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Manufacturing Innovation 2024: AI in Operations

Event Details
Oct 16, 2024   – 
Chicago, IL
mHUB, 1623 W Fulton S, Chicago, IL 60612


Wed, Oct 16  8:30am - 9:30am CDT

Coffee & Conversations

Start your day with fresh brews while getting checked in and meeting some fellow attendees.

Wed, Oct 16  9:30am - 9:45am CDT

Opening Remarks

Let us guide you on the plans for the conference as everyone gets comfortable. 

Kristin Graybill

Kristin Graybill

Vice President, Commercial Strategy, Manufacturers Alliance

Kristin Graybill has been with Manufacturers Alliance since 2016 and currently serves as Vice President of Commercial Strategy. She leads Manufacturers Alliance's marketing, sales, and research and content, focused on customer experience, partnerships, and member sales that enhance the manufacturing community.

Before joining Manufacturers Alliance, Kristin served as the Director of Digital Marketing for Government and Healthcare at LexisNexis Risk Solutions and the Director of Digital Strategy and Marketing at a government technology-focused agency. She started her career working for a Member of Congress, at a political consulting agency, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in press and policy-related support roles.

She received her B.A. in Political Science from Allegheny College and a Certificate on Strategies That Build Winning Brands from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management. 

Wed, Oct 16  9:45am - 10:30am CDT

Embracing AI: Strategies for Effective Integration and Sustainable Success in Manufacturing

Kelly DiPucchio, Former Vice President of Global Manufacturing Engineering at General Motors, will highlight the transformative power of AI in manufacturing across all phases of implementation. Kelly draws from her extensive deployment experience at General Motors and brings in knowledge from her new post-retirement focus of study: deep diving AI and people-centric deployment. 

This session will provide valuable strategies for successful AI integration and feature key highlights including:

  • The role of AI in modern manufacturing and effective integration and implementation
  • Aligning AI initiatives with business goals to drive meaningful outcomes, avoiding "pilot purgatory"
  • Engaging cross-functional stakeholders and keeping people and their unique skillsets and roles critical to the equation

Join Kelly as she explores how standing up AI projects within digitalization initiatives will propel manufacturers forward. 

Kelly DePucchio

Kelly DiPucchio

Former Vice President of Global Manufacturing Engineering, General Motors

Kelly DiPucchio brings over three decades of transformative leadership at General Motors to the forefront of advanced manufacturing and innovation. As Vice President of Global Manufacturing Engineering, she led a team of 5,000 in designing and executing cutting-edge systems, tooling, and processes for new vehicles and powertrains, including batteries and electric drive units. Additionally, Kelly championed the Manufacturing Innovation Council and spearheaded digital manufacturing initiatives including automation, virtual validation, and machine intelligence, enhancing manufacturing quality, sustainability, and efficiency.

In prior roles, including Manufacturing Operations Executive Director overseeing ten plants in the U.S. and Mexico, and Global Manufacturing Chief Engineer for midsize vehicles, Kelly gained deep insights into the critical role of manufacturing in creating customer value. She excels at connecting people and ideas, driving innovation and advancements in manufacturing. Passionate about people-centric technology deployment and simplifying the complex, Kelly now advises companies in the manufacturing and industrial tooling and automation sector, driving operational optimization and sustainable growth strategies.

Outside of her professional endeavors, Kelly mentors women and young adults in leadership and STEM fields, enjoys cycling, and travels with family and friends. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan and a Master of Science in Engineering Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Wed, Oct 16  10:30am - 11:15am CDT

Research Highlights Panel

There is widespread agreement that the latest advancements in AI deliver significant and novel value to manufacturing. Companies are gearing their AI initiatives toward strategic business gains, with 55% of those surveyed prioritizing strategy, although 24% are focused on cost or efficiencies. Discover the most applicable takeaways from Manufacturers Alliance Foundation's new research, Manufacturing Intelligence, on the use cases of AI in manufacturing with featured panelists and research interviewees.

Dr. Paul Guerrier

Manufacturing Engineering Manager, Moog

Karen Powers

Manager, Global Supply Chain, Digital Products and Technology, John Deere

Michelle Drew Rodriguez

Michelle Drew Rodriguez

Partner, Roland Berger

Tim Speicher

Tim Speicher

Senior Manager of Advanced Analytics and AI, MSA Safety

Wed, Oct 16  11:15am - 11:30am CDT

Networking Break

Get to know your fellow attendees more and maximize your growing knowledge of use cases and AI applications as you further explore how your peers are aligning with Industry 4.0 adaptations.

Wed, Oct 16  11:30am - 12:15pm CDT

AI Policy, Laws, and Compliance for the Manufacturing Industry

Join us for a lively and audience interactive discussion of important trends and developments relating to AI-related policies and laws impacting manufacturers throughout the US and globally, and best practices for selecting, implementing, and using AI solutions in a responsible, safe, and legally compliant manner.

Chanley Howell

Chanley Howell

Partner, Foley & Lardner LLP

Wed, Oct 16  12:15pm - 1:45pm CDT

Lunch & Keynote: AI-Powered Cyber Defense: Detect, Respond, and Remediate

Perimeter defenses are nothing new, and when it comes to cybercriminals and ransomware purveyors, they’re getting better at evading defenses. Once they’ve gotten in, they’re hiding in network blind spots, operating using encrypted traffic and targeting cloud workloads. What if you could turn this behavior to your advantage? During this collaborative discussion with Fortinet, local security executives discuss how to use these attackers’ strengths against them and how SOC teams can proactively hunt for attackers.

Topics during this lunch keynote include:

  • How network packet data is the best way to detect early signs of compromise
  • Why complex network infrastructure gives attackers more places to hide
  • How network detection and response (NDR) tools are the best to fight ransomware 
Matt Noon

Matt Noon

Senior Director, Security Operations, Fortinet

Matt Noon, Senior Director, Security Operations is a veteran cybersecurity expert whose experience first began with Bradford Networks over 15 years and continues at Fortinet, leading an experienced team of cybersecurity experts focused on Security Operations solutions.  

Matt has been instrumental in helping customers in multiple industries address the cybersecurity needs of their organizations to reduce cyber-intrusion risks and fortify their networks with best-in-class solutions. Matt regularly speaks at national and regional conferences educating and advocating for cyber security.

He is a graduate of the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

Wed, Oct 16  1:45pm - 2:30pm CDT

mHUB Tour

From prototyping labs to explorative technologies, see how mHUB is empowering those changing the landscape of HardTech development.

Wed, Oct 16  2:30pm - 3:15pm CDT

Industrial GenAI: Gamechanger for the Workforce and OEE

Siemens will dive deep into the potential of Industrial Generative AI and what manufacturers need to maximize its impact. This session will explore strategies to unlock the power of generative AI across all functions within a manufacturing environment and showcase practical plant use cases. See the innovative designs that meet customer needs while adhering to engineering constraints and providing real-time engineering and operations assistance to optimize workflows on the shop floor. Attendees will discover how Siemens leverages Industrial Generative AI and Industrial Copilot to empower the workforce and achieve new levels of efficiency and innovation, ultimately leading to a significant boost in Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE).

Olympia Brikis

Olympia Brikis

Head of Research, Siemens Technology

Olympia Brikis, Head of Research at Siemens Technology, works on building the next generation of industrial AI applications in automation, engineering, electrification, and mobility. With her team she focuses on industrial foundation models that have a deep understanding of the physical world and leverage industry-specific domain knowledge.

Prior to joining Siemens Olympia Brikis received her MS in Computer Science from Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich. Since 2015, Olympia Brikis has been a visiting lecturer for courses on AI at the University of Bremen and University of Salzburg and serves as an independent expert to the European Commission on topics of Industrial AI, Manufacturing and Robotics. 

Wed, Oct 16  3:15pm - 4:00pm CDT

Manufacturer Case Study

Lend an ear to a manufacturer as they share their considerations, implementation, and usage of AI tools in operations.

Wed, Oct 16  4:00pm - 4:10pm CDT

Closing Remarks

Cross your T's and dot your I's in the notes you took throughout the day as scheduled programming concludes.

Wed, Oct 16  4:10pm - 5:30pm CDT

Networking Reception

Stick around! This on-site networking reception is encouraged for all attendees to capitalize on the bright minds and ideas of fellow innovators in manufacturing.