World Robotics IFR CEO Roundtable in Chicago

Automation and the Future of US Manufacturing

Frankfurt, Chicago, Mar 15, 2017 — The International Federation of Robotics (IFR) invites journalists to the World Robotics IFR CEO Round Table 2017 where world leading experts e.g. from Amazon, General Motors and ABB will discuss automation and the future of US manufacturing - one-on-one interviews can be arranged.

Promotion of the event at the Time Square in New York City

Robots play a key role in automating the US economy. Human robot collaboration and artificial intelligence will be game changers in the manufacturing industry.

When: Monday, 03 April 2017, 01:00 - 03:00 pm

Where: AUTOMATE 2017, McCormick Place North, Future of Automation area, Chicago, IL

The panel

  • Jon Battles, Amazon
    Director, WW Engineering Advanced Technologies
  • Mark Franks, General Motors
    Director, Global Automation and North America Vehicle Launch
  • Craig Hertig, Engineered Machined Products
    Director of Engineering
  • Howie Choset, Advanced Robotics Manufacturing Institute (ARM)
  • Per Vegard Nerseth, ABB
    Group Senior Vice President
  • Michael P. Jacobs, Applied Manufacturing Technologies AMT

Chaired by

  • Timothy Ward, Journalist, Washington D.C.


  • Welcoming and presentation of the participants of the IFR CEO Round Table by Gudrun Litzenberger, IFR General Secretary (5 minutes)
  • Presentation of new Global Sales Data of Industrial Robots by the IFR President Joe Gemma, KUKA USA (15 minutes)
  • Discussion on “Automation and the Future of US Manufacturing” (50 minutes + 20 minutes questions of the audience)
  • Get together and personal interviews with the panelists (optional)

To register, please contact Carsten Heer:

Email: [email protected]
phone: +49 (0) 40 82244 284

Press Contact IFR

Carsten Heer

IFR Press Inquiries

Phone: +49 40-822 44 284
E-Mail: press(at)

Dr. Susanne Bieller

IFR General Secretary

Lyoner Str. 18
DE-60528 Frankfurt am Main
Phone: +49 69-6603-1502
E-Mail: secretariat(at)