The State of Robotics Innovation in America: A Key Driver of Productivity and Competitiveness

EDT
Tuesday, July 16, 2019 - 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2168 (the 'Gold Room')
45 Independence Ave SW
Washington, DC 20515

The U.S. economy has been in a productivity slump for more than a decade while 10,000 Americans are retiring every day, adding pressure on the workers who will have to support them. That underscores why boosting productivity is the single most important economic goal for the nation. Fortunately, technologies that can help improve productivity are getting better. Perhaps the most important of these is robotics. Yet the United States lags many other nations—not only in robotics adoption, but also in the development of a robotics industry.

Please join ITIF for an expert panel discussion on the current state and future potential of robotics across all sectors of the U.S. economy. Where are we today with robotic development? What are the key technological challenges to overcome? What is the government’s role in supporting robotics development and adoption? And, of course, what is the likely impact on employment?

We will be joined at the event by SoftBank's humanoid robot, Pepper, who will be available to meet and interact with attendees. One of Universal Robot's collaborative robotic arms will also be on display during the event. 

Follow @ITIFdc and join the discussion on Twitter with the hashtag #ITIFrobots

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Speakers: 
Mike Doyle
Representative (PA-18)
U.S. Congress
Speaker
Robert D. Atkinson
President
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
Moderator
Jeff Burnstein
President
Association for Advancing Automation
Panelist
Eric Krotkov
Chief Science Officer
Toyota Research Institute
Panelist
Collin Sebastian
Head of Software Products and Engineering
SoftBank Robotics America (SBRA)
Panelist
Stuart Shepherd
Regional Sales Director - Americas
Universal Robots
Panelist
David Vasko
Director of Advanced Technology
Rockwell Automation
Panelist
Pepper
Humanoid Robot
Softbank