Orientation through knowledge: the automatica Forum

From status quo to the future: The technical presentations at automatica Forum analyze and discuss best practice examples, current industry trends, and technological innovations. The perspective? Consistent and application-oriented—thanks to deep insights into production processes of acclaimed companies.

The automatica Forum in a single sentence: First-hand expert knowledge and transfer of valuable automation know-how. The application areas of tomorrow are the main focal point of all presentations and panel discussions. What do current developments have to offer in terms of potential? What will be the next hot topics in the manufacturing sector? How can digitalization be advanced? You will receive profound answers from across the various events—and by talking to participants.

The freely accessible program with German-English simultaneous interpreting is presented in cooperation with the Konradin publishing company and will go on for the entire duration of the fair.

Event calendar of automatica 2018

Our event calendar offers an overview of all events at automatica.

Main Topics and Highlights at automatica 2018

Digital Transformation

How automotive OEMs and mechanical engineering companies approach digital transformation, program excerpt:

Speaker Lecture
Speaker Dr. Markus Grüneisl,
Head of Production System and Digitalization, BMW Group
Lecture Keynote:
“Digitalization and smart data analytics in the BWM Group’s production system”
Speaker Dr. Holger Heyn,
Head of Future Production Technology, Volkswagen Group
Lecture "Production of the future at the Volkswagen Group: digital, networked, and sustainable”
Speaker Karl-Heinz Land,
Digital Darwinist, Initiator of the Deutschland Digital initiative
Lecture Keynote:
“Dematerialization and redistribution of the world”
Speaker Moderator:
Armin Barnitzke,
Deputy Editor in Chief Automationspraxis
Lecture Panel discussion:
“Digitalization: Who are the winners an losers of the digital revolution?”
Speaker Dr. Jens Ottnad,
Head of Pre-Development Networked Systems, Trumpf GmbH + Co. KG
Lecture “The revolution in sheet metal processing - AI and Machine Learning at Trumpf”
Speaker Corporate law firm Bird & Bird LLP Lecture “Big and Smart Data in Industry 4.0: Data sovereignty and solution approaches”
Speaker Ulrich Peters,
division manager of production, MTU Aero Engines AG
Lecture Keynote:
“Smart Automation in the aerospace industry”

Artificial Intelligence

The industrial AI revolution—presentations from the field and panel discussion, program excerpt:

Speaker Lecture
Speaker Günter Kruth,
Department Head Industry 4.0 Smart Operations, Daimler
Lecture Keynote:
“AI in automotive production”
Speaker With Dr. Olaf Munkelt,
Managing Director, MVTec and Chairman VDMA Vision
Dr. Wieland Holfelder
Head of Development, Google Germany and Head of the Munich Development Center Munich
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Tobias Meisen
Managing Director of the Chair of Information Management in Mechanical Engineering (IMA) at RWTH Aachen University
Martin Hägele,
Head of Robot and Assistance Systems, Fraunhofer IPA
Dr. Ulrich Eberl, longtime Head of Innovation Communication at Siemens and author of “Smart Machines”, “Zukunft 2050”, “Tatort Zukunft”
Kim Dressendörfer,
Watson Cognitive Solution Architect, IBM Watson IoT Center
Lecture Panel discussion:
“Artificial Intelligence: from service robotics to smart production. How smart can machines become?”
Speaker Dr. Jens Ottnad,
Head of Pre-Development Networked Systems, Trumpf
Lecture “The revolution in sheet metal processing—AI and machine learning at TRUMPF”

Human-Robot Collaboration

Working experience with collaborative robots in medium-sized businesses, program excerpt:

Speaker Lecture
Speaker André Lange,
Group Leader Service and Hardware Planning, Andreas Stihl AG & Co. KG
Lecture “Hand in hand with the worker”
Speaker Denis Niezgoda,
Robotics Accelerator Lead at DHL
Lecture “Robotics—Future of warehouses and enabler of new human machine collaboration”
Speaker Matthias Wallner,
Robotics Engineer, Continental Automotive GmbH
Lecture “Cobots @Continental Engine Systems—the next step of lean clever automation”
Speaker Robert Hofmann,
Managing Director Hofmann Glastechnik GmbH
Helmut Schmid,
Managing Director Universal Robots (Germany) GmbH
Lecture “Collaborative robotics for SMEs: A user explains advantages and disadvantages”
Speaker Prof. Dr.-Ing. Markus Glück,
CINO Schunk GmbH & Co. KG
Dr.-Ing. Werner Kraus,
Projektleiter Fraunhofer IPA
Lecture “Introducing Human-robot collaboration (HRC) in the company—report from the Schunk Smart Factory”
Speaker Stuart Harris,
Honeywell Analytics
René Tristan Lydiksen,
Mobile Industrial Robots
Lecture “Autonomous mobile robots support a lean approach to business operations”
Speaker Alessandro Bonara,
ASM Assembly Systems GmbH & Co. KG
Lecture “Collaborative robotics: innovative process optimization in electronics production”

Work 4.0

How will digitalization, AI and collaborative robotics change the way we work? In cooperation with IGZA, Institut für die Geschichte und Zukunft der Arbeit [Institute for the history and future of work] (Dr. Neumann), program excerpt:

Speaker Lecture
Speaker Michael Höhenberger,
Head of Office, Bavarian Ministry of State for Family, Labor and Social Affairs
Dr. Elke Frank,
Senior Vice President of HR Development, Deutsche Telekom
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Sami Haddadin,
Director, Munich School of Robotics and Machine Intelligence, TU Munich
Dr. med. Andrea Fehrmann,
Trade Union Secretary IG Metall
Lecture Panel discussion:
“Work 4.0: How are digitalization, artificial intelligence and robotics changing our work environment?”
Speaker Prof. Dr.-Ing. Sascha Stowasser,
Director, ifaa—Institute for Applied Work Science
Lecture “How Industry 4.0, artificial intelligence and collaborative robotics change the way we work”
Speaker Armin Barnitzke,
Deputy Editor in Chief Automationspraxis
Lecture “Work 4.0: How are digitization, artificial intelligence and robotics changing the world of work?”
Speaker Johann Hofmann,
Head of ValueFacturing, Maschinenfabrik Reinhausen
Lecture “Competency 4.0—From homo sapiens to homo digitalis”

Other Highlights

Speaker Lecture
Speaker Alfred Pammer,
Authorized Representative, Head of Production Automation, cts GmbH
Lecture “Factories of the future—Autonomous transport between lines and warehouses”

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