NASA Speakers, Microsoft Headline A3 Business Conferencing Program | Business


More than 500 executives in the fields of robotics, vision, imaging, motion control and industrial AI will meet from January 31 to February 2 at the A3 Business Forum of the Association for Advancing Automation. The main discussions will feature the latest economic and industry statistics and projections, with TR Economics analyst Alan Beaulieu and A3 vice president of membership and business intelligence Alex Shikany.

Additional speeches will highlight technology, cybersecurity and leadership, with presentations from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Verizon, Microsoft, HP and others. Attendees can also attend several panel discussions, including an overview of the automation industry in 2022, with input from 3M, Microsoft and Teradyne, and a discussion on automation trends.

“As you will hear from the Economic Outlook, and as demonstrated by our Quarterly Industry Statistical Report, the demand for automation solutions has never been higher,” said Jeff Burnstein, president of A3. “The A3 Business Forum provides the information industry leaders need to take advantage of growing automation opportunities as well as connections with key vendors, customers, educators, startups and others in the ecosystem of automation. ”

Presentations include:

Interactive mind reading, for those who have seen it all

• Kevin Viner, mentalist.

Global Economic Update 2022

• Alan Beaulieu, ITR Economics.

BACKABLE, which prompts people to try their luck

• Suneel Gupta, author; entrepreneur and CEO of RISE Labs; former head of product development at Groupon and Mozilla Labs.

How the Verizon network powers industrial automation

• Mariah Scott, President, Robotics Business Technology, Verizon.

Into the unknown: How leadership, ingenuity and perseverance put a rover on Mars

• Adam Stelzner, Chief Engineer, March 2020, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Cybersecurity & Industry

• Jeremy Dodson, Chief Information Security Officer, NextLink Labs.

Prosumerism and the Automation Revolution in Digital Manufacturing

• Christoph Schell, Commercial Director, HP.

In 2020, nearly 650 global automation industry leaders attended the A3 Business Forum. The event is exclusively reserved for all employees of A3 member companies.

Participants will also hear several round tables. These include:

The 2022 Automation Outlook

• Alex Shikany, Vice President, Association for the Advancement of Automation.

• Debarati Sen, President, Abrasive Systems Division, 3M.

• Rashmi Misra, Managing Director AI, Mixed Reality and Silicon Platforms, Business Development, Microsoft.

• Greg Smith, President, Industrial Automation Group, Teradyne.

Automation trends: finding the next solutions

• Dean Banks, consultant.

• Oli Qirko, Senior Vice President and General Manager, North America, Cambridge Consultants.

• Shane Dittrich, House of Design Robotics.

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