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, and Amazon, Intelligent Agent Assistants, and Driverless Vehicles
  • Emerging Retail Robotic Applications
  • Global Retail Perspective – Applications and Trends
  • Robot and Retail AI 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)

  • 7-11
  • Ahold Delhaize
  • American Eagle
  • Apple
  • Asics
  • Associated Wholesale Grocers
  • Best Buy
  • Big W Foods, Inc.
  • C&S Wholesale Grocers
  • Chipotle Mexican Grill
  • CVS Pharmacy
  • Emart (South Korea)
  • Family Dollar
  • GameStop
  • Gap
  • Google
  • Hickory Farms
  • Jockey International
  • Kohl’s
  • Kroger
  • L Brands
  • Levi Strauss
  • Macy’s
  • Peet’s Coffee
  • Pier 1 Imports
  • Price Chopper Supermarkets
  • Planet Fitness
  • Red Robin
  • Safeway
  • Sam’s Club
  • Sears
  • Sephora
  • Shinsegae Retail Group (South Korea)
  • Shopko
  • Sonic Automotive
  • Starbucks
  • Stitch Fix
  • Target
  • Tractor Supply
  • Under Armour
  • VF Corporation
  • Victoria’s Secret
  • Walgreens
  • Walmart Canada
  • Walmart
  • Williams-Sonoma

SPONSORS

  GOLD  

  ASSOCIATIONS  

  PRE-CONFERENCE RECEPTION  

  LUNCH  

MEDIA PARTNERS

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

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

LORI SCHAFER

LORI SCHAFER

Executive Advisor, SAS 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

9:10AM-10:15AM

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

  1. Jonathan Kough, Retail Business Systems, Ahold Delhaize
  2. 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.

10:15AM-10:30AM

Break

10:30AM-12:00AM

Academic Presentations
Moderator: Jonathan R. Copulsky, Lecturer, IMC, Northwestern University

  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
  3. Amazon, Intelligent Agent Assistants, and Driverless Vehicles, Martin Block, Executive Director, Retail Analytics Council, and Professor, Northwestern University

 
  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.
  3. Dr. Block will present data from the Media Behavior and Influence Study (MBIS), a syndicated online study of American adult consumers conducted annually since 2002 and in China since 2006.

The proportion of consumers who regularly shop online in China hovers around 70 percent, while  in the U.S., it is closer to 50 percent, but steadily growing.  The lag in the U.S. can be partially explained by changes in the media environment.  There has been a slow and steady decline in TV consumption, and an increase in online and social media consumption.  Also, on the rise in the U.S. is smartphone usage, which has reached nearly 80 percent among adults.

Of retailers in the U.S. reported having been shopped at least once, in the last 90 days, the list is led by Amazon at nearly 70 percent by the beginning of 2017.  Amazon has grown steadily from 50 percent in 2012, surpassing the historical retail leader Walmart in 2016.

Entering the competitive landscape is the smart home assistant, Amazon Echo, and Google home.  As of July 2017, nearly 12 percent of U.S. adults claim to use one or the other.

To understand consumer acceptance of robots at retail, it is interesting to examine their stated attitudes towards driverless vehicles, an item that very few have any actual experience with.  As of December 2017, about 19 percent of adults 18+ said they would be interested in owning one for personal use.  Nearly half of adults say they would be willing to allow automatic control of specific functions, such as steering or accelerating.  The continuum ranges with varying degrees of control and ability to override until a completely autonomous vehicle that needs no human driver, with only about 13% agreeing to this level.  This degree of personal control will have implications for retail adoption of robots.

12:00PM-1:00PM

Lunch

1:00PM-1:15PM

Emerging Retail Robotics Applications
Steven Keith Platt, Research Director, Retail Analytics Council, and Director and Research Fellow, Platt Retail Institute

1:15PM-2:00PM

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.

2:00PM-3:00PM

Robot and Retail AI Panel Presentations
Moderator: Brett Bonner, Vice President R&D and OR, Kroger

  1. Pano Anthos, Managing Director, XRC Labs
  2. Rose Haft, CEO, Lumenora
  3. Lori Schafer, Executive Advisor, SAS Institute

 
  1. Coming soon
  2. 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.
  3. In this session, Lori Schafer of SAS Institute will discuss Retail Applications and Benefits of AI.

3:00PM-3:15PM

Break

3:15PM-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.

3:50PM-4:50PM

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.

4:50PM-5:00PM

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