Exhibit Hall Hours:
Tuesday, December 15: 10:00 am – 7:30 pm | Wednesday, December 16: 10:00 am – 3:15 pm

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Day 1: December 14

TUTORIAL DAY

12:00pm

Registration Opens

1:00pm – 3:00pm

Tutorial #1
Tutorial #2
Hackathon: IBM Watson With the Watson Developer Cloud, IBM is making a suite of cognitive capabilities that is approachable to application developers and hobbyists with basic programming skills. When combined with Robotics, participants will be able to rapidly create applications that drive robots via Watson, enabling demonstrations like prompting robot action with spoken language! ABB Robotic’s groundbreaking Yumi will be available to use in conjunction with the Watson Developer Cloud. In this kickoff session for the Watson hackathon, come learn how to build your own cognitive applications for Robotics and find teammates!
The Dronecode Platform – Getting Started with Layers in the Stack of Open Source Projects for Drones Dronecode is an open source, collaborative project that brings together existing and future open-source drone projects under a nonprofit structure governed by the Linux Foundation. More than 1,200 developers are working on Dronecode with more than 150 code commits a day on some projects. Now YOU can get involved and learn about the excitement around Dronecode development opportunities.

In this workshop, you’ll learn about open source projects that control flight, enable mission planning, and otherwise make drone flight and advanced functionality possible.

This platform has been adopted by many of the organizations on the forefront of drone technology, including 3DRobotics, Parrot, Qualcomm, Intel, DroneDeploy, Yuneec, Walkera, and others.

In this workshop you’ll learn about:

  • Getting started with Dronecode. What it is, Why it’s important and How to get involved with projects.
  • Comms and APIs: DroneKit by 3DR, ROS by OSRF and DroneKit SDK
  • Flight Code
  • Coding Compatible Ground Control Stations
  • Firmware and Open Hardware Options
  • Supported Simulation Environments including JMavSim, SITL, ROS Gazebo Simulator and more.
  • Dronecode has established itself as one of the most advanced flight control platforms available today. This workshop will allow you to get started with the dronecode movement.

    3:00pm – 3:30pm

    Break

    3:30pm – 5:30pm

    Tutorial #3
    Tutorial #4
    The Collaborative Robot Movement Collaborative robots is the hottest topic in robotics today. These safe, flexible, low cost robots are transforming manufacturing and materials handling. This tutorial provides hands on demonstrations from the industry leaders while exploring advancements in collaborative robot technology, applications, safety implications, and human impacts. Why Attend This tutorial brings together the top collaborative robot OEMs in the world – meet and engage with four (4) leading solution providers all in one place as they share their insights and product capabilities. These amazing machines safely work alongside humans in uncaged environments, offer automation solutions for SMB, and create new opportunities for manufacturing professionals, end users, integrators, start-ups, venture capitalists, and many more.

  • Learn from the technology providers and users
  • Gain insights into the markets and applications for collaborative robots
  • Network with peers with similar interests about automation strategies
  • Learn how your company or business can benefit from automation
  • Understand automation technology trends to stay competitive
  • Full Stack Robotics Using Cylon.js, Intel Edison, & Sphero The next generation of robotic solutions are being built already, and they are using open source languages such as JavaScript to both get it done, and make it fun. In this hands-on workshop, you will build a full stack robotic application using the powerful JavaScript robotics framework Cylon.js (http://cylonjs.com), along with the Intel Edison single board computer & Sphero robot. From web-based user interfaces, to the wiring up of circuits, and from the Human-Machine Interactions (HMI) to the JavaScript code that makes the robot move, this workshop will take you from zero to end-to-end robotic system in only 2 hours.

    Agenda
  • Part 1 – Intro/Setup
  • Part 2 – Intel Edison Base Station
  • Part 3 – Sphero Rover
  • Part 4 – Human Machine Interaction (HMI)


  • Participants in this workshop will need to bring their own laptop computer that has a modern web browser. The robotic hardware to be used for the workshop is being kindly provided by Intel & Sphero.

    Day 2: December 15

    CONFERENCE DAY 1

    8:15am

    Registration Opens

    9:00am – 9:15am

    Welcome and Opening Remarks

    9:15am – 10:00am

    Opening Keynote
    The Robotics Revolution Charles Bergan will be speaking on the robotics revolution, including where we are now and what the future of robotics will bring. Join Charles as he shares insights into the innovative technologies that Qualcomm is developing in order to take robotics to the next level, making smarter and safer robots that will be better positioned to help humanity excel. Topics covered will include autonomous cars, superintelligence threats, and drone safety.

    10:00am – 10:45am

    Keynote
    Drones Are the New Satellites A generation ago, satellites allowed us to visualize our planet for the first time and created the remote sensing industry. Now drones are going to transform it. Cheaper, higher-resolution and available anywhere, anytime, drones allow us to digitize our world from the skies the way Google Streetview did from the ground. This talk will compare the economics of the new-generation autonomous sensor drones with traditional remote sensing and give examples of the kind of data only drones can capture.

    10:45am – 11:00am

    Morning Break and Exhibit Hall is Open

    11:00am – 11:45am

    Drones
    Manufacturing & Logistics
    Sponsored by
    Business & Investment,

    Stem Education
    Getting a Drone Business Off the Ground You’re hooked. You are convinced that Drones are the NEXT BIG thing and you want “in” on this market now. Maybe on impulse you purchased a drone and flew it, loved it and probably crashed a few times. Now you want to get serious. You want to start a drone business. This panel will provide a background on the jobs and applications of drones, how to get educated, legal issues for commercial applications, insurance and licensing, and even marketing your business. Meet the experts in their fields to help you get your drone business – Off the Ground.
    Advances in Robot Gripping, Grasping and Manipulation Robotics automation is fueling the manufacturing 2.0 revolution as robots packages and pricing are now reachable for middle and small manufactures. But there is much more happening than new low cost programmable arms, innovative end effectors are coming to market that allow robots to perform tasks more accurately or allow robots to perform tasks they could not perform in the past. During this session, attendees will learn about these new technologies and applications for robotics.
    Robotics and Intelligent Systems: Macro Trends, Business Engines, Opportunities The term “robotics” can describe a wide swath of technologies, applications, markets, and even industries. This makes understanding robotics in toto problematic. Ongoing, rapid technological churn only makes the process more difficult (hype also abounds). The purpose of this session is to describe the potential of the robotics opportunity in a way that informs decision making, maximizes opportunity and reduces risk. Attendees at this session will be provided with a taxonomic framework describing the various classes of robotics sectors. Market sizing data for many of the most exciting new markets will be provided for many sectors including unmanned aerial systems, consumer robotics, mobile service robots and more. Business, technology and social issues driving these sectors will be discussed (the Internet of Things, cloud computing and “reshoring”, for example), along with descriptions of recent innovations that will further accelerate the proliferation of robotic technology into the home, the workplace and public places.

    11:45am – 12:30pm

    Drones
    Manufacturing & Logistics
    Sponsored by
    Business & Investment, Stem Education
    Drone Vision Options: Tracking and Measuring Information from the Air How a drone “sees” and collects information is one of the main applications in the commercial space. It’s no surprise to see a multitude of options to perform this task. LiDAR, Optical, IR, Ultrasonic, Photogrammetry and Thermal are some traditional tools. Now new tools are being developed like multicamera 360 panoramic systems, Follow-me technology, object flow tracking, Multi-Spectral Imaging, Ground Penetrating Radar and more. This session will provide an overview of your drone vision options.
    Emerging Technologies for Flexible and Agile Manufacturing The dynamics of manufacturing are changing. The once prevalent high-volume, low-mix model is giving way to lower volume production runs with a higher product mix. To compete in today’s rapidly-changing global markets, the factory of the future will be compact, modular, flexible and reconfigurable. In this presentation, attendees will learn how lightweight robotics and desktop automation are helping manufacturers cost-effectively transition to this new production model. They will also discover how automation on a smaller and more flexible scale helps manufacturers meet rising consumer expectations for customization, high product quality and consistency.
    Global Capital Markets & Industry Outlook Mooreland Partners will provide insights into the “technology revolution” that is driving the robotics industry and the impact on M&A, investment activity and capital markets, China, and more. This panel discussion will include high profile industry practitioners that will provide their perspectives on the industry, and investments in automation and robotics.

    12:30pm – 1:30pm

    Lunch Break and exhibit hall is open

    1:30pm – 1:45pm

    Welcoming Remarks

    1:45pm – 2:30pm

    Afternoon Keynote
    A Social Robot in Every Home Described by the company as the “world’s first social robot for the home,” Jibo looks straight out of science fiction, but the plans that founder and Chief Scientist Breazeal has for the in-home social robot are very real. Jibo first appeared on the scene last summer as an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign. To date, the company has raised nearly $4M in crowdfunding and over 6000 pre-orders for 2016 delivery. Earlier this year, Jibo Inc. raised a $25.3 million Series A, and recently announced an $11 million round of investment from Asian strategics including well known firms such as Dentsu, KDDI, LG and Acer among others. What will Jibo do? When fully realized, Jibo will engage as a helpful part of the family, a companion who knows the other members and provides them with personalized messages and reminders, serves as the family photographer, tells stories to the kids and more. As an open 3rd party developer platform, Jibo’s skills will continue to expand, eventually providing services like ordering pizza and many more, fueled by the imagination and creativity of developers worldwide. Jibo is poised to become a high-tech family helper to help families do what they need and want to do in a way never before experienced… with greater ease, engagement, efficiency and fun.

    2:30pm – 3:15pm

    Drones
    Manufacturing & Logistics
    Sponsored by
    Business & Investment, Stem Education
    Dronecasting the News – The New Age of Drone Journalism A supplement to the longstanding TV news helicopter, the UAV has an unlimited potential in collecting news. From selecting the right UAV, to regulations, legal challenges, and public misperceptions, the upcoming UAV news operator has lots to think about. This seminar covers the trials and tribulations of using drones for journalism in this rapidly changing climate.
    3D Sensing for Industrial Robotics As industrial robots expand into new and more flexible applications, the ability to sense and understand the environment becomes more important. Trends in collaborative robotics, dynamic path planning, and mobility are driving the need to perceive environments in 3D. Recent innovations in 3D sensor technologies and algorithms are evolving rapidly to respond to these needs. This session will present recent developments in software, sensors, and applications in industrial, manufacturing, and logistics for 3D sensing in robot guidance tasks. Specific application examples for industrial processes such as painting and material removal using 3D sensors for robot programming will be presented.
    Designing Robots for Manufacturability and Profit Robots are complex systems that require tight integration between all the components and subsystems – they must work seamlessly and they must be compatible with a manufacturing process that is typically outsourced. They also need to be robust enough to survive and operate under different conditions (depending on the application) from a child playing with a toy robot, to surviving a 10 foot drop off a building. This seminar will explore the electro-mechanical-optical systems that make up a typical robot, and discuss strategies to design for robustness and manufacturability. We’ll explore an actual example of the process and decisions in taking a robot from the lab to production.

    3:15pm – 3:30pm

    Afternoon Break and Exhibit hall is open

    3:30pm – 4:15pm

    Drones
    Manufacturing & Logistics
    Sponsored by
    Business & Investment, Stem Education
    Drones and Video – Perfect Together The ability of drones to capture amazing video shots that were not possible before has created a new generation of videography experts. Capturing aerial video is easy, capturing and producing great video is difficult. This session will provide the viewpoint of the experts on how to perfect your skills in drone video capture and post production.
    Mobile Robots for Logistics Mobility is one of the toughest challenges in robotics, as well as one that holds the promise of taking robots into new application areas both inside and outside the factory. This session will explore some current advances in mobile robots for warehouse and distribution centers.
    STEM Education Solutions Panel Robots are invading the education system at all levels. This session panel will present a wide range of programs, curriculum and tools for all levels to get started in teaching robotics. In this session you’ll learn: How innovative new robotics platforms and tools are driving the adoption of robotics in schools across the world, key concepts to consider when starting a robotics program, research based tools designed to support teachers at all levels, current and future trends in robotics education.

    4:15pm – 5:00pm

    Drones
    Manufacturing & Logistics
    Sponsored by
    Business & Investment, Stem Education
    101 Things to Buy for Your Drone Business or Hobby This is our last drone session – so hold onto to your seats, as we take you through a fast paced list of things that you might want for your Drone. Our panel of experts will provide a list of a few of their favorite things. Links for all the ideas, equipment and technology will be provided with the presentation for your reference after the session.
    Top 10 Reasons Self-Guided Vehicles Improve Manufacturing and Warehousing Learn how Automatic Guided Vehicles (AGVs) and Automatic Guided Carts (AGCs) provide an affordable solution to improving material handling from assembly lines to warehousing operations. Dynamic case studies will show why AGVs and AGCs are leading the industry and helping companies around the world improve their operations. This presentat will illustrate the many benefits of AGVS and AGCs ranging from cost reduction to increased productivity. Key topics such as flexibility, increased safety, new marketplaces, labor savings and improved software / controls will be addressed.
    Low-cost Robotics for High-impact STEM Education The democratization of the tools necessary for the creation of novel, effective, and profitable robotic systems forms a tangible motivator for STEM education. The highly-visible Maker movement is about tech-enhanced creativity, often of the Rube Goldberg variety, and already captures the imagination of countless children around the world. Qualities that distinguish the new revolution in Robotics from this Maker movement include analysis-driven design, minimalism, low-cost manufacturing, robustness, coordination, efficient multithreading, and vision-enabled situational awareness leveraging modern cellphone technology. This panel will focus on the challenges and successes in the development and deployment of new teaching tools aimed at the high school level and beyond to bridge the difficult gap from Maker to Roboticist.

    5:00pm – 6:30pm

    RoboGameChanger Startup Competition
    This high energy session is a rapid-fire blitz of what’s on the horizon for Robotics. Join us as startups and emerging entrepreneurs in the robotics space give Lightening Talks on their business strategies, their customers, their challenges, and the opportunities that lie ahead. Each selected startup will have the opportunity to speak for three (3) minutes and pitch their business idea. The winner will receive a $10,000 convertible note, courtesy of Asimov Ventures. Networking Reception to be held immediately following completion of competition. The RoboGameChanger Startup Competition is sponsored by Asimov Ventures and Mooreland Partners.
    PARTICIPANTS
    • Asylon
    • Carbon Robotics
    • CleverPet
    • Emoters
    • GeoVisual Analytics
    • Haddington Dynamics
    • Infinite Trading
    • Muse Robotics
    • Overthrow Robotics
    • Qelzal
    • Robodub
    • Robolink
    • Transcend Robotics
    • UMAC Air

    6:30pm – 7:30pm

    Networking Reception

    7:30pm

    Networking Dinner
    Come meet and greet attendees, exhibitors, and speakers at the networking dinner! Dinner will take place at Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse, just a short 10 minute walk from the San Diego Convention Center. Dinner includes a buffet dinner, coffee, tea and a cash bar for $55. Reserve your spot when registering. Space is limited!

    Day 3 : December 16

    CONFERENCE DAY 2

    8:15am

    Registration Opens

    9:00am – 9:15am

    Day 2 Review

    9:15am – 9:45am

    General Session
    The Cognitive Era Between IBM Watson’s victory against Ken Jennings at Jeopardy and the subsequent creation of the IBM Watson business unit, Google and Facebook’s introduction of deep learning algorithms for speech and vision recognition in their consumer devices and applications, and the current hiring and buying binge around everything and everybody related to machine learning, there is an emerging feeling in the software industry that AI is finally on the brink of its big breakthrough: cognitive computing is about to change our every day lives. I will describe the new approaches and advances in cognitive computing, show that there is substance behind the buzz through real world applications, and give a glimpse at what the future may hold.

    9:45am – 10:30am

    Keynote
    Building a Robotics Hub in San Diego The University of California, San Diego recently launched the Contextual Robotics Institute, which is focused on developing safe and useful robotics systems that function in close proximity to people based on the contextual information they perceive in real time. Elder care and assisted living, disaster response, medicine, transportation and environmental sensing are a few of the potential real-world applications. The Institute will leverage the region’s industrial, academic and public-sector strengths and help build San Diego and the greater CaliBaja region into a world-class hub for the research, development and manufacture of tomorrow’s advanced robotics systems. This session will highlight research at UC San Diego that is building toward this new generation of robotics systems and outline the CaliBaja region’s position as a burgeoning, world-class robotics hub.

    10:30am – 11:00am

    Morning Break and exhibit hall open

    11:00am – 11:45am

    Agriculture

    Sponsored by
    Cognitive Science
    IoT & Robotics, Healthcare
    Ask the AG Practitioners This panel of technology experts represent some of the largest farming organizations in the United States. As the innovation leaders for their respective organizations, learn first hand about the needs and challenges facing the farming industry and the key role that technology, automation and robots are playing to solve key issues such as labor shortages, crop management, logistics and much more.
    Natural Language Processing – What’s Next in Speech Recognition? Voice and Speech recognition has a long history of struggles and improvements that seems to continuously improve with each generation of technology. Now speech is becoming a major interface for home/consumer robots, mobile devices, interactive kiosks and general computer interfaces. Mobile platforms are crossing into their competitive smartphones, new players are entering the space as a frontend for IoT applications and the backend platforms are growing that provide the technology to answer all your questions. This session will discuss the latest advances and players in the booming speech market.
    Robot Companions for Seniors – What Does It Take? As we face an increasing senior population and an insufficient supply of human care resources, robot companions have been proposed as one of the ways to fill the gap. But with only Furbies, Roombas, and Aibos in the market today, how do we get there? Tandy Trower will share his insights and experience on what it takes to create a robot that can empower seniors, enabling them to live healthier and more independently.

    11:45am – 12:30pm

    Agriculture
    Sponsored by
    Cognitive Science
    IoT & Robotics, Healthcare
    The Future of AG Robotics With the global population expected to reach 9 billion by 2050, agricultural production must double to meet the demand. Limitations on productive land requires productivity to increase 25% to help meet that goal. This panel of experts will discuss the future of AG technology and business drivers on the Farm including:
  • Rising labor costs
  • Scarcity of resources
  • Accelerating global demand
  • Utilization of drones, robots and GPS
  • Cognitive Reasoning Platforms – Spinning Social Media Interactions into Gold The leading edge of cognitive science research is leveraging massive amounts of new media data to extract meaning and patterns. This data can be streams of real-time measurements, unstructured text, social media platforms like blogs, Twitter and Facebook, and even video, audio and picture information. These inputs are the source for new analytic tools to discover patterns, opinions and trends that were previous undetectable. Learn how Cognitive Reasoning platforms are driving the markets for election trends, consumer product marketing and sentiment, personality characteristics of individuals, financial predictions and even the scientific process itself. This session will provide you with the tools to discover relationships, make better business decisions and respond more quickly to the changes in your world.
    Managing the Robotics Organization Getting your first robotics device setup and running is a wonderful accomplishment. Now you’re faced with the challenge of reproducing an army of these bots and providing the organization, care and maintenance globally. With all of these “robot things” to control, you need to enter the transition to the era of Roboitcs – Internet of Things or R-IoT. This session will explore the overlap of the IoT space as it applies to global deployment systems in robotics.

    12:30pm – 1:30pm

    Lunch Break and exhibit hall is open

    1:30pm – 2:15pm

    Keynote
    Keys To Success In Fielding Robotics Autonomous Solutions, Inc. (ASI) has robot vehicles operating around the world in markets like mining, agriculture, automotive, security, and industrial automation and there have been many lessons learned. For 15 years, ASI has been a leader in robotics and vehicle automation and Mel Torrie will share ASI’s experiences in these endeavors with an emphasis on ag.

    2:15pm – 3:00pm

    Agriculture
    Sponsored by
    Cognitive Science
    IoT & Robotics, Healthcare
    Crop Management in a Thirsty World This session will look at how robotics technologies are being leveraged to better manage natural resources such as soil, water and energy. Other topics explored will include precision AG, chemical applications, improving crop production and Farm efficiency
    Cloud Engine or Brains-on-a-board? Two Alternative Models for Robotic AI Developing AI Engines that can incorporate large amounts of data from disparate sources, learn, sense, reason and act intelligently is a challenge. One option is to use the cloud-hosted analytics algorithms to provide intelligent robotics applications to help jump start companies in building their own customized solutions. An alternative is to build the electronics and AI into self-contained systems that can provide the basis for an intelligent robotics platform. In either case, you don’t program these apps, you make them learn and evolve on their own. Our experts on the panel will provide insights to both of these solutions to accelerate your Robotics and AI engine solutions.
    The Internet of Medical Things This highly informative talk will cover the current state of the medical device industry as it relates to digital health and the use of robotics in telemedicine. We will start out with a history and evolution of the industry as it pertains to digital health, including a brief overview of the regulatory aspects that come into play with medical devices and the Internet of Things (IoT). We will also spend a short period of time talking about the drivers that are relevant in health care right now. Examples will include patient safety measures and quality measures. These are all relatively new things in the medical field to be measured so closely, and can be facilitated or mitigated by the new era of medical devices. A large part of the talk will be dedicated to giving examples of current medical devices that people can or will be able to purchase. This will focus not only on the devices themselves, but also on how becoming increasingly connected with cloud-based software services increases their value. Demonstrations of these medical devices will be given as time permits. We’ll cap off the session with a discussion of how the physician-patient relationship will be affected by the incorporation of this new wave of technologies.

    3:00pm – 3:15pm

    Afternoon Break and Exhibit hall is open

    3:15pm – 4:00pm

    Agriculture
    Sponsored by
    Cognitive Science
    IoT & Robotics, Healthcare
    Emerging AG Technologies & Applications This session panel will discuss the most exciting emerging robotics technologies in the AG sector. Challenges and obstacles, as well as positive impacts and benefits from these emerging technologies will be discussed and debated.
    Knowledge Engines and AI – Applications Beyond Gaming As unstructured data continues to impress with its volume, variety, and velocity, we increasingly need a new type of computing to help us derive the insights embedded within. Learn how Cognitive Computing is turning this swell of unstructured data into a host of new capabilities that can enable dramatic improvements in the nature of Human / Machine Interaction — from how well computers and robots can understand context from images, video, and human speech to their ability to carry on natural, engaging exchanges with their users.
    The Neurorobotics Connection: Connecting the Physical World to our Human Brain Robots have always been compared to “brains” The leading edge research and applications in this area are now moving forward with success applications in two different directions: 1) Building computer models of sections of the brain based on neural network technology 2) Physically connecting the brain to robotic and mechanical connections. This session will provide an update on both of these vectors and discuss the practical applications moving out of the labs.

    4:00pm – 4:45pm

    Agriculture
    Sponsored by
    Cognitive Science
    IoT & Robotics, Healthcare
    The Connected Autonomous Farm Explore the key technologies driving the Precision Agriculture movement and the current technology revolution taking place now on the farm. Precision agriculture involves the addition of intelligence to the technologies already being deployed on the farm. The goal of the connected autonomous farm is to provide farmers with abundant, real-time, actionable information about the state of their fields: how crops are growing, how much water or fertilizer is needed, what weeds and insects may be invading the fields.
    RoboBrain: Large-Scale Knowledge for Robots In this talk, I’ll present RoboBrain knowledge engine, which learns and shares knowledge representations for robots to carry out a variety of tasks. Building such an engine brings with it the challenge of dealing with multiple data modalities including symbols, natural language, haptic senses, robot trajectories, visual features and many others. The knowledge stored in the engine comes from multiple sources including physical interactions that robots have while performing tasks (perception, planning and control) and from WWW (such as YouTube videos and WikiHow). We then discuss several applications including in personal robots, computer vision, smart cars, and several robotics applications.
    Robotics and the Internet of Things (IoT) This session will explore the Internet of Things (IoT) that leads the hyper-connected, digital revolution. Business development opportunities will be discussed as well as the impact of IoT on professional and personal service robotics.

    4:45pm – 5:15pm

    Wrap and Thank You


    *Sessions are subject to change.