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Robotics Seminar: Next Generation Industrial Robots


After 55 years of robotics the presentation will look at today's manufacturing automation processes and define the necessary state that the industry should focus on to compete on a global level independent of low cost labor regions. The presentation will define manufacturing and automation maturity models and will identify the visionary elements necessary to achieve manufacturing success. The presentation will discuss current high volume automation manufacturing successes and will identify the technology opportunities for improvements that need to be achieved. A robotics vision will be discussed and the technology threads that need to be integrated at a system level solution for robotics to pivot to the next generation of robotics productivity. In conclusion, five key drivers will be identified that will require focus by the research and development community to advance the state of the art in robotics and to help the United States regain its manufacturing leadership in the world.


--- Dr. Roland Menassa from General Electric, will be delivering a seminar as part of Robotics accelerator seminar series. He will be presenting a talk on Friday, April 7th, 3:30pm at LWSN B155.


Dr. Roland Menassa joined General Electric's Global Research Manufacturing Technologies organization in 2013 as the Leader of the Global Research Automation Center in Michigan and leads advances in manufacturing technologies. He currently leads the General Electric Automation Strategy and champions the deployment of collaborative robots, mobile robotic systems and industrial robotic applications across GE.


Prior to joining GE, Roland worked for General Motors for 24 years and has held a variety of leadership positions in manufacturing engineering from research and development to engineering and plant floor operations. Roland led several process development and industrialization programs in automation and robotics. Roland led many innovations in robotics including the GM-NASA Robonaut Program, flexible mechanization for end-of-arm tooling and clamping, novel machine vision and controls for the automation of bin picking for kitting

Roland received his bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Clarkson University in 1984 in Potsdam New York. Following his graduation from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy New York, where he received a M.S. and a Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering, he joined General Motors in 1989.


---The Purdue Robotics Accelerator is hosting a Robotics Seminar Series throughout the spring semester. The Seminar Series is a biweekly event on Fridays from 3:30pm - 4:30pm. The next talk will be on April 21st.

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Past Events

---Prof. Voyles attended the US/Japan Disaster Robotics Workshop in Tokyo on April 24 to discuss US/Japan scientific cooperation, followed by a visit to the Fukushima nuclear plant site on April 25. Dr. Voyles represented the Office of Science and Technology Policy on this visit.

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