This workshop brings a unique group of experts joining from numerous fields and organizations to explore the potential of U.S. recycling and the changing roles of the technology and people within it. Outcomes from the workshop include establishing a long-lasting platform that allows communication among experts focusing on different aspects of this multidimensional problem, and formulating research questions that will be more informed and relevant about the state of the recycling industry and therefore more useful to addressing its most prominent issues.
The Monday lecture is open to the public. The remainder of the workshop is by invitation.
Monday, February 17, 2020
Opening session- “Beyond Dull, Dirty and Dangerous’: Humans and Robots in the Recycling Industry of the Future”,
Key speaker- Matanya Horowitz, Founder and CEO, AMP Robotics
Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Welcome Coffee and Continental Breakfast
Introduction to the Project and Workshop Goals
NSF Robotics and Recycling Grant: Berk Calli, WPI; Aaron Dollar, Yale Workshop: Marian Chertow, Yale
Current Status and Future of the Waste Stream
Jon Powell, CEO, PTP Informatics; Barbara Reck, Yale Response by Robert Heffernan, OWaste
The Business of Robots and MRFs
Matanya Horowitz, AMP Robotics Eric Camirand, Waste Robotics Paul Degnan, Casella Response by Aaron Dollar, Yale Group Discussion
Designing MRFs for Human Workforce Outcomes: How Should the Interdependent Roles of Humans and Robots be Organized to Maintain, and Ideally Improve, Job Desirability, Worker Health, and Worker Motivation?
Brian Scassellati, Yale
Miriam Holsinger, Eureka Recycling
Brian Linde, Yale
Response by Yuna Cho, Yale
Regulatory and Business Strategies for Optimizing Recycling
Robert Klee, Former Commissioner, CT Department of Energy and Environment David Wagger, Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) Ryan Nordt, Waste Management, Inc.
Break‐out by Specialization (each join one session): a. Robot Design and Manipulation – facilitators Berk Calli, WPI; Aaron Dollar, Yale b. Training People and Robots – facilitators Brian Scassellati, Yale; Jacob Whitehill, WPI c. Reconfiguring Recycling to Increase Job Options – facilitators Marian Chertow, Yale; Liddy Karter, Mizzen Capital
Report from the 3 breakout groups and wrap‐up discussion
Berk Calli, WPI and Marian Chertow, Yale