[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] Call for Participation: IROS'14 Industry Forum: Perspectives on Entrepreneurship in Robotics and Automation (September 16, Crystal Room)

Raj Madhavan madhavan.ieeeras at gmail.com
Mon Sep 8 10:40:44 PDT 2014

IROS'14 Industry Forum
Perspectives on Entrepreneurship in Robotics and Automation
Tuesday, September 16, Crystal Room, 09:00-17:30

Raj Madhavan (Vice President, IEEE-RAS Industrial Activities Board & 
University of Maryland, College Park, USA) sand Torsten Kroeger 
(Stanford U & 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.

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 will 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.

*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, Georgia Tech. & Zyrobotics, USA
- Juha Heikkila, European Commission, Luxembourg
- Aaron Park, ROBOTIS 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

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

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