New York Automation and Robotics Conference 2017

Monday, October 23, 2017 - 7:30am to 6:30pm
Hilton Garden Inn, Troy, NY

Keynote Speaker

Greg Longtine
Greg Longtine
Sr. Manager Technology Strategy, Amazon Robotics
Keynote Speaker
Greg Longtine is currently Sr. Manager Technology Strategy at Amazon Robotics and has worked in strategic planning for product development in the Boston area for over 20 years. Greg was an early employee at PTC and assisted in the launch of Pro/ENGINEER, a revolutionary solution for the CAD/CAM market. A decade ago, Greg joined Kiva Systems, a robotic solution for distribution, and created the product management department from scratch. After the purchase of Kiva Systems by Amazon for $775M in 2012 and the subsequent rebranding of the division to Amazon Robotics, Greg remained a central player in strategizing the product and technology suite for Amazon distribution solutions.
John Wen
John Wen
Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institue
Keynote Speaker
John Wen is currently the Head of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Rensselaer and a Professor in the Department of Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering with a joint appointment in the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering. Dr. Wen's research interest lies in the modeling and control of dynamical systems with applications to precision motion, robot manipulation, thermal management, lighting systems and materials processing.
Dan Walczyk
Dan Walczyk
Director of CATS and Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Normal Speaker
Dan Walczyk is currently the Director of Rensselaer’s Center for Automation Technologies and Systems (CATS), a NY-designated Center for Advanced Technology in Advanced Manufacturing, Automation and Robotics, and also a Professor of Mechanical Engineering. Prior to beginning his academic career in 1996, Dr. Walczyk worked seven years in industry (primarily at GE), did graduate work at Rensselaer and MIT, and held a post-doctoral position at a Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology, RWTH Aachen. His research interests include advanced composites and biocomposites manufacturing, additive manufacturing, rapid fixturing and tooling, and manufacturing process development.
Jean-Paul Boillot, P. Eng., M.Sc., IWE
Chairman and C.E.O., Servo-Robot
Normal Speaker
Heather Briccetti
Heather Briccetti
President and CEO, The Business Council of New York State
Sponsor
The Business Council of New York State, Inc., is the leading business organization in New York, representing the interests of large and small firms across the state. Membership is made up of roughly 2,400 member companies, local chambers of commerce and professional and trade associations. Though 72 percent of members are small businesses, The Business Council also represents some of the largest and most important corporations in the world. Combined, Business Council members employ more than 1.2 million New Yorkers. The Business Council serves as an advocate for employers in the state’s political and policy-making arenas, working to create a healthy business climate, sustained economic growth, and a strong workforce.
Ron Brown
EWI
Normal Speaker
Stephen R. Catt, Ed.D.
Stephen R. Catt, Ed.D.
Deputy Director, Education and Workforce Development, Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institute
Normal Speaker
Committed to creating a talent pipeline that fulfills current and future needs for the Advanced Manufacturing industry in the United States, Dr. Catt brings to ARM experiences in serving industry training needs through business, industrial, and safety training in both credit and noncredit arenas through the community college system. He has also taught organizational leadership at the Master of Science level and served numerous businesses through specific consulting applications. After beginning a career as a science/math elementary teacher, then working in a national distribution center, he progressed in a community college to almost every department, (student services, grant writing, strategic planning, government relations, workforce development, and teaching.)
Greg Culp
Greg Culp
Sr. Software Sales Manager, Robotmaster (Hypertherm, Inc)
Normal Speaker
Greg Culp is a Mechanical Engineer from Temple university. He started his professional career in 1997 as a CAD/CAM Software Application Engineer. After 10 years working in CAD/CAM software sales and support he transitioned into robotic offline programming software. Since 2007, Greg has dedicated his career to the evolving needs of robotic programming and collaborating with robot manufactures and integrators for the greater adoption of robots in industrial manufacturing. Greg currently resides outside the Philadelphia area and can be contacted at greg.culp@robotmaster.com
Ashwin Dani
UCONN
Normal Speaker
Craig Dory
Craig Dory
Director, Northeast RMC, Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CESMII)
Normal Speaker
Robert House
Robert House
Director of Sales, Octopuz
Normal Speaker
Venkat Krovi
Clemson University
Normal Speaker
Michael Lobsinger
Michael Lobsinger
Center Director, Business Growth Solutions, Center for Economic Growth (CEG)
Sponsor
The Center for Economic Growth (CEG) is the professional economic and business development organization serving New York’s Tech Valley. With over 200 C-level investors in business, manufacturing, technology, government, education, and the not-for-profit sectors, CEG's vision is to lead Tech Valley as one of the most prosperous and innovative ecosystems in the world. Together with its partners, the organization works to build a skilled and sustainable Workforce and Education pipeline; cultivate a strong Entrepreneurial ecosystem; and ensure a modern Infrastructure to grow local companies, attract new investment and prepare our communities for growth. In addition, in its role as the regional technology development center, and designated by ESD, NYSTAR as part of the NY Manufacturing Extension Partnership and the federal NIST/Manufacturing Extension Partnership, assisting local manufacturing and technology companies with generating new sales, creating stronger operational infrastructure and overcoming barriers to growth and innovation.
Lisa Masciantonio
Lisa Masciantonio
Deputy Director, Regional Robotics Innovation Collaboratives, Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institute
Normal Speaker
Jeff Mendoza
UTRC
Normal Speaker
Zane Michael
Zane Michael
Yaskawa American, Motoman Robotic Division
Normal Speaker
Zane Michael is Director of Thermal Business Development @ Motoman Robotics where he has been employed for over 34 years. He started his career teaching welding at the Hobart School of Welding Technology and specializes in robotic arc welding automation @ Motoman. Zane is a Certified Welding Inspector (CWI), Certified Welding Educator (CWE) and holds an associate degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Sinclair Community College, a BS degree in Electronic Engineering Technology from the University of Dayton, a MS degree in Operations management and a MS degree in manufacturing management from Kettering University.
Bernie Mucitelli
Bernie Mucitelli
Business Development Manager, Applied Robotics
Normal Speaker
Shridhar Nath
GE
Normal Speaker
David Schaefer
David Schaefer
Product Specialist, Miller Welding Automation
Normal Speaker
I cover the east coast of the US for MWA. I have been in the welding industry for twenty years, selling automation specifically for thirteen years. I graduated from the Ohio State University with an Engineering degree and Campbell University with an MBA. I currently reside in Charlotte, NC and enjoy camping and riding my motorcycle.
Marcie Sonneborn
Marcie Sonneborn
MBA, MPA, SBIR and Innovation Specialist, Central New York Technology Development Organization (TDO)
Normal Speaker
Marcene Sonneborn is the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Innovation Specialist at the CNYTDO with an MBA in Innovation Management/Finance and Marketing. She assists early stage small businesses and individuals to develop scientific and technical concepts into products and businesses. She has provided SBIR outreach services throughout Central NY for over 25 years.
Matthew C. Watson
Matthew C. Watson
Director, Division of Science, Technology and Innovation (NYSTAR) at Empire State Development
Sponsor
Matthew C. Watson leads the division of New York State’s economic development agency responsible for advancing science, technology, and innovation in support of industry growth and competitiveness. He oversees $58 million in annual funding that the state dedicates to supporting a robust network of research and innovation assets. These include Centers for Advanced Technology, Centers of Excellence, Innovation Hot Spots, Certified Business Incubators, and Manufacturing Extension Partnership centers. In this role, he has created new initiatives to accelerate the commercialization of research and to improve the pathway by which early-stage New York State companies address growth hurdles and innovation needs. He instituted a new framework for the division’s programs that has resulted in higher volumes of companies drawn into the pipeline of assistance and a more successful method of matching companies to appropriate resources and tracking them to their resolution.
New York Automation and Robotics Conference 2017

Hosted by Rensselaer's Center for Automation Technologies and Sytems

Network, learn, problem-solve.
  • Learn from leaders in automation and robotics
  • Meet and learn from researchers and industry leaders
  • Learn how to access expertise, funding, future employees, testbeds related to robotics and automation
  • Learn present state and future trends of automation and manufacturing
  • Learn to access education, training, and workforce development
  • Discover processes to improve plant efficiency and profitability

Session topics include:

  • Government Partnerships
  • Workforce Development
  • Robotic Welding
  • 3D Printing
  • Hard vs. Soft Automation
  • Collaborative Robotics
  • Offline Robot Programming
  • Our Table of Experts!

Registration

Registration is available through EventBrite:

REGISTER NOW!

Schedule

7:30-8:00 Breakfast / Check-In
8:00-8:30

Opening remarks and introduction of sponsors

  • Introduction - Dan Walczyk, Director of CATS and Professor of Mechanical Engineering
  • About CEG - Michael Lobsinger, Solutions, CEG
  • About FuzeHub - Elena Gurac, Executive Director, FuzeHub
  • About NYSTAR - Matt Watson, Director, Division of Science, Technology & Innovation, ESD
  • About The Business Council - Heather Briccetti, President & CEO, Business Council
8:30-9:00 BREAKFAST KEYNOTE:  "Manufacturing USA and ARM Institute"John Wen, Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institue
TRACK 1 TRACK 2

9:00-10:25

1.1

Government Partnerships for Manufacturers

  • Dan Walczyk, Director of CATS and Professor of Mechanical Engineering

2.1

Hard vs. Soft Automation

10:35-12:00

1.2

Workforce Development

  • Stephen R. Catt, Ed.D. Deputy Director, Education and Workforce Development, Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institute
  • Lisa Masciantonio Deputy Director, Regional Robotics Innovation Collaboratives, Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institute

2.2

Collaborative Robotics (Cobots)

  • "Perception-Aided Collaborative Robotic Wire Harness Assembly", Ashwin Dani, UCONN & Jeff Mendoza, UTRC
  • "Smart Companion Robot for Automotive Assembly"Venkat Krovi, Clemson University
  • "The Rising Value of Cobots", Ron Brown, EWI
  • "Robot Assistant for Composites Manufacturing", John Wen, RPI & Shridhar Nath, GE

12:00-1:30

LUNCH / KEYNOTE: "How Robotics has transformed Amazon and what the next generation of robotics means for industry and the economy." Greg Longtine, Senior Manager of Technoloby Strategy, Amazon Robotics

1:30-2:55

1.3

Robotic Welding

  • David Schaefer, Miller
  • Zane Michael, Yaskawa
  • Jean-Paul Boillot, P. Eng., M.Sc., IWE Chairman and C.E.O., Servo-Robot

2.3

Table of Experts

  • Bernie Mucitelli, Business Development Manager, Applied Robotics

3:05-4:30

1.4

Applying 3D Printing for Better Automation

2.4

Offline robot programming

  • Robert House, Director of Sales, Octopuz
  • Greg Culp Sr., Software Sales Manager, Robotmaster
4:30-6:30 Posters / Reception

 

Location

Hilton Garden Inn, Troy, NY

The New York Automation and Robotics Conference 2017 will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn in Troy, New York

This year's conference will be held at the
Hilton Garden Inn, 235 Hoosick Street, Troy, NY 12180

Speakers

Greg Longtine
Greg Longtine
Sr. Manager Technology Strategy, Amazon Robotics
Keynote Speaker
Greg Longtine is currently Sr. Manager Technology Strategy at Amazon Robotics and has worked in strategic planning for product development in the Boston area for over 20 years. Greg was an early employee at PTC and assisted in the launch of Pro/ENGINEER, a revolutionary solution for the CAD/CAM market. A decade ago, Greg joined Kiva Systems, a robotic solution for distribution, and created the product management department from scratch. After the purchase of Kiva Systems by Amazon for $775M in 2012 and the subsequent rebranding of the division to Amazon Robotics, Greg remained a central player in strategizing the product and technology suite for Amazon distribution solutions.
John Wen
John Wen
Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institue
Keynote Speaker
John Wen is currently the Head of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Rensselaer and a Professor in the Department of Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering with a joint appointment in the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering. Dr. Wen's research interest lies in the modeling and control of dynamical systems with applications to precision motion, robot manipulation, thermal management, lighting systems and materials processing.
Dan Walczyk
Dan Walczyk
Director of CATS and Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Normal Speaker
Dan Walczyk is currently the Director of Rensselaer’s Center for Automation Technologies and Systems (CATS), a NY-designated Center for Advanced Technology in Advanced Manufacturing, Automation and Robotics, and also a Professor of Mechanical Engineering. Prior to beginning his academic career in 1996, Dr. Walczyk worked seven years in industry (primarily at GE), did graduate work at Rensselaer and MIT, and held a post-doctoral position at a Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology, RWTH Aachen. His research interests include advanced composites and biocomposites manufacturing, additive manufacturing, rapid fixturing and tooling, and manufacturing process development.
Jean-Paul Boillot, P. Eng., M.Sc., IWE
Chairman and C.E.O., Servo-Robot
Normal Speaker
Heather Briccetti
Heather Briccetti
President and CEO, The Business Council of New York State
Sponsor
The Business Council of New York State, Inc., is the leading business organization in New York, representing the interests of large and small firms across the state. Membership is made up of roughly 2,400 member companies, local chambers of commerce and professional and trade associations. Though 72 percent of members are small businesses, The Business Council also represents some of the largest and most important corporations in the world. Combined, Business Council members employ more than 1.2 million New Yorkers. The Business Council serves as an advocate for employers in the state’s political and policy-making arenas, working to create a healthy business climate, sustained economic growth, and a strong workforce.
Ron Brown
EWI
Normal Speaker
Stephen R. Catt, Ed.D.
Stephen R. Catt, Ed.D.
Deputy Director, Education and Workforce Development, Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institute
Normal Speaker
Committed to creating a talent pipeline that fulfills current and future needs for the Advanced Manufacturing industry in the United States, Dr. Catt brings to ARM experiences in serving industry training needs through business, industrial, and safety training in both credit and noncredit arenas through the community college system. He has also taught organizational leadership at the Master of Science level and served numerous businesses through specific consulting applications. After beginning a career as a science/math elementary teacher, then working in a national distribution center, he progressed in a community college to almost every department, (student services, grant writing, strategic planning, government relations, workforce development, and teaching.)
Greg Culp
Greg Culp
Sr. Software Sales Manager, Robotmaster (Hypertherm, Inc)
Normal Speaker
Greg Culp is a Mechanical Engineer from Temple university. He started his professional career in 1997 as a CAD/CAM Software Application Engineer. After 10 years working in CAD/CAM software sales and support he transitioned into robotic offline programming software. Since 2007, Greg has dedicated his career to the evolving needs of robotic programming and collaborating with robot manufactures and integrators for the greater adoption of robots in industrial manufacturing. Greg currently resides outside the Philadelphia area and can be contacted at greg.culp@robotmaster.com
Ashwin Dani
UCONN
Normal Speaker
Craig Dory
Craig Dory
Director, Northeast RMC, Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CESMII)
Normal Speaker
Robert House
Robert House
Director of Sales, Octopuz
Normal Speaker
Venkat Krovi
Clemson University
Normal Speaker
Michael Lobsinger
Michael Lobsinger
Center Director, Business Growth Solutions, Center for Economic Growth (CEG)
Sponsor
The Center for Economic Growth (CEG) is the professional economic and business development organization serving New York’s Tech Valley. With over 200 C-level investors in business, manufacturing, technology, government, education, and the not-for-profit sectors, CEG's vision is to lead Tech Valley as one of the most prosperous and innovative ecosystems in the world. Together with its partners, the organization works to build a skilled and sustainable Workforce and Education pipeline; cultivate a strong Entrepreneurial ecosystem; and ensure a modern Infrastructure to grow local companies, attract new investment and prepare our communities for growth. In addition, in its role as the regional technology development center, and designated by ESD, NYSTAR as part of the NY Manufacturing Extension Partnership and the federal NIST/Manufacturing Extension Partnership, assisting local manufacturing and technology companies with generating new sales, creating stronger operational infrastructure and overcoming barriers to growth and innovation.
Lisa Masciantonio
Lisa Masciantonio
Deputy Director, Regional Robotics Innovation Collaboratives, Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institute
Normal Speaker
Jeff Mendoza
UTRC
Normal Speaker
Zane Michael
Zane Michael
Yaskawa American, Motoman Robotic Division
Normal Speaker
Zane Michael is Director of Thermal Business Development @ Motoman Robotics where he has been employed for over 34 years. He started his career teaching welding at the Hobart School of Welding Technology and specializes in robotic arc welding automation @ Motoman. Zane is a Certified Welding Inspector (CWI), Certified Welding Educator (CWE) and holds an associate degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Sinclair Community College, a BS degree in Electronic Engineering Technology from the University of Dayton, a MS degree in Operations management and a MS degree in manufacturing management from Kettering University.
Bernie Mucitelli
Bernie Mucitelli
Business Development Manager, Applied Robotics
Normal Speaker
Shridhar Nath
GE
Normal Speaker
David Schaefer
David Schaefer
Product Specialist, Miller Welding Automation
Normal Speaker
I cover the east coast of the US for MWA. I have been in the welding industry for twenty years, selling automation specifically for thirteen years. I graduated from the Ohio State University with an Engineering degree and Campbell University with an MBA. I currently reside in Charlotte, NC and enjoy camping and riding my motorcycle.
Marcie Sonneborn
Marcie Sonneborn
MBA, MPA, SBIR and Innovation Specialist, Central New York Technology Development Organization (TDO)
Normal Speaker
Marcene Sonneborn is the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Innovation Specialist at the CNYTDO with an MBA in Innovation Management/Finance and Marketing. She assists early stage small businesses and individuals to develop scientific and technical concepts into products and businesses. She has provided SBIR outreach services throughout Central NY for over 25 years.
Matthew C. Watson
Matthew C. Watson
Director, Division of Science, Technology and Innovation (NYSTAR) at Empire State Development
Sponsor
Matthew C. Watson leads the division of New York State’s economic development agency responsible for advancing science, technology, and innovation in support of industry growth and competitiveness. He oversees $58 million in annual funding that the state dedicates to supporting a robust network of research and innovation assets. These include Centers for Advanced Technology, Centers of Excellence, Innovation Hot Spots, Certified Business Incubators, and Manufacturing Extension Partnership centers. In this role, he has created new initiatives to accelerate the commercialization of research and to improve the pathway by which early-stage New York State companies address growth hurdles and innovation needs. He instituted a new framework for the division’s programs that has resulted in higher volumes of companies drawn into the pipeline of assistance and a more successful method of matching companies to appropriate resources and tracking them to their resolution.

Exhibitors

Exhibitors will be displayed as we get closer to the conference date!

 

Information for Exhibitors

Exhibitor set-up: 6PM Sunday night – start of breakfast 7:30 AM, Monday October 23.

A small group of standard rooms are being held by Hilton Garden Inn for a discounted rate of $109. Mention this conference to get the discounted rate.

Exhibitor Information / Setup Sheet:  PDF iconSupplierInfoSheet-CATSConference2017.pdf

Sponsors

The Business Council
http://www.bcnys.org/index.html
Center for Economic Growth
http://www.ceg.org/
FuzeHub
https://fuzehub.com/
New York State of Opportunity - Division of Science, Technology & Innovation
https://esd.ny.gov/nystar/

Contact

Brian Apkarian
Director of Business Development
518-276-8096 | apkarb@rpi.edu