Date: Tuesday, December 13
Location: 902 Hart Senate Office Building
Program Time: 3:30-4:30 PM, followed by a cocktail reception
Keith Roe, ASME President
Opening Remarks: (Invited)
Senator Jerry Moran, Senate Competitiveness Caucus, Co- Chair (R-KS)
Senator Chris Coons, Senate Competitiveness Caucus, Co-Chair (D-DE)
Congressman Tom Reed, House Manufacturing Caucus, Co-Chair (R-NY)
Congressman Tim Ryan, House Manufacturing Caucus, Co-Chair (D-OH)
Chuck Thorpe, ASME Robotics Public Policy Task Force Co-Chair
Howie Choset, Carnegie Mellon University, Professor of Robotics; Medrobotics, Inc., Co-Founder
Larry Sweet, Georgia Institute of Technology, IRIM Associate Director of Technology Transition and Professor of the Practice in Robotics
Erik Nieves, PlusOne Robotics, Founder and CEO
Michael Dudzik, IQM, President
Today, advanced robotic technologies are allowing manufacturers to build more reliable products with greater cost efficiency. Orders for manufacturing robots have nearly tripled in the last few years and now a majority of manufacturers—nearly 60 percent—use robotics technology in their manufacturing processes.
With the number of robots in manufacturing environments continuing to increase, now is the time to address the many questions and concerns that have risen around the rapid growth of robotics in manufacturing. What will happen to jobs as robotics become more commonplace? What about potential cyber threats that come with integrating robotics into manufacturing processes? How do these new processes help us address evolving challenges in sectors such as energy, transportation and medicine? How will we ensure that the US is a leader in developing new technologies for this growing sector?
This briefing will be convened to address these questions and show how recent innovations in advanced robotic technologies is changing the manufacturing landscape and will help make America more competitive. The briefing will touch on how the manufacturing sector is using these new technologies to increase opportunities in other advanced fields, information science and the Internet of things, national security, and especially the dramatic implications in the energy sector. Finally, the briefing will address the growing workforce needs of the manufacturing sector and how these new technologies are increasing the demand for STEM-educated workers nationwide.
This is a widely attended public event.