October 15, 2015
Omni William Penn Hotel
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania USA

About the Workshop

Collaborative robots is the hottest topic in robotics today. This workshop explores advancements in the field with a global view on collaborative robot technology, applications, safety implications, and human impacts. Many of the world's leading experts in the field will give presentations and leading robotics companies will be featured at the tabletop exhibition showcasing emerging technologies and trends. All of this is presented in a fast-paced, one day event!

Speakers for this event include:

  • Dr. Henrik Christensen, Georgia Tech
  • Pat Davison, RIA
  • Jim Lawton, Rethink Robotics
  • Carl Vause, Soft Robotics
  • Howie Choset, Carnegie Mellon
  • Marty Linn, General Motors

Check back soon for more speakers and topics to be added.

8:00 am to 5:30 pm - Workshop
5:30 pm to 7:00 pm - Evening Reception in Exhibits Area

Be sure to register early since space is limited!


Why Attend

Collaborative robots are at the forefront of a new robotic era. Safely working alongside humans in an uncaged environment, they are opening up new opportunities for industry, OEMs, integrators, start-ups, venture capitalists, users, and potential users alike.

  • Hear from the leaders on the cutting edge of this exciting new technology.
  • Learn about real-life experiences from those using the technology today.
  • See how technological advances are opening up new markets and opportunities.
  • Witness new technologies first-hand
  • Meet with other industry professionals who share your interest.

Tour the National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC)

Friday, October 16th

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Who Should Attend

The 2015 RIA International Collaborative Robots Workshop welcomes:

  • OEMs
  • Integrators
  • Start-ups
  • Venture capitalists
  • Educators
  • Users and potential users across industries
  • Automotive
  • Agriculture
  • Life sciences
  • Medicine
  • Consumer

Collaborative robots today are driving one of the most transformative periods in the robotics industry. Advancements with sensors, software and end-of-arm tooling (EOAT) are expanding collaborative robot capabilities and applications.

This dynamic one-day workshop will introduce you to the technologies, trends, challenges and people that are disrupting the status quo with revolutionary innovations.



7:30am - 8:30am Continental Breakfast & Tabletops Open
8:30am - 8:40am Welcome and Introduction
Jeff Burnstein and Bob Doyle, Association for Advancing Automation
8:40am - 9:15am Overview of Collaborative Robots
Dr. Henrik Christensen, Georgia Tech
9:15am - 9:45am Safety Implications of Collaborative Robots
Pat Davison, RIA
9:45am - 10:15am Collaborative Robot Technology and Applications - Part I
Jim Lawton, Rethink Robotics
10:15am - 10:30am Break
10:30am - Noon Collaborative Robot Technology and Applications - Part I (continued)
Scott Mabie, Universal Robots' Americas Region (10:30 am - 11:00 am)
Phil Crowther, ABB (11:00am - 11:30am)
Corey Ryan, KUKA (11:30am - Noon)
Noon  - 1:30pm Lunch and Tabletop Exhibits
1:30pm - 2:30pm Collaborative Robot Technology and Applications - Part II
Paul Santi, FANUC (1:30pm - 2:00pm)
Brian Carlisle/Wayne Schmidt, Precise Automation/Beckman Coulter (2:00pm - 2:30pm)
2:30pm - 3:15pm Advances in Gripping
Gripping Overview - Samuel Bouchard, Robotiq
Adaptive Gripping - Carl Vause, Soft Robotics
Vacuum Gripping - Charlie Marlatt, Marlatt Automation/FIPA
3:15pm - 3:45pm Break
3:45pm - 4:15pm Future of Human - Robot Interaction
Sonia Chernova, Georgia Tech
4:15pm - 5:00pm Collaborative Robot User Panel - Current Use & Needs
Panelists: Marty Linn, General Motors
Daniel Phee, Glidewell Dental
5:00pm - 5:30pm Modular Series Elastic Actuators: Building Safe Industrial Robots Real Fast
Howie Choset, Carnegie Mellon
5:30pm - 7:00pm Reception and Tabletop Exhibits


Join us at this exciting event as we learn about the hottest topic in the industry - collaborative robots. You'll want to hear what the leading experts, robotics manufacturers and end users have to say about safety implications, the latest robot gripping developments, and the needs of end users. You can check out the full day's Agenda here.

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International Collaborative Robots Workshop
Open - September 8$595$645
September 9 - September 28$645$695
September 29 - Event$695$745

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Hotel Information

Omni William Penn Hotel

The International Collaborative Robots Workshop will be held at the Omni William Penn Hotel.

Omni William Penn Hotel
530 William Penn Place
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Special $169 room rate available for attendees!

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Who's Speaking

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Jeff Burnstein
President - Association for Advancing Automation
Bob Doyle
Director of Communications - Association for Advancing Automation
Dr. Henrik Christensen
KUKA Chair of Robotics
Professor Georgia Institute of Technology
Pat Davison
Director, Standards Development
Association for Advancing Automation
Jim Lawton
Chief Product and Marketing Officer
Rethink Robotics
Scott Mabie
General Manager of Universal Robots' Americas Region
Corey Ryan
Manager, Medical Robotics
Brian Carlisle
Precise Automation
Wayne Schmidt
Manager, Integrated Solutions
Beckman Coulter
Carl Vause
Chief Executive Officer
Soft Robotics Inc.
Howie Choset
Carnegie Mellon
Charlie Marlatt
Marlatt Automation Components, LLC
Sonia Chernova
Assistant Professor
Georgia Tech
Phil Crowther
Global Product Manager Small Robots
ABB Robotics
Samuel Bouchard
Paul Santi
General Manager, Powertrain Systems Group
FANUC America Corporation
Marty Linn
Principal Engineer - Robotics
General Motors
Daniel Phee
Mechanical Design Engineer
Glidewell Laboratories

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