Automation Research Day – April 25, 2018

The Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM) hosted Automation Research Day at their facility in Prince George County, Virginia on Wednesday, April 25, 2018. The focus was on on adaptive automation technologies including the Intelligent Factory and how automation factors into current and future manufacturing. Invited speakers included industry, academic, and government experts.


Jim Rusk, Senior Vice President & Chief Technology Officer, Siemens PLM Software
Enabling Digital Enterprise: Vision & Challenges

Dave Cronberger, Industrial Solutions Architect, CISCO
The Network as a Tool for Manufacturing

Elena Messina, Program Manager, Robotic Systems for Smart Manufacturing,
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
Measurements and Tools to Advance Robotics for Manufacturing

Al Salour, Ph.D., Technical Fellow, Boeing Research & Technology
Network Enabled Manufacturing Digital Thread

Lindsey Berckman, Senior Manager, Deloitte Consulting LLP
Lighting up the Digital Factory

Tomonari Furukawa, Ph.D., Professor, Virginia Tech
State-of-the-Art and Challenges of Autonomous Robots

Carlos Martinez, Research Team Manager, ABB Inc
A Call to Automate the Automation

Panel: Challenges Implementing the Intelligent Factory in Manufacturing

Dennis Brandl, President, BR&L Consulting, Inc.
Carl Elks, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, VCU
Moneer Helu, Ph.D., Group Leader, Life Cycle Engineering; Systems Integration Division, NIST
Eric Holterman, Researcher, Intelligent Factory & Automation Systems, CCAM
Haresh Malkani, Ph.D., Chief Technology Officer, CESMII
Dan Saffer, Manager—Advanced Control, Arconic
Panel: Collaborative & Autonomous Robotics for the Intelligent Factory

Tim Bakker, Ph.D., Researcher—Adaptive Automation, CCAM
Bob Grabowski, Deputy CTO, Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institute
David Hills, VP Research & Technology, Airbus Americas Inc.
Matthew Robinson, ROS-Industrial Consortium Americas, Program Manager, Southwest Research Institute
Elena Messina, Program Manager, Robotic Systems for Smart Manufacturing, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
The Newport News Digital Shipbuilding Mobile Experience (MX) was on hand for tours. The MX is a 53 foot trailer containing demonstration stations and content that provide an experiential learning overview of Newport News Shipbuilding’s digital transformation process. The intent of the MX is to provide an immersive experience using digital tools currently in development.

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