2014 Michigan Robotics Industry Executive Forum


April 8, 2014


8:00 – 9:00 AM Event Check-In and Breakfast
9:00 – 9:05 AM Event Welcome – Phil Callihan, Director of Strategic Projects, National Center for Manufacturing Sciences
9:05 – 9:10 AM Michigan Robotics Industry Executive Forum Introduction – Vicky Rad, Macomb County Economic Development
9:10 – 9:20 AM Macomb County Welcome – Mark Hackel, Macomb County Executive
9:20 – 9:30 AM General Dynamics Land Systems – Sonya F. Sepahban, Senior Vice President, Engineering, Development & Technology
9:30 – 9:40 AM Michigan Industry Dual Use Opportunities – Rick Jarman, President & CEO, National Center for Manufacturing Sciences
9:45 – 9:55 AM Governor Rick Snyder
9:55 – 10:15 AM Governor Q&A moderated by John McElroy, host of television show “Autoline”
10:15 – 10:30 AM Robotics Technology Consortium (RTC) Briefing – Bill Thomasmeyer, Executive Director



10:30 – 10:40 AM Transition to Break Out sessions (Innovation Zones 1 – 2)
10:40 – 11:15 AM Discussion and Q&A from the audience on the how these technologies will impact Michigan businesses

Breakout Session 1- Manufacturing Automation

Paul Aiello- Fanuc America Corporation
Bob Doyle- Association for Advancing Automation
Donald W. Ishmael Jr., Senior Director, Production Projects Planning, Control and Analysis, General Dynamics Land Systems

Breakout Session 2- Autonomous Systems

Dan Bartz- Booz Allen Hamilton
Steve Rowe, Chief Robotic Architecture Designer Cybernet Systems
Matt Smith Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Program Manager, Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT)

11:15 AM – 12:15 PM Maneuver Collaboration Center (mc2), GDLS Multipurpose Utility Tactical Transport (MUTT) demonstration, Commando Vehicle with Guideline, MindsEye, and Tabletop Displays
12:15 – 1:00 PM Lunch (facility open)
1:00 – 2:00 PM Panel Discussion – Dual Use Technology Transition

Moderated by Matt Roush, Engineering Society of Detroit

Lynn Bishop- Vice President Engineering Services, Pratt & Miller Engineering
Kevin Bonner- Senior Director, Design & Development Engineering, General Dynamics Land Systems
Chuck Jacobus, Phd.- President, Cybernet Systems
Colonel Benjamin P. Stinson, Project Manager Robotic Systems Joint Project Office
Andrea Simon, Research Scientist, U.S. Army Tank, Automotive, Research, Development & Engineering Center (TARDEC)

2:00 – 3:00 PM View Tabletop Displays and Outside Robotic/ Autonomous System Demonstrations
3:00 PM Conclusion