David A. Vasko is director of Advanced Technology at Rockwell Automation. He is responsible for applied R&D and Global Product Standards and Regulations within Rockwell. He is charged with developing and managing technology to enable the future generation of Rockwell Automation’s industrial automation products.

David has held leadership positions in development and research groups while at Rockwell. He managed the Distributed Control Research lab, where agent based control systems were first developed and successfully deployed in industrial applications. He managed the Architecture Development group and contributed to the development of the ControlLogix Architecture and CIP (Common Industrial Communication Protocol/IEC 61158) which is currently used in over 15 million industrial devices. He led the team that developed CIP Safety communication protocol (IEC 61784-3) and in 2005 he was recognized as Rockwell Automation’s Engineer of the Year for his contribution.

He is on the boards of the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition, the IoT Talent Consortium and the Milwaukee Institute. He is a member of the Wisconsin Technical Council, the US National Committee Council and serves on Technical Advisory Groups in the US National Committee for industrial control. He serves in leadership positions within the IEC and is a contributing member of the IEC Strategic Group focused on Smart Manufacturing and Industrie 4.0, the Industrial IOT.

He has authored 20 papers, contributed to 3 books and hold over 40 US patents, in industrial communications, distributed control, agent technology and functional safety.