RIA Partners With Mass Technology Leadership Council and MassRobotics for International Collaborative Robots Workshop

Event To Be Held From May 3-4 in Conjunction with AIA’s The Vision Show

ANN ARBOR, Mich. & BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Robotic Industries Association (RIA) announced today it will hold its International Collaborative Robots Workshop from May 3-4 at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, Mass. In partnership with the largest technology trade organization in Massachusetts, Mass Technology Leadership Council (MassTLC), and its innovation hub for robotics, known as MassRobotics, the Workshop will explore advancements in the field with a global view on collaborative robot technology, applications, safety implications, and the human impact. RIA will host many of the world's leading collaborative robot experts who will offer presentations on a variety of topics, with top robotics companies also showcasing their emerging technologies and trends. The Workshop is being held on the same days and in the same location as The Vision Show, a bi-annual event hosted by RIA's sister organization AIA, the world's largest trade association for advancing vision and imaging.

"Collaborative robots are the hottest topic in robotics today"
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Human-robot collaboration has become ever more prevalent with robots now moving out of safety cages with the ability to be deployed flexibly in ever-changing applications. This development prompts many questions and topics addressed by the RIA workshop. Agenda includes:

Overview of Collaborative Robots
User Panel: How We Implement Collaborative Robots
Getting Started with Collaborative Robots
Collaborative Robot Technologies and Customer Applications
Collaborative Gripping Technologies
The Role of Simulation in Collaborative Robot Applications
TR 15066 Overview: Safety for Collaborative Applications
Supplier Demonstrations
"Collaborative robots are the hottest topic in robotics today," said Jeff Burnstein, president of RIA. "We've seen demand for these collaborative solutions increase immensely in the last couple of years as more and more companies look for ways they can automate to improve efficiency and increase their overall bottom line."

"Our members have shown consistent, growing interest in what collaborative robots are and how they can benefit from having them in the workplace," said Tom Ryden, executive director of MassRobotics. "Given Boston is such a hotbed for technology innovation, we can't think of a more perfect place to host this event, and we're thrilled to be a part of it."

The Details
The Workshop will be held in conjunction with The Vision Show 2016, which takes place May 3-5 at the Hynes Convention Center, and many of the companies speaking at the conference are also exhibiting in a special "Collaborative Applications" section on the show floor. There is no cost to register to attend The Vision Show, walk the show floor and see the keynotes.

The Vision Show will open with a keynote from Steve Varga, Principal Scientist, Imaging and Instrumentation R&D / Global Technology Export Controls, Procter & Gamble. Presentations on where the collaborative robots are being deployed today will be given by leading manufacturers, including Scott Mabie, General Manager at Universal Robots, and Jim Lawton, Chief Product and Marketing Officer at Rethink Robotics. In closing, an overview on the future of collaborative robotics will be presented by David Mindell, CEO and founder of Boston-based Humatics Corporation, whose talk is titled "Our Robots, Ourselves: Toward Situated Autonomy." For a full schedule of speakers and events at the Workshop, click here.

Attendees can also register to attend the AIA and RIA's Networking Night on May 3rd, where more than 300 industry leaders in the robotics and machine vision industries will enjoy food and refreshments at Boston's historic Fenway Park.

Registration for the International Collaborative Robots Workshop is $695 for RIA and MassTLC members ($795 for non-members). For complete details and registration information, visit the International Collaborative Robots event website or call RIA Headquarters at 734-994-6088.

About RIA
Founded in 1974, RIA is a not-for-profit trade association dedicated to improving the regional, national and global competitiveness of the North American manufacturing and service sectors through promotion and enhancement of robotics and related automation. RIA represents 380 robot manufacturers, system integrators, component suppliers, end users, consulting firms, research groups, and educational institutions. For more information, visit www.robotics.org.

About Association for Advancing Automation (A3)
The Association for Advancing Automation is the global advocate for the benefits of automating. A3 promotes automation technologies and ideas that transform the way business is done. A3 is the umbrella group for Robotic Industries Association (RIA), AIA - Advancing Vision + Imaging, and the Motion Control & Motor Association (MCMA). RIA, AIA, and MCMA combined represent some 900 automation manufacturers, component suppliers, system integrators, end users, research groups and consulting firms from throughout the world that drive automation forward. For more information, visit the following websites: A3; RIA; AIA; and MCMA.

About The Mass Technology Leadership Council, Inc.
With more than 550 member companies, the Mass Technology Leadership Council (MassTLC) is the region's leading technology association and the premier network for tech executives, entrepreneurs, investors and policy leaders. MassTLC's purpose is to accelerate innovation by connecting people from across the technology landscape, providing access to industry leading content and ideas and offering a platform for visibility for member companies and their interests. For more information, visit www.masstlc.org.

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