May 3 - 4, 2016
Hynes Convention Center
Boston, Massachusetts 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 exhibition showcasing emerging technologies and trends. All of this is presented in a fast-paced, two day event!

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.


Collaborative Robot Exhibitors
will be in Hall 'A'

Tuesday, May 3, 10:00am - 5:00pm
Wednesday, May 4, 10:00am - 5:00pm
Thursday, May 5, 10:00am - 3:00pm

Who Should Attend

The 2016 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 two-day workshop will introduce you to the technologies, trends, challenges and people that are disrupting the status quo with revolutionary innovations.



Tuesday, May 3, 2016

9:00am - 9:45am
Room 200
Keynote Address (free)
Industrial Imaging - Today & Tomorrow
Steve Varga, Principal Scientist, Imaging and Instrumentation R&D / Global Technology Export Controls, Procter & Gamble
10:00am - 10:30am Overview of Collaborative Robots
Dr. Henrik Christensen, Georgia Insititute of Technology
10:30am - 11:30am User Panel - How We Implemented Collaborative Robots
Dana Komin, GM
Mark Lewandowski, P&G
Roland Menassa, GE
11:30am - Noon Getting Started with Collaborative Robots
Sam Bouchard, Robotiq
Noon - 2:00pm Lunch and Visit Vision Show Exhibits - Supplier Demonstrations in Product Showcase on Show Floor
At 12:30pm; 12:45pm; 1:00pm; 1:15pm; 1:30pm
2:00pm - 3:00pm Collaborative Robot Technology and Customer Applications - I
Jim Lawton, Rethink Robotics (2:00pm - 2:30pm)
Bob Rochelle, Nachi (2:30pm - 3:00pm)
3:00pm - 3:30pm Collaborative Gripping Technologies
Carl Vause, Soft Robotics
3:30pm - 4:00pm Break
4:00pm - 4:30pm The Role of Simulation in Collaborative Robot Applications
Jake Huckaby, Energid
4:30pm - 5:30pm Collaborative Robot Technology and Customer Applications - II
Brian Carlisle, Precise Automation (4:30pm - 5:00pm)
Gregory Buell, FANUC and Chris Ihrke, GM (5:00pm - 5:30pm)
7:00pm - 9:00pm Networking Night at The Vision Show - Fenway Park
Come join us for a fun networking night with Vision Show attendees at historic Fenway Park! (Additional $35 ticket required.)
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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

9:00am - 9:45am The Vision Show - Keynote
10:00am - 10:30am TR 15066 Overview: Safety for Collaborative Applications
Roberta Nelson Shea, Rockwell Automation
10:30am - Noon Collaborative Robot Technology and Customer Applications - III
Scott Mabie, Universal Robots (10:30am - 11:00am)
Nicolas De Keijser, ABB (11:00am - 11:30am)
Corey Ryan, KUKA (11:30am - Noon)
Noon - 2:00pm Lunch and Visit Vision Show Exhibits - Supplier Demonstrations in Product Showcase on Show Floor
At 12:30pm; 12:45pm; 1:00pm; 1:15pm; 1:30pm
2:00pm - 3:30pm Mobile Robots - Another Type of Collaboration
Matt Rendall, Clearpath Robotics (2:00pm - 2:30pm)
Tim DeRosett, Aethon and Eric Cowan, Continental Automotive Systems (2:30pm - 3:00pm)
Matt Vestal, Adept (3:00pm - 3:30pm)
3:30pm - 4:00pm Break
4:00pm - 4:30pm Mobile Robots - Another Type of Collaboration (continued)
Daniel Theobald, Vecna
4:30pm - 5:15pm Our Robots, Ourselves: Toward Situated Autonomy
David Mindell, Humatics Corporation

Event Partners

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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 - April 2$595$695
April 3 - Event$695$795

The Vision Show

AIA Vision Show

Your Connection to Vision and Imaging Technologies

Companies must find innovative ways to increase production efficiencies, decrease errors, and optimize processes, all while reducing costs. Vision and imaging technologies offer a variety of solutions to the challenges you face. Vision is currently being used in unique and creative ways in many industries across the globe, and new and exciting technologies are being put into practice each year.

The Vision Show is North America's leading showcase of machine vision and imaging components and solutions. The accompanying conference features practical, real-world training that you can put into practice right away.

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Dr. Henrik Christensen
KUKA Chair of Robotics
Professor Georgia Institute of Technology
Samuel Bouchard
Jim Lawton
Chief Product and Marketing Officer
Rethink Robotics
Carl Vause
Chief Executive Officer
Soft Robotics Inc.
Scott Mabie
General Manager of Universal Robots' Americas Region
Corey Ryan
Manager, Medical Robotics
Brian Carlisle
CEO - Precise Automation
Nicolas De Keijser
ABB Robotics
Roland Menassa
GE Global Research Manufacturing Technologies
Dana Komin
Director, GM Vehicle Systems, Global Manufacturing Engineering
Bob Rochelle
Business Development Director, Nachi Robotic Systems
Gregory Buell
Senior Engineer, FANUC America Corporation
Chris Ihrke
Senior Manufacturing Engineer, General Motors Global Technical Center
Steve Varga
Principal Scientist, Imaging and Instrumentation R&D / Global Technology Export Controls, Procter & Gamble
Tim DeRosett
Vice President, Industrial Automation at Aethon, Inc.
Mark Lewandowski
Technical Section Head, Global Engineering for Procter & Gamble
Jake Huckaby
Senior Engineer, Energid Technologies
Roberta Nelson Shea
Global Marketing Manager, Rockwell Automation
Matt Rendall
CEO, Clearpath
Eric Cowan
Industry 4.0 Manager, Continental Automotive Systems