Executive Speaker Series: Autonomous Machines

Thursday, March 8
7:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m.
Michigan Rooms,
Fairlane Center South (FCS)

March 8, 2018

"The Future of Autonomous Machines: Opportunities or Adversities for Michigan's Economy?"

Autonomous robots have improved greatly over the last decade, thanks to advances in software, artificial intelligence, and machine learning. While many focus on self-driving cars and household gadgetry, growing autonomy in industrial and service industry robots will probably have the greatest effect on the economy. Autonomous machines will significantly change the cost structures of many businesses by reducing their need for human talent.

Our panel will discuss the effects of autonomous machines and robots on manufacturers, re-sellers, and service organizations. How are these emerging technologies currently being leveraged? Will these machines change the structure and operations of organizations?  What are the benefits and consequences of autonomy? Finally, what are the possibilities for our future?

Tom Kelly, Executive Director and CEO, Automation Alley
Gary Krus, Vice President of Business Development, HIROTEC AMERICA
Paul Richardson, Professor and Department Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Michigan-Dearborn
Dr. Jason Tsai, Vice President Product Development, FANUC America


Murray Feldman, host of the Feldman Report, WWJ Newsradio 950

Dr. Brian Patrick Green, Czarnecki Chaired Professor, UM-Dearborn College of Business

7:30 am - Registration and networking breakfast
8:10 am - Welcome and panel discussion
9:30 am - Conclusion

Free registration. Breakfast is included.

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