Orientation through knowledge: the automatica Forum

Speaker and audience

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.

Main Topics and Highlights at automatica 2018

Digital Transformation

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

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

Artificial Intelligence

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

  • Keynote: Günter Kruth, Department Head Industry 4.0 Smart Operations, Daimler: “AI in automotive production
  • Panel discussion 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; Author "Smart Machines", "Zukunft 2050", "Tatort Zukunft", Kim Dressendörfer, Watson Cognitive Solution Architect, IBM Watson IoT Center: "Artificial Intelligence: from service robotics to smart production. How smart can machines become?”
  • Dr. Jens Ottnad, Head of Pre-Development Networked Systems,Trumpf: "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:

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

  • Panel discussion with 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 and Dr. med. Andrea Fehrmann, Trade Union Secretary IG Metall: “Work 4.0: How are digitalization, artificial intelligence and robotics changing our work environment?
  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Sascha Stowasser, Director, ifaa - Institute for Applied Work Science: “How Industry 4.0, artificial intelligence and collaborative robotics change the way we work
  • Armin Barnitzke, Deputy Editor in Chief Automationspraxis: Work 4.0: How are digitization, artificial intelligence and robotics changing the world of work?
  • Johann Hofmann, Head of ValueFacturing, Maschinenfabrik Reinhausen: “Competency 4.0—From homo sapiens to homo digitalis

Other Highlights

  • Alfred Pammer, Authorized Representative, Head of Production Automation, cts GmbH: "Factories of the future - Autonomous transport between lines and warehouses"

Cooperation partner

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