Integr8™ VIP Dinner & Cocktail Reception 

Wednesday, Nov. 8, 5:30-8:30 p.m. @ Heritage Hall, Little Caesars Arena, Detroit

Enjoy strolling dinner and cocktails with global tech and manufacturing leaders at the kick-off reception for Integr8, Automation Alley's new Industry 4.0 conference. Be among the first to see the highly anticipated Little Caesars Arena, the new home of the Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Pistons, as you network with Integr8 speakers, sponsors and panelists in Heritage Hall.

Integr8™ - THE Industry 4.0 Conference 

Thursday, Nov. 9, 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. @ Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center

7:30-8:30 a.m.

Registration, breakfast buffet, Technology Expo (Ballroom, 3rd floor)

8:30-9 a.m.

Morning Keynote: Howard Heppelmann, Divisional VP and GM, Connected Operations Solutions, PTC (Ballroom, 3rd floor)

9:15-10:30 a.m.

Breakout Sessions (5th floor Conference Rooms)

Advanced Materials & Additive Manufacturing:
How advanced materials and additive manufacturing are changing the way products are being designed, engineered and manufactured today.

  • Dr. Tim Weber, Global Head of 3D Printing Advanced Applications and Materials, HP Inc.
  • Alex Huckstepp, Automotive Sales Director, Carbon
  • Larry Brown, Executive Director, American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute (ALMMII) & LIFT
  • Dr. Keith Weiss, Counsel, Brinks Gilson & Lione (Moderator)

Automation & Robotics:
How robotics is transforming manufacturing today.

  • Dr. Howie Choset, CTO, Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing Institute and Robotics Professor, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Jeff Bernstein, President, Association for Advancing Automation (Moderator)

Big Data & Artificial Intelligence:  
How AI tools and autonomous software applications can think, reason and perceive while simplifying complex human-machine interactions.

How U.S. companies can mitigate the risks of having their computer networks and industrial controls compromised by hackers (state and non-state actors) bent on poaching their data, IP and other trade secrets.

Cloud Computing

Industrial Internet of Things:
How IIOT is impacting the digitalization of industrial process controls in manufacturing environments.

  • Dr. Jürgen Seyler, Founder, Managing Member and CEO, Automation of Things LLC & Automation of Things Europe GmbH
  • Michael King, President, Data Analytics & IoT, LHP Engineering Solutions
  • Dennis Hodges, Chief Information Officer, Inteva Products, LLC
  • Lucian Fogoros, Co-Founder and Managing Director, (Moderator)

Modeling, Simulation and Visualization

Deep Dive Demo with Wedoo LLC:
Wedoo communicates digital solutions with a mix of creativity, usability and millions of lines of code with the objective of delivering a unique experience. Join Wedoo for a dynamic presentation of practical AR and VR applications, remote assistance and software solutions for Industry 4.0 meant to improve productivity, lower costs and streamline equipment maintenance.

10:30-10:45 a.m.


10:45 a.m.-noon

Breakout Sessions (5th floor Conference Rooms)

Advanced Materials & Additive Manufacturing:
How advanced materials and additive manufacturing are revolutionizing the aerospace, defense, automotive and medical industries and how companies are transforming to meet the current and future challenges of Industry 4.0.

Automation & Robotics:
Explore the current and future state of automation and robotics and their impact on global manufacturing.

  • Kevin Ostby, Vice President, FANUC America Corporation
  • Brent Kelso, Director of Marketing & Business Development, North America, Comau LLC
  • Matt Tyler, President and CEO, Vickers Engineering, Inc.
  • Sarah Russell, Sarah Russell, Shareholder, Clayton & McKervey (Moderator)

Big Data & Artificial Intelligence:
Explore the opportunities and challenges of integrating smart factory and other intelligent technologies into legacy systems and environments, specifically how companies can assess the value of big data constantly flooding into their networks and incorporating the most relevant information into their digital toolboxes and machine-learning applications.

  • Dr. Jun Ni, Shien-Ming (Sam) Wu Collegiate Professor of Manufacturing Science and Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan
  • Chris Heiler, Senior Management Consultant, P3 North America
  • Ruediger Stern, President, North America, FACTON Inc.
  • David Welch, Detroit Bureau Chief, Bloomberg News (Moderator)

How to protect outgoing data and secure private data ascending from the vehicle to the cloud.

  • Elliot Forsyth, Vice President of Business Operations, Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center
  • Diana Kelley, Cybersecurity Field CTO, Microsoft
  • Dr. Barbara L. Ciaramitaro, Chair, Decision Science Department, Director, Center for Cybersecurity Leadership, Walsh College
  • Ira Hoffman, Shareholder, Butzel Long (Moderator)

Cloud Computing:
Explore fog vs. cloud technologies and leave with a guide for architecting cloud implementations.

Industrial Internet of Things

  • Mike Chen, Corporate Engineering Group Manager, Omron Automation Americas
  • Miguel A. Morales, Director, Internet of Things, Parker Hannifin Corporation
  • Matt LaWell, IndustryWeek (Moderator)

Modeling, Simulation and Visualization

  • Autodesk
  • PTC
  • Tata
  • Adrienne Roberts, Reporter, The Wall Street Journal (Moderator)

Noon-1 p.m.

Lunch buffet, Technology Expo (Ballroom, 3rd floor)

1-1:30 p.m.

Afternoon Keynote: Ian Steff, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Manufacturing, U.S. Department of Commerce (Ballroom, 3rd floor)

1:40-2:50 p.m.

Breakout Sessions (5th floor Conference Rooms)

Automation & Robotics:
Explore the development of AI tools and other autonomous software applications that can think, reason and perceive the way people do while simplifying complex human-machine interactions.

  • Mark Franks, Director, Global Automation, Vehicle Manufacturing Engineering, General Motors
  • Joseph Gemma, Chief Regional Officer, North America, KUKA Robotics Corporation
  • Daniel Moore, Technical Supporter, Universal Robots
  • Jeff Burnstein, President, Association for Advancing Automation (A3) (Moderator)

Big Data & Artificial Intelligence:
From Analog to Digital: How Do I Start?

Explore data security and industry standards and discover how manufacturers can protect their data networks from malware intrusions and other security breaches.

  • Bruce Legge, Executive Vice President & General Manager, Defense, Automation Alley
  • Jeffrey Jaczkowski, Associate Director, Ground Systems Cyber Engineering, TARDEC
  • Rebecca Taylor, Senior Vice President, National Center for Manufacturing Sciences
  • J. Scot Sharland, Executive Director, Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG)
  • David Welch, Detroit Bureau Chief, Bloomberg News (Moderator)

Industrial Internet of Things:
How the IIoT is transforming manufacturing today and into the future.

2:50-3:20 p.m.

Out of The Ballpark Break featuring Detroit-themed snacks, Technology Expo (3rd floor)

3:20-4:30 p.m.

Workforce Development Panel (Ballroom, 3rd Floor)

  • Dr. John F. Carrier, Senior Lecturer, System Dynamics Group, MIT Sloan School of Management
  • Robi Mitra, CEO, K&A Resource Group
  • Clara Tu, Program Management and International Education, Fraunhofer Academy
  • Allison Grealis, Founder and President, Women in Manufacturing

4:30-6 p.m.

Integr8™ Closing Reception featuring beer, wine, and appetizers (Ballroom, 3rd floor)

Integr8™ is presented by Automation Alley, Michigan’s leading nonprofit technology and manufacturing business association, connecting industry, academia and government to fuel Southeast Michigan’s economy and accelerate innovation. The mission of Automation Alley is to position Southeast Michigan as a global leader in Industry 4.0 by helping our members increase revenue, reduce costs and think strategically as they keep pace with rapid technological changes in manufacturing.

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