Welcome to: Trends in Robotics: An Introduction to Standards in the Robotics Field


  • Educate participants about technical standards in the field of robotics.
  • Inspire enthusiasm for the emerging trends in robotics and encourage future participation in standardization efforts.

Join us for a virtual workshop exploring trends in robotics and some of the technical standards developing in this rapidly developing field.

Topic areas include ethically driven robotic and automation systems; why be concerned about standards in the robotics field; contributing to the field through standardization efforts; business aspects of standardization; and much more.

This event will begin on 12 December 2017 at 12:00 PM Eastern. Note that the content will also be available on-demand if you cannot attend on 5 December.

Speakers include:

  • Thomas M. Coughlin
    ​2018 President-Elect, IEEE-USA; President, Coughlin Associates, is a widely respected digital storage analyst and business/technology consultant.  He has over 35 years in the data storage industry with engineering and management positions at high profile companies. Dr. Coughlin has many publications and six patents to his credit.  Tom is also the author of Digital Storage in Consumer Electronics:  The Essential Guide, published by Newnes Press and with a new edition from Springer coming soon. Coughlin Associates provides market and technology analysis as well as Data Storage Technical and Business Consulting services.  Tom publishes the Digital Storage Technology Newsletter, the Media and Entertainment Storage Report and other industry reports.  Tom is also a regular contributor on digital storage for and other blogs.
  • Gurvinder S. Virk
    Technical​ ​Director of Innovative Technology and Science Limited and Trustee of CLAWAR. He is a leading actor in international robot standardisation and holds leadership positions in several robot standardisation groups. He is on the Editorial Board of several scientific journals including Industrial robot, Robotics and Autonomous Systems, Intech International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems, and ISRN Robotics, Advances in robotics and automation, and Journal of Robotics and mechanical engineering research.
  • Dr. Edson Prestes
    Chair, IEEE SA P7007 Ontological Standard for Ethically Driven Robotics and Automation Systems WG
    Vice-Chair, IEEE RAS Ontologies for Robotics and Automation WG
    Founding Chair, IEEE South Brazil RAS Chapter
    IEEE Senior Member
    IEEE Robotics and Automation Society

    Head, ϕ-Robotics Research Group
    Informatics Institute
    Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul
  • Dr. James Irvine
    Reader, Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, UK
    Chair IEEE Standards Education Committee
    Past President of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society, where he is currently Vice-President for Publications.


Additional Speakers to be announced soon.


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