall be a key indicator of success for vertical robotics.

Off-roading Robots: Bringing Autonomy to Outside Environments
Jack Morrison, Co-Founder & CEO, Scythe Robotics
11:15 AM – 12:00 PM

Constructing robots to function in unstructured, off-road environments presents challenges that differ from these going through indoor cellular robots and autonomous on-road automobiles. Off-road robots should be rugged sufficient to face as much as each their out of doors environments and the distinctive duties they’re executing.

Sensors should work in all potential working circumstances. Software program processing should be tailor-made to the duty at hand. And off-road functions – like slicing thick grass, harvesting, or bulldozing – will be extremely energy intensive, which usually forces energy financial savings in all different potential areas.

Utilizing classes realized from growing and deploying Scythe’s M.52 all-electric, absolutely autonomous industrial garden mower, this speak will share the crucial ways in which unstructured environments affect {hardware}, notion, and software program design selections for off-road robots.

Manufacturing-level Robotics for Farming
Greg Chiocco, VP of Product, FarmWise
11:15 AM – 12:00 PM

Vegetable farming nonetheless depends at the moment on labor-intensive processes. Weed management particularly, which is crucial to make sure good yields, is generally taken care of by hand crews who stroll the sphere with hoes. After prototyping for five years within the epicenter of lettuce manufacturing in North America, farm robotics firm FarmWise launched its first industrial robotic weeder. This machine can detect crops from weeds and mechanically uproot the undesired vegetation with excessive precision utilizing deep studying and actuation management. This speak will stroll you thru the staff’s journey and learnings from the primary demo to the architectural selections behind the brand new product.

New Alternatives for AI, 3D Printing and Digital Twins in Manufacturing and Intralogistics
Juan Aparicio, President, Robota Labs
2:00 PM – 2:45 PM

Adopting robotic automation is historically an especially costly, extremely advanced, and time-consuming course of that should be approached as a major capital mission. Nonetheless, latest advances in synthetic intelligence, 3d printing and digital twins unlock new alternatives for producers and techniques integrators alike. Juan Aparicio has spent his profession discovering new functions for AI in automation. Be a part of this session, the place Juan will share the latest improvements which can be decreasing the price of deployments and accelerating timelines. Most significantly, Juan will separate the hype from the true world functions, and supply precise examples on how these applied sciences are altering robotic automation at factories everywhere in the US.

Fundamentals of Designing AMRs
Prabhakar Gowrisankaran, VP of Engineering and Technique, Efficiency Movement Units; Amir Bousani, CEO, RGo Robotics; Mike Oitzman, Editor, Robotics, WTWH Media (Extra audio system to return)
2:00 PM – 2:45 PM

This panel will deal with the basic ideas of designing autonomous cellular robots (AMRs). It’ll cowl key points equivalent to locomotion, notion, planning, management and intelligence. Attendees will hear from {industry} leaders who may even emphasize the importance of security, robustness, and scalability in design, offering a complete understanding of the foundational ideas wanted for profitable develop AMRs for numerous functions.

Robotics Startup Bootcamp: Ideas of the Commerce
Joyce Sidopoulos, Co-Founder and Chief of Operations, MassRobotics; Aaron Capron, Associate, Finnegan (extra audio system to return)
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Beginning a robotics firm, in addition to rising and scaling, has many challenges. The Robotics Startup Boot Camp will present “suggestions of the commerce” and embody discussions across the many frequent challenges that may make or break an organization alongside the way in which. Matters will embody: authorized formation, dilutive and non-dilutive investments, IP and patents, path to manufacturing, greatest practices in accounting, when to carry on advertising and marketing, gross sales, & HR specialists, and fundraising & exits.

Superior Subject Robotics Growth Techniques
Spencer Krause, President & CEO, SKA Customized Robots and Machines
2:00 PM – 2:45 PM

Constructing and testing subject robots is difficult. Challenge timelines, tuning points, budgetary restraints, and even crashes (each literal and figurative) could cause setbacks. There are a selection of ways robotics builders can use to scale back the danger of an costly and/or harmful failure, together with breaking out particular person subcomponents for testing and electrical or software program integration, constructing standalone prototypes of subsystems, utilizing a smaller, lower-cost robotic to behave as a surrogate for a full-scale system and simulation. This speak will discover a few of these improvement methodologies, when they’re applicable, and methods to make use of them.

Creating Amphibious Robots
Nicolas Olmedo, Chief Know-how Officer, Copperstone Applied sciences
2:00 PM – 2:45 PM

Robots have exhibited appreciable utility in accessing distant and difficult places, whereby the deployment of human staff is impractical as a result of related dangers and exorbitant bills. Significantly within the realm of hazardous areas, equivalent to mine tailings deposits, robots have confirmed invaluable in conducting geotechnical investigations, water surveys and sampling.

All-terrain amphibious robots have emerged as a viable resolution for facilitating knowledge assortment and measurements pertaining to environmental monitoring, enhancing mining processes, estimating waste quantity, and guaranteeing legislative compliance. This speak will dive into the varied challenges concerned with growing amphibious robots, together with how they’re in a position to traverse a various vary of terrains, together with open water, sludge, muds, snow, and numerous kinds of floor surfaces in all climate circumstances.

Robotics in China
Georg Stieler, Managing Director, Asia, Stieler Know-how & Advertising and marketing Consultants
2:45 PM – 3:30 PM

The Chinese language robotics {industry} has by no means been so thrilling. Final yr, each second industrial robotic on the earth was offered in China. The market is now setting main traits in industrial automation: first within the manufacture of electronics and now in electrical automobiles, batteries and photovoltaics. As a result of the nation is a frontrunner in these areas, firms there are benefiting from corresponding economies of scale and studying results.

In recent times, home producers have more and more moved into areas beforehand reserved for overseas robotic producers. One motive for this has been provide chain issues on the worldwide prime 4, but additionally technical advances at some home producers.

In comparison with Europe and the U.S., there are extra engineers obtainable, each on the developer and system integrator aspect. Along with the native provide chain that has developed lately, this permits shorter product cycles and drastically decrease prices for machine imaginative and prescient, robots and peripheral merchandise. Resulting from fierce value competitors of their house market, Chinese language producers are additionally more and more wanting overseas. On the identical time, the political setting is making the market much less and fewer clear for foreigners.

This speak will present insights into the newest developments in robotics in China and what will be anticipated from there.

Bettering Actuator & EOAT Efficiency with Electroadhesive Know-how
Stuart Diller, CEO & Co-founder, ESTAT Actuation
2:45 PM – 3:30 PM

Simplified Subject Calibration and Dependable GPS-Intermittent Localization
William Sitch, Chief Enterprise Officer, Primary Avenue Autonomy
2:45 PM – 3:30 PM

Robotic sensor calibration is a frustration that may restrict your industrial deployments. Calibration sometimes must occur in a managed setting, with checkerboards, fiducials, or targets, and engineers current to run the cal course of.

This speak will dive into sensor calibration in unstructured environments that don’t have checkerboards or doubtlessly even any engineers. It’ll additionally clarify methods to obtain highly-accurate 6 degree-of-freedom pose estimates with or with out GPS.

Classes Discovered Deploying Cell Robots on Farms
Charlie Andersen, CEO, Burro
2:45 PM – 3:30 PM

Cell robots are more and more getting used within the agricultural {industry}. Throughout this session, you’ll hear from a pioneer within the agricultural robotics {industry}, with huge expertise growing and deploying cellular robots on working farms. The first goal of Burro cellular robots is to help within the transportation of products, assuaging the workload of farm laborers and enhancing the general effectivity of farm operations.

Designing the Warehouse of the Future
Rob Thyen, SVP, Gross sales Options and Interim CIO, GXO Logistics
4:15 PM – 5:00 PM

The worldwide marketplace for warehousing is estimated to whole over $400 billion, however lower than 5% of that market is automated. Nonetheless, the rising complexity of provide chains, together with rising strain on profitability from rising prices and competitors for purchasers and labor, has created demand for warehouses with tech ecosystems — networks of robotics and software program designed to optimize security, effectivity and profitability.

In 2023, an instance of such a tech ecosystem was launched within the U.S. The location consists of one of many largest deployments of robotics in logistics and an industry-first mixture of state-of-the-art automation. The expertise options have been chosen to optimize returns operations, often known as reverse logistics, for a client electronics firm, and custom-designed to deal with a excessive fee of throughput at minimal price, whereas rising accuracy and productiveness, decreasing prices, and elevating profitability for the shopper. The warehouse is able to processing 50,000 digital gadgets per day with expertise that may decide a selected merchandise from over 2 million items of stock in seconds.

This session will spotlight the several types of expertise — together with automated storage and retrieval robots, robotic arms, GTP robots, in addition to knowledge analytics, a lot of them industry-first implementations — and the way they have been strategically built-in to create a state-of-the-art tech-ecosystem at this warehouse of the long run.

Movement Management Tendencies with Harmonic Drive
Speaker TBD
4:15 PM – 5:00 PM

Pitchfire Robotics Startup Competitors
Steve Crowe, Editor, The Robotic Report
4:15 PM – 5:00 PM

The {industry}’s hottest robotics startups compete within the RoboBusiness Pitchfire Competitors for a $5,000 first-place prize and everlasting bragging rights. 5 startups ship 5-minute ‘pitches’ to a panel of judges describing their resolution, enterprise mannequin, worth proposition and extra. Judges decide a winner and two runners-up primarily based on the startup they imagine to be greatest primed for industrial success. Collaborating startups obtain invaluable suggestions from buyers, can community with {industry} leaders, get free passes to RoboBusiness and can seem on The Robotic Report Podcast.

Forging New Frontiers with Improvements in Mobility and Manipulation
Dave Rollinson, CTO, HEBI Robotics
4:15 PM – 5:00 PM

Robotics for subsequent era functions within the subject are sometimes a well-synchronized mixture of three key capabilities – mobility, manipulation and sensing. Of those three capabilities, robotic mobility and manipulation are particularly difficult as a result of the duties and workspaces are extremely variable, and infrequently unpredictable. Figuring out new approaches, and enabling robots to be quickly reconfigured, are key to unlocking the true worth of automation within the subject.

On this session, HEBI Robotics will current latest progressive approaches to mobility and manipulation which have been integrated into robotic techniques throughout quite a lot of functions and industries.

Examples embody:
• An inchworm-like arm that navigates round confined areas by way of suction or magnets and deploys instruments in extraordinarily tough to succeed in areas.
• An in-pipe crawler ‘prepare’ that may be modified to suit quite a lot of pipe sizes and deploy tooling / sensors in advanced pipe buildings with a number of bends.
• A multi-purpose cellular robotic that may be reconfigured within the subject to assist all kinds of sensors and tooling, and might even be adjusted within the subject to swap out several types of wheels and treads.

Full Convention Reception
5-7 PM

Oct. 19

Keynote: How Intuitive Is Creating Distance From Rivals
Dave Rosa, President, Intuitive
9:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Surgical robotics pioneer Intuitive is outpacing opponents within the {industry} by doubling down on its multi-port Da Vinci Robotic whereas additionally introducing new robotics applied sciences to fight lethal ailments. On this interview, we’ll hear how the corporate is constructing engineering and gross sales groups to carry its techniques to extra hospitals within the US and overseas.

Keynote: Generative AI’s Affect on Robotics Growth
Pras Velagapudi, VP of Innovation, Agility Robotics; Jeff Linnell, CEO & Founder, Formant; Ken Goldberg, William S. Floyd Jr Distinguished Chair in Engineering, UC Berkeley; Amit Goel, Director Product Administration, nvidia; Ted Larson, CEO, OLogic
10:00 AM – 10:45 AM

Generative AI is revolutionizing the software program {industry}, however how can this breakthrough be utilized to robotics? This keynote panel of robotics {industry} leaders will talk about the functions of Massive Language Fashions (LLMs) and textual content era functions to robotics. It’ll additionally discover basic methods generative AI will be utilized to robotics design, mannequin coaching, simulation, management algorithms and product commercialization.

The State of Autonomous Cell Manipulation
Manthan Pawar, World Product Supervisor, Autonomous Cell Robotics, Barcodes Group
12:00 PM – 12:45 PM

Cell manipulation faces the problem of market readiness and expensive in-house manufacturing of AMRs, robotic arms and software program for finish customers. Startups like IAM Robotics and different main firms have shifted their focus in the direction of available, market-ready robotics use instances that provide the quickest returns on funding.

This speak will assess the present state of Autonomous Cell Manipulation (AMM), emphasizing the identification of efficient methods for enabling absolutely autonomous navigation, missions, and arm manipulation. Combining AMRs and perception-driven autonomous manipulation is the Holy Grail, creating a flexible robotics platform for numerous functions.

Accelerating the Growth of Autonomous Cell Robots
Shri Sundaram, Director of Product Administration, NVIDIA – Isaac Robotics Platform
12:00 PM – 12:45 PM

Cell robotic shipments are anticipated to climb from 251,000 models in 2023 to 1.6 million by 2028, with income forecast to leap from $12.6 billion to $64.5 billion within the interval. Regardless of the explosive adoption of robots, the intralogistics {industry} faces challenges. Historically, software program functions for autonomous navigation are sometimes coded from scratch for every robotic, making rolling out autonomy throughout completely different robots advanced. Additionally, warehouses, factories and achievement facilities are monumental, incessantly operating one million sq. ft or extra, making them laborious to map for robots and preserve up to date.

Given the present panorama, integrating autonomous cellular robots (AMRs) into current workflows, fleet administration and warehouse administration techniques will be sophisticated. This speak will current how these challenges will be overcome throughout mapping, improvement, and simulation for validation, deployment, optimization and fleet administration, whereas decreasing prices and time to marketplace for deploying the subsequent era of AMRs.

Why You Have to Work with Robotics Clusters
Ward Broom Catalyst, Superior Know-how and Growth Heart – Enterprise Innovation Institute; Joyce Sidopoulos, Co-Founder and Chief of Operations, MassRobotics; Andra Keay, Managing Director, Silicon Valley Robotics
2:00 PM – 12:45 PM

Robotics clusters act as facilitators and accelerators for robotics innovation, new enterprise formation, job creation and regional wealth era. This panel options representatives from main robotics clusters will describe how clusters assist robotics firms and robotics communities, and by extension, profession alternatives. Matters coated within the panel will embody:

  • Cluster as innovation engines
  • Clusters as startup facilitators
  • Partnering with robotics clusters
  • Conclusions and proposals

Designing Offroad Autonomy Purposes With Built-in Simulation Workflows
Mihir Acharya, Sr. Technical Product Supervisor, Robotics and Autonomous Programs, MathWorks
12:00 PM – 12:45 PM

Creating autonomous off-road techniques requires the collaboration of multi-disciplinary groups engaged on completely different expertise domains equivalent to controls, notion, and movement planning. To facilitate this advanced course of whereas decreasing the dangers and prices related to {hardware} testing, simulations are crucial.

This speak will showcase numerous situations from a development web site to an open pit mine, demonstrating modeling and simulation workflows for autonomous off-road automobiles. Particularly, we’ll talk about the testing and optimization of autonomous algorithms by means of co-simulation utilizing robotics simulators and common recreation engines. Attendees will achieve perception into the completely different phases concerned in an autonomous off-road car improvement mission and perceive how an built-in simulation workflow can improve cross-team collaboration.

Creating Robots for Higher People
Paolo Pirjanian, CEO & Founder, Embodied
2:00 PM – 2:45 PM

Socially and emotionally clever robots pose an unimaginable alternative not just for the market, however for our family members younger and previous. Embodied has constructed a sophisticated social interface that allows human-like interplay: adjustments within the intonation of voice, smiling, studying physique language and eye contact, and extra with out lengthy, awkward pauses or the necessity for using fixed wake phrases.

Moxie the robotic has helped neurodivergent and neurotypical youngsters with social, emotional and cognitive improvement. This consists of particular content material modules and conversations round making errors, studying, emotional regulation and recognition, making mates, and extra. It has the power to acknowledge progress and understanding of matters, and might immediate youngsters when it detects the kid may gain advantage from additional improvement in an space. Moxie can also be in a position to reply with eye contact and gesticulate with its arms, making for a extra plausible, private expertise.

This framework is being utilized to service extra populations, together with senior residents, adults with psychological diseases, neurodivergent adults, individuals experiencing loneliness, and extra. Dr. Pirjanian will clarify the concerns and developments going into this new iteration and supply an onstage demonstration.

Generative AI for Robotics
Mitch Tolson, Founder & CEO, Ally Robotics
2:00 PM – 2:45 PM

There have been main enhancements with Generative AI as demonstrated by means of ChatGPT, Secure Diffusion, and different algorithms. These enhancements will finally influence areas of robotics improvement. This speak will evaluation the newest traits, analysis, and influence of Generative AI on robotic and embody examples of robotics firms are leveraging Generative AI.

Challenges of Fundraising Panel
Sanjay Aggarwal, Enterprise Associate, F-Prime Capital; Paolo Pirjanian, CEO & Founder, Embodied (extra audio system to return)
2:00 PM – 2:45 PM

Fundraising for robotics firms tougher in comparison with different sectors and applied sciences. This panel will carry collectively buyers and roboticists to debate the challenges and alternatives of elevating cash to your robotics firm. This panel will talk about the present state of robotics investments, how issues have modified and what to anticipate sooner or later.

Tips on how to Quick Observe Growth Robotics Software program and Cut back Prices
Shanif Service provider, Chief Product Officer, Numurus
2:45 PM – 3:30 PM

Edge-AI and robotics applied sciences are actually mainstream in industrial software program. However the method to constructing them has not modified since its early area of interest days. Surveys present industrial AI and robotics options carry as much as 35% of non-IP software program, rising software program prices and time to market.

Demand for industrial automation is rising, so the {industry} should handle the problem of time to market and prices. The earlier technique of a build-it-all method is not a scalable path. To realize mainstream resolution adoption, we should rethink the method to software program improvement that reduces prices, will increase reuse, and frees engineers to deal with buyer wants.

The {industry} must establish areas of the software program stack which can be frequent and non-IP and transition these to a collaborative method the place capabilities are shared. The speaker will share a number of use instances the place organizations utilizing a collaborative method received merchandise to market quicker. Attendees can anticipate to realize priceless insights into navigating these challenges by means of a collaborative improvement method.

Closing Keynote Interview: Way forward for Surgical Robotics at Johnson & Johnson Medtech
Hani Abouhalka, Firm Group Chairman, Robotics & Digital Surgical procedure, Johnson & Johnson MedTech
3:30 PM – 4:15 PM