ARM Exchange Webinar Recording: ARM Institute Response to COVID-19


As the U.S. sought to quickly catalyze solutions to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic, it became apparent that the Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institute was uniquely poised to address this challenge. By focusing on remediating the impacts of the virus, we used the skills and talents of our roughly 300-member national consortium to make a meaningful impact on our nation’s recovery.

Our membership responded to this challenge with projects that fell into a few categories – those aimed at minimizing the spread of the virus through robotic disinfection, those focused on expediting the production of personal protective equipment like face masks and hygienic gowns, and others targeting the production of the materials and processing equipment needed for widespread and rapid community testing.

This panel, including experts from Lockheed Martin, Siemens, and Wilder Systems, represents a few of the members who responded to ARM’s call for action and participated on projects that addressed some of these specific concerns. In this webinar, we discuss how, through these ARM Institute projects, these companies have been able to quickly respond to this pandemic, lessons learned in this crisis and where we are today with the projects.

PANELIST: Michael Kopack, Lockheed Martin
Mike Kopack is a Senior Engineer at Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Lab in Cherry Hill, NJ. He holds a Masters Degree in Computer Science from Drexel University and a Bachelors of Science in CS from Georgia Institute of Technology. He specializes in software architectures applied to autonomy and robotic systems. His past work includes work on the DARPA’s CODE, ALIAS, and AACUS programs, as well as other programs for Office of Naval Research (ONR) and the US Air Force and Army. Currently he serves as the Principal Investigator (PI) on the ARM Institute MAID program.

PANELIST: Dr. Joe Tylka, Siemens Corporate Technology
Dr. Joe Tylka is a research scientist at Siemens Corporate Technology, where he conducts research in the areas of automation, control, and machine learning. Joe received his Ph.D. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University in 2019, and has expertise in multichannel signal processing, machine learning, and intelligent control systems.

PANELIST: Will Wilder, Wilder Systems
Will Wilder is founder and CEO of Wilder Systems in Austin, TX where they specialize in automation for aerospace manufacturing and maintenance. Recently, the team has applied their technology toward rapid, robotic COVID-19 testing in partnership with ARM and the National Institute of Science and Technology. Will has over ten years of experience with industrial robotics applications and holds US Patent 15/610,465 for moveable gantry systems. Prior to founding WS, Will led teams to design, qualify and deliver novel manufacturing systems to aerospace clients including Boeing, Lockheed and Airbus. He received his bachelor’s degree in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Washington and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.

MODERATOR: Cara Mazzarini, ARM Institute
Cara Mazzarini is the Technology Portfolio Manager for the Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institute. Cara develops, curates, and maximizes the value of ARM’s portfolio of innovative technologies. Cara advises organizational investment decisions, provides data for decision-making, prioritizes team and resource allocation, and manages aggregate risk of the projects across the portfolio. Through this work, Cara helps to fulfill ARM’s mission of increasing U.S. global competitiveness by accelerating innovative technologies and workforce programs that make robots more accessible to U.S. manufacturers. Cara is a graduate of Villanova University with a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and a certificate in Cybersecurity from the Naval Postgraduate School.

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The Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institute accelerates the development and adoption of robotics technologies that are the foundation of every advanced manufacturing activity today and in the future.  The Institute leverages a unique, robust, and diverse ecosystem of partners across industry, academia, and government to make robotics, autonomy, and artificial intelligence more accessible to U.S. manufacturers large and small, train and empower the manufacturing workforce, strengthen the U.S. economy and global competitiveness, and elevate our nation’s security and resilience.  Founded in 2017 in Pittsburgh, PA by Carnegie Mellon University and operating as an independent public-private partnership funded by the Department of Defense, ARM is part of the DoD Manufacturing USA® network. Learn more at, follow @ARM_Robotics on Twitter or ARM Institute on LinkedIn.

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