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Opinions about AI range from the apocalyptic to the miraculous. But just about everyone can agree that AI will be a major force in many aspects of manufacturing. As a result, AI will be one of the most important strategic considerations for manufacturing companies, the industry, and the nation in the years ahead.
AI technology is rapidly evolving and will be applied in many operational functions and systems. This session will address AI’s likely functional trajectory in the next 10 years, what jobs and tasks it will be doing, and what the implications are for how manufacturers will run their plants and factories in the future.
In conversation with: David R. Brousell, Co-Founder, Manufacturing Leadership Council
AI’s likely trajectory in the coming years will provide manufacturers with many opportunities but also a host of implementation and operational challenges. This session will explore what manufacturers need to do now and in the future to optimize their investments in AI.
Moderator: Penelope Brown, Senior Content Director, Manufacturing Leadership Council
MLC research shows that roughly two-thirds of manufacturers are either using AI currently or will be deploying it in the near future. This panel will examine some of the current ways that manufacturers are using AI in the quest to improve efficiency, boost production, and eliminate waste. The panel will also discuss how those current successful use cases will inform the next phase of AI deployment.
In a recent successful pilot, Yokogawa autonomously controlled a chemical plant for 35 consecutive days, including dealing with complex conditions necessary to ensure product quality and other variables. This case study will explain how this success confirmed that reinforcement learning AI, integrated with distributed control systems, can be safely applied in an actual plant.
This session will provide an expert’s view on how AI and Machine Learning technologies will help manufacturing companies optimize their use of resources and materials in the years ahead; monitor and measure environmental impacts and reduction projects, both internally and across their supply chains to hit net zero targets; develop smarter and more sustainable products; and manage the challenges and opportunities of new circular economy ecosystems.
Moderator: Paul Tate, Co-Founding Executive Editor and Senior Content Director, Manufacturing Leadership Council
This session will explore the evolving collaborative relationship between humans and ever-more intelligent machines, looking at how AI may change how manufacturing work will be done by 2030; what skills will be needed by tomorrow’s workforce; how advanced systems can help address the labor shortage; and how these new technologies present a unique opportunity for manufacturers to enhance future workplace environments by empowering both front line engagement and individual innovation.
In conversation with: Jeff Puma, Content Director, Manufacturing Leadership Council
Artificial intelligence will increasingly power both plant floor control systems as well as enterprise application such as ERP, SCM, PLM, quality systems and more. This session will address the implications of using AI in these systems, including what functions of these systems AI will manage and how it will change how manufacturing workers interact with these systems.
As standards evolve for the responsible development and deployment of AI, there is much debate on what manufacturers will have to address as they accelerate the technology’s use. This session will examine ethical considerations for AI and what manufacturers need to know to ensure safety, transparency, and accountability.
Moderator: David R. Brousell, Co-Founder, Manufacturing Leadership Council
A global competition is underway to achieve economic leadership through the development and application of AI. This session will explore how the cooperative efforts on AI by academia, industry, and organizations such as the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Science and Technology will play out in the years ahead.
Rose L. Coluccio
Director, Division Engineering
Corning Environmental Technologies
Dr. Jim Davis
Vice Provost IT & CATO
MLC Board of Governors
Supply Chain Management
Dr. Hiroaki Kanokogi
President and CEO
Yokogawa Digital Corporation
Organization & Talent Leader
Industrial Products & Construction | Organization Transformation
Thomas R. Kurfess
Office Georgia Institute of Technology
Georgia Tech Manufacturing Institute
Douglas B. Laney
keynote speaker and workshop facilitator
Michael D. Packer
MLC Board of Governors
Infor’s Industrial Manufacturing BU
Global Vice President & Digital Industry Leader
NTT DATA’s Consulting & Digital Transformation Services