AIM2LEARN: Robotics for Manufacturing – Criticality of AI to the Accessibility and Adoption of Robotics for Manufacturing Webinar

This presentation will briefly discuss the ARM Institute, the conclusions of the AI Discovery Workshop conducted by the ARM Institute in 2021, the resulting Data for AI Working Group (DAWG) and its initiatives to support and develop solutions relative to small and medium manufacturers (e.g., National AI Robotics for Manufacturing Assessment).

National AI Robotics for Manufacturing Assessment:  Companies of all sizes often look to AI/ML and robotics to improve quality, performance, and safety, but often don’t know how to start or maintain these capabilities. This national effort is intended to address these inhibiting factors and inform future investments.

All assessment respondents will receive the results of this effort. Company and personal information will be kept confidential. Using the resulting report, you can see how your organization’s AI processes compares to others, better understand best practices, and understand where development is still needed. Take the Assessment

About the Presenter:

Michael Skocik, Senior Programs Manager, ARM Institute

Michael Skocik is a Senior Programs Manager for the Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institute, one of 9 DoD-funded national manufacturing institutes. Michael is responsible for managing a multi-million-dollar portfolio of ARM’s Technology and Workforce Development projects and supporting the process by which they are selected.  Through this work, Michael helps to fulfill ARM’s mission of increasing U.S. global competitiveness by accelerating innovative technologies and workforce programs that make robots more accessible to U.S. manufacturers.

Michael has over 20 years of manufacturing experience and has served in roles ranging in quality, product management, research & development, program management, and engineering. Recently, Michael has led the development of the ARM Institute’s Flexible Roadmap Process and served as lead designer and facilitator for workshops on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML).  Michael is also managers for the Data for AI Working Group (DAWG) which focused on the development of tools, guidance, and strategies to help manufactures obtain, assess, and structure data vital to enabling use of AI/ML for advanced robotic system used in manufacturing.

Prior to joining ARM, Michael was employed by Westinghouse Electric Company in the roles of Marketing Development and Product Management where he managed aftermarket and engineered products for the Global Commercial Nuclear Sector.  Michael’s career experience also includes employment at Flowserve Corporation; one of the world’s largest flow control companies, where he was a senior engineer. Michael is a graduate of West Virginia University with a Bachelor of Science degree in the field of Chemical Engineering.

This webinar is part of the AIM2LEARN education series that is hosted by the AIM Higher Consortium. Speakers present for 30 minutes on a topic relevant to the defense industry supply chain. Each webinar serves as a tool to help regional manufacturers improve their competitive advantage and strategies to expand business with the U.S. Department of Defense and the subcontractors that serve them. This webinar is available at no cost thanks to a grant provided by the Department of Defense Office of Local Defense Community Cooperation (DoD-OLDCC). You can learn more about the AIM Higher Consortium at

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