A robotics expert witness typically has a background and knowledge in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, computer science, and/or mechatronics, and often has experience as a university professor. A robotics expert specializing in autonomous products may also have a background in artificial intelligence, machine learning, sensor networks, or human robot interaction. Cahn Litigation Services is frequently called upon by law firms to locate an expert witness that can support issues involving robotics matters, representing either the plaintiff or defendant. The chosen expert is oftentimes an active member of an industry or technical organization such as the Robotics Industry Association or IEEE.
Whether the case involves robotic surgery, warehouse robotics, or an industrial robot, Cahn Litigation Services has the experience required to turn an expert witness search around quickly and provide the right balance of expertise and testimony to support each unique project and its nuances.
A robotics expert witness could provide expertise in intellectual property matters, such as a patent litigation in federal court or a trade secret dispute. It could be a patent infringement case in the District Court, or a patent case or proceeding in the International Trade Commission (ITC).
Litigation support by a robotics expert witness could include an expert report, forensic engineering, expert opinion, and expert testimony at a trial. In a high-profile case, or litigation involving a significant financial stake, an attorney may request a technical expert with prior expert witness experience. It is essential that a robotic technology expert witness possess the ability to provide expert testimony in such a manner that a jury can understand the technology and evidence.
Please Note: All Cahn Litigation expert witness searches are customized to attorneys' precise specifications and preferences. Attorneys are encouraged to discuss search parameters with a Cahn search specialist.
The below expert witness bios represent a small fraction of those Robotics experts known by Cahn Litigation Services. These bios are provided to give attorneys a sense of the Robotics landscape.
This expert holds a PhD in Robotics and Automation, is a Professional Engineer, and brings to the table many years of experience in automation systems with specific expertise in instrumentation, control, and software related to electro-mechanical systems. This expert has successfully applied these core strengths in numerous industries including: manufacturing; medical and biomedical; nanotechnology and semiconductor. A former Chief Scientist of a robotics research group and technical architect of multi-million dollar projects with Fortune 500 companies and Federal agencies, this expert has written five copyrighted software systems. This expert has worked extensively with:
This expert has courtroom experience with analyzing software in theft of trade secrets and patent cases. This expert accepts a small number of litigation support engagements to complement regular work as a professional engineer designing automation and machine control systems.
This expert is an electrical engineering expert with many years of hands-on experience in industrial controls, automation, machinery, equipment, industrial safety and machine safeguarding. This expert applies expertise to forensic casework involving industrial controls, machine safeguarding, workplace safety, industrial/commercial/residential electric power systems, electrical related fires, electric shocks, and electrocutions. This expert is proficient in the National Electrical Code, National Electrical Safety Code, Electrical Safety in the Workplace, OSHA Standards for General Industry, and OSHA Electrical Safety Standards.
For many years this expert was a controls engineer for a control system integrator, where this expert was involved in control panel design, industrial automation, machine control, electrical design, software programming, installation, electrical contractor supervision, machine safeguarding, commissioning, project management, electrical power distribution and workplace safety. This expert was a corporate engineer performing electrical engineering in 4 different manufacturing facilities, including industrial controls, automation, process control, process engineering, quality control, robotics, industrial safety, machine safeguarding manufacturing supervision, and product development.
This expert is a licensed Professional Engineer in more than 20 states and a member of the National Academy of Forensic Engineers (NAFE), National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE), American Association of Safety Engineers (ASSE) as well as the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
This expert provides technical investigations, analysis, reports, and testimony toward the resolution of commercial and personal injury litigation involving design, construction, operation, maintenance and training of electrical systems, equipment and devices.
This expert’s areas of expertise include:
Automation, controls, automated manufacturing, automated assembly lines, conveyors, robotics, material handling, packaging, robotic cells, automated storage and retrieval systems (ASRS), test cells, gantries, cranes, elevators, conveyors, lifts, turn tables, pumps, fans, scales, instrumentation, motion control, process control, boiler control, steam control, speed control, industrial controls, HVAC systems, air conditioners, air handling, boilers, compressed air, exhaust, centrifugal and absorption chillers, heaters, ovens, presses, grinders, cutting, broaching, stamping presses, hydraulics, pneumatics, vision, inspection, weighing, RFID, barcode, RF Radios, recipe/batch management, gas analyzers, motor controls, motion control, electrical control panels, control panel design/build (UL certified), PLC, HMI, MES, SCADA and software development, industrial communications (wired and wireless), information systems, data collection, data reporting, alarming, and industrial safety.
This expert’s expertise also extends to:
Industrial control software, programmable logic controllers (PLC), human machine interface (HMI), graphical user interface (GUI), supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA). Other software Visual Basic, C++, Microsoft SQL. PLC Software, Allen Bradley/Rockwell RSLogix/5/500/5000/IPDS, Siemens S5/S7/TIA Portal, Mitsubishi MEDOC/GX Developer/GX Works, Omron, Telemechanique, Modicon,B+R, Opto22, Steeplechase VLC, PC Worx, Wago, Automation Direct, Koyo HMI / GUI / SCADA Software, Rockwell RSView, Rockwell FactoryTalk, Allen Bradley Panelbuilder, Siemens WinCC, Mitsubishi GOT, Mitsubishi GX Worx, Wonderware, Intellution, Iconics, Cimplicity, Proficy iFix, Indusoft, Automation Direct C-more, Industrial Communication Networks, Ethernet, Profibus, Profinet, Ethernet I/P, DeviceNet, ControlNet, Interbus, and ASi-Bus.
This expert has a Masters in Design (Terminal Degree) and a PhD in engineering with course work that spanned product design, safety, industrial systems design, robotics, kinematics and mechanical engineering. This expert's expert witness experience includes intellectual property (patents, trade secrets and trade dress), product design, product liability and mechanical failure analysis, manufacturing system failure, safety analysis, and automotive and motorcycle system failures. This expert is a recognized artist, award winning producer, interior designer, author of a robotics text, journal and conference papers that include automation systems, alternative fuels and automotive engine design, a racing car engine researcher and designer, and the holder of six US patents that include alternative automotive fuels and furniture design. This expert is an Associate Professor in a Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Systems and an Associate Professor in a School of Visual Arts and Design.
This expert is a Chair of Computer Science and Electrical & Computer Engineering. This expert was a Distinguished Professor of Computer Science. This expert has published more than 480 papers in the leading conferences and journals in computer graphics, robotics, computational geometry, databases, multimedia, high performance computing and symbolic computation, and received 16 best paper and time of test awards. This expert has also served as a program committee member or program chair of more than 120 leading conferences in these areas. Moreover, this expert has given more than 110 invited or keynote talks at conferences and distinguished lectures at other institutions. This expert has served as a member of the editorial board or guest editor of leading journals in computer graphics, robotics, geometry processing and scientific computing. This expert has won many awards and is a Fellow of ACM, AAAS, AAAI, and IEEE. This expert is a member of SIGGRAPH Academy, and Pioneer of Solid Modeling Association.
This expert has supervised 40 Ph.D. students. This expert's research group has developed many well-known software packages for collision detection, triangulation, GPU-based algorithms, multi-agent simulation, texture compression, solid modeling, solving algebraic systems, etc. These packages have been downloaded by more than 200,000 users worldwide and licensed to more than 60 industrial organizations. This expert's group has actively collaborated with many industrial organizations.
This expert was a co-founder of a developer of physics-based audio simulation technologies.
This expert has filed 12 patents (and granted 9) based on research. This expert has served as an expert witness on many patent infringement and class action lawsuits. This expert has written many expert reports related to patent invalidity and patent infringement and has been deposed a few times.
This expert provides Expert Witness, Investigation, and Technical Consulting services for Industrial Control Systems, Automated Systems, and Safety Systems. This expert has litigated several cases that involve PLC ladder logic, and has designed scores of systems which utilize PLC code. This expert manages an automation engineering group, and writes/analyzes PLC code virtually every day. Experience includes:
Automated Machinery – Manufacturing Plants, Production Plants
Robotics – Assembly Lines, Semiconductor Plants, Packaging Plants
Control Systems – PLC Controls, Computer Controlled Machines
Automatic and Revolving Doors
Amusement Park Rides – Control Systems, Safety Systems
Bowling Centers – Equipment Systems
Mining – Surface and Strip Mining, Coal, Quarry, Minerals, Oilsands, Conveyors, and Crushers
Lasers – Etching Equipment, Production Lines
Egg Production and Packaging
Food and Beverage Plants – Snack Foods, Cereal, Pasta, Soft Drinks, Beer, Meat Packaging
Conveyors – Belt Conveyors, Bucket Conveyors, Packaging Machines, Vibratory Systems
Wood Production – Sawmills, Chippers, Wood Pellet Plants
Patents – Control Systems, Automated Devices, Production and Manufacturing Machines
Contract Disputes – Control Systems, Production Equipment, Manufacturing Equipment
This expert has acquired many years of experience in electrical, electronic, automation, robotics, bulk materials handling, and mechanical system design. As an inventor, this expert holds several electronic and mechanical patents. This expert’s technical background includes extensive experience with digital logic circuits, vision systems, laser research involving Co2 lasers (Class 4 100 watt), and laser diodes (Class 3B). This expert has established and managed several engineering, CAD, automation, and field service groups, for deployment of automated machinery in the food, beverage, refinery, coal, oil sands, pharmaceutical, and chemical plant industries. Most of this work carried over to the field, where this expert managed electrical and mechanical field construction projects.
This expert’s memberships have included ISA (Instrumentation, Systems, and Automation Society), and AEE (The Association of Energy Engineers). Authorships include Whitepapers for RAM (Remote Asset Management), Energy Management, Automation, and cGMP (Current Good Manufacturing Practice) for FDA related validation procedures in lab environments. Intellectual property and patent experience includes work as a Technical Expert Witness involving patent infringement and automation related accidents.
This expert has many years of experience in hardware and software engineering from embedded systems in the telecommunications and robotics fields to very large-scale enterprise systems. This expert has developed embedded systems for media distribution, high speed encryption and robots; enterprise systems; AI technologies; computer language compilers and interpreters; operating systems; network protocols and knowledge discovery tools; and web and non-web Internet based systems. This expert has extensive experience with more than 45 computer languages and relational, object and post-relational database systems. This expert has developed custom loaders for object code and understands the general requirements of a bifurcated OS or API where executable code for certain concerns are stored in separate and interchangeable code and data elements. This expert has also developed table-based solutions for localizing executables.
Selected Professional Experience
Senior Systems Engineer – Lead engineer of a team responsible for porting MS-DOS and Microsoft Windows to Paradyne PCs. Developed drivers and BIOS. Senior engineer on team responsible for porting and customizing the first implementation of Microsoft Xenix, which later became SCO Unix. Consulted to team responsible for localizing Paradyne products for various foreign language markets.
Department manager and lead engineer of Embedded Systems for a Robotics Group. Under this expert’s direction and following this expert’s design, the group developed a custom real-time operating system with extensions for executing a software-based replacement for Programmable Logic Controllers using a custom logic language compiler of this expert’s design, a distributed multi-node inter-process communication subsystem and other OS extensions.
This expert has years of experience providing expert reports, depositions and testimony for patent litigation, forensics and software contract disputes in telecommunications, computer and network technologies, media distribution and media handling devices and cellular devices and networks including both hardware and software.
This expert’s expert analysis and conclusions were instrumental in achieving successful results in several cases, including a petition before the PTAB for re-examination of a patent’s validity, wherein this expert’s expert written and oral opinions led to a reversal of the Board’s previous invalidity decision, resulting in the patent’s validity being sustained, as well as a similar reversal of a prior decision on a second patent the following day, using the same arguments.
This expert is a Professional Engineer with Mechanical Engineering, Structural Engineering, and Civil Engineering degrees and certificates. This expert has a good deal of ladder logic experience within the context of Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) and Computer Numerical Controls (CNC). This expert was engaged in the design, manufacture, installation and startup of robotic pick and place machinery, performing all engineering calculations necessary in the design of these robotic machines and programming the PLCs during the initial installation period. This expert has also dealt with the design and construction of industrial material handling systems, such as conveyors, piping systems, crane, monorails, robotics, PLCs, hydraulics, pneumatics and electrical controls. This expert had sole responsibility for designing, installing, programming and startup of CNC for manufacturing machine equipment, including selection of components, ladder logic programming, modification of machinery, and machine design. This expert holds two U.S. Patents and is working on two others. This expert has been engaged as an expert witness in a number of cases.
This expert holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering and is a Professor Emeritus. This expert taught undergraduate, masters and PhD classes in Mechanical Engineering and Software Development. Typical classes were Machine Design, Design of Machine Elements, Software Engineering, Human Computer Interface, and Introduction to Artificial Intelligence. This expert developed and taught the university’s first robotics program. This expert also provided consulting to industry giants and has continued to be active as an industry consultant.
This expert has published over 60 papers, and is the author of the a publication relating to machine safety. This expert was elected to a National Materials Advisory Board Committee that analyzed how improvements could be made to Structural Components. This was in response to the Challenger Space Shuttle Disaster.
This expert has been hired by both Plaintiffs and Defendants, roughly (70 % plaintiff and 30% defendant).