BGSU to host State of the Region Conference

PERRYSBURG — The Center for Regional Development at Bowling Green State University will examine robotics
and artificial intelligence at the 18th annual State of the Region Conference March 2.
The conference theme is “Developing Tomorrow’s Workforce by Embracing and Investing in Robotics and
Artificial Intelligence.”
The conference, held at the Hilton Garden Inn at Levis Commons, will begin with networking and breakfast
at 8 a.m., followed by opening remarks by BGSU President Rodney K. Rogers and Ohio Rep. Haraz N.
Ghanbari, R-Perrysburg.
Guhan Venkatu, group vice president, Regional Analysis and Outreach, of the Federal Reserve Bank of
Cleveland and Russell W. Mills, Ph.D., senior director of the Center for Regional Development, will give
a state of the region address at 9:15 a.m. At 10:30 a.m. Molly G. Martin, director of New America
Indianapolis, will give the keynote address.
At 11:15 a.m., Jennie Gallimore, Ph.D., dean of the BGSU College of Technology, Architecture and Applied
Engineering, will moderate the panel, “Positioning Ohio to be a Leader in Robotics and AI.” Panelists
include Ari Lewis, co-founder of OhioX; Nathan Spoden, founder and chief operating officer of MedPilot;
and Scott Lang, president of Motion Controls Robotics.
Attendance is free, but registration is required. Register at