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
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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
Jean-Paul Boillot, P. Eng., M.Sc., IWE
Chairman and C.E.O., Servo-Robot
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Jean-Paul Boillot is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of SERVO-ROBOT GROUP. He established SERVO-ROBOT in 1983 which has since become a recognized world leader in laser machine vision and intelligent control of robotic automation. SERVO-ROBOT has subsidiaries in USA, Japan, China, Germany and Mexico, as well as a broad network of system integrators and partners globally.   J.P. Boillot holds a Bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering, a Bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering and a Master degree from the Welding Institute in Paris, France. J.P. Boillot received several international awards including the prestigeous Engelberger award for Technology Development in 2006 from the Robotic Industries Association. J.P. Boillot is a recognized international expert in intelligent robotic welding automation. He holds several patents and has written numerous papers in the field of machine vision and robotic welding automation.
Talk Title: 
How Machine Vision and Robots are Teaming Up to Transform Automatic Arc and Laser Welding
Talk Description: 
The deployment of arc and laser welding robots is limited by their blindness. Recent integration between robots and high-speed vision systems are solving this limitation. Accurate and rapid continuous path processes such as arc and laser welding can be more easily applied and are now able to produce continuous quality parts despite imperfect environment.
Ron Brown
Ron Brown
EWI
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Ron has extensive experience leading cross-functional teams with comprehensive responsibility for product concept, planning, cost, manufacturing, testing/validation, commercialization, and launch. Prior to his role as Technology Leader he served as EWI’s Business Development Manager for Automotive and Advanced Energy. Before joining EWI, he owned a consulting firm that specialized in engineering and product design for weld monitor products. Ron gained broad managerial experience earlier in his career through positions as VP of Engineering and General Manager for a manufacturer of weld process-monitoring systems, and as VP of Engineering, Research and Development for an automated systems original equipment manufacturer serving Fortune 500 companies.
Talk Title: 
Applying Collaborative Robots to Augment and Enhance a Manual Assembly Process
Talk Description: 
The integration of collaborative robots (cobots) into the manufacturing process is rapidly growing throughout industry, especially with small and medium manufacturers. These cobots augment the process by working in conjunction with human operators to enhance process throughput and quality. Recently, a small manufacturer with a unique mission to emphasize the social aspect of the manufacturing process, while still being globally competitive, has turned to cobotics to increase throughput and maintain product quality. The manual product assembly process was carefully reviewed and one particular task proved difficult for human operators to consistently perform. A dual arm cobot was selected and integrated into the manual process with the goal of increasing throughput by 50% and to eliminate rework due to human error. The result was an increase in productivity of 110%, elimination of rework, and the enthusiastic acceptance of collaborative robots by coworkers. This example illustrates how collaborative robots can successfully cohabitate and enhance the manual workforce.
Stephen R. Catt, Ed.D.
Stephen R. Catt, Ed.D.
Deputy Director, Education and Workforce Development, Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institute
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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.)
Talk Title: 
Workforce Development
Talk Description: 
The Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institute is a national public, private partnership dedicated to strengthening a robust and innovative domestic manufacturing sector in order to retain its leadership role in world affairs. The ARM Institute advances new robotic technologies and fosters a robust manufacturing ecosystem that includes creating an adaptive training pipeline for a skilled workforce. Lisa Masciantonio, Deputy Director, Regional Robotics Innovation Collaboratives, and Steve Catt, Deputy Director, Education and Workforce Development, from the ARM Institute will host a discussion regarding the current state of education and workforce development and how the ARM Institute plans to advance manufacturing and robotics skills in the United States. Steve Catt will present results from the ARM Institute’s study on the national state of education and workforce development that reveals gaps in skill areas needed for the United States to re-assert global leadership in manufacturing. Following the presentation of the report, Lisa and Steve will outline specific ways in which the ARM Institute will address the revealed skills gaps. A guided discussion will encourage attendees to voice concerns about education and workforce development specific to the New York region, with Lisa and Steve detailing how the ARM Institute plans to address such concerns regionally and nationally.
Howie Choset
Howie Choset
CTO, ARM Institute and Professor, Computer Science Carnegie Mellon University
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Howie Choset is a Professor of Robotics at Carnegie Mellon University where he serves as the co-director of the Biorobotics Lab and as director of the Robotics Major. Choset's research group reduces complicated high-dimensional problems found in robotics to low-dimensional simpler ones for design, analysis, and planning. Motivated by applications in confined spaces, Choset has created a comprehensive program in modular, high DOF, and multi- robot systems, which has led to basic research in mechanism design, path planning, motion planning, and estimation. Choset's research program has made contributions to challenging and strategically significant problems in diverse areas such as surgery, manufacturing, infrastructure inspection, and search and rescue. Choset also leads multi-PI projects centered on manufacturing: (1) automating the programming of robots for auto-body painting; (2) the development of mobile manipulators for agile and flexible fixture-free manufacturing of large structures in aerospace, and (3) the creation of a data-robot ecosystem for rapid manufacturing in the commercial electronics industry. This year, Choset, along with Gary Fedder, co-led the formation of the Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing Institute, which is $250MM national institute advancing both technology development and education for robotics in manufacturing. Currently, Choset serves as ARM’s Chief Technology Officer.
Talk Title: 
Manufacturing USA Institutes and Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institute − Opportunities for NYS Manufacturers
Sam Chiappone
Sam Chiappone
Director, Manufacturing Innovation, School of Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
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Sam began his early career as a Journeyman Machinist at Mechanical Technology Incorporated and then received a position at Rensselaer as Journeyman Machinist and moved up to his current position as Manager of the Fabrication and Prototyping Resources. Sam is responsible for the overall operation and management of manufacturing and prototyping resources within the Core Engineering Department of the School of Engineering. These resources include the Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory (AML), Multidisciplinary Design Laboratory’s Fabrication & Prototyping Area, Haas Technical Center, and the JEC Student Machine Shop.
Greg Culp
Greg Culp
Sr. Software Sales Manager, Robotmaster (Hypertherm, Inc)
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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
Talk Title: 
Robot Programming for the Future
Talk Description: 
How offline robotic software is changing the landscape of robotics today.
Ashwin Dani
Ashwin Dani
Assistant Professor, University of Connecticut
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Ashwin Dani received M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Florida (UF), Gainesville. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Connecticut, Storrs. He was a post-doctoral research associate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research interests are in the area of estimation, learning and control for human-robot collaboration, learning from demonstration of flexible object manipulation, physics-informed machine learning, and vision-based tracking for autonomous navigation. His research in the area of passive vision-based range estimation has been transitioned to industry for range estimation for ships. He is actively engaged with the aerospace and robotics industry on various research fronts that include collaborative robotics in aerospace and manufacturing applications, and model learning with embedded physics for aerospace industry applications. He is a member of the Conference Editorial Board for IEEE Control System Society. He is a co-recipient of the 2016 FUSION student paper award - 2nd runner up, 2015 ASME Dynamics, Systems and Controls Conference Robotics paper award and the 2012 Technology Innovator Award from the UF for technology transition to industry.
Talk Title: 
Collaborative Robotics and Motion Plan Learning for Assembly Tasks
Talk Description: 
An integral part of human-robot collaboration is the ability of the robot to understand and predict human motion. Predicting, what the human collaborator will do next, can be very useful in planning the robot’s response in many collaborative manufacturing and assembly applications. Another important challenge is designing faster ways to program a robot for adaptation and the learning of various tasks in assembly operations which involve low volume and high variability of parts to be assembled. In this talk, we will show our work in the area of early prediction of human intentions. An overview of an algorithm based on machine learning, that uses multiple models of human actions and sensor fusion to fuse motion and gaze data, to predict the motion of the humans will be presented. The fusion of gaze and motion features results in a fast and accurate prediction of the human actions. Embedding a reaching property in the model learning of human motion, e.g., in a hand reaching motion, results in faster and more accurate prediction algorithms. We will present the results of human action prediction that were obtained on a two-person assembly task. Next, a contracting dynamic system primitive (CDSP) algorithm for learning the motion primitives from data collected for performing various different tasks will be discussed. The adaptability of the algorithm for different tasks, change in task scenario, and robustness to perturbations while performing the task will be shown. We will conclude the talk by showing applicability of these algorithms in the collaborative assembly for wire harnessing assembly task – a joint work with United Technologies Research Center and ABB Corporate Research.
Craig Dory
Craig Dory
Director, Northeast RMC, Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CESMII)
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Craig Dory is VP of Membership at CESMII and Director of the CESMII Northeast Regional Manufacturing Center hosted at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, New York and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition (SMLC). Previously, Craig was Director for Business Development for the Center for Automation Technologies and Systems (CATS) at RPI.
Talk Title: 
CESMII and the Smart Manufacturing Solution
Talk Description: 
The Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CESMII), in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy, brings over $140 million in public-private investment to radically improve the precision, performance and efficiency of U.S. advanced manufacturing. CESMII is organized to provide manufacturing members with resources to achieve goals of Smart Manufacturing by lowering the risk of adopting new technology. In addition to creating an environment for members to collaborate, learn and share best practices, CESMII members have access to an open and secure digital infrastructure, test-beds, research and development, implementation services, workforce training resources and a solution marketplace all orchestrated to accelerate success in Smart Manufacturing. Craig will present an overview of CESMII programs and memberships and how they can create value through the strength of collaboration to incorporate a company’s strategic direction and outcome.
Douglas A. Hixon
Douglas A. Hixon
Senior Applications Engineer, ABB Robotics
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Douglas A. Hixon is Senior Applications Engineer with ABB Robotics based in the Charlotte, North Carolina area. He has been with ABB for 15 years, and has been an industrial robotics engineer for 20 years. Doug specializes in advanced robot applications, including laser processing, vision, robot motion applications, and, of course, offline programming – primarily in the metal fabrication area. He is a graduate of Ohio State University in welding engineering.
Talk Title: 
Offline Programming with Robot Studio
Robert House
Robert House
Director of Sales, Octopuz
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Rob is the Director of Sales and Marketing for OCTOPUZ Inc. He is tasked with introducing OCTOPUZ Offline Programming and Simulation Software to the robotics market in the USA and Mexico, as well as managing the extensive reseller network worldwide. Rob has grown up with experience in the manufacturing software industry starting at In-House Solutions, the exclusive Mastercam and OCTOPUZ reseller for all of Canada, and then leading the sales team at OCTOPUZ Inc. headquarters which focuses exclusively on the industrial robotics market. Rob received a Business Degree at Western University located in London, Ontario, Canada.
Talk Title: 
Benefits of Offline Programming Software for Robots – OCTOPUZ
Talk Description: 
Rob House will be discussing the benefits of using an Offline Programming Software to program industrial robots in a wide variety of industries. OCTOPUZ is an intelligent offline robotic programming and simulation software ideal for any sized company. It offers the ability to program, simulate and generate code for multiple robots, simultaneously, with support for most robot brands in any configuration. OCTOPUZ is fully customizable to the customer’s needs with extensive support provided before, during, and after the sale.
Erica Iannotti
Erica Iannotti
Project Manager, Technology to Market, NYSERDA
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Erica is a Tech to Market Advisor and Project Manager at the New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA). Erica brings a background in manufacturing and entrepreneurship to the T2M team. Erica began her career at General Electric in various technical and business development roles for thermal and wind energy technologies. She left GE in 2012 to start her own company and after three successful ventures, Erica focused her efforts on non-profit and public sector work. Erica was recruited NYSERDA in 2016 to help startup companies who were struggling to successfully manufacture their cleantech products. Her program, Manufacturing Corps (M-Corps) set to launch in early 2018, seeks to break down barriers between startup companies and manufacturers. Erica began her studies at Syracuse University in Mechanical Engineering. She holds a BS in Technical Leadership from SUNY Empire State College and is currently pursuing her MBA from the S.C. Johnson School of Management at Cornell University. Erica lives in the Capital Region with her husband, Joe, and two children, Matt and Kate.
Talk Title: 
NYSERDA as a New Sales Channel
Talk Description: 
Sharing NYSERDA resources and opportunities for the manufacturing community.
Robert L Jackson
Robert L Jackson
Associate Process Engineer, Cutco Cutlery Corporation
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Rob began his career working for Fitzpatrick & Weller Inc. installing PLC’s to control boiler and cooling tower functions and a computerized statistical predictive maintenance system. Twenty years ago in 1997 Rob joined Cutco Cutlery Corporation and worked with several colleges to expand many hand crafted operations to CNC controlled equipment. For the last ten years Cutco allowed Rob to introduce Intec Robotic Systems to replace many current manufacturing operations as Cutco continues to grow. Robotics at Cutco, are instrumental in allowing Cutco to operate more efficiently and improve Quality and Safety for employees.
Talk Title: 
Adapting to Technology Changes in Manufacturing
Talk Description: 
Cutco Cutlery Corporation has been in an industry traditionally where hand-crafted means quality. To sustain and grow our business, management and union workers recognized the need for automation, but this paradigm wasn’t always easy. In the mid 1990’s, Cutco introduced many “hard” automation CNC machines to increase factory output. We worked with world class equipment makers specific to the knife grinding industry and also a partnership with Rochester, NY company, American Siepmann for custom equipment. In the early 2000’s, Cutco began looking into what processes we could accomplish with robotics. In 2008, we introduced “Intec Robotic Solutions” to our factory to use robotics to transform jobs that have been causing ergonomic and productivity problems. With robotics we can be more competitive in the world markets by operating more efficiently and create a safer working environment for our employees.
Venkat Krovi
Venkat Krovi
Automation Robotics & Mechatronics (ARM) Lab, Clemson University
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Prof. Venkat Krovi is currently the Michelin Endowed Chair of Vehicle Automation at Clemson University and Faculty Scholar in the Clemson School of Health Research. He received his Bachelor's degree from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras and his Masters and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. His research interests are in the lifecycle treatment (design, modeling, analysis, control, implementation and verification) of novel robotic and mechatronic systems, with emphasis on both theoretical formulation and experimental validation. The underlying research theme has been to take advantage of the “power of the many” to unlock new opportunities in various plant-automation, automobile, defense and healthcare/surgical applications. His work has been funded by NSF, DARPA, ARO as well as numerous state and industrial grants and has received multiple awards, including the National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award, several best poster, conference and journal paper awards. His work has been published in more than 170 journal/conference articles, book chapters and patents. Within ASME he was past Chair of the Robotics Technical Committee (Dynamic Systems and Control Division) and the Mechanisms and Robotics Technical Committee (Design Engineering Division) and as General Chair of the 2014 ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences. Within IEEE, he has served as member of the Conference Activities Board and the Industrial Activities Board of the Robotics and Automation Society. He has previously served as an Associate Editor of ASME Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement and Control, IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, IEEE Transaction on Robotics and currently for the ASME Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics Further details are available from Automation Robotics and Mechatronics (ARM) Lab website http://cecas.clemson.edu/armlab-cuicar
Talk Title: 
Smart Companion Robot
Talk Description: 
Even as human involvement in manufacturing for the transportation industry has increased dramatically in recent years, over 60% of automotive assembly tasks are still accomplished manually by human workers. The automotive assembly line presents numerous challenges such as significant variability of tools and parts, flexible tasks, and unstructured and dynamic environments which preclude direct automation via traditional fenced robotic work-cells. For example, in recent years, the automotive assembly lines have started to evolve to support flexible and reconfigurable product-platforming approaches to produce multiple vehicle-variants on the same production line. The variability manifests itself in the form of multiple options for the sub-assemblies/parts that need to be integrated. Traditionally, heavy parts (such as batteries, differentials weighing between 15-30 kgs) are handled during assembly-operations using grounded lift-assist machines with 3-6 degrees of freedom (DOF). The limited workspace and grounded nature of the traditional lift-assist systems offers challenges for line-balancing to support flexible product-platforming approaches. In our project, we will validate the viabiity of a self-contained sensor-intelligence enhanced Smart Companion Robot (SCR) to assist human workers to transport, manipulate and assist the assembly of relatively heavy automotive parts and subassemblies.
Kori Macdonald
Kori Macdonald
Edison Engineering Development Program, GE Global Research
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Kori Macdonald is currently in the Edison Engineering Development Program at GE Global Research, in her second rotation with the robotics team. She spent the past year working on robotic systems for GE asset inspection and repair, on aspects of software, electronics, and mechanical design. She completed her undergraduate degree in Bioengineering from the University of Pittsburgh with a focus on medical devices, followed by a Master's in Mechanical Engineering at Rice University with a focus in robotics.
Talk Title: 
Development of In-Situ Turbine Inspection and Repair Robots 4
Talk Description: 
Development of In-Situ Turbine Inspection and Repair Robots 4. The ability to perform in-case inspection and repair of power-generation turbines can improve the quality of inspections and allow damaged components to be repaired without disassembling the machine, thus reducing the length of costly outages. The goal of this work is to develop a line of robots which can access various components of the turbine to perform some maintenance operations. Additive manufacturing has enabled rapid prototyping and development of these robots.
Jim Mail
Jim Mail
Northeast Territory Manager, ABB Robotics
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Jim Mail is Territory Manager for ABB robotics in the northeastern US. Jim has been with ABB for 10 years. He has a BA from Northwestern University and an MBA from Daniel Webster.
Talk Title: 
Automation Considerations – the What, Why and How
Talk Description: 
This talk will discuss: Top ten reasons to automate · Identifying automation opportunities · Calculating ROI and lifetime value proposition · The cost of automation.
Michael Marseglia
Michael Marseglia
Director of Robotics / Business Development Manager at Calvary Robotics
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Michael Marseglia is Director of Robotics at Calvary Robotics, where he is responsible for the evaluation, development and integration of emerging/advanced technologies and their application to Calvary’s core automation offerings. This includes influence over robotic based standard flexible platform systems. Michael meets with customers in advance of the proposal stage to assess their applications and help them arrive at the level of technology that both meets their production needs and that they will be able to support. For the past 10 years at Calvary, Michael has held the positions of Controls Engineering Manager, Director of Engineering and Director of Applications Engineering. Prior to Calvary, Michael worked independently as an industry consultant for 18 years, working mainly in automation involving robotics.
Talk Title: 
Successfully Working with Robotics System Integrators
Talk Description: 
This session will cover best practices, pitfalls, and tips to assure success through building a valued and enduring relationship with your system integrator that will ensure success on current and future projects.
Lisa Masciantonio
Lisa Masciantonio
Deputy Director, Regional Robotics Innovation Collaboratives, Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institute
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Talk Title: 
Workforce Development
Talk Description: 
The Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institute is a national public, private partnership dedicated to strengthening a robust and innovative domestic manufacturing sector in order to retain its leadership role in world affairs. The ARM Institute advances new robotic technologies and fosters a robust manufacturing ecosystem that includes creating an adaptive training pipeline for a skilled workforce. Lisa Masciantonio, Deputy Director, Regional Robotics Innovation Collaboratives, and Steve Catt, Deputy Director, Education and Workforce Development, from the ARM Institute will host a discussion regarding the current state of education and workforce development and how the ARM Institute plans to advance manufacturing and robotics skills in the United States. Steve Catt will present results from the ARM Institute’s study on the national state of education and workforce development that reveals gaps in skill areas needed for the United States to re-assert global leadership in manufacturing. Following the presentation of the report, Lisa and Steve will outline specific ways in which the ARM Institute will address the revealed skills gaps. A guided discussion will encourage attendees to voice concerns about education and workforce development specific to the New York region, with Lisa and Steve detailing how the ARM Institute plans to address such concerns regionally and nationally.
Jeff Mendoza
UTRC
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Zane Michael
Zane Michael
Yaskawa American, Motoman Robotic Division
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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
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Shridhar Nath
Shridhar Nath
GE Global Research, US
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Shridhar has been with GE Global Research for over 19 years involved in the development of technologies related to Nondestructive Evaluation (NDE) and Composites. He currently leads a global team of researchers targeting design, analysis, manufacturing and automation of next generation of Wind Blades. The analysis capability includes novel structural concepts, advanced analysis methods, and multi-scale methods. On the manufacturing front, the team is exploring new material systems, developing new manufacturing processes including additive manufacturing and novel automation methods. In his previous role as the manager of the NDE team, Shridhar was involved in developing novel solutions for both manufacturing and service of industrial products such as aircraft engines, gas turbine engines, oil and gas pipelines, wind turbine engines and locomotive engines. Techniques involved electromagnetic methods such as eddy current, pulsed eddy current, ultrasound, x-ray / CT systems and Infrared Imaging. He also has experience managing successful collaborations with the US DOE, US Air Force, NASA and several commercial partners. Shridhar received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from Iowa State University with a focus on understanding the sensor/defect interactions in materials using computational methods.
Talk Title: 
Robot Assistant for Composites Manufacturing
Tony Overy, P.E.
Tony Overy, P.E.
President of Advanced Motion Systems Inc., Victor, NY
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Tony started his career in Buffalo, NY after graduating from The State University of New York at Buffalo with a BSME. He was hired to be onsite at one of the worlds largest automotive engine plants as the CNC service engineer for a new engine program. When the program was completed he moved back to Rochester, NY to support mainly motion centric business as an Application Engineer. In 2005 he discovered a true passion that continues today for Machine Vision. He enjoys the daily technical challenges presented in the world of precision motion and vision to help clients innovate and improve existing processes. Over the last several years he has managed a team of sales and application engineers. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his wife and two kids. You can also find him on a golf course, ski slope, or relaxing on one of the finger lakes in the summer time.
Larry Ruff
Larry Ruff
Senior Systems Engineer, Manufacturing Innovation Learning Laboratory, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
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Mike Russo
Mike Russo
Director & Corporate Lead U.S. Government Affairs, GLOBALFOUNDRIES
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Mike leads the corporate office of Government Affairs in the U.S. for GLOBALFOUNDRIES, the nation’s largest contract semiconductor chip maker, overseeing government relations, regulatory affairs and strategic initiatives. In his role, Mike is responsible for strategic plan development and execution to support business needs, policy development and lobbying. Mike is currently leading initiatives that are focused on developing and scaling innovations in the areas of education and workforce development; full spectrum, distributed power grids; supply chain development; cyber security and ensuring technology access for the U.S. government. Mike serves as a private sector advisor to the U.S. Government in the areas of manufacturing industrial base policy and advanced manufacturing, providing an in-depth understanding on issues central to the nation’s defense and maintaining its leadership in technology development and innovation. Mike is also the Executive Committee Chairperson for MForesight, the nation’s private sector manufacturing advisory group, providing counsel to the U.S. Government and private sector on issues related to manufacturing.
Talk Title: 
Collaboration – A Key to Global Competitiveness
Talk Description: 
The fifteen minute talk will center on the importance of collaboration and leveraging the collective strength of public and private stakeholders in order to compete in the global marketplace. Specifically, the discussion will include examples of how GLOBALFOUNDRIES, a company that relies heavily on automation and robotics, has partnered with NY State and the federal government to not only benefit from, but contribute to, the advancement of U.S. manufacturing.
David Schaefer
David Schaefer
Product Specialist, Miller Welding Automation
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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.
Jonathan Schwartz
Jonathan Schwartz
Co-Founder & CEO, Voodoo Manufacturing
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Jonathan Schwartz is Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer of Voodoo Manufacturing, a Brooklyn-based startup building a robotic 3D printing factory to compete with injection molding for low-volume part production. Jonathan studied Engineering at Harvey Mudd College before founding his first company, Layer By Layer, which made key 3D printing software innovations and was acquired by MakerBot in 2014. Later, before founding Voodoo, Jonathan served as the Director of Product at Body Labs (acquired by Amazon in 2017), a company that used artificial intelligence to predict human shape and pose.
Talk Title: 
Building a Robotic 3D Printing Factory
Talk Description: 
Robotic automation has become an imperative part of any highly-efficient and competitive manufacturing process. When applied to 3D printing, you can achieve a unique combination of technologies that allow for a fully-digital workflow. Come hear the story of a manufacturing startup’s journey to cut costs and take on injection molding by integrating robotics into their 160-3D printer factory.
Marcie Sonneborn
Marcie Sonneborn
MBA, MPA, SBIR and Innovation Specialist, Central New York Technology Development Organization (TDO)
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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.
Talk Title: 
Innovation Development Through SBIR
Talk Description: 
This session will provide basics about applying for funding through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs.  Eleven federal agencies award grants and/or contracts for early stage (pre-feasibility) innovative technology development. Phase I awards range from approximately $80,000 to $150,000 total costs for 6 months (SBIR) or 1 year (STTR) depending on the agency.  Phase II awards are for 24 months and typically for up to $1,000,000 depending on the agency for strategic priorities in agriculture, defense, education, energy, health, homeland security, transportation, environmental protection and space exploration.
Teresa M. Stockton
Teresa M. Stockton
Client Development Specialist, TAAC
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Teresa is the Client Development Specialist for the TAAC with the responsibility of assisting trade impacted firms in the preparation of certification petitions, along with marketing the program throughout New York, New Jersey and Puerto Rico. Prior to joining the TAAC, she worked in strategic business development and marketing at several companies.
Talk Title: 
Trade Adjustment Assistance Grant Program – A Grant Program for Manufacturers that have been Negatively Impacted by Foreign Competition
Talk Description: 
Since 1978, the Trade Adjustment Assistance Center of NY, NJ and PR (TAAC) has helped over 1800 firms to recover from the effects of foreign com­petition and has provided more than $75 million in assistance. The TAAC is a non-profit organization and is administered by The Research Foun­dation of the State University of New York at Binghamton University. The TAAC is one of eleven regional centers located throughout the United States providing assistance under the Trade Adjustment Assistance for Firms (TAA) pro­gram sponsored by the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC). Firms that have experienced increased foreign competition, a decline in sales or production, and a de­cline or impending decline in employment, the TAAC may be able to help improve the firms competitive position in today’s global economy. We provide assistance to New York, New Jersey and Puerto Rico based companies in strategic areas of importance including: Management, Marketing, Finance, Information Technology, Manufacturing/Engineering, ISO/QS/TS/UL/CE Certification. This assistance is provided by both the TAAC professional staff and by independent industry specialists and consultants.
Matthew C. Watson
Matthew C. Watson
Director, Division of Science, Technology and Innovation (NYSTAR) at Empire State Development
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Matt Watson is the director of Empire State Development’s Division of Science, Technology & Innovation (NYSTAR). This division of New York State’s economic development agency is responsible for advancing science, technology, and innovation in support of industry growth and competitiveness. Matt oversees over $50 million in annual state and federal funding dedicated 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, Manufacturing Extension Partnership centers, and Digital Gaming Hubs. In this role, he has created new initiatives to accelerate the commercialization of research and to improve the pathway by which New York State companies address growth hurdles and innovation needs.
Talk Title: 
Empire State Development Programs Advancing Manufacturing
Talk Description: 
Empire State Development’s Division of Science, Technology & Innovation (NYSTAR) advances technology innovation and commercialization in New York State. Matt will discuss the New York Manufacturing Extension Partnership program and other ESD-NYSTAR programs that support a robust network of innovation assets. He will introduce more recent grant programs available to assist manufacturers with technology advancement and adoption, and will discuss NYSTAR’s efforts to draw more companies into the pipeline of assistance and implement effective methods of matching companies to appropriate resources and meeting their growth and innovation needs.
New York Automation and Robotics Conference 2017

Hosted by Rensselaer's Center for Automation Technologies and Systems

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

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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, Rensselaer
  • About CEG - Michael Lobsinger, Solutions, CEG
  • About FuzeHub - Everton Henriques, NY MEP Solutions Manager, 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 & Howie Choset, Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institute
  TRACK 1 - Room: Sage 1 TRACK 2 - Room: Sage 2

9:00-10:15

1.1

Government Partnerships for Manufacturers

  • “Collaboration – A Key to Global Competitiveness,” Mike Russo, Director & Corporate Lead U.S. Government Affairs, GLOBALFOUNDRIES
     
  • “Empire State Development Programs in Advancing Manufacturing,” Matt Watson, Director, Division of Science, Technology and Innovation (NYSTAR) at Empire State Development
     
  • “NYSERDA as a New Sales Channel,” Erica C. Iannotti, Project Manager, Technology to Market, New York State Energy Research Development Authority (NYSERDA)
     
  • “Innovation Development Through SBIR,” Marcie Sonneborn, SBIR and Innovation Specialist, Central New York Technology Development Organization (TDO)
     
  • “Trade Adjustment Assistance Grant Program – A Grant Program for Manufacturers that have been Negatively Impacted by Foreign Competition,” Teresa Stockton, Client Development Specialist, Trade Adjustment Assistance Center
     
  • “CESMII and the Smart Manufacturing Solution,” Craig Dory, Director, Northeast RMC, Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CESMII)

2.1

How and Why Manufacturers Should Automate

  • “Adapting to Technology Changes in Manufacturing,” Robert Jackson, Associate Process Engineer, Cutco Cutlery Corporation
     
  • “Automation Considerations – the What, Why and How,” Jim Mail, Northeast Territory Manager, ABB Robotics
     
  • “Successfully Working with Robotics System Integrators,” Michael Marseglia, Director of Robotics / Business Development Manager, Calvary Robotics
10:15-11:00 Networking / Exhibition Time

11:00-12:15

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

12:15-1:30

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 Technology Strategy, Amazon Robotics

1:30-2:45

1.3

How Robotic Welding Technology can Improve Throughput and Help You Weather the Looming Welder Shortage

  • “Solving the welder shortage with robotic welding technology,” Zane Michael CWI/CWE, Director, Thermal Business Development, Yaskawa America, Inc., Motoman Robotics Division
     
  • “Critical steps to winning automation opportunities,” Jason Lange, Cleveland Automation, The Lincoln Electric Company
     
  • "How Machine Vision and Robots are Teaming Up to Transform Automatic Arc and Laser Welding," Jean-Paul Boillot, P. Eng., M.Sc., IWE Chairman and C.E.O., Servo-Robot
     
  • David Schaefer, CWI, Product Specialist, Miller Welding Automation

2.3

Table of Experts

  • Bernie Mucitelli, Business Development Manager, Applied Robotics
     
  • Tony Overy, P.E., President of Advanced Motion Systems Inc.
     
  • Sam Chiappone, Director, Manufacturing Innovation, School of Engineering, Rensselaer
2:45-3:30 Networking / Exhibition Time

3:30-4:45

1.4

Applying 3D Printing for Better Automation

  • Larry Ruff, Senior Systems Engineer, Manufacturing Innovation Learning Laboratory, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
     
  • Sam Chiappone, Director, Manufacturing Innovation, School of Engineering, Rensselaer
     
  • "Development of In-Situ Turbine Inspection and Repair Robots 4," Kori MacDonald, Edison Engineering Development Program, GE Global Research
     
  • "Building a Robotic 3D Printing Factory," Jonathan Schwartz, Co-Founder & Chief Product Officer, Voodoo Manufacturing

2.4

Modern Technologies in Offline Robot Programming and Simulation

  • "Benefits of Offline Programming Software for Robots  –  OCTOPUZ," Robert House, Director of Sales, Octopuz
     
  • "Offline Programming with Robot Studio," Douglas A. Hixon, Senior Applications Engineer, ABB Robotics
     
  • "Robot Programming for the Future," Greg Culp Sr., Software Sales Manager, Robotmaster
4:45-6:30 Reception / Exhibition / Poster Session

 

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
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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
Jean-Paul Boillot, P. Eng., M.Sc., IWE
Chairman and C.E.O., Servo-Robot
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Jean-Paul Boillot is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of SERVO-ROBOT GROUP. He established SERVO-ROBOT in 1983 which has since become a recognized world leader in laser machine vision and intelligent control of robotic automation. SERVO-ROBOT has subsidiaries in USA, Japan, China, Germany and Mexico, as well as a broad network of system integrators and partners globally.   J.P. Boillot holds a Bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering, a Bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering and a Master degree from the Welding Institute in Paris, France. J.P. Boillot received several international awards including the prestigeous Engelberger award for Technology Development in 2006 from the Robotic Industries Association. J.P. Boillot is a recognized international expert in intelligent robotic welding automation. He holds several patents and has written numerous papers in the field of machine vision and robotic welding automation.
Talk Title: 
How Machine Vision and Robots are Teaming Up to Transform Automatic Arc and Laser Welding
Talk Description: 
The deployment of arc and laser welding robots is limited by their blindness. Recent integration between robots and high-speed vision systems are solving this limitation. Accurate and rapid continuous path processes such as arc and laser welding can be more easily applied and are now able to produce continuous quality parts despite imperfect environment.
Ron Brown
Ron Brown
EWI
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Ron has extensive experience leading cross-functional teams with comprehensive responsibility for product concept, planning, cost, manufacturing, testing/validation, commercialization, and launch. Prior to his role as Technology Leader he served as EWI’s Business Development Manager for Automotive and Advanced Energy. Before joining EWI, he owned a consulting firm that specialized in engineering and product design for weld monitor products. Ron gained broad managerial experience earlier in his career through positions as VP of Engineering and General Manager for a manufacturer of weld process-monitoring systems, and as VP of Engineering, Research and Development for an automated systems original equipment manufacturer serving Fortune 500 companies.
Talk Title: 
Applying Collaborative Robots to Augment and Enhance a Manual Assembly Process
Talk Description: 
The integration of collaborative robots (cobots) into the manufacturing process is rapidly growing throughout industry, especially with small and medium manufacturers. These cobots augment the process by working in conjunction with human operators to enhance process throughput and quality. Recently, a small manufacturer with a unique mission to emphasize the social aspect of the manufacturing process, while still being globally competitive, has turned to cobotics to increase throughput and maintain product quality. The manual product assembly process was carefully reviewed and one particular task proved difficult for human operators to consistently perform. A dual arm cobot was selected and integrated into the manual process with the goal of increasing throughput by 50% and to eliminate rework due to human error. The result was an increase in productivity of 110%, elimination of rework, and the enthusiastic acceptance of collaborative robots by coworkers. This example illustrates how collaborative robots can successfully cohabitate and enhance the manual workforce.
Stephen R. Catt, Ed.D.
Stephen R. Catt, Ed.D.
Deputy Director, Education and Workforce Development, Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institute
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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.)
Talk Title: 
Workforce Development
Talk Description: 
The Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institute is a national public, private partnership dedicated to strengthening a robust and innovative domestic manufacturing sector in order to retain its leadership role in world affairs. The ARM Institute advances new robotic technologies and fosters a robust manufacturing ecosystem that includes creating an adaptive training pipeline for a skilled workforce. Lisa Masciantonio, Deputy Director, Regional Robotics Innovation Collaboratives, and Steve Catt, Deputy Director, Education and Workforce Development, from the ARM Institute will host a discussion regarding the current state of education and workforce development and how the ARM Institute plans to advance manufacturing and robotics skills in the United States. Steve Catt will present results from the ARM Institute’s study on the national state of education and workforce development that reveals gaps in skill areas needed for the United States to re-assert global leadership in manufacturing. Following the presentation of the report, Lisa and Steve will outline specific ways in which the ARM Institute will address the revealed skills gaps. A guided discussion will encourage attendees to voice concerns about education and workforce development specific to the New York region, with Lisa and Steve detailing how the ARM Institute plans to address such concerns regionally and nationally.
Howie Choset
Howie Choset
CTO, ARM Institute and Professor, Computer Science Carnegie Mellon University
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Howie Choset is a Professor of Robotics at Carnegie Mellon University where he serves as the co-director of the Biorobotics Lab and as director of the Robotics Major. Choset's research group reduces complicated high-dimensional problems found in robotics to low-dimensional simpler ones for design, analysis, and planning. Motivated by applications in confined spaces, Choset has created a comprehensive program in modular, high DOF, and multi- robot systems, which has led to basic research in mechanism design, path planning, motion planning, and estimation. Choset's research program has made contributions to challenging and strategically significant problems in diverse areas such as surgery, manufacturing, infrastructure inspection, and search and rescue. Choset also leads multi-PI projects centered on manufacturing: (1) automating the programming of robots for auto-body painting; (2) the development of mobile manipulators for agile and flexible fixture-free manufacturing of large structures in aerospace, and (3) the creation of a data-robot ecosystem for rapid manufacturing in the commercial electronics industry. This year, Choset, along with Gary Fedder, co-led the formation of the Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing Institute, which is $250MM national institute advancing both technology development and education for robotics in manufacturing. Currently, Choset serves as ARM’s Chief Technology Officer.
Talk Title: 
Manufacturing USA Institutes and Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institute − Opportunities for NYS Manufacturers
Sam Chiappone
Sam Chiappone
Director, Manufacturing Innovation, School of Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
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Sam began his early career as a Journeyman Machinist at Mechanical Technology Incorporated and then received a position at Rensselaer as Journeyman Machinist and moved up to his current position as Manager of the Fabrication and Prototyping Resources. Sam is responsible for the overall operation and management of manufacturing and prototyping resources within the Core Engineering Department of the School of Engineering. These resources include the Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory (AML), Multidisciplinary Design Laboratory’s Fabrication & Prototyping Area, Haas Technical Center, and the JEC Student Machine Shop.
Greg Culp
Greg Culp
Sr. Software Sales Manager, Robotmaster (Hypertherm, Inc)
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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
Talk Title: 
Robot Programming for the Future
Talk Description: 
How offline robotic software is changing the landscape of robotics today.
Ashwin Dani
Ashwin Dani
Assistant Professor, University of Connecticut
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Ashwin Dani received M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Florida (UF), Gainesville. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Connecticut, Storrs. He was a post-doctoral research associate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research interests are in the area of estimation, learning and control for human-robot collaboration, learning from demonstration of flexible object manipulation, physics-informed machine learning, and vision-based tracking for autonomous navigation. His research in the area of passive vision-based range estimation has been transitioned to industry for range estimation for ships. He is actively engaged with the aerospace and robotics industry on various research fronts that include collaborative robotics in aerospace and manufacturing applications, and model learning with embedded physics for aerospace industry applications. He is a member of the Conference Editorial Board for IEEE Control System Society. He is a co-recipient of the 2016 FUSION student paper award - 2nd runner up, 2015 ASME Dynamics, Systems and Controls Conference Robotics paper award and the 2012 Technology Innovator Award from the UF for technology transition to industry.
Talk Title: 
Collaborative Robotics and Motion Plan Learning for Assembly Tasks
Talk Description: 
An integral part of human-robot collaboration is the ability of the robot to understand and predict human motion. Predicting, what the human collaborator will do next, can be very useful in planning the robot’s response in many collaborative manufacturing and assembly applications. Another important challenge is designing faster ways to program a robot for adaptation and the learning of various tasks in assembly operations which involve low volume and high variability of parts to be assembled. In this talk, we will show our work in the area of early prediction of human intentions. An overview of an algorithm based on machine learning, that uses multiple models of human actions and sensor fusion to fuse motion and gaze data, to predict the motion of the humans will be presented. The fusion of gaze and motion features results in a fast and accurate prediction of the human actions. Embedding a reaching property in the model learning of human motion, e.g., in a hand reaching motion, results in faster and more accurate prediction algorithms. We will present the results of human action prediction that were obtained on a two-person assembly task. Next, a contracting dynamic system primitive (CDSP) algorithm for learning the motion primitives from data collected for performing various different tasks will be discussed. The adaptability of the algorithm for different tasks, change in task scenario, and robustness to perturbations while performing the task will be shown. We will conclude the talk by showing applicability of these algorithms in the collaborative assembly for wire harnessing assembly task – a joint work with United Technologies Research Center and ABB Corporate Research.
Craig Dory
Craig Dory
Director, Northeast RMC, Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CESMII)
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Craig Dory is VP of Membership at CESMII and Director of the CESMII Northeast Regional Manufacturing Center hosted at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, New York and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition (SMLC). Previously, Craig was Director for Business Development for the Center for Automation Technologies and Systems (CATS) at RPI.
Talk Title: 
CESMII and the Smart Manufacturing Solution
Talk Description: 
The Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CESMII), in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy, brings over $140 million in public-private investment to radically improve the precision, performance and efficiency of U.S. advanced manufacturing. CESMII is organized to provide manufacturing members with resources to achieve goals of Smart Manufacturing by lowering the risk of adopting new technology. In addition to creating an environment for members to collaborate, learn and share best practices, CESMII members have access to an open and secure digital infrastructure, test-beds, research and development, implementation services, workforce training resources and a solution marketplace all orchestrated to accelerate success in Smart Manufacturing. Craig will present an overview of CESMII programs and memberships and how they can create value through the strength of collaboration to incorporate a company’s strategic direction and outcome.
Douglas A. Hixon
Douglas A. Hixon
Senior Applications Engineer, ABB Robotics
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Douglas A. Hixon is Senior Applications Engineer with ABB Robotics based in the Charlotte, North Carolina area. He has been with ABB for 15 years, and has been an industrial robotics engineer for 20 years. Doug specializes in advanced robot applications, including laser processing, vision, robot motion applications, and, of course, offline programming – primarily in the metal fabrication area. He is a graduate of Ohio State University in welding engineering.
Talk Title: 
Offline Programming with Robot Studio
Robert House
Robert House
Director of Sales, Octopuz
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Rob is the Director of Sales and Marketing for OCTOPUZ Inc. He is tasked with introducing OCTOPUZ Offline Programming and Simulation Software to the robotics market in the USA and Mexico, as well as managing the extensive reseller network worldwide. Rob has grown up with experience in the manufacturing software industry starting at In-House Solutions, the exclusive Mastercam and OCTOPUZ reseller for all of Canada, and then leading the sales team at OCTOPUZ Inc. headquarters which focuses exclusively on the industrial robotics market. Rob received a Business Degree at Western University located in London, Ontario, Canada.
Talk Title: 
Benefits of Offline Programming Software for Robots – OCTOPUZ
Talk Description: 
Rob House will be discussing the benefits of using an Offline Programming Software to program industrial robots in a wide variety of industries. OCTOPUZ is an intelligent offline robotic programming and simulation software ideal for any sized company. It offers the ability to program, simulate and generate code for multiple robots, simultaneously, with support for most robot brands in any configuration. OCTOPUZ is fully customizable to the customer’s needs with extensive support provided before, during, and after the sale.
Erica Iannotti
Erica Iannotti
Project Manager, Technology to Market, NYSERDA
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Erica is a Tech to Market Advisor and Project Manager at the New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA). Erica brings a background in manufacturing and entrepreneurship to the T2M team. Erica began her career at General Electric in various technical and business development roles for thermal and wind energy technologies. She left GE in 2012 to start her own company and after three successful ventures, Erica focused her efforts on non-profit and public sector work. Erica was recruited NYSERDA in 2016 to help startup companies who were struggling to successfully manufacture their cleantech products. Her program, Manufacturing Corps (M-Corps) set to launch in early 2018, seeks to break down barriers between startup companies and manufacturers. Erica began her studies at Syracuse University in Mechanical Engineering. She holds a BS in Technical Leadership from SUNY Empire State College and is currently pursuing her MBA from the S.C. Johnson School of Management at Cornell University. Erica lives in the Capital Region with her husband, Joe, and two children, Matt and Kate.
Talk Title: 
NYSERDA as a New Sales Channel
Talk Description: 
Sharing NYSERDA resources and opportunities for the manufacturing community.
Robert L Jackson
Robert L Jackson
Associate Process Engineer, Cutco Cutlery Corporation
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Rob began his career working for Fitzpatrick & Weller Inc. installing PLC’s to control boiler and cooling tower functions and a computerized statistical predictive maintenance system. Twenty years ago in 1997 Rob joined Cutco Cutlery Corporation and worked with several colleges to expand many hand crafted operations to CNC controlled equipment. For the last ten years Cutco allowed Rob to introduce Intec Robotic Systems to replace many current manufacturing operations as Cutco continues to grow. Robotics at Cutco, are instrumental in allowing Cutco to operate more efficiently and improve Quality and Safety for employees.
Talk Title: 
Adapting to Technology Changes in Manufacturing
Talk Description: 
Cutco Cutlery Corporation has been in an industry traditionally where hand-crafted means quality. To sustain and grow our business, management and union workers recognized the need for automation, but this paradigm wasn’t always easy. In the mid 1990’s, Cutco introduced many “hard” automation CNC machines to increase factory output. We worked with world class equipment makers specific to the knife grinding industry and also a partnership with Rochester, NY company, American Siepmann for custom equipment. In the early 2000’s, Cutco began looking into what processes we could accomplish with robotics. In 2008, we introduced “Intec Robotic Solutions” to our factory to use robotics to transform jobs that have been causing ergonomic and productivity problems. With robotics we can be more competitive in the world markets by operating more efficiently and create a safer working environment for our employees.
Venkat Krovi
Venkat Krovi
Automation Robotics & Mechatronics (ARM) Lab, Clemson University
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Prof. Venkat Krovi is currently the Michelin Endowed Chair of Vehicle Automation at Clemson University and Faculty Scholar in the Clemson School of Health Research. He received his Bachelor's degree from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras and his Masters and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. His research interests are in the lifecycle treatment (design, modeling, analysis, control, implementation and verification) of novel robotic and mechatronic systems, with emphasis on both theoretical formulation and experimental validation. The underlying research theme has been to take advantage of the “power of the many” to unlock new opportunities in various plant-automation, automobile, defense and healthcare/surgical applications. His work has been funded by NSF, DARPA, ARO as well as numerous state and industrial grants and has received multiple awards, including the National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award, several best poster, conference and journal paper awards. His work has been published in more than 170 journal/conference articles, book chapters and patents. Within ASME he was past Chair of the Robotics Technical Committee (Dynamic Systems and Control Division) and the Mechanisms and Robotics Technical Committee (Design Engineering Division) and as General Chair of the 2014 ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences. Within IEEE, he has served as member of the Conference Activities Board and the Industrial Activities Board of the Robotics and Automation Society. He has previously served as an Associate Editor of ASME Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement and Control, IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, IEEE Transaction on Robotics and currently for the ASME Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics Further details are available from Automation Robotics and Mechatronics (ARM) Lab website http://cecas.clemson.edu/armlab-cuicar
Talk Title: 
Smart Companion Robot
Talk Description: 
Even as human involvement in manufacturing for the transportation industry has increased dramatically in recent years, over 60% of automotive assembly tasks are still accomplished manually by human workers. The automotive assembly line presents numerous challenges such as significant variability of tools and parts, flexible tasks, and unstructured and dynamic environments which preclude direct automation via traditional fenced robotic work-cells. For example, in recent years, the automotive assembly lines have started to evolve to support flexible and reconfigurable product-platforming approaches to produce multiple vehicle-variants on the same production line. The variability manifests itself in the form of multiple options for the sub-assemblies/parts that need to be integrated. Traditionally, heavy parts (such as batteries, differentials weighing between 15-30 kgs) are handled during assembly-operations using grounded lift-assist machines with 3-6 degrees of freedom (DOF). The limited workspace and grounded nature of the traditional lift-assist systems offers challenges for line-balancing to support flexible product-platforming approaches. In our project, we will validate the viabiity of a self-contained sensor-intelligence enhanced Smart Companion Robot (SCR) to assist human workers to transport, manipulate and assist the assembly of relatively heavy automotive parts and subassemblies.
Kori Macdonald
Kori Macdonald
Edison Engineering Development Program, GE Global Research
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Kori Macdonald is currently in the Edison Engineering Development Program at GE Global Research, in her second rotation with the robotics team. She spent the past year working on robotic systems for GE asset inspection and repair, on aspects of software, electronics, and mechanical design. She completed her undergraduate degree in Bioengineering from the University of Pittsburgh with a focus on medical devices, followed by a Master's in Mechanical Engineering at Rice University with a focus in robotics.
Talk Title: 
Development of In-Situ Turbine Inspection and Repair Robots 4
Talk Description: 
Development of In-Situ Turbine Inspection and Repair Robots 4. The ability to perform in-case inspection and repair of power-generation turbines can improve the quality of inspections and allow damaged components to be repaired without disassembling the machine, thus reducing the length of costly outages. The goal of this work is to develop a line of robots which can access various components of the turbine to perform some maintenance operations. Additive manufacturing has enabled rapid prototyping and development of these robots.
Jim Mail
Jim Mail
Northeast Territory Manager, ABB Robotics
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Jim Mail is Territory Manager for ABB robotics in the northeastern US. Jim has been with ABB for 10 years. He has a BA from Northwestern University and an MBA from Daniel Webster.
Talk Title: 
Automation Considerations – the What, Why and How
Talk Description: 
This talk will discuss: Top ten reasons to automate · Identifying automation opportunities · Calculating ROI and lifetime value proposition · The cost of automation.
Michael Marseglia
Michael Marseglia
Director of Robotics / Business Development Manager at Calvary Robotics
Normal Speaker
Michael Marseglia is Director of Robotics at Calvary Robotics, where he is responsible for the evaluation, development and integration of emerging/advanced technologies and their application to Calvary’s core automation offerings. This includes influence over robotic based standard flexible platform systems. Michael meets with customers in advance of the proposal stage to assess their applications and help them arrive at the level of technology that both meets their production needs and that they will be able to support. For the past 10 years at Calvary, Michael has held the positions of Controls Engineering Manager, Director of Engineering and Director of Applications Engineering. Prior to Calvary, Michael worked independently as an industry consultant for 18 years, working mainly in automation involving robotics.
Talk Title: 
Successfully Working with Robotics System Integrators
Talk Description: 
This session will cover best practices, pitfalls, and tips to assure success through building a valued and enduring relationship with your system integrator that will ensure success on current and future projects.
Lisa Masciantonio
Lisa Masciantonio
Deputy Director, Regional Robotics Innovation Collaboratives, Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institute
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Talk Title: 
Workforce Development
Talk Description: 
The Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institute is a national public, private partnership dedicated to strengthening a robust and innovative domestic manufacturing sector in order to retain its leadership role in world affairs. The ARM Institute advances new robotic technologies and fosters a robust manufacturing ecosystem that includes creating an adaptive training pipeline for a skilled workforce. Lisa Masciantonio, Deputy Director, Regional Robotics Innovation Collaboratives, and Steve Catt, Deputy Director, Education and Workforce Development, from the ARM Institute will host a discussion regarding the current state of education and workforce development and how the ARM Institute plans to advance manufacturing and robotics skills in the United States. Steve Catt will present results from the ARM Institute’s study on the national state of education and workforce development that reveals gaps in skill areas needed for the United States to re-assert global leadership in manufacturing. Following the presentation of the report, Lisa and Steve will outline specific ways in which the ARM Institute will address the revealed skills gaps. A guided discussion will encourage attendees to voice concerns about education and workforce development specific to the New York region, with Lisa and Steve detailing how the ARM Institute plans to address such concerns regionally and nationally.
Jeff Mendoza
UTRC
Normal Speaker
Zane Michael
Zane Michael
Yaskawa American, Motoman Robotic Division
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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
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Shridhar Nath
Shridhar Nath
GE Global Research, US
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Shridhar has been with GE Global Research for over 19 years involved in the development of technologies related to Nondestructive Evaluation (NDE) and Composites. He currently leads a global team of researchers targeting design, analysis, manufacturing and automation of next generation of Wind Blades. The analysis capability includes novel structural concepts, advanced analysis methods, and multi-scale methods. On the manufacturing front, the team is exploring new material systems, developing new manufacturing processes including additive manufacturing and novel automation methods. In his previous role as the manager of the NDE team, Shridhar was involved in developing novel solutions for both manufacturing and service of industrial products such as aircraft engines, gas turbine engines, oil and gas pipelines, wind turbine engines and locomotive engines. Techniques involved electromagnetic methods such as eddy current, pulsed eddy current, ultrasound, x-ray / CT systems and Infrared Imaging. He also has experience managing successful collaborations with the US DOE, US Air Force, NASA and several commercial partners. Shridhar received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from Iowa State University with a focus on understanding the sensor/defect interactions in materials using computational methods.
Talk Title: 
Robot Assistant for Composites Manufacturing
Tony Overy, P.E.
Tony Overy, P.E.
President of Advanced Motion Systems Inc., Victor, NY
Normal Speaker
Tony started his career in Buffalo, NY after graduating from The State University of New York at Buffalo with a BSME. He was hired to be onsite at one of the worlds largest automotive engine plants as the CNC service engineer for a new engine program. When the program was completed he moved back to Rochester, NY to support mainly motion centric business as an Application Engineer. In 2005 he discovered a true passion that continues today for Machine Vision. He enjoys the daily technical challenges presented in the world of precision motion and vision to help clients innovate and improve existing processes. Over the last several years he has managed a team of sales and application engineers. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his wife and two kids. You can also find him on a golf course, ski slope, or relaxing on one of the finger lakes in the summer time.
Larry Ruff
Larry Ruff
Senior Systems Engineer, Manufacturing Innovation Learning Laboratory, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Normal Speaker
Mike Russo
Mike Russo
Director & Corporate Lead U.S. Government Affairs, GLOBALFOUNDRIES
Normal Speaker
Mike leads the corporate office of Government Affairs in the U.S. for GLOBALFOUNDRIES, the nation’s largest contract semiconductor chip maker, overseeing government relations, regulatory affairs and strategic initiatives. In his role, Mike is responsible for strategic plan development and execution to support business needs, policy development and lobbying. Mike is currently leading initiatives that are focused on developing and scaling innovations in the areas of education and workforce development; full spectrum, distributed power grids; supply chain development; cyber security and ensuring technology access for the U.S. government. Mike serves as a private sector advisor to the U.S. Government in the areas of manufacturing industrial base policy and advanced manufacturing, providing an in-depth understanding on issues central to the nation’s defense and maintaining its leadership in technology development and innovation. Mike is also the Executive Committee Chairperson for MForesight, the nation’s private sector manufacturing advisory group, providing counsel to the U.S. Government and private sector on issues related to manufacturing.
Talk Title: 
Collaboration – A Key to Global Competitiveness
Talk Description: 
The fifteen minute talk will center on the importance of collaboration and leveraging the collective strength of public and private stakeholders in order to compete in the global marketplace. Specifically, the discussion will include examples of how GLOBALFOUNDRIES, a company that relies heavily on automation and robotics, has partnered with NY State and the federal government to not only benefit from, but contribute to, the advancement of U.S. manufacturing.
David Schaefer
David Schaefer
Product Specialist, Miller Welding Automation
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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.
Jonathan Schwartz
Jonathan Schwartz
Co-Founder & CEO, Voodoo Manufacturing
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Jonathan Schwartz is Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer of Voodoo Manufacturing, a Brooklyn-based startup building a robotic 3D printing factory to compete with injection molding for low-volume part production. Jonathan studied Engineering at Harvey Mudd College before founding his first company, Layer By Layer, which made key 3D printing software innovations and was acquired by MakerBot in 2014. Later, before founding Voodoo, Jonathan served as the Director of Product at Body Labs (acquired by Amazon in 2017), a company that used artificial intelligence to predict human shape and pose.
Talk Title: 
Building a Robotic 3D Printing Factory
Talk Description: 
Robotic automation has become an imperative part of any highly-efficient and competitive manufacturing process. When applied to 3D printing, you can achieve a unique combination of technologies that allow for a fully-digital workflow. Come hear the story of a manufacturing startup’s journey to cut costs and take on injection molding by integrating robotics into their 160-3D printer factory.
Marcie Sonneborn
Marcie Sonneborn
MBA, MPA, SBIR and Innovation Specialist, Central New York Technology Development Organization (TDO)
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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.
Talk Title: 
Innovation Development Through SBIR
Talk Description: 
This session will provide basics about applying for funding through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs.  Eleven federal agencies award grants and/or contracts for early stage (pre-feasibility) innovative technology development. Phase I awards range from approximately $80,000 to $150,000 total costs for 6 months (SBIR) or 1 year (STTR) depending on the agency.  Phase II awards are for 24 months and typically for up to $1,000,000 depending on the agency for strategic priorities in agriculture, defense, education, energy, health, homeland security, transportation, environmental protection and space exploration.
Teresa M. Stockton
Teresa M. Stockton
Client Development Specialist, TAAC
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Teresa is the Client Development Specialist for the TAAC with the responsibility of assisting trade impacted firms in the preparation of certification petitions, along with marketing the program throughout New York, New Jersey and Puerto Rico. Prior to joining the TAAC, she worked in strategic business development and marketing at several companies.
Talk Title: 
Trade Adjustment Assistance Grant Program – A Grant Program for Manufacturers that have been Negatively Impacted by Foreign Competition
Talk Description: 
Since 1978, the Trade Adjustment Assistance Center of NY, NJ and PR (TAAC) has helped over 1800 firms to recover from the effects of foreign com­petition and has provided more than $75 million in assistance. The TAAC is a non-profit organization and is administered by The Research Foun­dation of the State University of New York at Binghamton University. The TAAC is one of eleven regional centers located throughout the United States providing assistance under the Trade Adjustment Assistance for Firms (TAA) pro­gram sponsored by the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC). Firms that have experienced increased foreign competition, a decline in sales or production, and a de­cline or impending decline in employment, the TAAC may be able to help improve the firms competitive position in today’s global economy. We provide assistance to New York, New Jersey and Puerto Rico based companies in strategic areas of importance including: Management, Marketing, Finance, Information Technology, Manufacturing/Engineering, ISO/QS/TS/UL/CE Certification. This assistance is provided by both the TAAC professional staff and by independent industry specialists and consultants.
Matthew C. Watson
Matthew C. Watson
Director, Division of Science, Technology and Innovation (NYSTAR) at Empire State Development
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Matt Watson is the director of Empire State Development’s Division of Science, Technology & Innovation (NYSTAR). This division of New York State’s economic development agency is responsible for advancing science, technology, and innovation in support of industry growth and competitiveness. Matt oversees over $50 million in annual state and federal funding dedicated 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, Manufacturing Extension Partnership centers, and Digital Gaming Hubs. In this role, he has created new initiatives to accelerate the commercialization of research and to improve the pathway by which New York State companies address growth hurdles and innovation needs.
Talk Title: 
Empire State Development Programs Advancing Manufacturing
Talk Description: 
Empire State Development’s Division of Science, Technology & Innovation (NYSTAR) advances technology innovation and commercialization in New York State. Matt will discuss the New York Manufacturing Extension Partnership program and other ESD-NYSTAR programs that support a robust network of innovation assets. He will introduce more recent grant programs available to assist manufacturers with technology advancement and adoption, and will discuss NYSTAR’s efforts to draw more companies into the pipeline of assistance and implement effective methods of matching companies to appropriate resources and meeting their growth and innovation needs.

Exhibitors

Advanced Motion Systems

Advanced Motion Systems (AMS) is a distributor of automation components and is Cognex’s only Authorized Distributor in Upstate New York.  AMS has been serving Upstate New York for 25 years and in addition to Cognex, major suppliers include Omron, Parker (Electro-Mechanical), Omron-STI, CCS America, ACS, SmartVision Lights, Denso Robotics, Alio and Akribis.  AMS is headquartered in Victor (NY) and has engineering laboratories in Victor and Buffalo.  For details visit AMS at www.allaboutmotion.com or by sending an email to sales2@allaboutmotion.com.

Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM)

The Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institute is dedicated to advancing new robotic technologies to secure national interests and enable US manufacturers to thrive, compete on a global basis, and aid in the creation and sustenance of new jobs. Based in Pittsburgh, PA, and located near internationally known robotics powerhouse Carnegie Mellon University, the mission of the ARM Institute is to empower American workers to compete with low-wage earners abroad, create and sustain new jobs, lower the barriers for companies of all sizes to adopt robotics technologies and assert U.S. leadership in advanced manufacturing.

Applied Robotics

Applied Robotics, Inc., headquartered in Glenville, NY, is a leading global provider of robotic end-of-arm tooling and connectivity solutions; specializing in tool changing, collision detection, and gripping applications.  In addition, Applied Robotics provides industry and application specific solutions to the most challenging problems. 
With over thirty years of experience engineering complex robotic and automation equipment, Applied Robotics was the first company to develop automated tool changers and continues to engineer state-of-the-art solutions allowing our customers to stay at the forefront of their respective industries all over the world.

Axis Industrial Automation

Axis NJ is a full service high-technology automation distributor and engineering firm specializing in motion control, machine control, machine vision, factory and process automation serving the New Jersey, New York and New England regions. We are a member of the Power Flo Technologies group of companies which also includes AAI NY and United Electric Power.

Beckhoff Automation

Beckhoff Automation is a global provider of open automation systems based on advanced PC Control technology. The “New Automation Technology” philosophy at Beckhoff represents universal and open automation solutions used in a wide spectrum of high-tech applications around the world. These applications range from control of machines and robots used in manufacturing, to Internet of Things (IoT) systems, intelligent building automation and much more.

Center for Economic Growth

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.

Cimquest

Cimquest Manufacturing Solutions is a leading resource for CAD/CAM, 3D Printing, and Reverse Engineering solutions. They offer the suite of Mastercam CNC Software and have been helping designers and manufacturers bring innovative ideas to life since 1990. Operating the largest 3D printing facility in the Northeast, Cimquest additionally provides rapid prototyping services, 3D scanning & inspection services, Mastercam software, training, and support. With their vast product offering and superior manufacturing expertise, Cimquest is a one-stop destination for designers and engineers across all industries.

Phone: 866-277-8778  
Email: sales@cimquest-inc.com 
Web: cimquest-inc.com

Cognex

Cognex Corporation designs, develops, manufactures and markets machine vision sensors and systems, or devices that can “see.” Cognex vision sensors and systems are used in factories around the world where they guide, inspect, gauge, identify and assure the quality of a wide range of items during the manufacturing process. Cognex is the world’s leader in the machine vision industry, having shipped more than 500,000 machine vision systems, representing over $2.5 billion in cumulative revenue, since the company’s founding in 1981. Headquartered in Natick, Massachusetts, USA, Cognex has regional offices and distributors located throughout North America, Japan, Europe, Asia and Latin America.

FuzeHub

FuzeHub drives NYS competitiveness in manufacturing by helping companies discover, navigate, and leverage the state’s extensive innovation ecosystem.

Phone: 518-768-7030
Email: info@fuzehub.com
Web: https://fuzehub.com/

 

Haun Welding Supply

Haun distributes welding supplies, industrial supplies, and compressed and liquid gases through 19 stores located within this region. We also provide welding training, repair, and rental services. Industries that are serviced by Haun include construction, fabrication, manufacturing, commercial, medical, laboratories, education, and homeowners.

Hypertherm Robotic Software

Hypertherm’s Robotic Software Team develops Robotmaster software, which seamlessly integrates CAD/CAM based robot programming, simulation and program generation. Common robot programming challenges typically require intricate user intervention or costly manual editing for producing error-free programs. Robotmaster provides innovative tools to effortlessly optimize robot programs producing error-free robot paths, avoiding singularity zones and collisions, working around joint and reach limitations, and optimizing tool orientations along the entire trajectory. Furthermore, Robotmaster software is ideally suited to program robots for such tasks as trimming, de-burring, polishing, welding, dispensing, grinding, spraying, painting and 3D machining, while supporting most industrial robot brands. Hypertherm Robotic Software, Inc., is an independent subsidiary of Hypertherm, Inc. 

Contact: Greg Culp / Sr. Software Sales Manager
Phone: +1 603-643-3441 X 3014
Email: greg.culp@robotmaster.com
Web: http://www.robotmaster.com

OCTOPUZ

OCTOPUZ is an intelligent offline robotic programming and simulation software ideal for any sized company. It offers the ability to program, simulate and generate code for multiple robots, simultaneously, with support for most robot brands in any configuration. OCTOPUZ is fully customizable to our customer’s needs, and our extensive support will provide assistance before, during, and after the sale.

To learn more about OCTOPUZ, or to request a free personalized demo for your application, send an email to info@octopuz.com or get in touch with your nearest reseller.

170 Columbia St. West, Suite 6
Waterloo, ON, Canada
N2L 3L3
Phone: +1 (226) 894-1253
Toll-Free: 1 (877) 456-4519
Email: info@octopuz.com
Web: http://octopuz.com/

Soft Robotics

Soft Robotics designs and builds soft robotic gripping systems and automation solutions that can grasp and manipulate items of varying size, shape and weight. Today, the company is a global enterprise solving previously off-limits automation challenges for customers in food & beverage, advanced manufacturing and e-commerce. Soft Robotics’ engineers are building an ecosystem of robots, control systems, data and machine learning to enable the workplace of the future. Please visit www.SoftRoboticsInc.com to learn more.

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
Heather Briccetti
President and CEO, The Business Council of New York State
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.
http://www.bcnys.org/index.html
Center for Economic Growth
Michael Lobsinger
Center Director, Business Growth Solutions, Center for Economic Growth (CEG)
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.
http://www.ceg.org/
FuzeHub
Everton H. Henriques
NY MEP Solutions Manager
FuzeHub drives NYS competitiveness in manufacturing by helping companies discover, navigate, and leverage the state’s extensive innovation ecosystem.
https://fuzehub.com/

info@fuzehub.com
518-768-7030

New York State of Opportunity - Division of Science, Technology & Innovation
Matthew C. Watson
Director, Division of Science, Technology and Innovation (NYSTAR) at Empire State Development
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.
https://esd.ny.gov/nystar/

Contact

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