Plenary Session 3: Future of Intelligent Automation

Plenary Session 3: Future of Intelligent Automation

06 Sep 2018, 09:30 - 11:00

Gordon Suite

Plenary Session 3: Future of Intelligent Automation

How do We Get Beyond Tomorrow, Sustain the Digital Transformation and Overcome potential barriers? What are the Next Generation of Jobs/Workers? (beyond) Future of Intelligent Automation

Session Moderator:

David Smith, Digital Technology Sector Director, Scottish Enterprise

0930-1000: Keynote "Robotics Trends and Predictions: Lessons Learned from Driverless Cars

"Self-driving vehicles have the potential to revolutionize our transportation infrastructure, but also raise major challenges for research and policy development.  In this talk, I will describe some of the core technologies of mobile robotics that underpin self-driving vehicles and other new applications of robotics, including: sensing, mapping, navigation, and path-planning.  I will also describe the role of Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM) algorithms in self-driving, and will discuss potential connections of self-driving and SLAM with Deep Learning algorithms and technology. I will also discuss how techniques and insights from self-driving might apply to challenging problems in marine robotics, including feature-based navigation for autonomous underwater vehicles." -

Prof. John Leonard, MIT, Scientific Advisor Toyota Research Institute

1000-1100: Panel Discussion: Title TBC


Richard Harmer, Architect, Schlumberger

Prof. John Leonard, MIT, Scientific Advisor, Toyota Research Institute

Joerg Schubert, Technology Manager, Oil & Gas and Petrochemical Business Unit, ABB

Philippe Herve, Vice President of Oil and Gas Solutions, SparkCognition, SparCognition


  • David Smith


    Digital Technology Sector Director

    Scottish Enterprise

    David was appointed Sector Director in May 2013. In his current role he has responsibility for overseeing the development and implementation of SE...

  • Prof. John Leonard


    MIT, Scientific Advisor

    Toyota Research Institute

    John J. Leonard is Samuel C. Collins Professor of Mechanical and Ocean Engineering in the MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering. He is also a...

  • Richard Harmer


    Well Construction Architect


    Richard J. Harmer is the Architect for Schlumberger’s Well Construction Platform. He has been with Schlumberger for 18 years where he started his...

  • Joerg Schubert


    Technology Manager

    ABB’s Oil & Gas and Petrochemical business unit

    Joerg Schubert is the Technology Manager of ABB’s Oil & Gas and Petrochemical business unit. He has 20+ years experiences in process automation and...

  • Philippe Herve


    VP Oil and Gas Solutions


    Philippe Herve joined SparkCognition as the VP of Solutions. He is a multilingual executive with U.S. and international success in operations,...

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