The Role of AI in Manufacturing: A Candid Dialogue with Industry Luminaries to Separate Hype from Reality


Date: Tuesday, July 13, 2021
Time: 02:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time
Duration: 1 hour

Digital transformation is a business imperative to achieve smart manufacturing. Democratizing AI in manufacturing operations requires leaders across technology, industry and academia to identify areas of innovation and development. Join us for an online panel discussion on the role of AI in manufacturing operations where we will set realistic and strategic priorities, as well as identify the constraints preventing broader adoption and scale of AI solutions across the manufacturing ecosystem.

Sponsored by CESMII-The Smart Manufacturing Institute and SME, the discussion will be followed by an audience Q&A session.

Industry-leading speakers include:

  • Jeff Kent — vice president of smart platforms technology and innovation, Procter & Gamble
  • Kelly Dodds — advanced manufacturing tech director, Raytheon Intelligence and Space
  • Walid Ali — AI in manufacturing, Microsoft
  • Jim Davis — vice president IT office of advanced research computing, University of California, LA
  • Jonathan Wise — vice president of technology, CESMII
  • Moderated by John Dyck — CEO, CESMII

This session is ideal for those in the national and global manufacturing ecosystems, as well as state and federal policy makers who seek substantive, solution-based dialogue on the role of AI in manufacturing operations.

Discussion topics will include:

  • Defining AI in the context of manufacturing operations
  • Identifying the relationship between necessary tools and workforce skills
  • Best practices to avoid pilot purgatory and achieve scale
  • Pinpointing short- and long-term market opportunities

Register for this webinar now!

Jeff Kent
Vice President of Smart Platforms Technology and Innovation
Proctor & Gamble

As vice president of smart platforms technology and innovation at Procter & Gamble, Jeff Kent has global accountability for driving intelligent manufacturing and industrial IoT breakthroughs. During his more than 23 years at Procter & Gamble, he has also served as technical director for smart platforms, global product supply engineering and innovation, as well as lead on key corporate intrapreneurial transformations in areas such as digital quality assurance, platform life cycle management, time synchronization applications in industrial automation, manufacturing execution systems and industrial IoT. Prior to joining Procter & Gamble, Kent served for four years as an avionics/smart weapons integration engineer and officer in the U.S. Air Force.

Kelly Dodds
Advanced Manufacturing Tech Director
Raytheon Intelligence and Space

Kelly Dodds is the technology director for advanced manufacturing at Raytheon Intelligence and Space, where he is responsible for the strategic planning and development of manufacturing technologies, factory modernization and industrial engineering initiatives supporting SAS operations. Before assuming his current role, Dodds was an engineering fellow and the SAS technology area director for mechanical, materials, structures and manufacturing. He started his career at Raytheon in 2001 as a design lead for uncooled IR detector packaging, and he has held positions in numerous functions across Raytheon including supplier quality engineering in operations, as well as supply chain and technology area director in corporate technology and research.

Walid Ali
AI in Manufacturing

As a leader in the AI in manufacturing business group at Microsoft, Walid Ali is responsible for digital transformation and customer success, as well as engaging global partners in instituting sound enterprise solutions and tracking business impact and product innovation. His team drives IR 4.0 and cutting-edge technology deployments. Since joining Microsoft in 2020, Ali has established a record of cross-company leadership in applying data-driven models to connect solutions, business and sales, while executing against plans and cutting costs for tangible financial impact. Prior to his current role, Ali held positions with global brands including Google and Intel, where he focused on hybrid-cloud solutions and AI within key industrial sectors.

Jim Davis
Vice President IT Office of Advanced Research Computing
University of California, Los Angeles

As vice provost IT office of advanced research computing (OARC) at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Jim Davis is responsible for data and technology solutions in support of UCLA’s research mission and its communities engaged in campus, local, state, national and global impacts of digital research and scholarship. Davis co-founded the smart manufacturing leadership coalition and spearheaded UCLA’s role in forming CESMII. He is also a professor at UCLA’s department of chemical and biomolecular engineering where he conducted research and consulted extensively on AI, machine learning, intelligent systems, monitoring/control and data/modeling systems across diverse industries including chemicals, refining, paper, packaging, metals and glass.

Jonathan Wise
Vice President of Technology

Jonathan Wise has more than two decades of experience in all stages of product development, and he was appointed the vice president of technology of CESMII in July 2019. Prior to joining CESMII, Wise held leadership roles with companies including Amazon, GE and Microsoft. Most recently, Wise served as product team lead at Rockwell where he managed a diverse team of innovators developing next generation information tools for industrial automation and embedded industrial analytics. In the interest of realizing smart manufacturing technology standards globally, Wise also serves as UCLA’s principal investigator on the OPC Foundation/CESMII joint working group for UA information model cloud libraries.

John Dyck — Moderator

John Dyck was appointed CEO of the Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CESMII) in June 2018. He is a practical visionary with a passion for innovation in the manufacturing IT space. He’s known globally as a domain expert on both technology and business management in the nexus that often separates IT and operations. For the past five years, he has been focused on how innovations like cloud and the industrial internet of things (IIoT) impact manufacturing. He also pioneered the application of these technologies in a wide range of manufacturing operations across many industries. Dyck was recently awarded numerous patents for the application of IIoT and analytics in manufacturing workflows and business processes.
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