[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] IROS’14 Industry Forum: Perspectives on Entrepreneurship in Robotics and Automation (September 16, Crystal Room, 09:00-17:55)

Raj Madhavan madhavan.ieeeras at gmail.com
Mon Aug 18 07:43:33 PDT 2014

IROS’14 Industry Forum
Perspectives on Entrepreneurship in Robotics and Automation
Tuesday, September 16, Crystal Room, 09:00-17:55
Organizers: Raj Madhavan (Vice President, IEEE-RAS Industrial Activities 
Board & University of Maryland, College Park, USA) and Torsten Kroeger 
(Google, USA)

Building upon the success of the two previous Industry Forums at ICRA'12 
('Bridging the Gap between Industry, Academia, and End-users') and 
IROS'13 ('Where does Entrepreneurship Fit in within Industry & 
Academia?'), this edition of the Industry Forum at IROS'14 will focus on 
bringing together leading robotics companies and start ups to understand 
and to formulate an action plan on the topic of entrepreneurship. With 
several high profile robotics acquisitions in the last few years, such 
as Google's impressive collection of eight companies and Amazon's $775 
million Kiva Systems to name a few, robotics and automation technologies 
have been thrust into the cross hairs of the tech. community's 
periscope. Motivated by these considerations, this Forum intends to 
provide a platform for stakeholders from academia, industry, government, 
and end-user communities to share their experiences, failures, 
suggestions, and wish lists at one of the premier robotics conferences 
in the world.

We envisage speakers from the entire gamut of technological spectrum, 
from SMEs to established companies to start ups from North America, 
Europe, Asia and Australia and across different domains, including the 
venture capitalist community to be part of the discussions at this 
Forum. It is our intention to capture the discussions and salient points 
at the Forum and summarize it in the form of a white paper towards 
encouraging future discussions, efforts, and laying concrete plans in 
the near future for the benefit of the community. The intended audience 
of the Forum are graduate students, researchers, roboticists and anyone 
interested in entrepreneurial topics in robotics and automation. The 
format of the Forum will consist of 3 keynotes and 12 regular talks, and 
a panel discussion with participation from all attendees.

An agenda with titles, abstracts and bios of speakers will be soon 
available from http://iros2014.org/program/industry-forum

*Confirmed Speakers*
- [Keynote] Renaud Champion, Robolution Capital, France
- [Keynote] Ryan Gariepy, Clearpath Robotics, Canada
- [Keynote] Michael Peshkin, Northwestern University, USA
- Mark Bishop, Ocular Robotics, Australia
- Brandon Basso, 3D Robotics, USA
- Guy Caverot, BA Systemes, France
- Shahin Farshchi, Lux Capital, USA
- SK Gupta, University of Maryland, College Park, USA
- Ayanna Howard, Zyrobotics, USA
- Cecile Huet, European Commission, Luxembourg
- Aaron Park, ROBOTICS Inc., Korea
- Christopher Parlitz, SCHUNK, Germany
- Erwin Prassler, Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg & runfun GmbH, Germany
- Lee Redden, Blue River Technology, USA
- Shafa Wala, Tarsier Inc., USA

Raj Madhavan, Ph.D.

Vice President, Industrial Activities Board
Chair, Standing Committee for Standards Activities
Chair, RAS-SIGHT (Special Interest Group on Humanitarian Technology)
IEEE Robotics and Automation Society

Associate Research Scientist (on leave)
Institute for Systems Research, University of Maryland College Park

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