Robots are increasingly being deployed in retail environments. However, service robots in retail  stores is a very recent occurrence. This summer, our research will be focused on investigating Robotic-Generated Data Standards and Robot-to-Robot Communication Protocols. This research will be presented for industry input on October 31, 2019, in Evanston, Illinois, and published early in 2020.

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AGENDA

8:00AM-9:00AM

Breakfast

9:00AM-9:10AM

Introduction to the Retail Analytics Council

Dr. Vijay Viswanathan, Dir. RAC, Asst. Prof. and IMC Department Chair, Northwestern University

9:10AM-9:30AM

Robotics Research Project Overview

Steven Keith Platt, Research Dir. RAC and Adjunct Professor, Northwestern University

9:30AM-10:15AM

Robot Generated Data

Richard Halter, President, Global Retail Technology Advisors

10:15AM-10:35AM

Break

10:35AM-11:20AM

Human Centric Robots

Dr. Han Liu, Assoc. Prof. Computer Science and Statistics, Northwestern University

11:20AM-11:50AM

The State of Service Robots and Retail Applications

Andra Keay, Managing Director and Founder, Silicon Valley Robotics

11:50AM-1:00PM

Lunch

1:00PM-1:30PM

Results of Retail Survey

Dr. Martin Block, Executive Dir. RAC and Professor, Northwestern University

1:30PM-2:30PM

Retail Robot Panel

  1. Dr. Robert Finkelstein, Adjunct Prof. Systems Engineering, University of Maryland
  2. Derek Gaskins, SVP of Merchandising and Procurement, Yesway
  3. Sean MacCarthy, Global Analytics & Store Segmentation, Claire’s

2:30PM-2:45PM

Break

2:45PM-3:45PM

Technology Panel

  1. Tim Rowland, CEO, Badger Technologies
  2. Ryan Piela, Assoc. Dir., XRC Labs
  3. Dr. Robert Zhang, Co-Founder and President, CloudMinds Technologies
  4. Dr. Marios Savvides, AI Professor and Dir. CMU CyLab Biometrics Center, Carnegie Mellon University
  5. Brad Bogolea, CEO and Co-founder, Simbe Robotics

3:45PM-5:00PM

Group Discussion Sessions (4)

+ Thursday, October 31

8:00AM-9:00AM

Breakfast

9:00AM-9:10AM

Introduction to the Retail Analytics Council

Dr. Vijay Viswanathan, Dir. RAC, Asst. Prof. and IMC Department Chair, Northwestern University

9:10AM-9:30AM

Robotics Research Project Overview

Steven Keith Platt, Research Dir. RAC and Adjunct Professor, Northwestern University

9:30AM-10:15AM

Robot Generated Data

Richard Halter, President, Global Retail Technology Advisors

10:15AM-10:35AM

Break

10:35AM-11:20AM

Human Centric Robots

Dr. Han Liu, Assoc. Prof. Computer Science and Statistics, Northwestern University

11:20AM-11:50AM

The State of Service Robots and Retail Applications

Andra Keay, Managing Director and Founder, Silicon Valley Robotics

11:50AM-1:00PM

Lunch

1:00PM-1:30PM

Results of Retail Survey

Dr. Martin Block, Executive Dir. RAC and Professor, Northwestern University

1:30PM-2:30PM

Retail Robot Panel

  1. Dr. Robert Finkelstein, Adjunct Prof. Systems Engineering, University of Maryland
  2. Derek Gaskins, SVP of Merchandising and Procurement, Yesway
  3. Sean MacCarthy, Global Analytics & Store Segmentation, Claire’s

2:30PM-2:45PM

Break

2:45PM-3:45PM

Technology Panel

  1. Tim Rowland, CEO, Badger Technologies
  2. Ryan Piela, Assoc. Dir., XRC Labs
  3. Dr. Robert Zhang, Co-Founder and President, CloudMinds Technologies
  4. Dr. Marios Savvides, AI Professor and Dir. CMU CyLab Biometrics Center, Carnegie Mellon University
  5. Brad Bogolea, CEO and Co-founder, Simbe Robotics

3:45PM-5:00PM

Group Discussion Sessions (4)