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Presenter: Dr Christoph Runde, IMS International, Germany
Presenter: Dr Steve Ray, IMS International, United States of America
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The Fourth Industrial (R)evolution blurs the lines between physical and digital worlds into emerging cyber-physical systems. What is needed to participate in this (r)evolution, and how can developing economies share in the digital transformation opportunities? Can challenges be turned into opportunities through frugal innovation approaches of Industry 4.0 technologies and business models, and adapted to the maturity levels of the worldwide innovation eco-systems? How developing economies can leap frog the digital divide and start realizing the digital dividends of new technologies? This science talk aims an interactive discussion and outside-the-box thinking on how reducing the complexity and cost of adopting the Industry 4.0 paradigms in order to boost the developing countries productivity based on their sociotechnological and economic realities.
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Dr Runde is general manager of Virtual Dimension Center w.V. (VDC), a network and cluster initiative for virtual engineering and for virtual reality, and D-Fellbach: leadership for organization, technology, staff and strategy. He manages the VDC innovation network and has established VDC among Europe’s 50 best performing innovation networkToday, the VDC is Baden-Württembergs most awarded cluster initiative. He has also earned expert status at the European Commission, and is an expert for the factories of the future, high performance computing, and joint calls NMP and ICT. Dr Runde is the Vice President of the European Virtual Reality Association and a member of the European Cluster Excellence Expert Group and the German Informatics Society. He earned his PhD at the Stuttgart University covering the thesis “Conception and industrial implementation of virtual reality as a digital factory building-block”. Dr Runde is the recipient of many awards, and most recently the “European Cluster Management Excellence Label GOLD”, “Cluster-Exzellenz Baden-Württemberg”, and “Innovative through Research” by Stifterverband der Deutsche Wissenbchaft. Dr Runde is currently a project coach for IMS International and its Industry 4.0 project cluster program.
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Dr Steven Ray specializes in information integration consulting services and is a Distinguished Research Fellow at Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley, where he researches information interoperability and standards in application domains including the smart electrical grid, disaster management, electronic business, supply chains, and manufacturing. He has a twenty-seven year track record of initiating and leading system integration and other technical R&D projects at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, Maryland. For the past decade, he was responsible for the management of a $10-13M division of 60 staff and visiting researchers dedicated to the solution of national problems related to measurements and standards supporting systems interoperation in the manufacturing sector. In addition to his consulting support for local technology companies, Dr. Ray’s current activities include the establishment of new research programs at Carnegie Mellon
Silicon Valley in smart grid interoperability and in disaster management, chairmanship of the Ontology Summit and chairmanship of the OASIS Quantities and Units of Measure Ontology Standard (QUOMOS) TC. He has a B.Sc. in Physics (honors) from the University of Bristol, England, a Ph.D. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University, and is a member of ASME and SME.