Industrial Informatics in the 21st Century

Date: 15 Aug 2005 - 15 Aug 2005

Venue: Auditorium, Tower Block, SIMTech, 71 Nanyang Drive


This talk first discusses the characteristics of the information age, pointing out that the agricultural revolution had local scope and impact whereas the information revolution has global scope and impact. The erosion of the boundaries between different disciplines in the information age is considered and the growth of information available is pointed out. It is argued out that these changes necessitate a paradigm shift from teaching to learning, accompanied by changes in the skills that need to be acquired. What an engineer of the 21st Century needs to know and what skills he/she needs to have are elaborated upon and, considering the general trends in industry, the capabilities that he/she needs to develop in order to be able to cope with the changes are discussed.

The presentation will cover the changes observed in the manufacturing industry. The goals of the Intelligent Manufacturing Systems Consortium will be highlighted with special emphasis on Holonic Manufacturing Systems with some demonstrations. These changes in industry indicate a paradigm shift from industrial electronics to industrial informatics.

In the closing parts of the presentation, the state-of-the-art reached in industrial informatics with examples and a perspective on the future, based on “futurology” rather than “prophecy” will be presented.

About Professor Okyay Kaynak 

Prof Okyay Kaynak received a BSc degree with first class honours and a PhD degree in electronic and electrical engineering from the University of Birmingham, UK, in 1969 and 1972 respectively.

From 1972 to 1979, he held various positions within the industry. In 1979, he joined the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey, where he is presently Full Professor. He has served as the Chairman of the Computer Engineering and the Electrical and Electronic Engineering Departments and Director of Biomedical Engineering Institute at this university. Currently, he is the UNESCO Chair on Mechatronics and the Director of Mechatronics Research and Application Centre. He has held Visiting Professor/Scholar positions at various institutions in Japan, Germany, U.S. and Singapore. His current research interests are in the field of mechatronics and industrial informatics. He has authored three books and edited five and authored/co-authored more than 200 papers that have appeared in various journals and conference proceedings.

Dr Kaynak is a fellow of the IEEE. He served as the President of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society in 2002-2003 and is now one of the Vice Presidents of the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society. He has served as an Associate Editor of both the IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics and the IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks. He is now the Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics. He is also on the Editorial or Advisory Boards of a number of scholarly journals.

Who Should Attend

CEOs, CTOs, VPs, MDs, executive directors, managers, engineers, executives, officers & technologists from the precision engineering, electronics, manufacturing and machining clusters, researchers and lecturers from universities and research institutes.

Free admission. All are welcome.

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