The Retail Analytics Council and Platt Retail Institute announce the first Retail Robotics & AI Conference, which will take place April 26, 2018, at Northwestern University’s San Francisco campus, 44 Montgomery St. The Conference will focus on emerging applications, advanced analytics, and industry trends. Presentations by leading academics and practitioners include:

 

  • Retailers and Their Robots
  • Current Research in Robotic Applications and Applied Deep Learnings
  • Intelligent Agent Assistants and Emerging Retail Robotic Applications
  • Global Retail Perspective – Applications and Trends
  • Robot Panel Presentations
  • Building a 360 Degree View of the Customer
  • AI in Retail

Attendance is open to retailers by invitation only, and is limited to 110 participants. This includes Retail Analytics Council Advisory Board members, C-level executives, academics, and leaders in the industry. The format is classroom style, with many opportunities to interact with the presenters and attendees. The event offers a unique opportunity to participate in the advancement of the retail industry’s research and technology through interaction with academics and professionals by means of expert panel discussions.

 

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

Retailers, academics, retail analysts, technologists, and others interested in the current and future implications of robotics and artificial intelligence in the retail industry. This conference is open to retailers by invitation only.

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RETAIL ATTENDEES (among others)

  • Ahold Delhaize
  • American Eagle
  • Associated Wholesale Grocers, Inc.
  • Best Buy
  • C&S Wholesale Grocers
  • Chipotle Mexican Grill
  • CVS Pharmacy
  • Family Dollar
  • GameStop
  • Google
  • Kohl’s
  • Kroger
  • Levi Strauss
  • Macy’s
  • Safeway
  • Sam’s Club
  • Sears
  • Sephora
  • Staples
  • Tractor Supply
  • Under Armour
  • Walgreens

SPONSORS

  GOLD  

  ASSOCIATIONS  

  PRE-CONFERENCE RECEPTION  

EVENT SPEAKERS

PANO ANTHOS

PANO ANTHOS

Managing Director, XRC Labs

MARTIN BLOCK

MARTIN BLOCK

Executive Director, Retail Analytics Council, and Professor, Integrated Marketing Communications Department, Northwestern University

JEFF BURNSTEIN

JEFF BURNSTEIN

President, the Association for Advancing Automation

JEFF DONALDSON

JEFF DONALDSON

CEO, Intriosity, and former SVP, GameStop

CLIVE HUMBY

CLIVE HUMBY

Chief Data Scientist, Starcount, and Founder, Dunnhumby

ROSE HAFT

ROSE HAFT

CEO, Lumenora

KRISTIAN HAMMOND

KRISTIAN HAMMOND

Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Northwestern University

MARTIAL HEBERT

MARTIAL HEBERT

Director, Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University

ANDREA KEAY

ANDREA KEAY

Managing Director, Silicon Valley Robotics

JONATHAN KOUGH

JONATHAN KOUGH

Manager, Store Initiatives, Ahold Delhaize

STACI LEHMAN

STACI LEHMAN

Business Consultant - IT Retail Systems, Ahold Delhaize

MARK MATHEWS

MARK MATHEWS

Vice President, Research Development & Industry Analysis, National Retail Federation

STEVEN KEITH PLATT

STEVEN KEITH PLATT

Research Director, Retail Analytics Council, and Director and Research Fellow, Platt Retail Institute

CHAD STIERNAGLE

CHAD STIERNAGLE

Former Senior Director, Automated Retail, Best Buy

MIKE TAMIR

MIKE TAMIR

Head of Data Science at Uber ATG and former Takt Chief Data Science Officer, UC Berkeley

DEBORAH WEINSWIG

DEBORAH WEINSWIG

CEO and Founder, Coresight Research

AGENDA

  Wednesday, April 25  

JW Marriott Union Square, Skyline Room A-B

6:00PM-9:00PM

Pre-Conference Reception
You are invited to attend the opening reception/dinner, hosted by Badger Technologies. Meet speakers, Retail Analytics Council Advisory Board members, and your fellow Retail Robotics & AI Conference participants in an informal setting before the conference starts the following morning.

 

— Sponsored by Badger Technologies — 

What: Please join us as we experience a taste of Kentucky!  Your experience will include great Kentucky bourbon tasting, Kentucky micro-brewery beers as well as a yummy Kentucky-inspired dinner and desserts.  You will also have the opportunity to meet the Badger Technologies robot, who will be your main dinner host.

Why Kentucky?  Kentucky is the home of Badger Technologies and their robot and we want to share a piece of our world with you!

Register: Once you are invited to attend and registered for the conference, you will be contacted by Badger Technologies to confirm your attendance at the opening reception.

  Thursday, April 26  

Northwestern University’s San Francisco Campus, 44 Montgomery St.

9:00AM-9:10AM

Welcome and Introduction
Don E. Schultz, Director, Retail Analytics Council, and Professor (Emeritus-in-Service), Northwestern University

9:11AM-10:20AM

Panel- Retailers and their Robots
Moderator: Jeff Donaldson, CEO, Intriosity, and former SVP, GameStop

  1. Jonathan Kough, Retail Business Systems, Ahold Delhaize
  2. Staci Lehman, Business Consultant – IT Retail Systems, Ahold Delhaize
  3. Chad Stiernagle, Former Senior Director, Automated Retail, Best Buy
 

In this session, retailers that have deployed and tested robots in their stores will discuss their experiences. Leading retail technology innovators will also present their outlook on adoption trends.

10:21AM-10:30AM

Break

10:31AM-11:30AM

Academic Presentations

  1. Current Research in Robotic Applications, Martial Hebert, Director, Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University
  2. Applied Deep Learning, Mike Tamir, Head of Data Science at Uber ATG and former Takt Chief Data Science Officer, UC Berkeley
 
  1. In this presentation, Dr. Hebert will discuss technologies developed in the areas of robot design, human interaction, computer vision, and autonomy at the Robotics Institute and their relations to the retail domain.
  2. Applied deep learning has fast become a standard tool for many industry machine learning applications. New advances in neural network techniques have opened the doors to solving problems at scale that were out of reach until recently. Because of these advances, applications such as in image recognition for self-driving cars, medical image classification, text translation, and fake news detection are both tractable and often the industry standard. Mike Tamir, who heads the data science teams at Uber ATG — the self-driving cars division — reveals how two key application areas of deep learning signal the broad importance of this emerging technology.

11:31AM-12:00PM

Data Applications

  1. Intelligent Agent Assistants: Martin Block, Executive Director, Retail Analytics Council, and Professor, Northwestern University
  2. Emerging Retail Robotics Applications: Steven Keith Platt, Research Director, Retail Analytics Council, and Director and Research Fellow, Platt Retail Institute
 

In Prof. Block’s presentation, retail applications of smart home assistants are explored. The characteristics of the device user, including the intersection with the smartphone and online behavior, will also be discussed.
Steven Keith Platt’s session will focus on a discussion of various potential robotic applications, and an introduction to a new concept store, run entirely by robots.

12:01PM-1:00PM

Lunch

1:01PM-1:45PM

Global Retail Perspective – Applications and Trends Panel
Moderator: Deborah Weinswig, CEO and Founder, Coresight Research

  1. Andra Keay, Managing Director, Silicon Valley Robotics
  2. Jeff Burnstein, President, the Association for Advancing Automation
  3. Mark Matthews, Vice President, Research Development & Industry Analysis, National Retail Federation
 

In this session, our expert panel will discuss the current state of robotic deployments and emerging trends. Impediments to retail adoption, as well as how consumers respond to shopper-facing automation and technological advancements in retail, will also be discussed.

1:46PM-2:55PM

Robot and Retail AI Panel Presentations

  1. Pano Anthos, Managing Director, XRC Labs
  2. Rose Haft, CEO, Lumenora

 

In this session, Rose Haft of Lumenora will demonstrate how to reduce costs and waste in retail, improve customer service, increase sales, and keep customers coming back to stores using their proprietary compact AR headset, along with other smart technologies.

2:56PM-3:15PM

Break

3:16PM-3:50PM

Building a 360 Degree View of the Customer
Clive Humby, Chief Data Scientist, Starcount, and Founder, Dunnhumby

 

In this session, Clive Humby will discuss how analytics are evolving in retail. Data sources, where analytics work and where they fail, and how AI and robotic processes are changing the retail landscape will be explored.

3:51PM-4:50-PM

AI in Retail
Kristian J. Hammond, Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Northwestern University

 

This session explores the depth and breadth of the technologies of artificial intelligence, discusses how these technologies can be applied in retail, and addresses how retailers can design new artificial intelligence technologies.

4:51PM-5:00PM

Wrap-up
Frank Mulhern, Director, Retail Analytics Council, and Professor, Associate Dean and Department Chair, Integrated Marketing Communications Department, Northwestern University