Advisory Board 2017

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Highlights 2016

Beyond Industrie 4.0

Wolfgang Wahlster is the Director and CEO of the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) and a Professor of Computer Science at Saarland University. He has published more than 200 technical papers and 12 books on user modeling, spoken dialog systems, mobile and multimodal user interfaces, the semantic web, as well as the internet of things and services. He is a Fellow of AAAI, ECCAI, and GI. In 2001, the President of Germany presented the German Future Prize to Professor Wahlster for his work on intelligent user interfaces, the highest personal scientific award in Germany. He was elected Foreign Member of the Royal Swedish Nobel Prize Academy of Sciences in Stockholm and Full Member of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina that was founded in 1652. He has been awarded the Federal Cross of Merit, First Class of Germany.  He holds honorary doctorates from the universities of Darmstadt, Linkoeping and Maastricht. He serves on the Executive Boards of the International Computer Science Institute at UC Berkeley and EIT Digital. He is the editor of Springer’s LNAI series and on the editorial board of various top international CS journals. In 2013, Wolfgang Wahlster received the IJCAI Donald E. Walker award for his substantial contributions, as well as his extensive service to the field of Artificial Intelligence throughout his career.

One of Industrie 4.0 founding fathers and a driving force behind this initiative will be delivering the opening keynote at Industry of Things World 2016 on Monday 19th September. In his session he will give us his vision of the future of Industrie 4.0, the role of autonomous systems and the impact of semantic technologies on businesses.

Unlocking the potential of Industry 4.0 – implementing the vision at the leading chemical company

“At BASF, we create chemistry - and have been doing so for more than 150 years. As the world's leading chemical company, we combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. Through science and innovation we enable our customers in nearly every industry to meet the current and future needs of society.” Frithjof Netzer leads the digital transformation at BASF across divisions, regions and functions with the BASF 4.0 project. Digital core technologies such as internet of things, big data analytics, mobility devices and augmented reality are systematically merged with BASF’s value chain. This includes procurement, supply chain, logistics, engineering, manufacturing, marketing & sales and innovation. Based on this BASF adds value to customers through digitally enabled products and services. Horizontal and vertical connections are used to increase effectiveness and efficiency of customer and supplier interactions. Frithjof joined BASF in 1999 and held a variety of business and procurement leadership roles in coatings, hygiene, petrochemicals and performance chemicals. His jobs were located in Münster / Germany, Mt. Olive, NJ (USA), Charlotte, NC (USA), Ludwigshafen / Germany and Hong Kong. He holds a doctoral degree in business administration from the University of Münster, Germany based on research work in the airline industry.

In his keynote in the morning of Day 2 he will address how new technologies can be applied real timefor safer and faster operations and how this can lead to unlocking innovation potential.

Generating the new ecosystem for Industrie 4.0 – Enabling horizontal cross company value chains by new partnerships and business models

Colin I’Anson is the Chief Technologist for the IOT program in the Enterprise Group EMEA where he is responsible for the design and architecture of customer solutions. His focuses include end-to-end system design, ensuring solutions deliver valuable customer outcomes, integrating partners, creating proof points and aligning product and service capabilities. Prior to his current role, he created the technology for HPE’s Cloud28+ a catalogue of cloud services that drives business to HPE’s service provider partners. He also established the early foundations for HPE’s NFV business. I’Anson joined HP in 1980 as a R&D engineer in Scotland and in 1986 moved to HP Labs in Bristol. Recently he has been driving new business creation based on Labs system technologies, working in a variety of senior roles in telecommunications and network architecture and engineering. I’Anson holds a bachelor’s degree in Electronic Engineering and a Ph.D. in digital signal processing for seismology both from the University College of North Wales (Prifysgol Bangor). He is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (FIET).

In his keynote in the morning of Day 1 he will address how to enable horizontal cross company value chains by new partnerships and business models.

IoT on the Factory Floor: How do we get there from here?

A mathematics undergraduate in his native Australia, Rodney received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford in 1981. From 1984 to 2010, he was on the MIT faculty, and completed his service as a Professor of Robotics. He was also the founding Director of the Institute’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, and served in that role until 2007. In 1990, he co-founded iRobot (NASDAQ: IRBT), where he served variously as CTO, Chairman and board member until 2011. Rodney has been honored by election to the National Academy of Engineering, and has been elected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Association of Computing Machinery, the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

In his keynote session in the evening of Day 1 Rodney will address the current and future situation of factories and how IoT is changing this landscape. Many have mapped out how a factory floor that has pervasive IoT nodes connected to the cloud and  attached to everything the moves or senses on the factory floor will enable new capabilities and improve efficiencies and flexibility. But there are real questions of how will manufacturing get from where it is now to this grand future.

Sensor data is a waste of money… unless…

Niall O'Doherty leads a team of Teradata business consultants that are helping leading global manufacturing and energy companies to do more with their data. He is very focused on the value of detailed and complex data and especially the proliferation of “Big Data”, the Industrial Internet of Things and the associated analytics that are required. Before joining Teradata in early 2002 Niall worked for BearingPoint (KPMG Consulting), Johnson & Johnson and E&J Gallo Winery.

In his keynote on the morning of Day 2 Niall will interrogate some of the mainstream approaches that organizations are taking to the Industrial Internet of Things, explain some of the key challenges that sensor and IoT data provide and recommend some fundamental business and technology foundations to ensure that your organization is not wasting money.

Lean production meets Industry 4.0

Daniel Hug is the Head of Product Group Industry and Logistics at Bosch Software Innovations GmbH since 2014. Furthermore, he is responsible for business with external customers of the Innovation Cluster Connected Industry, where Robert Bosch GmbH brings together all of its activities and expertise in the field of connected manufacturing. In both roles, Daniel is responsible for developing manufacturing and logistics related Internet of Things applications. He held various management positions in development, operations and planning at Bosch during the last 13 years. He has worked as a trainer and coach for product engineering and in his last position as technical assistant to the Bosch CEO & CTO Dr. Denner for two years. Daniel holds a Diploma and a PhD in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Stuttgart.

In his keynote on Day 1 Daniel will talk about how they have been combining the practical know-how with Industry 4.0 approaches so that they can best support their lean production at over 250 Bosch plants worldwide. Analyzing big data in near real time, advanced automation, and monitoring are important triggers for boosting manufacturing efficiency, transparency, and flexibility – right across the value stream, from suppliers through to customers.

Industry of Things World 2016 Chairwoman

Dr. Melinda Crane is an experienced TV anchor; as chief political correspondent at Deutsche Welle TV, she analyzes German and European policy and also hosts the DW talk show „Quadriga“.

She frequently comments on US politics and transatlantic relations for German media, and has written for a variety of German publications and US newspapers including The New York Times Magazine, The Boston Globe, and Christian Science Monitor. Her diverse areas of expertise include transatlantic politics, energy, climate and environment, transport and communication, globalization, finance and trade, science and medicine, migration, integration and urbanization, women, youth and education as well as new media and the internet.

Dr. Melinda Crane is this year's Industry of Things World Conference Chairwoman.

Bracing for Impact: How does the industry stack up against IoT?

Joel Emery is currently Vice President, Helix Cloud Product Management for Wind River, a wholly owned subsidiary of Intel. In this role, Joel is responsible for the Helix Device Management product line, which includes Wind River Helix Device Cloud, an IoT device management platform, allowing customers to manage their IoT devices through a SaaS cloud application. He joined Wind River in 2005 and during his tenure has focused on business in all market verticals including Industrial, Aerospace & Defense, Mobile, Automotive, Networking and Digital Home and led Professional Services as General Manager for the EMEA region.

Prior to Wind River, Joel held various management and development positions with companies in the telecom industry. With over 22 years of experience in the embedded software including over five years in the IoT industry, Joel has broad expertise in all functional aspects of the business, from product development and management to project management, consulting, business development, sales and general management. He also has built significant international experience and held senior management roles around the globe, in Europe, North America, and in Asia Pacific.

Joel holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, with a major in Telecommunications, from the University of Applied Science in Fribourg, Switzerland. He also earned his Project Management Professional (PMP) Designation with the Project Management Institute in 2005.

The promise of IoT is tremendous, yet critical pain points exist across the value chain that must be solved for consumers to best generate and capitalize on the potential new revenue streams. The IoT delivers an influx of new connected devices touting better service and a better quality of life for users. How do companies best deal with this new category of device? In this session, learn the winning combinations required for companies to leverage the opportunity IoT presents.

The Power to Transform: How the Digital Twin Helps Machines/Things Thrive

The digitalization of the global electricity industry represents a €1.1 trillion economic opportunity over the next decade. As Chief Digital Officer of GE Power, Ganesh is driving GE’s digital strategy for this industry. His team is building and applying data science and software solutions to monitor, predict and ultimately enhance the performance of the entire electricity value network, while simultaneously reducing its carbon footprint. 

Named a top 20 influential Chief Digital Officer by CxOTalk, Ganesh joined GE from ServiceSource, where he was EVP, GM & Chief Products Officer. He was previously VP of Product Strategy & Management at SAP, led platform strategy at PeopleSoft, and was Chief Software Architect at J.D. Edwards.

Did you know critical machines/things in your organization can talk? Are you listening? That is where the power of the Digital Twin comes in. Join the session and discover three simple steps to transform silent assets into valuable knowledge and insights. Using examples from the Power industry, you’ll understand how this industry is using digital solutions to turn data into insights that drive relevant outcomes in the face of volatile fuel prices, environmental pressures, and increasing demand for sustainable, reliable power. Assets thrive with the Digital Twin:

  • Get Connected: Capture data from new and old machines, in a secured and easy way, to create Digital Twins at scale across your fleet/business
  • Get Insights: Get immediate benefit the Digital Twin of your assets to understand performance, detect & prevent anomalies and validate productivity
  • Get Optimized: Compare assets across the world, learn from Digital Twin to optimize asset utilization, understand the interactions and reproduce what works well

Leading New ICT Enables Digital Transformation

Graduated MSc of Telecommunications (Helmut-Schmidt-University Hamburg) and 1993 joined Start-Up E-Plus to manage the Technical Center and become Project Lead for Commercial Launch in Berlin/Leipzig.
Moved to ThyssenTelecom to become CTO of Plusnet which signed first German Interconnection Contract with Deutsche Telekom. Then stepped onto CTIO-Position Broadnet (Comcast) and later moved to Alcatel-Lucent to first lead PreSales in D-A-CH Region followed by Business Development in EMEA Region and finally take the Business Management of IP-Platforms for Central/Eastern Europe.
Since 2015 heading „New Business Domain“ of Huawei Technologies Europe with core focus on Internet-of-Things und Industrie 4.0.

The new industry revolution is reshaping multiple industries and creating new business models; How New ICT Technologies like loT, Cloud Enable Enterprise Digitalization in Industry 4.0 Era and Huawei’s practice; Joint Innovation and collaboration are highly needed to create a new open ecosystem, and new business value.


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