The future of automation is in innovation and optimization. Those in research and development, academia, and scientists who study manufacturing, invent, test, and implement new technologies are the lifeblood of industry. Cutting-edge technology and pushing the envelope of ever-greater possibilities can put your company on the map—or keep it there. These people ground inventions and methods in fundamental phenomena, and devise solutions to meet process/product needs. Dissemination is through teaching, reports, papers, training sessions, etc. The academic is responsible for preparing the automation workforce of the future.
Use the PathFinder to locate the technical sessions that have content specifically geared toward those of you in academia and R&D, including a Safety Instrumented Systems tutorial, government regulations, workforce challenges, Smart Grid, advanced classical control versus model predictive control, educating and attracting the next generation automation professionals, to name a few.