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Industry Forum I 

Time: 12:30 – 16:30, May 9 (Monday), 2011
Venue: Yellow River Hall, Level 3, Shanghai International Convention Center (SHICC)
Dr. Alex Zelinsky,
Group Executive, CSIRO Information Sciences, Australia

This specially organized IEEE/IFR (International Federation of Robotics) Joint Forum is being held in conjunction with the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2011).  The forum will recognize and honor outstanding achievements of entrepreneurs in the commercialization of innovative robotic and automation technology. At the forum a winner of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Robotics and Automation (IERA) award will be selected.  The purpose of the IERA award is to highlight and honor the achievements of the inventors with value creating ideas and entrepreneurs who propel those ideas into world-class products.

Industry Forum II 

Time: 17:10 – 19:00, May 11 (Wednesday), 2011
Venue: Auditorium, Level 3, Shanghai International Convention Center (SHICC)
Dr. Oussama Khatib,
Professor, Stanford University, USA
Dr. Tian Huang, Tianjin University, China

This forum gathers the leading companies in industry robots of the world. The speakers will give an overview of their companies, their business plans and products and discuss future directions in the area.
This forum invites Mr. Huawu He, the chief engineer of the Ministry of Railway, China, to give a talk on the High-speed railway project promoting the robotics and automation.

Mr. Konosuke Noda,
General Manager, Corporate R&D Center, Technology & Development Division, YASKAWA Electric Co., Japan
Dr. Hui Zhang, Head of R&D Center at ABB Robotics, China
Mr. Alwin Berninger, Managing Director Asia/Pacific, KUKA
Mr. Hai Chang, Managing Director, Asia Operations, Adept
Mr. Xiong Kang, Executive Vice President of China Academy of Railway Sciences, China

Automation Forum 

Time: 17:10 – 18:40, May 10 (Tuesday), 2011
Venue: Auditorium, Level 3, Shanghai International Convention Center (SHICC)
Dr. Peter B. Luh,
University of Connecticut, USA

This forum introduces the latest trends in automation, including life science, business and software, semiconductor, transportation, and control and optimization.  Panelists are visionary industrial leaders from the fields.  They will present challenges that they are facing, and the steps that they have taken to position themselves for the opportunities.  There will be plenty of time for Q&A and brainstorming. 

Dr. Tianwei Jing,
Director of R&D, Nano Measurements Division, Agilent Technologies, Inc, USA
Mr. S. V. Subrahmanya, Senior Vice President, Infosys
Dr. John Du, Director, China Science Lab, GM China, China
Dr. Joseph Zhifeng Xie, Chief Executive Officer, Advanced Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation (ASMC), China
Dr. Jian Chu, Chairman of the Board, Supcon, Professor of Institute of Cyber-Systems and Control (CSC) and Vice-President, Zhejiang University, China

Forum on Innovation for Research and Education

Time: 17:10-18:40, May 10 (Tuesday), 2011
Venue: Yellow River Hall, Level 3, Shanghai International Convention Ceter
Dr. Raja Chatila, LAAS-CNRS, France

This forum gathers active and innovative small industries that provide up-to-date robots, software and components to research and education in the domains of service, field and entertainment robotics.
The speakers will give an overview of their companies, their business plans and products and discuss future directions in the area.

Dr. Steve Cousins,
CEO, Willow Garage, USA
Dr. Bill Byoung Soo Kim, CEO, Robotis Co., Ltd., KOREA
Mr. Wang Tao, CEO, DJI Innovations, China
Mr. Bruno Maisonnier, CEO, Aldebaran Robotics, France
Dr. Rainer Bischoff, Coordinator Cooperative Research Projects, KUKA Laboratories GmbH, Augsburg, Germany

Forum on Future Directions and Funding Opportunities in Robotics 

Time: 17:10-18:40, May 12 (Thursday), 2011
Venue: Auditorium, Level 3, Shanghai International Convention Center (SHICC)
Dr. Jianwei Zhang,
University of Hamburg, Germany
Dr. Jian S.  Dai, King's College, UK

Robotics R&D is expanding from manufacturing applications to new applications in service, medicine, education etc., and it is regarded as a strategically important high-tech field which attracts special attention from the science funding agencies world-wide. This forum invites the key representatives from China, USA, EU and Japan to present an overview of their current significant projects on robotics and automation, their vision of future research directions, their plans for the future funding of projects and their international co-operation.

Paolo Dario,
SSSUP, Pisa, EU FET Flagship RoboCom CA Coordinator
Libor Kral, EU, Unit of Cognitive Systems, Interaction, Robotics
Sang-Moo Lee, Korea Institute for Industrial Economics and Trade
Yan Liu, Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), China
Tomomasa Sato, University of Tokyo, Japan
Richard Voyles, USA National Science Foundation (NSF)

ICRA Special Forum: Preliminary Report on the Disaster and Robotics in Japan 

Time: 11.20-12.40, May 11th (Wednesday), 2011
Venue: Intl Auditorium, Shanghai International Convention Center (SHICC)
Prof. Yoshihiko Nakamura,
University of Tokyo, Japan

The Great East Japan Earthquake struck Japan on March 11, 2011. The Tsunami that followed it brought down an extensive and severe damage to the Tohoku (North East) Area of Japan as well as the US, Indonesia, and Chili. Hard efforts are being made to settle down the accidents of the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant caused by the Tsunami. Robotics in Japan commits to the long-term efforts for the recovery from the disaster. The preliminary report on the current activity from robotics and the discussion on the future contribution of robotics are to be made in the Forum.

Prof. Kazuhiro Kosuge,
Tohoku University
Prof. Hajime Asama, University of Tokyo
Prof. Satoshi Tadokoro, Tohoku University
Prof. Robin Murphy, Texas A&M University
Prof. Fumitoshi Matsuno, Kyoto University

RAS Panel of Conference Organizers (POCO) ICRA 2011
9am-5pm, Monday, May 9, 2011


These forums are open for the whole audience of ICRA 2011 and provide opportunities to interact with the panelists.

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