Creating a National Manufacturing Ecosystem through Robotics Innovation

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

4:30 pm – 5:15 pm

As a national, public-private consortium, the Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institute is dedicated to asserting U.S. leadership in manufacturing through robotics and workforce innovation, believing that robotics is the key to catalyzing a U.S. resurgence in manufacturing.

ARM has completed a comprehensive robotics and education/workforce roadmap, led by industry, to inform the critical areas of need in industrial robotics. These areas then guide the organization’s funded project calls, challenging members to team together to solve complex robotics problems.

Our roadmapping efforts have revealed four primary areas of high-priority technical need: 1. Collaboration 2. Safety 3. Cyber Security 4. Custom Implementation and Tasks. Additionally, beyond technical need, the roadmap also reveals that the national workforce is unprepared to work collaboratively with robots and unskilled to complete the tasks necessary to accelerate robotic technologies into widespread commercial use.

Our presentation will outline our completed technical and education/workforce development roadmaps and ARM’s strategy to work with its members to resolve these areas of need to catalyze a national manufacturing ecosystem.


Jay Douglass, COO, ARM Institute

Jay Douglass is COO of The Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing Institute (ARM). Founded at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in January 2017 and now operating as an independent non-profit, ARM won an $80 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to become the leading catalyst of robotics innovation and expertise to accelerate growth in US-based manufacturing and the high value careers.

Previously, Douglass worked at the Software Engineering Institute at CMU. His focus was on developing business opportunities for technology development and technology transfer with commercial organizations. He most recently managed the SEI’s business in Europe. Douglass’ educational background includes a BS in Business Administration from Miami University and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh.