What comes to mind when you hear the word ‘automation’? Some might see automation as an opportunity to improve productivity, time management, and speed up innovation. Others might raise concerns about the disappearance of jobs and the future of employment. Public opinion, and that of experts and practitioners, has no doubt been influenced by decades of science fiction. Will it take centuries for our society to reach the kinds of automation explored in science fiction? Or are we a closer to a machine takeover than we might think? Above all, what impact will automation have on us, our lives, and work experiences? TechCircle along with industry leaders shall deliberate upon the many myths surrounding automation and thus hindering its adoption across the board. Future of  Automation is scheduled in May 2021 and will be hosted on a 3-D Virtual Platform. 


1:30 PM onwards
  • 1:30 PM – 1:40 PM

    Opening Address

  • 1:40 PM – 2:00 PM

    Keynote I: The Game changer - Scale of Automation

    Overall the technology of automation has matured over the years, however the main change in the last decade is the scale in which automation is applied. The scale of robotics has exploded and continues to grow, applications are being created on a daily basis for all types of industries and environments. Globally, almost half the activities employees perform—which account for nearly USD 16 trillion in wages—could potentially be automated using existing proven technologies.

  • 2:00 PM – 2:30 PM

    Panel Discussion I: Future of Automation Shaping Industries

    Automation is already on the verge of becoming a crucial lever for intensifying operational productivity and industrial enterprises have already taken notice. As conventional automation systems such as the PLC, DCS and SCADA begin to get embedded with AI, a new wave of digitalization is beginning to shape the future of intelligent industrial automation. AI empowers machines to perform tasks that were traditionally achievable by human intelligence.

  • 2:30 PM – 2:45 PM

    Fireside Chat: Managing the Risks of Automation

    Even though adoption rate of Automation is increasing companies still aren’t acknowledging most AI risks. Cybersecurity remains the only risk that a majority organizations consider relevant. However there are many more layers to the risk landscape which needs to be addressed.

  • 2:45 PM – 3:15 PM

    Panel Discussion II: The Imperatives for Automation - Paving the Path to Success

    Prioritizing automation has become more important than ever before for organisational success. Further successful organizations continue to focus on employees as much as technology and have instituted new ways of doing so in which employees work alongside the new technologies. Finally, rethinking operating models, including how different functions work together, has emerged as a new imperative.

  • 3:15 PM – 3:35 PM

    Fireside Chat : Automation making Healthcare more Affordable

    The healthcare industry is in the middle of a multidecade shift attributable to multiple forces, including technology, national and state regulatory changes, and consumer-centric trends. Automation has the potential to reshape the industry, but many players are only beginning to capitalize on the opportunity. The success of these efforts is dependent on the ability to scale and coordinate automation activities across the enterprise.

  • 3:35 PM – 3:45 PM

    Tech Talk: The Dawn of Contract Automation

    How AI and ML are breathing new life to the contract lifecycle

  • 3:45 PM – 4:15 PM

    Panel Discussion III: Automation Revolutionising Manufacturing

    Industry 4.0—which includes connectivity, advanced analytics, automation, and advanced-manufacturing technologies has been gaining momentum before COVID-19, helping companies transform their operations in everything from production efficiency to product customization, with improvements in speed to market, service effectiveness, and new-business model creation. Manufacturing today is being driven by the need to cater to increasing individualisation and to variant diversity of products. Companies have now realised the potential of deploying automation solutions beyond the four walls of a manufacturing plant, reaching across the end-to-end value chain to address planning challenges, operational challenges, and delivery challenges.

  • 4:15 PM – 4:35 PM

    Fireside Chat: Automate Business Operations to Achieve Business Performance

    Operations functions—including procurement, supply chain, and manufacturing—are at the forefront of managing the challenges and finding new ways of working in light of global trends and disruptions. These functions were built for an earlier era, when change was more gradual, disruptions were less frequent, and customer expectations were lower. Today, companies need greater transparency into demand, supply chains, and production capabilities, so that they can respond proactively or in real time to rapidly changing conditions. To achieve their goals for cost efficiency and resilience they are having to reimagine their future capabilities. They are shouldering the dual responsibility of saving both lives and livelihoods. This is where Automation is most instrumental.

  • 4:35 PM – 4:50 PM

    Closing Keynote: Eliminating the capability gap

    Even as AI and automation bring benefits to business and society, we will need to prepare for major disruptions to work. Organisations would have to prepare for jobs lost, jobs gained, and the jobs changed. A more capable workforce creates more resilient companies. A new kind of capability building that works in today’s virtual environments and focuses not simply on learning but also on achieving the behavioural change coupled with higher productivity gains. This ushers in the era of Digital workforce. Almost 50% of all the work employees do can now be automated enabling them to focus on more strategic activities. With the help of RPA, AI, and machine learning creating digital assistance helps in augmenting the human efforts manifolds. It also expedites the pace of digital transformation across the organisation.

  • 4:50 PM – Onwards

    Event Concludes

Speakers 2021


Dr. Aloknath De

Corporate VP & CTO, Samsung R&D Institute India

Vikas Sawhney

Vice President & GM (Engineering and Robotics), Bajaj Auto

Sourabh Chatterjee

President, Head - Technology, Digital Sales, Travel at Bajaj Allianz General Insurance Ltd.

Amaresh Chakrabarti

Senior Professor and Chairman, Centre for Product Design and Manufacturing (CPDM), Indian Institute of Science (IISc)

Arvind Sivaramakrishnan

Chief Information Officer, Apollo Hospitals

Dr. Durga Prasad Dube

Global CISO and Senior Vice President, Reliance Industries Limited

RaviKiran S Avvaru

Head IT - Digitalisation & Automation (Asia Pacific Middle-East & Africa), Apollo Tyres Ltd.

Sanjay Singal

Chief Operating Officer - Dairy & Beverages, ITC Limited

Krishna Bhojkar

Head Production Planning, Skoda Auto Volkswagen India Private Ltd.

Amit Sharma

Vice President & Head of HR, India, Volvo Group

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