The Automate show will take place from 8th to 11th April 2019 at McCormick Place in Chicago. The IFR will present the first results on the global robot sales at the IFR CEO Round Table on 8th April.

Dear Reader,

On April 8th, the IFR will present the first results of the global industrial robot sales in 2018 at the Automate 2019 in Chicago. The IFR CEO Round Table will follow with a discussion on “Global race for leadership in robotics and AI”. We are proud to have these distinguished experts on the panel:

  • Dr. Robert Atkinson, President, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), USA
  • Dr. Byron Clayton, CEO, Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM), USA
  • Junji Tsuda, President, IFR and Representative Director Chairman of the Board, Yaskawa Electric Corp., Japan
  • Henry Sun, Director of Strategy, Guangzhou MINO Automotive Equipment Co, China
  • Thomas Visti, CEO, MIR, Denmark

Don’t miss this high-level event at the Automate 2019!

“Win the Future” is the theme of the 51st International Symposium on Robotics, the ISR, at the Automate 2019, April 8 to 11, in Chicago. More than 110 conference sessions will explore how automation secures a company’s success in a technologically fast-paced world where artificial intelligence (AI), Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), smart manufacturing, collaborative robots (cobots), machine vision and other innovations are rapidly shifting the dynamic of today’s manufacturing.

Furthermore, we will see a great cross section of the entire automation industry at the Automate 2019 fairground. The Automate is the most important robotics and automation exhibition of North America.

The Engelberger Award 2019 will be presented on April 10th. We congratulate Catherine Morris, group leader and director of automotive sales at ATI Industrial Automation, honored in the category of Leadership and Dr. Howie Choset, professor at Carnegie Mellon University and co-founder of the Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institute, honored in the category od Education.

We are looking forward to exciting days ahead with robotics and automation in Chicago!


Junji Tsuda

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