Robots, AI, and the Future of Work

Jun 12th - Jun 14th 2019
Omni William Penn Hotel

Robots aren’t killing job categories so much as reducing the number of humans needed as we start to automate parts of jobs. Thus, we need to better understand human-robot collaboration—and not just in the workplace, but at home, and even, as the science and engineering of prosthetics advances, within and around our bodies. How much work should be done by the machines? How do we avoid a dangerous over-reliance on them? What systems will be the first to reach full autonomy? What happens to our institutions of work? And finally, the Skynet question: Will humans and machines continue to co-exist in the long term?

  • Wednesday June 12
  • Thursday June 13
  • Friday June 14
Field Trip

A TTI/Vanguard robotics/AI conference in Pittsburgh—of course the field trip will be to Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), home of the Robotics Institute, the world’s largest robotics R&D organization. In addition to a visit to the National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC), this field trip will highlight coordinated applications of sensors, robotics, and AI, and research conducted at the Traffic21 and Metro21 institutes, which are transforming Pittsburgh into a smart city. As such, our transition from CMU’s main campus to NREC will include a guided tour of the Adaptive Traffic Signals Corridor and the Living Edge Lab.

Afternoon of Wednesday, June 12

12:30-12:50            Transfer from Omni to CMU

12:55-1:10               Intro/Overview 

1:20-2:50                 Metro 21 demos & Robotics / AI demos

3:00-3:40                 Transfer to NREC, via Living Edge Lab and Adaptive Traffic Signals Corridor, with on-bus tour

3:45-4:30                 NREC

4:30-5:00                 Return transfer to Omni


Omni William Penn Hotel

530 William Penn Pl
Pittsburgh, PA 15219


Reservations and Travel

Hotel Reservation Deadline
May 17, 2019

TTI/Vanguard Group Hotel Rate
TTI/Vanguard has arranged a discounted block of rooms at the Omni William Penn Hotel.
Deluxe Room: USD$199 (single) / USD$209 (double) per night ++
Premiere King Room: USD$229 (single) / USD$239 (double) per night ++

Online Reservations 
CLICK HERE for TTI/Vanguard’s group rate at the Omni William Penn Hotel.  No group code required.

Telephone Reservations
Please call Omni Reservations at +1 800.THE.OMNI (1 800.843.6664). Please identify yourself as part of the TTI/Vanguard Group to receive our group rate.  

U.S. Government Attendees 
You will receive a special link in your conference registration confirmation to make a government rate reservation directly through the hotel’s website. We are unable to provide the link without an approved registration. This rate is valid through May 17 or until the government room block fills, whichever comes first. Reservations made after that date are on a space available basis. We recommend booking your room early! If you have any questions, please contact the meeting planner, Robin Lockett at +1 310.394.8305, ext. 245 or

Due to the limited amount of per diem rooms available to our group, only U.S. Government agencies will be able to receive the per diem rate.  Unfortunately, we are unable to extend the government rate to FFRDCs.

Reservation/Changes/Cancellation Notes
• The group rate is available through May 17, 2019, and is subject to availability. 
• The rate does not include taxes or additional charges that may apply. 
• Check-in time: 3:00 pm 
• Check-out time: 12:00 pm 
• All changes/cancellations to hotel reservations are responsibility of the attendee.  TTI/Vanguard is unable to make these changes on your behalf. 

Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) 
20 miles/32 km from the hotel approximately a half hour drive, depending on traffic.

PIT Ground Transportation   

  • Taxi Service: Approximately $40 one-way
  • Uber/Lyft: Approximately USD$35 one-way
  • SuperShuttle: $23.60, one-way Group Code: KXHXY
    Enter the group code when booking to receive 10% of off Shared SuperShuttle and ExecuCar Exclusive Airport Transportation.
  • 28x Airport Flyer: The fare is $3.75 to Downtown Pittsburgh from the Pittsburgh International Airport. Get off at 7th Avenue and William Penn Place and walk 2 blocks to the hotel.        

TTI/Vanguard gladly welcomes your guest/spouse to any of our reception/dinner functions. Guests/spouses may attend breakfasts but only after the conference has begun (8:30 am–9:30 am). Please note: Guests/spouses cannot be accommodated inside our conferences, workshops, on field trips, or at our working breakfasts and lunches.

Dress for TTI/Vanguard conferences is business casual.

Wireless Internet connectivity will be provided during the meeting.

For questions about reservations and logistics for this event, please contact: Robin Lockett at or +1 310.394.8305, ext. 245.


For questions about reservations and logistics for this event, please contact Robin Lockett at or +1 310.394.8305, ext. 245.