Manufacturing AUTOMATION

Virtual Event
Future of Automation
September 29, 2021 at 1:00pm ET

3:20 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.
Panel Discussion: Seeing the future – how vision and artificial intelligence are advancing automated applications


  • Ina Foalea, Director of Investments, SCALE AI
  • Ilija Jovanovic, Co-founder, Taiga Robotics
  • Jim Beretta, President, Customer Attraction
The flexibility required of high-mix, low-volume manufacturing has led to an increase in the number of product shapes and sizes that prove challenging for traditional automation methods.

The need for visibility is paramount. From robots that "see" with vision systems to machine learning that drives decision-making, our panel discusses how advanced tools are helping to increase throughput and maximize production efficiency.

Ina Foalea, Director of Investments, Scale AI
Ina Foalea is an investment director at Scale AI with a focus on investing in manufacturing, health and construction verticals. Prior to Scale AI, Ina was a management consultant at Boston Consulting Group and a financial auditor at KPMG. She holds an MBA from Harvard Business School. She writes comedy skits and is seriously contemplating how AI can be applied to determining which jokes will land.

Ilija Jovanovic, Co-founder, Taiga Robotics
Ilija Jovanovic is a co-founder of Taiga Robotics where he works on product strategy for state-of-the-art robotics. His passion is making robots easier to use and easier to deliver and believes robot generality will emerge through accessibility, not design. He has 10 years of experience designing and building autonomous vehicles and robots recreationally, for the mining industry, and for the Ontario Nuclear industry. He holds a PhD. for his work in planetary rover navigation and most recently received a best paper award from IEEE for his work in AI for space robotics.

Jim Beretta
Jim Beretta is president of Customer Attraction, an industrial marketing consultancy. He works with companies in robotics, automation, manufacturing, packaging and capital equipment on branding, marketing and search engine strategies. He attended the University of Western Ontario and is based in Cambridge, Ont. Jim can be reached at