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International Collaborative Robots Workshop
September 30, 2014
San Jose Convention Center
San Jose, California USA

About the Workshop

Collaborative Robots, or robots that work side by side with humans without being caged in, are one of the newest trends in the robotics industry. The RIA International Collaborative Robots Workshop will examine all of the key issues in a fast-paced one day event. You'll learn about the technology, the applications, capabilities and limitations, safety issues, key research efforts, and get a better understanding of where this trend is taking the industry and how quickly!

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.
  • Meet with other industry professionals who share your interest.

Register now for this one day workshop and discover what collaborative robots can offer you.


Who Should Attend

The 2014 RIA International Collaborative Robots Workshop welcomes OEMs, integrators, start-ups, venture capitalists, users, and potential users across industries to learn about exciting opportunities with robotics.

Collaborative robots are changing what's possible.

With advancements in capabilities like gripping and artificial intelligence, these robots are poised to meet challenges across a growing number of industries, including automotive, agriculture, life sciences, and medicine.



8:00 am - 9:00 am Continental Breakfast & Tabletops Open
9:00 am - 9:15 am Welcome and Introduction
Jeff Burnstein and Bob Doyle, RIA
9:15 am - 9:45 am Overview of Collaborative Robots
Erik Nieves, Yaskawa Motoman
9:45 am - 10:45 am Collaborative Robot Technology and Applications - Part I
Dr. Rodney Brooks, Rethink Robotics
Esben Østergaard, Universal Robots
10:45 am - 11:00 am Break
11:00 am - 12 noon Collaborative Robot Technology and Applications - Part II
Michael Beaupre, KUKA Robotics
Deron Jackson, Adept Technology, Inc.
12 Noon  - 1:30 pm Lunch and Tabletop Exhibits
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm Safety Implications of Collaborative Robots
Pat Davison, RIA
Bjoern Matthias, ABB
2:30 pm - 3:00 pm Advances in Gripping
Sam Bouchard, Robotiq
3:00 pm - 3:45 pm Future of Collaborative Robots
Rich Mahoney, SRI International
Steve Cousins, Savioke
3:45 pm - 4:00 pm Break
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm Collaborative Robot User Panel - Understanding the Needs of Collaborative Robot Users
Panelists: Stefan Bartscher, BMW
John Dulchinos, Jabil
Marty Linn, General Motors
Dan Sipes, Novartis Foundation
Moderator: Dr. Henrik Christensen, Georgia Tech

Q&A with Collaborative Robot Users
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm Reception and Tabletop Exhibits


San Jose Convention Center

San Jose Convention Center
150 W San Carlos St
San Jose, CA 95113
Phone: 408-295-9600

The International Collaborative Robots Workshop will be held at the San Jose Convention Center. The convention center is located in close proximity to several others of San Jose's convention and cultural structures.

Hotel Information

Fairmont San Jose

Fairmont San Jose
170 S. Market Street
San Jose, California USA
Phone: 1-800-346-5550

Fairmont San Jose is the headquarters for RIA's Collaborative Robots Workshop in San Jose on September 30.

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Erik Nieves
Technology Director
Yaskawa Motoman
Dr. Rodney Brooks
Founder, CTO, and Chairman
Rethink Robotics
Esben Østergaard
Chief Technology Officer
Universal Robots
Michael Beaupre
Sales Director for New Markets
KUKA Robotics
Deron Jackson
Chief Technical Officer
Adept Technology Inc.
Pat Davison
Director of Standards Development
Sam Bouchard
Rich Mahoney
Director of Robotics
SRI International
Steve Cousins
Stefan Bartscher
Head of Innovation Management Technical Planning
John Dulchinos
Vice President, Global Automation
Marty Linn
General Motors
Dan Sipes
Director of Advanced Automation Technologies
Novartis Foundation
Dr. Henrik Christensen
Chair of Robotics
Georgia Tech