Main Stage Events
7:30am – 7:00pm
Brian Ballard, CEO & Co-founder, Upskill
In this dynamic, solution-based talk, Dr Chris Brauer, Director of Innovation in the Institute of Management Studies (IMS) at Goldsmiths, University of London and a world-leading researcher on enterprise wearables with the likes of Shell, Lego, and Rackspace counters attacks and draws on a wide range of disciplines and evidence demonstrating how in fueling our imaginations, driving our performance and productivity, and prioritizing our wellbeing, wearables are already making us ‘more human’ instead of ‘more than human’.
Dr. Chris Brauer, Director of Innovation in the Institute of Management Studies (IMS), Goldsmiths, University of London
(Group Discussion) Preparing for AR+VR & Wearables: A Roadmap for Successful Integration
“What are the steps I need to take to effectively (and profitably) use wearables in my business?” In this group discussion, leading enterprises discuss how to go about evaluating, piloting, and successfully implementing wearable tech in the workplace, including essential first steps; partnering with the right people; strategies for change management and engaging the workforce; the role of IT; and launching a successful pilot program.
- What does successful implementation look like?
- What’s the best way to get started? Key steps, timelines and strategies for ensuring successful adoption
- Setting up POCs, determining KPIs, and delivering ROI
- Considerations for introducing wearables into your workforce: Buy-in from management, employee engagement, IT, data analytics, and security
- Choosing the right partners and vendors
- Challenges faced and lessons learned
- Moving ahead: How to go from a pilot to larger-scale rollout
(Moderator) Brian Ballard, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Upskill
Chris Comfort, Innovation and Technology Manager, Southern Company
Zach Pinner, IT Employee Engagement and Innovation Specialist, Merck
Mike Terrell, Director of Operational Excellence, Coca-Cola Refreshments
Marisol Barrero, Manager, Ergonomics, Toyota Motor North America
Rodney James,Technology Development Manager, Duke Energy
- Agile Organization – empowered to act (McKinsey = “living organisms”)
- Flexible Foundation – stable infrastructure components that support dynamic growth and allow quick adaption to new challenges and opportunities
- Autonomous systems – self-optimization; autonomously adapting to the environment. (AGV, Machines/sensors/OEE)
- Employee assistance – cobots/robots
- Additive Mfg. – removing manufacturing limitations (3D printing for paint prep, part shortage)
- Wearables – Faster, Safer, Smarter, more productive employees (smart eyewear, exoskeletons, human movement sensors, watches, rings)
- Digital Twins – from laser weld cells to plants (virtual scans)
Peggy Gulick, Dir. Digital Transformation, Global Manufacturing, AGCO
Whatever the application, wearable technologies present many challenges to enterprises that should be addressed as early as the pilot stage. In this group discussion, leading experts and end users share lessons learned and best practices for overcoming those challenges – both technical and cultural- in your organization.
- Role of IT
- Battery and connectivity
- Integration and data security
- Device management
- Content management
- Making your case to management
- Employee buy-in and education
- Privacy and ethics
- Industry regulations
(Moderator) Todd Boyd, CEO, Tacit
Dan Pachko, Director, Corporate IT, Worthington Industries
Jason Sagstetter, Global IT Portfolio Manager, HB Fuller
Richard McNerny, Manager IT Mobile & Notifications, JetBlue Airways
Julie Pray, Human Factors, Safety, Technology, American Bureau of Shipping (ABS)
Randy Nunez, Tech Trend Lead, Extended Reality, Ford Motor Company
Elizabeth Baron, VR & Adv Viz Tech Spec, Ford Motor Company
From video, still image and audio recordings to location-based information, machine and environmental data, and (human) biometrics; wearables have the potential to generate and transmit loads of valuable data for the enterprise. In this group discussion, enterprises consider how wearable and other sensor data can be intelligently analyzed to enhance business processes. In addition to addressing the challenges of data collection, storage and analysis, the panel will take a broader look at how wearable technology relates to other IoT technologies including drones, robotics, AI, etc. to create a truly connected workplace.
- What role will wearable tech play in the 4th Industrial Revolution?
- Challenges of and best practices for Data collection, management and storage
- Data accuracy and consistency
- (Real-time) data analytics
- Data security
- Data overload: Organizing, interpreting, and conveying relevant data (identifying the most pertinent, critical and actionable information)
- Applying business analytics to wearable tech: Examples of how data from wearables can be analyzed to optimize operations, enhance the workplace, and empower/protect the workforce
- Advice for enterprise decision makers looking to leverage wearable data to achieve operational excellence through process improvement
- Planning an IoT project incorporating wearables
- Planning for a fully connected workplace: Creating an ecosystem of connected devices and technologies
- The importance of 5G
(Moderator) Pete Wassell, Owner, Augmate
Michael Newsham, Global Learning Systems and Development Lead, Bayer
Hamid Montazeri, Director of IoT Architecture and Software Engineering, Stanley Black & Decker
John Simmins, Technical Executive, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)
Raj Tiwari, IT Manager/Immersive Technology Service Owner (AR/VR), Johnson & Johnson
Scott Aldridge, Disruptive Innovations Manager, CDM Smith
- Gear Up
- Rio Tinto Safety and Efficiency with Samsung Wearables
- Blast Zones – Geofence
- Time-sensitive alerts
- Voice Messages
- Lone worker Safety
Wonjin Kim, Director, B2B Wearable Product Marketing & Mobile Business Planning, Samsung
Learn about Human Factors principles and applications relative to XR development, including recent work in collaboration with AREA regarding Safety concerns and benefits of XR from a Human Factors perspective.
Brian Laughlin, Technical Fellow, IT Architect, Mobile Solution, Boeing
Brian Ballard, CEO & Co-founder, Upskill
Afternoon Breakout Sessions
2:00pm – 3:20pm
2:00PM – The Connected Worker in the Factory of the Future
- Why is there a need to provide enhanced support for the factory floor?
- What are the most beneficial use cases for wearables and mobile devices?
- Review Colgate-Palmolive use cases and devices including remote connectivity and Point of Interest job support
- What are some of the barriers to implementation?
- Presentation will include a live demo of a recently implemented wearable technology
- Future initiatives and Outlook
Gary Binstock, Director of Technology – Strategic Innovation and Technology Alliances, Colgate-Palmolive
2:20PM – How retailers can leverage AR in the stores of the future.
The state of brick and mortar retailers.
Improving the customer experience using AR.
How an effective AR strategy can increase propensity to purchase.
Rokid’s personalized AR shopping experience.
Data: Capturing the total user journey using Rokid’s AR Glass.
Reynold Wu, Director of Product Management and Business Operation, Rokid
2:40PM – Unlocking the Potential of Augmented & Virtual Reality in Supply Chain
- share what we have done with smart glasses in the warehouse space and the benefits
we gained from it
ogive a glimpse into what our company is exploring in expanding uses case with AR &
- provide insight to the challenges we’re finding with current technology and software
Justin Ha, Director, Solutions Design, DHL Supply Chain
3:00PM -Airbus takes digital transformation to the next level with Ubimax Frontline
When building and maintaining helicopters, quality is the main overarching goal. That’s why Airbus is heavily investing in digital transformation of all processes. Consequently, Airbus decided to deploy the Ubimax Frontline Solution Suite to improve the speed and accuracy of their visual inspection process. Now with Ubimax xInspect, the technician is able to work truly hands-free, without any distraction by cumbersome stationary PC interaction or paperwork. The required SAP interactions are fully voice-enabled, allowing the user to seamlessly tap into relevant SAP data in much the same way as we interact with “Alexa” at home.
Percy Stocker, Co-Founder, President, Ubimax
Melanie Bergier, Maintenance Repair and Overhaul Director, Airbus Helicopters
2:00PM – Transforming Automotive Tech Support through Augmented Reality
- How to build partnerships and pilots
- Leveraging Design Thinking in Automotive
- Using AR glasses to increase collaboration when solving complicated technical
Doug House, Technical Manager, Porsche Cars North America
2:20PM – Optimizing Human Performance Improvements at the Intersection Between AR, Learning and Guidance
Augmented Reality (AR) can be used to dramatically boost performance of enterprise workforces. This session, drawn from Atheer’s work – and recent Webinar – with the 70:20:10 Institute, will explore how Augmented Reality provides an ideal answer to the problem of bringing real, effective on-the-job learning to a worker’s point of need – at the time that it is needed. It will look at examples and use cases of how AR is providing real, measurable value and solving one of the biggest training and workforce empowerment challenges facing enterprises today.
Amar Dhaliwal, Chief Operating Officer, Atheer
2:40PM – Wearables – Industrial Application Through the Lens of Early Adopters
Overview of the approach, philosophy and value-added application of wearables in industry with a focus on the manufacturing environment. Discussion will include an overview of a team engagement plan highlighting the current barriers to application and sustained value creation. The discussion will spotlight the challenges with technology adoption from the user’s perspective. Understanding of current challenges allows developers and users alike to intentionally plan value added implementations today with an eye to the opportunities in the near future. Real-world examples of development and application will be shared.
Greg Flickinger, Executive Council and Chair: Workforce Development Solutions Group, OpX Leadership
Daniel Estrada, Workforce Development Solutions Group, OpX Leadership Network
3:00PM -Mixed-Reality (MR) Meets Pharmaceutical Research & Development
- Analytical method transfers between multiple sites facilitated via remote collaboration with HoloLens
- Increasing vendor relations/troubleshooting via remote collaboration with HoloLens
- Molecular visualization (design room concept) for remote collaboration
William Forrest, Associate Principal Scientist, Merck
2:00PM – Virtually Informed Decision-Making Optimization: Improving Design, Construction, Operations, Safety, and Awareness Through VR and AR
Early VR adoption and research have shown that we can augment a physical mock-up process by using virtual mock-up models, that the decision making in meetings was increased by having the model in the room, and that you could remotely connect designers and engineers to virtually walk through a design for conflict detection and construction scheduling. At Jacobs, we adopted VR technology in the mid-2000’s, first as a single screen passive VR, then quickly into multiple three screen active VR setups.
Today with the dearth of technology on the market, we are further embedding into the practice by using head-worn VR and AR as a means to further validate our designs and construction processes. Beyond pure visualization, we are developing specialized applications and modules to support internal and client facing initiatives focused on safety and operational training scenarios. Case studies will be presented to cover adoption and application across the multiple lines of business and geographies.
- VR for virtual design and construction mock-ups
- Decision making enabled through VR
- Remote collaboration and model markup in AR/ VR
- Safety and Operational training scenarios
Kurt Maldovan, Director of VDC, Jacobs
2:20PM – How AR is Solving Enterprise Challenges
Augmented reality is helping solve challenging problems in the enterprise in exciting new ways every
day. Learn how the most common use cases in manufacturing, service, and design are being addressed
by PTC’s customers and how digital eyewear is improving productivity for the factory floor worker,
service technician, and product engineer.
Ryan Orwoll, Director of Product Management, PTC
2:40PM – Cool, Now What? Democratizing AR/VR Use Within the World’s Largest Architecture Firm
Once you’ve invested in the hardware and software, how do you convince employees to use it? How do you persuade legacy clients to embrace and pay for both a new service and a new way of working? How do you port this device from gimmick to essential workflow tool?
The benefits of an immersive environment and 3d asset visualization may seem obvious for architects and designers, but human behavior resists change. Megan Lubaszka, Creative Media Leader at Gensler, will walk you through the initiatives, programs and training implemented at the world’s largest architecture firm in the realms of augmented, virtual, mixed and diminished realities.
Megan Lubaszka, Southwest Regional Creative Media Leader, Gensler
3:00PM – From Toy to a Tool. Making a Business Case for AR and VR at Cummins
- Journey to incubating AR and VR in Cummins Inc.
- Challenges & Lessons learned
- Immediate and long term goals for within Cummins for application of AR and VR – Use
Cases examples with Business Value.
Sushant Dhiman, Technical Specialist – Engineering Technology, Cummins Inc.
2:00PM – VR Training in the Enterprise
Hear how Walmart, the country’s largest private employer, is using virtual reality to train its workforce to better serve the retailer’s 160 million customers each week. In this session, Andy Trainor and Brock McKeel will discuss how virtual reality fits into the company’s overall training strategy and Walmart’s vision to be the best place in retail to learn, to grow, and to build a career.
Brock McKeel, Senior Director of Operations, Walmart
Andy Trainor, Senior Director – US Central Operations, Walmart
2:20PM – Large-Scale EPFC Applications of AR/VR
- HSE training, instruction, and orientation in AR/VR
- AR construction work packages and visual instruction
- AR QA/QC – remote visual inspection
- AR/VR meetings and collaboration
Max Eklund, Construction Innovation and Visualization Lead, Fluor Corporation
Micah Wells, Global Mining and Metals Innovation, Fluor Corporation
2:40PM – Wearables & Emerging Technologies Accelerating Digital Transformation at GE
- Insights into GE’s 5 Year Digital EHS Roadmap (moving from reactive, to proactive, to predictive)
- Strategies for Piloting & Deploying Wearables & Emerging Technologies
- Mapping Technology Advantages to Ensure Success
- Notes from the Field, GE Emerging Technology Program Highlights and Key
- The Future of Work, Approaching the Human & Machine Convergence
Sam Murley, Digital Acceleration Leader, GE
3:00PM – Virtual Reality for Manufacturing – Steps to Injury Prevention
- What does applying virtual reality technologies to a manufacturing environment look like?
- How can the findings be used and analyzed to predict and prevent injuries from occurring
- Understand how companies can also benefit in the areas of safety, quality, and efficiency through the use of virtual reality technologies in their manufacturing processes.
Janelle Haines, Ergonomic Analyst – Biomedical Engineer, John Deere