Industry Forum

There are two Industry forums during the conference. The first one is on the topic of "Industry 4.0 and Industrial Internet of Things" with 3 talks and second one titled "Energy Infrastructure and E-Mobility" with 3 talks. Refer to the conference program for session times.

Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things


Stamatis Karnouskos, Thomas Strasser

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Title: Cloud-based Automation Engineering for Industrie 4.0: Challenges, Implementation Possibilities, Potentials and Examples

Presenters: Heinrich Steininger, (logi.cals, St. Pölten, Austria), Philip Lange (EclipseSource, Vienna, Austria)

Heinrich Steininger is one of the inventors of graphical PLC programming. Since 1986 he has been working on solutions for automation. In 1987, kirchner SOFT, which he co-founded, brought logiCAD/16 to the market. As CTO of logi.cals GmbH, he is responsible for the development of logi.CAD 3 and other innovative engineering solutions for the cloud.

Dr. Philip Langer is a principal architect and general manager of EclipseSource in Vienna. He has many years of experience working with several modeling technologies of the Eclipse ecosystem and is a consultant to customers in this area. His current main focus is the development of domain-specific modeling and engineering tools, including graphical modeling, model diff/merge with Git, as well as web-based modeling tools. He is the project lead of Eclipse Graphical Language Server Platform (GLSP), as well as of and a committer on EMF Compare.

Abstract: The goal of Industrie 4.0 is to transform static industrial value chains full of media breaks and gaps into distributed, highly flexible, dynamic and end-to-end digitized value networks that are created, operated and further developed in a global ecosystem. This dissolves the clear distinction that existed in the past between the engineering of subsystems, their integration and commissioning, and the operation of these systems. Key success factors for being able to implement and operate these systems are - as the Industrie 4.0 platform states in its "Guiding Principles 2030" - "availability, transparency and access to data".
The benefit of technologies used in the transformation process for Industrie 4.0 is measured by these success factors. Tool chains that support the development and operation of these systems must take this into account. In addition, ecosystems must be designed to be open in order to limit the formation of monopolies and continue to correspond to the heterogeneous structure of the industry.
Engineers involved in the creation of the coming systems, which are constantly increasing in complexity, need suitable powerful development environments for this. And just as the automated systems must be integrated and supported by a suitable cloud infrastructure, engineering is also only possible on the basis of such an infrastructure and with services suitable for it. The development of technology in recent years makes it possible to implement, provide and operate such services today. The associated integration portals are also being developed and will determine the engineering of the coming decades.
This presentation shows which challenges have to be mastered to implement such platforms, which key technologies are available to implement them and which architectural approaches are suitable to realize open and extensible platforms based on these technologies. As an example, it will be shown how logi.cals has further developed its proven engineering solution logi.CAD 3 into logi.CLOUD, a fully web-based cloud service architecture. This enables control programming, deployment and testing in graphical and textual IEC-61131-3 languages but also in C and C++ without local software installation. It will be shown how the scalable services have been integrated into an OEM cloud platform to meet data security requirements, while also integrating with the platform's other services to create an economically viable offering. In the future, this platform will enable solutions from sensor to enterprise application on multiple levels from IT, edge, OT, engineering tools to operational applications.

Title: Dynamic and Robust Distributed (Control) Systems – An answer to complex Industry 4.0 demands

Presenters: Tiberiu Seceleanu (ABB Sweden and Mälardalens University, Sweden)

Tiberiu received the MSc (1994) and Lic. Sc (1995) degrees from the Polytechnical University in Bucharest, Romania, and the Dr. Tech degree from Åbo Akademi in Turku, Finland (2001), after that working as an assistant professor and adj. professor at the IT Dept., University of Turku. In Oct. 2007 he joined ABB Corporate Research (Sweden), as a principal scientist in embedded systems architectures and design methodologies. Since Jan. 2020 he holds the “ABB Professor of Distributed Automation Systems” position at Mälardalen (read „Melardalen“) University. His publications (120+) and patents (10) focus on the areas of digital system design, platform-based design, synchronous/asynchronous (formal) modelling and implementation, and communication. He has been leading more than 20 academic, industrial or co-production projects, as a main or local leader.

Abstract: The presentation describes an approach to build and maintain distributed systems – with a focus on control systems. It employs both machine learning and formal verification techniques, targeting the creation of a scalable and resilient infrastructure, setting also solid grounds for autonomous operations. The main focus of the approach is the optimality of the resulting system implementation and the correctness of the operations with respect to overall system requirements and constraints. The approach successfully “marries” service-based, model-based, self-healing and network-centric concepts towards improving design time and ease of deployment, providing dynamicity during operations.

Title: Cognitive Robotic Systems for Digitalized and Networked (Automated) Insect Farms. The CoRoSect 4.0 Solution

Presenters: Armando Walter Colombo (University of Applied Sciences Emden, Germany and IEEE Systems Council)

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Armando Walter Colombo (FIEEE), joined the Department of Electrotechnical and Industrial Informatics at the University of Applied Sciences Emden-Leer, Germany, became Full Professor in August 2010 and Director of the Institute for Industrial Informatics, Automation and Robotics (I2AR) in 2012. Prof. Colombo worked also for 17 years (2001-2018) as Manager Director for Collaborative Innovation Projects and also as Edison Level 2 Group Senior Expert at Schneider Electric, Industrial Business Unit. Prof. Colombo has extensive experience in managing multi-cultural research teams in multi-regional projects. He has participated in leading positions in many international research and innovation projects related to the area of Industrial Informatics and Industrial Cyber-Physical Systems. His research interests are in the fields of Industry 4.0-compliant solutions, industrial cyber-physical systems, industrial digitalization and system-of-systems engineering, Internet-of-Services. Prof. Colombo has over 30 industrial patents and more than 300 per-review publications (see He is a member of the IEEE IES Administrative Committee (AdCom), Chair of the Fellow Committee of IEEE IES, Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Systems Council and Co-EiC of the IEEE Open Access Journal of the Industrial Electronics Society (OJIES).

Abstract: The EU CoRoSect Innovation Action brings a novel perspective to digitalized and automated insect farming, demonstrating in real industrial scenarios, how AI and robotics are scaling up insect farming. The project introduces an Industry 4.0-compliant and IIoT-based digitalized, integrated robotic solution to support all insect life cycle phases. The goal here is to create a collaborative environment where humans and robots harmoniously share and undertake various cognitively and physically demanding tasks, such as transferring and handling crates (de-stacking and stacking), monitoring environmental conditions larvae separation/detection, insect feeding, and more. This infrastructure is being implemented, tested and validated based on end-user needs and requirements in diverse insect production environments, namely Mealworm, Black Soldier Fly and Crickets. (See for more information). The talk will present and explain the CoRoSect 4.0 Solution. After introducing the requirements and describing the major specifications of a RAMI 4.0-compliant Digitalization infrastructure, based on Key Enabling “Industry 4.0 and Asset Administration Shell Technologies, the basic steps for designing, implementing and operating a CoRoSect 4.0 solution will be discussed with the audience.

Energy Infrastructure and E-Mobility


Regina Roos, Thomas Strasser

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Title: Sustainable Microgrids from a Solution Provider Perspective - Validation Center and Microgrid Controller

Presenters: Marco Cupelli (Rolls-Royce Solution GmbH, Friedrichshafen, Germany), Alexander Bernhard (Rolls-Royce Solution GmbH, Friedrichshafen, Germany)

Dr. Marco Cupelli is a Senior Expert for New Energy & Propulsion Solutions at Rolls-Royce Solution GmbH in Friedrichshafen which was formerly known as MTU Friedrichshafen. He received the doctoral degree in electrical engineering from RWTH Aachen University. Before his current position he was the Division Head of Power Systems Control and Automation with the E.ON Energy Research Center, RWTH Aachen University, where he was responsible for several public funded research and innovation projects in the areas of Smart Grids and Microgrids. He is a Senior Member of IEEE and Member of the CIRED working group on Microgrids in Interconnected and Islanded Modes – WG 2018-3.

Alex Bernhard finished studying mathematics at the Technical University of Munich in 2007. After working at a small company in Wangen (Germany) he joined 2009 Rolls Royce Solutions GmbH in Friedrichshafen which was formerly known as MTU Friedrichshafen. For the first five years Alex worked on algorithms for diesel engines, mainly in the context of gas path control and exhaust aftertreatment. Working on some control algorithms for some predevelopment projects, he developed a controller software for the first MTU gas mobile engine for marine solutions from 2012 to 2018. In the past three years Alex is developing control algorithms for energy systems. His focus hereby is the optimal dispatch of energy sources reducing power generation costs and emissions of the systems.

Abstract: The presentation will focus on selected use cases of deployed microgrids, covering aspect such as: 100% offgrid operation of an industrial power plant and use cases in renewable rich areas. Further on a special focus will be given on validation activities under real power of microgrid controllers. Concluding with the associated challenges of operation of multiassets operation in real deployments and corresponding solutions.

Title: Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Distributed Energy Resource Management Systems (DERMS)

Presenters: Nikolaos-Antonios Livanos (EMTECH SPACE, Athens, Greece)

Nikolaos-Antonios Livanos is founder of EMTECH Group (EMTECH SPACE P.C. in Greece, EMTECH GMBH in Germany, and EMTECH SPACE P.C. (CY) LTD. in Cyprus). He is Managing Director of EMTECH Greece, responsible also for Business Development and Technical Management in the domains of spacecraft simulation systems, and energy smart-grids. He has successfully managed several space engineering projects for European Space Agency, Airbus, Thales Alenia Space and other European space prime contractors. Since 2014 he is member of the Experts team in Skolkovo Foundation in Russia for Space, Energy and Medical clusters. For more than 10 years, he has been steering EMTECH in steady growth by inspiring excellence, innovation, team-spirit, and a mentality of hard work in all company activities.

Abstract: The on-going energy transition towards the smart-grid is based on three pillars: decarbonisation by using clean renewable energy sources (RES); decentralisation by using distributed power generation, and targeting efficiency, reliability and resiliency; and digitalisation by adopting digital devices, information technologies and connectivity, optimizing performance and enabling innovative business models. This digital energy transformation affects the traditional supply chain (generation, transmission, distribution, consumption) by introducing a new, intermediate domain, between distribution and consumption: the Distributed Energy Resource (DER). These resources are directly coupled to the public distribution grid, in general injecting small-scale power, and being of any type, such as renewable, fossil fuel based, battery, etc. A Distributed Energy Resource Management System (DERMS) is an integrated hardware and software platform targeting to monitor and optimize DER control. This presentation aims to provide an overview of DERMS, giving emphasis on certain Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies, useful to enhance overall system performance.

Title: Applications for HIL Testing in EV Charger Development & Validation and their Impact on Faster EV Charger Deployment

Presenters: Friedemann Steinbach (Typhoon HIL, Somerville, USA)

Friedemann Steinbach is a true “car guy” and a long-term industry insider in the automotive, mobility and manufacturing industries, both in North America and in Europe. He has spent more than 20 years in sales, marketing, business development and general management positions and has led several organizational restructuring projects, most of them in an international, multicultural environment. He had corporate leadership responsibilities of several $100M+ business units and has recently been leading the U.S. subsidiary of a French technology company which is focusing on alternative energies and future mobility. Today, Mr. Steinbach advises automotive system suppliers and technology companies in the EV and future mobility space.

Abstract: Based on recent research, we will demonstrate how accelerated EV charging infrastructure deployment, expansion and improvement is a key prerequisite for an accelerated mass adoption of EVs, both by consumers and by commercial fleets. Denser, easy-to-use EV chargers with more power and more functionalities still require the development of new chargers and features, and we will point out how hardware-in-the-loop testing and simulation (HIL) can simplify and shorten product development and validation cycles.