PRASAD AKELLA, Ph.D.
Founder & CEO
Drishti Technologies Inc.
Prasad Akella transformed manufacturing in the 1990s as leader of the General Motors team behind the world’s first collaborative robots, or "cobots.” That technology is now projected to be a $12 billion market by 2025. With cobots, Akella advanced robotics to safely amplify workers’ physical capabilities. With Drishti, Akella returns to the factory to again enhance workers’ capabilities—this time, by driving advances in computer vision and AI.
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Making Factory Workers More Competitive in an Increasingly Automated World
Manufacturing has two big secrets.
The first is that, despite years of advances in robotics and automation, most factory work is still performed by humans. Indeed, only about 10 percent of factory tasks are performed by robots. The rest is done by people.
The second is this: For 100 years, human tasks have been almost entirely invisible to analytics. The techniques to measure workers’ activities haven’t materially changed since the days of Henry Ford. These techniques are manual, time-consuming and impossible to perform at scale.
That’s a problem, because if you can’t measure something, you can’t improve it. And, if manufacturers think human productivity has reached its limits, no wonder they look to offshoring or automation.
Now, a Silicon Valley startup, Drishti Technologies Inc., promises to change all that. Drishti is applying computer vision, machine learning and artificial intelligence to create a meaningful data set from human activities. Manufacturers can use Drishti’s technology for true digital transformation: not just to optimize workstations and assembly lines, but to improve all the functions that rely on time and motion data from human activities. Learn how in this thought-provoking webinar.