Disney's Martin Buehler to Deliver RoboBusiness Opening Keynote

Buehler’s keynote, “Elevating Business with Advanced Robotics” will include insights from his prolific career and how businesses can benefit by thinking beyond the core function or practical application of robotics by applying a more creative approach with the end user in mind.

SANTA CLARA, CA - August 9, 2017 - RoboBusiness is excited to announce this year's opening keynote speaker: Dr. Martin Buehler, Executive R&D Imagineer with Walt Disney Imagineering Research & Development. Buehler leads the robotic character exploration and development initiative for Disney's theme parks around the world. This unique role brings the artistry of animation together with cutting edge engineering and science to create life-like characters.


Buehler's keynote, "Elevating Business with Advanced Robotics" will include insights from his prolific career and how businesses can benefit by thinking beyond the core function or practical application of robotics by applying a more creative approach with the end user in mind. Drawing on recent examples of his team's work at Walt Disney Imagineering, Buehler will share how they've enhanced robotic characters to create deeper and more meaningful connections with Disney theme park guests.

After a twelve-year academic career in robotics at McGill University, Buehler and his teams have developed robotics systems in the consumer, defense, medical, logistics and entertainment industries. At Boston Dynamics he served as Chief Engineer for BigDog; at iRobot, he was Director of Research, co-leading the advanced R&D group; at Vecna he was General Manager for Hospital Robots and led the development and deployment of autonomous logistics and hospital delivery robots; and as Sr. R&D Director at Medtronic he set up and directed a new medical robotics product development center in Southern Germany. These diverse experiences have given him an invaluable view into numerous cutting-edge robot developments and applications, and a unique perspective of the industry. Buehler holds several patents, published over 100 papers, co-edited books on the DARPA Grand and Urban Challenges, served on the editorial boards of the top three robotics journals, is an IEEE Fellow and obtained the Robotics Industry Association's Engelberger Award for Technology. He holds a PhD and MSc in Electrical Engineering from Yale University.

Robotics and AI developers, suppliers, and end users alike need to do more than keep up with the latest technologies. True industry leaders must be able to develop an automation strategy, develop business relationships, and transform their organizations as needed.

"We're looking forward to having Martin Buehler speak at this year's conference. He will share the lessons he has learned at major companies and look to the future of robotics and business," said Eugene Demaitre, RoboBusiness co-chair and senior editor of Robotics Business Review. "His keynote address will highlight the themes of RoboBusiness 2017 and help kick off a great show."

RoboBusiness will host a keynote power panel immediately following Buehler's opening keynote. The panel, "Mastering Robotics and AI with Power Users," will feature world-class executives hailing from global organizations including DHL, GE, Intel, and NASA. These speakers will share their insights and examples of how businesses can successfully develop and deploy robotics and AI.

Power Panel Speakers:

Terrence Southern
Lead Global Robotics & Automation Engineer
GE Global Research

Terry Fong
Director of Intelligent Robotics Group
NASA Ames Research Center

Anders Grunnet-Jepsen
CTO & Director of Advanced Technology, Perceptual Computing
Intel

Justin Ha
Senior Manager, Solutions Design
DHL Supply Chain

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