The digitization and automation of industrial enterprises, processes and infrastructures is creating a disruptive change for the industrial sector. This is affecting manufacturing processes, building management, environmental processes, and transportation and logistic systems in a profound manner. The digitization and automation is driven largely by Internet of Things technologies.
IoT and automation is leading to mass customization in manufacturing. In particular the concept of the digital twin allows new products to be developed and tested before any physical process is started but once design is fixed, the manufacturing processes are then automatically configured and controlled to manufacture the specific design. The flexible deployment, allocation and orchestration of sensing and actuation, communication and computing resources and services are a key enabler.
At the same time, IoT is not only transforming the actual manufacturing processes but affecting the whole lifecycle of production and delivery of new products from raw materials to manufacturing to the delivery to end users, to the product’s use and its recycling or reuse, thus enabling a circular economy. Next generation mobile/wireless networks will play a key role in this such as 5G and low power wide area networks.
This vertical track will feature invited speakers from industry and academia and special papers that address forward looking topics in IoT technologies for the industrial space and discuss how the advancement of industrial IoT is transforming industry. Topics that will be addressed include
- Dependable networks for automation systems
- The Internet of Things and the digital twin
- Virtualization of manufacturing networks
- 5G and low power wide area networks for industrial IoT
- Cyber-physical manufacturing systems
- Edge and mobile cloud computing in industrial IoT
- Industrial IoT Cybersecurity
- Robust and Reliable IoT
- Intelligent Industrial IoT systems
Dirk Pesch, Cork Institute of Technology
Prof. Dirk Pesch is Head of the Nimbus Research Centre at Cork Institute of Technology, Cork, Ireland. Nimbus carries out research and innovation in Cyber-Physical Systems and the Internet of Things with applications in smart cities and the built environment, energy and water resource management, smart manufacturing, and health and assisted living. Dirk’s own research interests focus on architecture, design, algorithms, and performance evaluation of low power, dense and moving wireless/mobile networks and services for Internet of Things and Cyber-Physical System’s applications and interoperability issues associated with IoT applications. He has over 25 years research and development experience in both industry and academia and has (co-)authored over 200 scientific articles. Dirk is involved in a number of Irish national collaborative research centres, the CONNECT Centre for Future Networks and the CONFIRM Centre for Smart Manufacturing. He has also been active in many EU funded research projects, having coordinated the FP7 SCUBA and GENiC projects focused on smart building and data centre energy efficiency. Dirk is on the editorial board of Springer’s Wireless Networks and the International Journal of Distributed Sensor Networks and contributes to international conference organization in his area of expertise. He is a senior member of the IEEE and a member of the ACM. Dirk received a Dipl.Ing. degree from RWTH Aachen University, Germany, and a PhD from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland, both in Electrical & Electronic Engineering.
Theocharis (Theo) Theocharides, University of Cyprus
Theocharis (Theo) Theocharides is an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, at the University of Cyprus. Theocharis received his Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from Penn State University, working in the areas of low-power computer architectures and reliable system design. Theocharis was honored with the Robert M. Owens Memorial Scholarship in May 2005. He has been with the Electrical and Computer Engineering department at the University of Cyprus since 2006, where he directs the Embedded and Application-Specific Systems-on-Chip Laboratory. His research focuses on the design, development, implementation and deployment of low-power and reliable on-chip application-specific architectures, low-power VLSI design, real-time embedded systems design and exploration of energy-reliability trade-offs for Systems on Chip and Embedded Systems. His focus lies on acceleration of computer vision and artificial intelligence algorithms in hardware, geared towards edge computing, and in utilizing reconfigurable hardware towards self-aware, evolvable edge computing systems. He serves on several organizing and technical program committees of various conferences, is a Senior Member of the IEEE, a member of the ACM, and an Associate Editor for IEEE Consumer Electronics magazine and the ETRI journal. He also serves on the Editorial Boards of IEEE Design & Test magazine, and ACM Transactions on Embedded Computing Systems.