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Keynote Speakers

Professor Duncan McFarlane , University of Cambridge, UK

"Intelligent Products In Logistics: The Rise of the Customer"

Duncan McFarlane is Professor of Industrial Information Engineering at the Cambridge University Engineering Department, and head of the Distributed Information & Automation Laboratory within the Institute for Manufacturing. He has been involved in the design and operation of industrial automation and information systems for twenty five years. His research work is focused in the areas of distributed intelligent automation, product intelligence, reconfigurable industrial systems, RFID integration, track and trace systems and valuing industrial information. Most recently he has been examining the role of automation and information solutions in supporting industrial services and infrastructure. Professor McFarlane is also Co-Founder and Chairman of RedBite Solutions Ltd - an industrial RFID and track & trace solutions company. He was Professor of Service and Support Engineering from 2006 to 2011 which was supported by both Royal Academy of Engineering and BAE Systems. Since 2010 he has been the Cambridge Professor of Industrial Information Engineering and is Co Investigator in the Cambridge Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction.

Presentation Abstract: This presentation will introduce research into the ways in which the logistics customer can get "closer" to his order via automated software which represents his needs and preferences to the logistics provider dealing with his order. In this way changing customer preferences such as customisation of the order, changing delivery details or priorities will automatically be conveyed to the warehouse and the management of the order amended. Equally, we will discuss ways in which logistics providers can manage and possibly benefit from such developments.

Professor Paulo Leitão, Polytechnic Institute of Bragança, PT

"Cyber-Physical Systems as Technological Driver for Industry 4.0"

Paulo Leitão received both the MSc and PhD degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Porto, Portugal, in 1997 and 2004, respectively. From 1993 to 1999 he developed research activities at the CIM Centre of Porto, from 1999 to 2000 at IDIT - Institute for Development and Innovation in Technology, and since 2009 at LIACC - Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science Laboratory. He joined the Polytechnic Institute of Bragança, Portugal, in 1995, being currently Coordinator (Associate) Professor and Head of the Department of Electrical Engineering. His research interests are in the field of industrial informatics, collaborative factory automation, reconfigurable production systems, intelligent supervisory control, agent-based and holonic control, service-oriented architectures, bio-inspiration engineering, robotics and Petri nets. He participated in several national and international research projects (e.g. EU FP7 ARUM - Adaptive Production Management, EU FP7 GRACE - InteGration of pRocess and quAlity Control using multi-agEnt technology, EU DEDEMAS - Decentralized Decision Making and Scheduling, EU MOSCOT - A Modular Shop Control Toolkit for Flexible Manufacturing, EU PASO - Paradigm Independent Shop Control for Smaller Manufacturing Sites, and EU CCP - CIM Centre of Porto), and Networks of Excellence (e.g. IMS - Intelligent Manufacturing Systems, and CONET - Cooperating Objects Network of Excellence). He was member of the International Program Committee (IPC) of several scientific events, has published more than 130 papers in high-ranked international scientific journals and conference proceedings (peer-reviewed), and is co-author of three patents. He received four paper awards at INCOM’06, BASYS’06, IEEE INDIN’10 and INFOCOMP’13. He served as co-chair of several international conferences, namely IFAC IMS’10 and HoloMAS’11. Dr. Leitão is Senior member of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society (IES) and Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society (SMCS). He is currently the Chair of the IEEE IES Technical Committee on Industrial Agents.

Presentation Abstract: Global markets are imposing strong changing conditions for industrial companies running their businesses, facing strong pressures related to the customization of products in high flexible production systems. Industry 4.0 is an initiative that promotes the computerization of traditional industries, aiming intelligent factories characterized by adaptability, efficiency, functionality, reliability, safety, and usability, as well as the integration of customers and business partners in business and value processes. Cyber-physical systems constitute a technological basis to address this challenge, providing significant benefits in several emergent application domains, such as smart grids, smart buildings, smart transportation, smart healthcare, and particularly in smart manufacturing. This presentation discusses the concept of cyber-physical systems and possible application domains, and presents their current trends, technologies and challenges. Particularly, it discusses how industrial agents technology can support the development of intelligent, dynamic and self-* large-scale cyber-physical systems, covering the inter- and intra-enterprise integration and running in ubiquitous environments. For this purpose, it will be discussed the advantages of combining multi-agent systems with complementary paradigms, particularly service-oriented architectures, cloud computing, fog computing and biological inspired techniques, such as swarm intelligence and self-organization.



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