Technology Lecture on SmartFactory - Towards a Factory of Things

Date: 29 Mar 2010 - 29 Mar 2010

Venue: SIMTech Auditorium, Level 3, Tower Block

Professor Detlef Zuehlke, Center for Human-Machine-Interaction (ZMMI), German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI GmbH)

In 1991, Mark Weiser described the vision of a future world under the name of Ubiquitous Computing. Since then, many details of the described vision have become a reality. Our mobile phones are powerful multimedia systems, our cars are computer systems on wheels, and our homes are turning into smart living environments. The demand is for end-products of these technology advancement to be produced in ever shorter cycles in the very cost-sensitive world markets of today.

The resulting requirements for design, setup and operation of our factories have become crucial for success. In the past, we often increased the complexity in structures and control systems, resulting in inflexible monolithic production systems. But the future must become 'lean'—not only in organisation, but also in planning and technology. We must develop technologies which allow us to speed up and reduce effort in production planning and setup, as well as to adapt to rapid product changes during operation. To meet these challenges we should also make use of smart technologies in our daily lives. However, for industrial use, there are many open questions to be answered.The existing technologies may be acceptable for consumer use but not yet for industrial applications with high safety and security requirements.

The SmartFactory-KL initiative was founded by industrial and academic partners to create and operate a demonstration and research test bed for future factory technologies. Many projects were undertaken to develop, test, and evaluate new solutions. This presentation describes some of the development and challenges, as well as the experiences gained to-date.

1.45pm: Registration
2.00pm: Presentation by Professor Detlef Zuehlke
3.00pm: Refreshment and Networking
3.30pm: End

About Professor Detlef Zuehlke
Prof Zuehlke received his MSc in Electrical Engineering and Applied Computer Sciences in 1976 and his PhD in Industrial Automation in 1983 from RWTH Aachen Germany. In 1985 he joined Lufthansa German Airlines, and was responsible as General Manager for the maintenance operation in Frankfurt. In 1991 Dr Zuehlke became Professor for Industrial Automation and Head of the Institute for Production Automation, University Kaiserslautern. He is also the Scientific Director of the research institute on Innovative Factory Systems (IFS) as part of the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence DFKI Kaiserslautern. Since 2005, he is Chairman of the executive board of SmartFactory-KL, a demonstration and research factory for innovative technologies funded by many industrial and academic partners.

In the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC), he is member of the technical board and chairs the Coordinating Committee on Mechatronics, Robotics and Components.
Who Should Attend
R&D managers, researchers, engineers, lecturers and students.

This lecture is free-of-charge. Pre-registration is required. Please register online by 26 Mar (Friday)

Technical enquiries: Dr Gan Oon Peen, Tel: 6793 8406, Email:
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