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Association for Advancing Automation Launches Five Virtual Events

RIA Robotics Week announced as trade group moves fall conferences online.

Posted: June 16, 2020

Companies from myriad industries are racing to adopt automation. Join A3’s 20+ expert speakers, four high-level keynote presenters, and thousands of attendees for RIA Robotics Week, a four-day virtual conference and exhibitor showcase Sept 8-11.

The Association for Advancing Automation (A3) (Ann Arbor, MI) is transitioning the following 2020 in-person conferences to virtual events as well as adding two new events:

  • RIA Robotics Week: Sept. 8-11 (new)
  • International Robot Safety Conference: Oct. 6-8
  • Autonomous Mobile Robot Conference: Oct. 26-27
  • AI & Smart Automation Conference: Oct. 28-29 (new)
  • MCMA TechCon: Nov. 9-10

The in-person Collaborative Robots, Advanced Vision & AI Conference is postponed until the fall of 2021. However, A3’s Robotic Grinding and Finishing Conference, slated for Dec. 2-3 in St. Paul, Minn., will be held in-person if possible, and online if not.

Agendas, keynote speakers, and specific conference session topics will be released for each event within the coming weeks.

RIA Robotics Week, Sept. 8-11

The industry is at the beginning of a new era for robotics and automation. Robots are recognized as the best way for the global economy to quickly get back on its feet – while protecting workers and increasing productivity. Companies from myriad industries are racing to adopt automation. Join A3’s 20+ expert speakers, four high-level keynote presenters, and thousands of attendees for this free four-day virtual conference and exhibitor showcase. Henrik Christenson of UC San Diego will be one of the keynoters, addressing the new US Robotics Roadmap set to be unveiled this fall. Attendees can learn how to lift their operation into the future with insights into the latest robotics and automation technologies. Click here to register.

ABB Inc.ATI Industrial AutomationCalvary RoboticsFANUC AmericaHarmonic DriveJR AutomationOnRobotSCHUNK, and Universal Robots have already signed on as Platinum Robotics Week sponsors, with more companies to be announced soon.

The Virtual International Robot Safety Conference, (IRSC), October 6-8

The event will feature key issues in robot safety and provide an in-depth overview of current industry standards related to industrial and collaborative robot systems. Attendees will walk through real-world risk assessments, learn about OSHA enforcement, and delve into the latest advancements in safety technologies. The virtual IRSC will also feature the first deep-dive into R15.08, the new safety standard for industrial mobile robots.

Autonomous Mobile Robot Conference, Oct. 26-27

Autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) are changing the automation landscape across industries, from manufacturing and warehousing to retail and medical. They even clean the floors. At the AMR Conference, attendees will learn how to deploy AMRs in dynamic environments across multiple sectors while getting a full briefing on the new industrial mobile robot safety standard.

AI & Smart Automation Conference, Oct. 28-29

This revolution goes by many names: Industry 4.0, The Factory of the Future, Smart Manufacturing, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). No matter the label, this transformation will touch every aspect of the automation ecosystem, from product design to manufacturing processes to the delivery at a customer’s door. The AI & Automation Conference  will help unlock the power of AI by featuring discussions on data strategy, advances in AI robotics and machine vision, and AI-powered optimization and prediction.

MCMA Technical Conference, Nov. 9-10

MCMA will provide the latest updates on motion control, motors, and related automation technologies. Sessions will explore practical solutions from leading experts covering new ways to use these key components along with important new technologies.

Sponsorship opportunities are available for all the Fall virtual conferences. Email Jim Hamilton at or call 734-929-3268 for more information.

For information about speaking opportunities, email Robert Huschka, or call 734-929-9364.

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