Robotics - Technology Advancements and Trends

Tom Galluzzo, Founder and CEO, IAM Robotics

Jakub Kedzierski, Research Staff Member,  MIT Lincoln Laboratory

Dave Rollinson, Co-Founder, HEBI Robotics

Moderator: Michael Skocik, Program Manager, ARM Institute


Since 2017, the Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institute, a federally-funded national consortium of close to 300 organizations, has funded 70+ projects to advance innovations in robotic technology to expand the use of robotics and automation in manufacturing.  This panel discussion by ARM consortium members describes some of  the motor and drive systems technologies that have been employed in these projects, as well as insight based upon their own experiences, to share which applications are adding the most value to today’s manufacturing and logistics needs.

Tom is the Founder and CEO of IAM Robotics. He has over 15 years of experience in autonomous robotics. Previously, Tom worked with Carnegie Mellon University, Harris Corporation, the Air Force Research Laboratory, Boeing and other organizations. During his career, Tom developed autonomous systems for air, land and sea. He built robots to compete in major competitions including the Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition and the DARPA Grand Challenge. Several of Tom’s robots have won in the areas of navigation, autonomy and design.

Jakub Kedzierski received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of California at Berkeley in 2001, where he co-invented the FinFET transistor, a device architecture currently in use by Intel and TSMC for deeply scaled technology nodes. Following his graduation, he worked at IBM's T. J. Watson Research Center on advanced silicon devices, and in 2005 moved to MIT Lincoln Laboratory. At MIT, Jakub has led the work on low power electronics, graphene transistors, and microfluidics.  He designed an ultra-low power CMOS technology, built one of the world’s first top-gated graphene transistors, and helped to initiate and grow the microfluidic research program in the Advanced Technology Division.

Dave Rollinson is a Co-Founder of HEBI Robotics, contributing technically to the areas of mechanical engineering and motion control.  He has received a PhD in Robotics and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.  Previously, he worked as a robotics engineer for RedZone Robotics, where he helped design, build, and deploy systems to inspect large diameter sewers around the world. 

Michael Skocik is a Program Manager for the Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institute, one of 9 DoD-funded national manufacturing institutes. Michael is responsible for managing a multi-million-dollar portfolio of ARM’s Technology and Workforce Development projects and supporting the process by which they are selected.  Through this work, Michael helps to fulfill ARM’s mission of increasing U.S. global competitiveness by accelerating innovative technologies and workforce programs that make robots more accessible to U.S. manufacturers. 


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