Aviation & Robotics Summit 14-16 May 2024, Pittsburgh, The Robotics Capital of the world

10 Reasons to attend the FTE Aviation & Robotics Summit 2024

The FTE Aviation & Robotics Summit will return to Pittsburgh on 14-16 May 2024, following the huge success of last year’s inaugural Summit. Here are 10 reasons why you should make the trip to Pittsburgh, the “Robotics Capital of the World”, to engage with fellow innovators from airlines, airports, OEMs, government agencies, vendors, roboticists, entrepreneurs and academia, and help to forge the best path forward for robotics and AI in aviation:


Understand and experience how robotics and AI will revolutionise the aviation industry, and be at the forefront of change

The FTE Aviation & Robotics Summit 2024, hosted by Pittsburgh International Airport, rewrites the rules on what you can expect from an industry event. It will offer a truly unique opportunity to engage with aviation and robotics industry professionals with the primary goal of solving aviation business and operational challenges with robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) solutions.

Participation will enable you to truly understand how the rise of robotics, AI and automation will impact the way our sector evolves into the future, and also provide connections to many of the industry’s most progressive organisations that are seeking to leverage advanced technology.

And where better to dive into this transformative journey than in Pittsburgh, which is known as the “Robotics Capital of the World”.

We have a very limited number of complimentary tickets remaining for direct employees of Airports, Airlines, Aircraft Manufacturers and Government Agencies, and a limited number of tickets available for purchase by industry Vendors/Suppliers.


Attend impactful keynotes and panels exploring how the first-movers have embraced robotics and AI, and future opportunities for aviation

Explore how robotics and AI can be leveraged to address key operational challenges in the aviation industry. Hear from first-movers, tech experts, startups and outside-of-the-sector innovators on how they are tapping into robotics, AI and automation to enhance operational efficiency, support their workforce, and improve the customer experience, setting the stage for a future shaped by next-generation technologies.

The inspirational Opening Keynote address will be delivered by Alaska Airlines’ Director of Innovation, Bernadette Berger, while innovators from the likes of Avinor, United Airlines, Pittsburgh International Airport and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) are also confirmed to speak.


Go behind the scenes at some of world’s most pioneering robotics companies headquartered in Pittsburgh

On 15 May, attendees will have the unique opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at the vibrant robotics, AI and advanced manufacturing ecosystem in Pittsburgh. The tours will provide an exclusive look at what is being developed today and what the future might hold, as well as insights into how airports, airlines and their partners could stand to benefit from the latest advancements. Confirmed tour stops include some of the world’s most inventive robotics and AI companies, including Carnegie Robotics, Gecko Robotics, Astrobotic, Formlogic and Mill19.

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Participate in deep-dive interactive workshops hosted at the world-famous Carnegie Mellon University

Play an active role in workshops hosted at the renowned Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), a global leader in robotics and computer science research and education. CMU provides the perfect venue for our Day 2 and Day 3 panel sessions and workshops, which will bring together airlines, airports, OEMs, government agencies, vendors, roboticists and entrepreneurs, to explore how robotics and AI technology can help solve some of the biggest aviation industry challenges. Areas of focus include: baggage handling, airside asset management, aircraft servicing, workforce support & enhancement, passenger services, and airport terminal operations.

At the end of the Summit, each working group will deliver a presentation to shed light on the challenge they have been tackling and share the progress they have made in solving this challenge with robotics and AI solutions, before next steps are shared to ensure the collaboration lives on beyond the Summit.


Engage with like-minded industry innovators

Engage with a diverse group of industry executives with a definitive focus on robotics and AI technologies, representing an international array of airlines and airports, technologists, roboticists, OEMs, government agencies and academia. The Summit truly is a melting pot for those at the forefront of aviation and robotics innovation. You will have the opportunity to network and share learnings, explore potential use cases, and help accelerate the adoption, deployment, and commercialisation of robotics technologies to solve real-world challenges in the aviation industry.

Among the companies already registered to attend are Aer Lingus, Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, Avinor, Berlin Brandenburg Airport, CVG Airport, DFW Airport, Frontier Airlines, IAG, KLM, Lufthansa, Ontario Airport, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines, The Emirates Group, United Airlines, Vienna Airport, and many more.

To support engagement between participants, we are pleased to offer all attendees access to our Attendee Engagement Platform – Powered by Swapcard – a system which offers AI-powered matchmaking and super-charged networking functionality.

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View the list of organisations already confirmed to attend

See first-hand xBridge Project Demos at PIT

The FTE Aviation & Robotics Summit’s host, Pittsburgh International Airport, is already firmly established as a leader in innovation through its progressive xBridge, which is aimed at testing and deploying new technologies to drive innovation for smarter airports. The Summit will provide attendees with a unique opportunity to witness live demonstrations from pioneering companies whose technologies have been tested at PIT and are making significant advancements in the robotics field.

Through a self-guided tour on 14 May, attendees are invited to visit the Summit sponsors – May Mobility and Pattern Labs – as well as a selection of partners working with Pittsburgh International Airport, including: AlgenAir, Thoro.ai (a Carnegie Robotics spinoff), DIBZ, Ecotone Renewables, Mapless AI, Oceaneering, and Synaptic Aviation.

Learn more about the above xBridge Project Demos here

Unwind, connect and enjoy the wonders of Pittsburgh through our exclusive social and networking programme

The Kickoff Event on 14 May will take place at Pittsburgh’s Heinz History Center, featuring six floors of interactive exhibitions, including the museum’s flagship exhibit, Pittsburgh: A Tradition of Innovation. From the rise of the steel, glass and steamboat industries to modern advances in medicine, robotics and technology, the exhibit unravels the process and products of innovators that have shaped the region’s unique history. As well as providing an incredible networking opportunity, the Kickoff Event will feature an inspiring keynote by Alaska Airlines, which will help to light the fuse of innovation that will permeate the three-day Summit.

The following evening Pittsburgh International Airport will host attendees at the Cinderlands Warehouse; a unique craft brewery in Pittsburgh’s famous Strip District. The Happy Hour will provide a perfect opportunity to relax and exchange learnings, in a vibrant environment after a busy day of panels at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and robotics innovation tours across Pittsburgh. Two fantastic opportunities for all participants to relax and engage with their industry colleagues, hosted at venues that highlight the unique splendour of the city of Pittsburgh.


Meet and build relationships with roboticists, entrepreneurs and suppliers, and meet potential new partners for your future robotics projects

We’re convinced the FTE Aviation & Robotics Summit will be a force for positive change in the here and now, as well as in the future. The Summit offers aviation leaders who are looking to drive industry progress the opportunity to build relationships with those who have the passion and knowledge to provide solutions to some of the industry’s biggest challenges. Participants will return to the office with a clearer roadmap of how their organisation can tap into the full potential of technologies such as robotics and AI, and with new contacts that can help them transition smoothly.


Expand your learning at the co-located FTE Digital, Innovation & Startup Hub and FTE Baggage Innovation Working Group meetings

The members-only FTE Digital, Innovation & Startup Hub and FTE Baggage Innovation Working Group meetings will be hosted on 14 May as part of our FTE Aviation & Robotics Summit schedule. Members can expect tech and innovation-focused presentations, interactive discussions, co-creation sessions, and quick-fire pitches from a selection of industry leaders and pioneering startups.

Learn more about our FTE working groups and make the most of your time in Pittsburgh:

FTE Digital, Innovation & Startup Hub FTE Baggage Innovation Working Group


Don’t just take our word for it!

“The Aviation & Robotics Summit served as a thought-provoking platform for Alaska Airlines. It was two days filled with engaging interactions with core engineers and product demonstrations by robotics developers in Pittsburgh. The experience of exploring potential applications of these technologies across various facets of our industry was intellectually stimulating, competitively thrilling, and enlightening.”

Gus Naughton, Senior Software Engineer, Emerging Technologies, Alaska Airlines

“The Aviation & Robotics Summit brings together forward-thinking individuals from across the industry in one of the most innovative cities in America. It’s an incredible opportunity to think outside the box and envision the possibilities that lie before us in the future of aviation.”

Kristen Berndt, Senior Manager, Baggage Strategy & Innovation, United Airlines

“The Aviation & Robotics Summit is the only event I’ve participated in – in any industry – that proactively works to develop new partnerships, technologies, and companies to address aviation’s most critical needs. By dedicating significant time to workshops focused on building multi-disciplinary groups of aviation professionals alongside technologists, roboticists, researchers and entrepreneurs, the Aviation & Robotics Summit has created a unique environment than can actually lead to real advances for the industry.”

Cole Wolfson, Director xBridge, Pittsburgh International Airport

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