Automation Trends: Opportunities & Risks For Alberta - ISA Edmonton

Automation Trends Technical Talk
Opportunities & Risks For Alberta

April 29, 2019 | ETLC Solarium, U of A

Hear from Dr. Basel Alsayyed, Industrial Professor & Researcher at our prestigious University of Alberta. Dr. Basel 's technical talk will emphasize automation, and the important role it plays in Alberta. 

Automation is essentially a  method for improvement of productivity and quality. Alberta, lacking a diverse economy, wakes up on the need to diversify economic resources late, relative to other countries and even compared to other provinces. The constraints that we have in Alberta makes embracing automation more of a need. This presentation will focus on the following topics as they relate to Alberta: 

  • Automation Definition & Scope
  • Automation History
  • Automation Types & Components
  • Automation Advantages
  • Automation Concerns & Impact On Employment
  • Automation Applications
  • Automation & Manufacturing Strategies
  • Automation Road Map

Speaker Bio

Dr. Alsayyed is an Industrial Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, at the University of Alberta. Prior to joining U of A , Dr. Alsayyed was an Associate Professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering in United Arab Emirates University. With over 16 years of experience in academia in many colleges and universities, and over 12 years of industrial experience, primarily in the American automotive industry, Dr. Alsayyed has a passion for innovation in education, teaching, research, and training. Integration of academia and industry goals and activities are paramount. Sensing the industry needs and preparing future engineers to meet these challenges is an important dimension of Dr. Alsayyed’s activities. Dr. Alsayyed have taught many courses and supervised many projects in design and manufacturing, automation and engineering management fields both at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Dr. Alsayyed have served in many committees at the department, college, and university level.

Dr. Alsayyed has a Ph.D. in Industrial engineering, three Masters: (Industrial Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, and Project Management). Dr. Alsayyed is a Certified Manufacturing Engineer (CMfgE) since 1997.

Dr. Alsayyed’s research interests are in the areas of advanced manufacturing, additive manufacturing, automation, design automation and optimization, quality & reliability, engineering education, project management, and knowledge management.

Event Schedule

5:30pm - Check-In & Networking

6:00pm - Dinner: An assortment of wraps from The Chopped Leaf + veggies and dip, fruit, chips, water, juice, and/or pop!

6:30pm -  Technical Talk & Discussion 

Location & Directions

ETLC (Engineering Teaching & Learning Complex) Solarium at the University of Alberta. 

Address - 116 St NW between 91 Ave and 92 Ave

Driving Directions - Google Maps

Parking & Walking Directions To Building - Windsor Car Park is the closest parkade. Exit the Windsor Parkade via the southeast corner, walk south past the Donadeo Innovation Centre for Engineering. On the next building you will see the Maier Leaning Centre sign (this is the ETLC building), enter via the east entrance. Go up the stairs to the second floor. Turn left at the Pizza 73. Go through the doorway and turn left. You will see the Solarium entrance once you turn.


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