Littler Co-Hosts AI and Robotics Symposium

World-class thought leaders discuss how emerging technologies are reshaping business and the future of work.

(October 30, 2019) – Littler, the world’s largest employment and labor law practice representing management, together with the Association for Advancing Automation (A3) and the University of Michigan Robotics Institute, is hosting an AI and Robotics Symposium on November 1. With advanced technologies now at the forefront of nearly every major industry, stakeholders from a range of perspectives will discuss the latest innovations in robotics and AI, the pressing questions posed by their adoption and how these trends are transforming the world of work.

The symposium will feature executives from some of the world’s leading robotics manufacturers, system integrators, end users, technologists, corporate leaders and academics in a series of engaging panel discussions. Robotics manufacturers will also participate in speed networking with University of Michigan students prior to the symposium and will have robots on-site to showcase their capabilities. The following forward-thinking organizations are participating in the speed networking program: ABB; AMT Applied Manufacturing; the Association for Advancing Automation; ATI Industrial Automation; Comau; FANUC America Corporation; Ford Advanced Manufacturing; Honeywell Intelligrated; JR Automation; Littler; Kawasaki Robotics; KUKA Robotics; Universal Robots; and the University of Michigan Robotics Institute.

“We are honored to be partnering with the Association for Advancing Automation and the University of Michigan Robotics Institute to host this symposium,” said Natalie Pierce, Littler shareholder and co-chair of the firm’s Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and Automation practice group. “As emerging technologies continue to bring unprecedented opportunities and novel challenges for businesses, creating these types of forums for the world’s leading companies, technologists and academics to share ideas and engage in a productive dialogue is critical to effectively address the systemic changes underway.”

Panel discussions will focus on the ethical challenges of AI and AI-empowered robotics in the workplace, how businesses can harness a competitive edge through collaborative robots, practical training and reskilling to prepare employees for the changes ahead and tips for automating business operations.

WHAT:           AI and Robotics Symposium: Sharing Thought Leadership Shaping the Future of Work

WHO:             Litter, the Association for Advancing Automation, the University of Michigan Robotics Institute, robotics manufacturers, corporate leaders and academics

WHEN:          Friday, November 1, 2019, 12:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

WHERE:        University of Michigan North Campus Research Complex, Building 18 Entrance, 2800 Plymouth Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

Littler’s latest annual survey of more than 1,300 employers, released in May 2019, found that companies are starting to take steps amid the rise of robotics, AI and automation, but few are sufficiently preparing for the impact on their workplaces. The most common actions were identifying tasks that could be automated (37%) and hiring employees skilled in emerging technologies (22%), but nearly half (46%) indicated having not taken any action in this area (see pages 20-21 here). This symposium is the latest in a series of educational programming and resources that Littler provides to increase awareness of the changes underway and help clients prepare for the workplace of the future.

For more information, please visit Littler’s event page here.

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With more than 1,500 labor and employment attorneys in offices around the world, Littler provides workplace solutions that are local, everywhere. Our diverse team and proprietary technology foster a culture that celebrates original thinking, delivering groundbreaking innovation that prepares employers for what’s happening today, and what’s likely to happen tomorrow.

Recognizing the unstoppable application of disruptive technologies, as well as the rapid transformation of the workplace and work itself by robotics, AI, and 21st century automation, Littler formed its Robotics, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Automation industry group. Its mission is to identify legal challenges to the use of robotics and AI in the workplace, as well as develop practical compliance solutions that facilitate the integration of new technologies and help employers mitigate robot/AI–related risks. Learn more about the services offered by Littler’s Robotics, AI & Automation Practice Group.