Jeff Burnstein is president of the Association for Advancing Automation (A3), a trade group representing more than 1,000 global companies involved in associations focused on robotics, machine vision, motion control and motors and related technologies. Burnstein is an expert on the impact of automation on jobs as well as the future of automation, having appeared on CNBC, Bloomberg News, BBC, as well as in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek and other leading media outlets and publications.
He has testified before a Congressional committee examining robotics as a disruptive technology and addressed the Congressional Robotics Caucus at the five-year anniversary of the creation of the National Robotics Initiative. Burnstein has a unique historical perspective on the robotics and machine vision industries in particular, having worked for over 33 years at Robotic Industries Association and two and half years prior to that at the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. He is a frequent speaker at conferences all over the world, especially in Asia and Europe, where he has strong relationships with automation leaders in China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Denmark, Germany, Mexico and other countries in part due to his service as an executive board member of the International Federation of Robotics. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan.