2017 Agenda

Special Thanks to Ford Motor Company
Exclusive Automotive Sponsor of Michigan Robotics Day



8:00 AM Registration & Continental Breakfast

9:05-9:15 AM Welcoming Remarks – Rebecca Taylor, Senior Vice President, National Center for Manufacturing Sciences

9:15 AM Michigan Robotics Day Introduction– Governor Rick Snyder

9:15-9:40 AM Congressional Greeting – The Honorable Debbie Dingell, US House of Representatives

9:40-10:10 AM Keynote- A Symbiotic Relationship Between Bio-Inspired Robotics and Evolutionary Biology– Talia Moore, postdoctoral fellow in ecology and evolutionary biology, University of Michigan

10:10-10:40 AM Discussion Panel- Drones in Michigan– Commercial Applications, R&D, and Fun.

10:40-11:10 AM Keynote- Designing for Advanced Urban Mobility– Paul Snyder- College for Creative Studies

11:10-11:20 State Recognition Michigan Robotics Day– State Representative Adam Zemke

11:20-11:45 Demonstrations

11:45-12:45 Lunch

12:45-1:00 PM Connected Vehicle Program Opportunities — Professor Henry Liu, University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI).

1:00-1:30 PM University of Michigan: Robotics Research Highlights– Professor Jessy Grizzle, University of Michigan

1:30-3:30 PM Q&A, Hands-on Activities, RoboFest Competitions, Demonstrations

1:30-2:30 PM Q&A Sessions (You bring the questions, we’ll provide the experts!)

Session #1- From Robots to Companies- Venture Capital

Vince Nystrom–  Vice President of Business Developmentt, Renaissance Venture Capital Fund 

The Renaissance Venture Capital Fund is a Michigan-based fund that supports the growth of venture capital in Michigan while serving as a bridge between Michigan’s emerging innovation community and its strong industrial and commercial base.

Session #2- Drone Applications

Tom Brady– CTO Skyspecs
Former University of Michigan Student who are working the Foremost  Provider of Automated Drone Inspections for the WindEnergy Industry

Matt Gira– Fathom

1:30-2:30 PM Ground Robot Demonstration (Demo Area)

2:30-3:30 PM Q&A Sessions (You bring the questions, we’ll provide the experts!)

Session #3- Advanced Mobility

Paul Luskin– Vehicle Engineering Manager– Waymo
Waymo stands for a new way forward in mobility. We are a self-driving technology company with a mission to make it safe and easy for people and things to   move around.  We’re determined to improve transportation for people around the world, building on software and sensor technology developed in Google’s   labs since 2009. In October 2015, we achieved the world’s first fully self-driving trip on public roads, in a car without a steering wheel or pedals. We refine Waymo technology through one billion miles of simulation testing each year, and our cars have self-driven over two million miles on public roads.

Session #4- STEM Education Discussion

Bob Richards– Stockbridge Robotics
Stockdbridge is a rural landlocked school that  introduced and created ROV’s at the elementary and secondary levels. Within a couple of years students
were competing at the international level and involved in the reclamation of WWII MIA soldiers and aircraft.

2:30-3:30 PM Drone Demonstrations- Demo Area

3:00 Recognition of Outstanding Robofest Teams

3:30 Event End