Presented By: RIA
April 10-11, 2018
Hynes Convention Center
Boston, MA

About Collaborative Robots Track @ The Vision Show

Collaborative robots and advanced vision are two of the most cutting-edge topics in automation today. That is why we are hosting a collaborative robots workshop @ The Vision Conference. At this two day conference, you will explore a range of current advancements in both fields focusing on technology, applications, safety implications, and human impacts. Whether you're looking to implement your first ever collaborative application, take your current system past its limitations, grow your understanding of the available technology, or learn more about the market in general, this conference is right for you!

Come meet expert advisors, explore the latest in collaborative technologies displayed on the show floor, and expand your network!

  Collaborative Robots and Advanced Vision Conference

Why Attend

Discover the best of both worlds at one conference by tailoring your schedule to fit your interests! This exciting event will include an innovative track highlighting the latest in collaborative robot application technologies. Here is what you will gain:

  • Learn practical solutions from top-notch professionals.
  • Connect with other industry professionals who share your interests.
  • Gain valuable insights that can improve your business.
  • Experience game-changing technologies from over 100 leading companies on the show floor.


Who Should Attend

Collaborative Robots @ The Vision Show welcomes:

  • OEMs
  • Integrators
  • Start-ups
  • Venture capitalists
  • Educators
  • Users and potential users across industries

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 conference will introduce you to the technologies, trends, challenges and people that are disrupting the status quo with revolutionary innovations.

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Conference sessions will be updated as information is available! Please check back.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018
9:00 AM – 9:45 AM
10:00 AM – 10:45 AM
Traditional vs. Collaborative Robots
Gary Bartz, Sales Engineer, ARC Specialties Inc.
Gary Bartz

Gary Bartz,Sales Engineer

ARC Specialties Inc.

Traditional Robots have been around since the late sixties and early seventies as hydraulic actuated arms with early versions of computerized numerical control controllers and to today's high accuracy servo arms with digital high speed PC/motion control and with the latest interface for communications. Collaborative Robots are somewhat new to the manufacturing environment with the ability to work within close proximity to human workers without the fear of harming them. Collaborative robots are flexible with high speed processors that are easy to set-up and program. Collaborative robots are ideally suited for assembly production lines with close human interaction.

11:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Jake Huckaby, Ready Robotics
Gary Bartz

Gary Bartz,Sales Engineer

ARC Specialties Inc.

Traditional Robots have been around since the late sixties and early seventies as hydraulic actuated arms with early versions of computerized numerical control controllers and to today’s high accuracy servo arms with digital high speed PC/motion control and with the latest interface for communications. Collaborative Robots are somewhat new to the manufacturing environment with the ability to work within close proximity to human workers without the fear of harming them. Collaborative robots are flexible with high speed processors that are easy to set-up and program. Collaborative robots are ideally suited for assembly production lines with close human interaction.

11:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Collaborative Robot Applications, Sensor Networks and IIoT/Industry 4.0
Tom Knauer, Safety Champion, Balluff
Tom Knauer

Tom Knauer, Safety Champion


Recent developments in sensor level networks offer robot OEM and user benefits including faster & cheaper integration/startup through reduction in cabling, standardized connectors/cables/sensors and device parameterization. Better connection between sensors and controller supports robot supplier implementation of Industry 4.0/IIoT by making it easier to gather process, device and event data - this allows improved productivity/uptime, better troubleshooting, safer machines, preventative maintenance, etc. Sensor level networks enable closer human-robot collaboration by making it easier to align the robot's restricted and safeguarded spaces, simplifying creation of more dynamic safety zones and allowing creation of "layers" of sensors around a robot work area.

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Lunch Break/Visit The Vision Show Floor
2:00 PM – 2:30 PM
From Biologically Inspired Robots to Collaborative Manufacturing Systems
Dr. Howie Choset, CTO, Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM)
Dr. Howie Choset

Dr. Howie Choset, CTO

Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM)

From Biologically Inspired Robots to Collaborative Manufacturing Systems

The robotics field is experiencing a renaissance in the use and implementation of biologically-inspired approaches, most commonly seen in today’s transition from wheels and tracks to animal-inspired movements. With this transition, robots have become more collaborative in nature and better able to navigate their surroundings, allowing them to work more seamlessly and safely alongside human workers.


An iconic example of a biologically influenced robot comes from Dr. Choset and his research group’s development of snake robots. These snake robots are highly articulated robots that use many joints to thread through tightly packed volumes to access hard-to-reach locations through snake-inspired movements. In more traditional environments, the operators direct the joints, internal degrees of freedom, etc. to move to a position at a designated speed. In less predictable settings, like nuclear facility repair, the robots are controlled using compliance and force feedback information throughout the mechanism. While these snake robots have been deployed in diverse situations, including search and rescue efforts, the innovations from the development have also been successfully implemented in manufacturing environments, where precise models of the environment are more readily available. The innovations in utilizing compliance and force feedback for movement in unstable environments make the robots safer to work with and around humans in traditional settings.


In his presentation, Dr. Choset will share ways that modular robots – inspired by nature - can speed industrial automation, make collaborative robots safer, and how ARM is advancing the use of industrial robots through technology development and education.

2:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Grippers in Human-Robot-Collaboration
Markus Walderich, Group Manager Automation, SCHUNK
Markus Walderich

Markus Walderich, Group Manager Automation


How is the development of Human-Robot-Collaboration affecting requirements for end-of-arm-tools like grippers: Learn how grippers are following the development from completely automated robot cells to human-robot-collaboration. Understand how the requirements for end-of-arm-tools are changing in collaborative applications and how these requirements will define a new segment of grippers.

Types of Human-Robot-Collaboration defined in the standards: Depending on the application environment and requirements for throughput, flexibility or space constraints, different levels of human-robot-collaboration can be used. Learn what types of human-robot-collaboration are defined in the standards and what advantages and limitations come with each one.

Motivation for human robot collaboration and areas where it is used: Understand what the terms Coexistence, Synchronized, Cooperation, Collaboration mean and how they affect the performance of an application. Learn how to select a gripper and which factors are most important in finding the right gripper for your application.

3:15 PM – 3:45 PM
Safety in Collaborative Robots
Carole Franklin, Robotic Industries Association (RIA)
Carole Franklin

Carole Franklin, Director of Standards Development

Robotic Industries Association (RIA)

Session description coming soon.

3:45 PM – 4:15 PM
Robots are the Future of Healthcare
Corey Ryan, Manager of Medical Robotics, KUKA Robotics
Cory Ryan

Cory Ryan, Manager of Medical Robotics

KUKA Robotics Corporation

Session description coming soon.

4:15 PM – 4:45 PM
Dwight Morgan, ABB

Bradley Weber, Application Engineering Leader and Industry Product Specialist, Manufacturing

Datalogic USA, Inc.

How do you get your robot ready for the real world? Collaborative or not - your robot still needs to get a sense of the world. How realistic is this without vision and safety technologies. Attendees will learn how these technologies & robots yield real time results and advanced decision making. In this session, we will emphasize the importance to understanding robot topics such as Robot Guidance and Decision Making, Robot Safety and Robot Communications when acquiring a robot. We will also discuss how these solutions enable collaborative robots and humans to work alongside each other safely and yet provide real time results..

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Networking Party
Jillian's Lucky Strike

Jillian's Lucky Strike - Additional $35 fee

Join 500 exhibitors, attendees, and industry leaders at The Vision Show networking party. Enjoy food, drinks, bowling, pool, and foosball while strengthening current connections and making new ones.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018
9:00 AM – 9:45 AM
10:00 AM – 10:45 AM
Carl Vause, CEO, Soft Robotics
Carl Vause

Carl Vause, CEO

Soft Robotics Inc.

Session description coming soon.

11:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Connecting Islands of Automation with Mobile Robotics
Tony Melanson, Aethon
Tony Melanson

Tony Melanson


Autonomous Mobile Robots are becoming widely accepted in manufacturing and being deployed in a broad range of environments and applications. Production processes have been long automated, but the movement of material continues to be a manual process. This session provides an overview of the opportunities to automate material movement and the capabilities that are important when considering autonomous mobile robot delivery solutions.

11:30 AM – 12:00 PM
FANUC Robotics
Stan Brubaker

Stan Brubaker, President


Take advantage of the newest distributed computing architectures (cloud, hybrid, microservices, containers, etc.) within the constraints of industrial automation. This involves the intelligent use of edge analytics and cloud technologies to create a distributed monitoring and control solution while minimizing infrastructure costs. Increase awareness of the operational context of the equipment. With MTConnect and OPC UA, machines and manufacturing operation management are more tightly integrated "to improve operations, track production, and justify decisions that impact shop operations" [Source: MTConnect]. Systematically adopt these new technologies through a proven 5 step process:(1)Assessment, (2)Roadmap, (3)Training, (4)Development, (5)Compliance. This process involves finding the right fit for the requirements along with the right expertise for an efficient implementation. This approach lowers the cost, risk, and time of implementing these types of solutions.

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Lunch Break/Visit The Vision Show Floor
2:00 PM – 2:30 PM
The Future of Collaborative Robotics
Scott Denenberg, Senior Director, Hardware, Veo Robotics
Scott Denenberg

Scott Denenberg, Senior Director, Hardware

VEO Robotics

Collaborative robots have been transforming industrial automation, enabling use of robots in many applications where it wasn't practical to use them before. However, the current generation of collaborative robots sacrifice performance to achieve safety. Speed and separation monitoring can be used to achieve safe collaboration for robots of any size, speed, and strength. But understanding a scene well enough to enforce these constraints requires powerful sensing capabilities. Perception-based human/robot collaboration places a number of challenging requirements on sensor technology. Sensors must have wide field-of view and long range. Since handling of occlusions in 3D space is critical, multiple sensors must operate without interference. Because high performance robots move very quickly, sensors must have low latency and high frame rate. And sensors must meet functional safety requirements for reliability as laid out in the ISO standards. Using perception and intelligence, we no longer have to limit collaboration to smaller, weaker robots. We can allow even the largest and most powerful robots to work closely with people. This will allow manufacturers to combine the creativity, dexterity, and judgement of people with the strength, speed, and precision of robotics. We believe this will increase both productivity and agility, and enable manufacturers to meet the ever growing demands of the modern economy.

2:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Moving from Easy to Simple
Zac Bogart, Productive Robotics
Matt Malloy

Matt Malloy, Director of Product Manufacturing


Mike Garman

Mike Garman, Senior Engineer

Buffalo Manufacturing Works

3:15 PM – 3:45 PM
Collaborative Robots: The General Motors Experience
Mark Franks, Director, GMNA Vehicle Systems, General Motors
René von Fintel

René von Fintel, Head of Product Market Management

Basler AG

The world of vision technology is changing. It did so all the years before. But now there is more dynamic, more growth and faster change in technology than it has ever been before. There are the classical industrial applications: even there you find changing needs – coming from reactive inspection – going to proactive steering. Coming from pick & place - going to robots which interact with human beings. But also outside of the Factory the applications area gets wider, gets bigger and drives vision technology cost needs to a lower level.

This demands meet technology developments which enables all that: embedded, new sensors and interfaces which drive either performance up or cost down.

If you put all that together: We can try to draw a picture where vision technology will be in 5 -10 years and how it might look like.

3:45 PM – 4:15 PM
Application-Specific, No-Compromise Vision System Design for Collaborative Implementations
Zach Tomkinson, Sales Development Manager, Universal Robots
Zach Tomkinson

Zach Tomkinson, Sales Development Manager

Universal Robots

The challenges in integrating collaborative robots and vision systems is directly related to the advantages of the cobots themselves. One approach is to incorporate a camera into the robot itself, which relieves users of the complexity of choosing and integrating separate components. The second approach is to custom-design a vision system and integrate it with the robot for the exact requirements of each application. A third approach melds these options to provide the basis for no-compromise, application-specific systems. The concept relies on an ecosystem of vision components and software that have been tested and pre-certified to work with the collaborative robots. Together with built-in communication protocols in the robot, this approach allows companies to define exactly the right integrated system for each application and ROI requirement, and still maintain the ease of setup and programming and fast ROI that they expect of collaborative robots.

4:15 PM – 4:45 PM
Truly Collaborative: Smart and Interactive Industrial Robots
Rahul Chipalkatty, Southie Autonomy Works
Andie Zhang

Andie Zhang, Global Product Manager – Collaborative Robots



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Carl Vause Carl Vause
Soft Robotics
Carole Franklin Carole Franklin
Director of Standards Development
Robotic Industries Association (RIA)
Corey Ryan Corey Ryan
Manager of Medical Robotics
KUKA Robotics Corporation
Dr. Howie Choset Dr. Howie Choset
Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM)
Gary Bartz Gary Bartz
Sales Engineer
ARC Specialties Inc.
Jake Huckaby Jake Huckaby
Ready Robotics
Mark Franks Mark Franks
GMNA Vehicle Systems, General Motors
Markus Walderich Markus Walderich
Group Manager Automation
Rahul Chipalkatty Rahul Chipalkatty
Southie Autonomy Works
Scott Denenberg Scott Denenberg
Senior Director, Hardware
Veo Robotics
Tom Knauer Tom Knauer
Safety Champion
Tony Melanson Tony Melanson
Zac Bogart Zac Bogart
Productive Robotics