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IFR Announces Conference Discussing Automation and the Future of US Manufacturing

The International Federation of Robotics will be holding a conference in Chicago focusing on automation and the future of manufacturing entitled “Automate 2017”.

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the country has lost five million jobs in the manufacturing industry since 2000, and another report from Ball State University cites that 88% of those jobs were taken by robots, and that the output of manufacturing in the US has actually been growing as a result of this change.

The topics discussed will include the advances of Artificial Intelligence and Human-Robot Collaboration, or the use of robots in a space to complement human workers and not replace them, in the context of the manufacturing industry.

The panel of top experts includes Per Vegard Nerseth of ABB, Mark Franks, a director at General Motors, Jon Battles, a director of WW Engineering Advanced Technologies at Amazon, Howie Choset from the Advanced Robotics Manufacturing Institute, Craig Hertig from Engineered Machined Products, and Michael P. Jacobs of Applied Manufacturing Technologies.