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Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Gérald Santucci (DG CONNECT)

    Gérald Santucci was appointed in July 2012 as head of the unit Knowledge Sharing at the European Commission's Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG CONNECT). He promotes an organisational culture where everyone can know what goes on around them, where learning is constant and ideas flow in all directions, where there are systematic linkages between policy, regulation and research, and where insights and judgements as well as documents and facts are shared with a view to continuously adding value. He supports the Directorate-General in the implementation of the new Better Regulation guidelines adopted in 2015.

    Gérald is an economist by profession. He holds a master’s degree from the Institute for Political Studies in Paris and a PhD in microeconomics from the University of Paris 12 Val-de-Marne. Between March 2007 and June 2012, Gérald was head of the unit Networked Enterprise & Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) that managed a portfolio of some 50 Research and Innovation projects grouped around two clusters – Future Internet Enterprise Systems (FInES) and Internet of Things (IERC). Under his leadership, the European Commission adopted a communication on RFID (March 2007), a recommendation on the implementation of privacy and data protection principles in RFID-enabled applications (May 2009), and a communication on the Internet of Things (June 2009).


   « The first industrial revolution was the mechanisation of production using water and steam power; the second introduced mass production with the help of electricity; the third, the digital revolution, led to the automation of production; the fourth industrial revolution now consists of the intelligent networking of product development and production, logistics and customers. The EU manufacturing sector accounts for 2 million companies and 33 million jobs; it is the source of 15 % of our GDP, 80% of our exports and 2/3 of investment in R&D. As the EU has set itself a target to move the share of industry in GDP from today's 15 % to 20 % by 2020, it is estimated that an additional 100 B€ of investments in industry per year is needed to reach that goal. The presentation therefore describes the European Commission’s 'Digitalizing European Industry' initiative (DEI) and highlights the key digital technologies which industry is encouraged to adopt, in particular Big Data, Internet of Things, robots and autonomous systems. »


Invited Speaker:

Dr.-Ing. Ricardo Goncalves (UNINOVA)

   Dr.-Ing. Ricardo Jardim-Goncalves holds a PhD degree and received his habilitation (Agregação) in Industrial Information Systems by the New University of Lisbon (UNL). He is an Associate Professor at the New University of Lisbon, Faculty of Sciences and Technology, and a Senior Researcher at UNINOVA – Instituto de Desenvolvimento de Novas Tecnologia. He has graduated in Computer Science, with MSc in Operational Research and Systems Engineering. His research activities have been focused on Interoperability of Complex Systems. He has been researching in European Commission funded projects during the last 25 years, including those in the domain of Digital and Sensing Enterprise, with more than 200 papers published in conferences, journals and books. He directes GRIS (GRupo para a investigação em Interoperabilidade de Sistemas; Group for Research in Interoperability of Systems) at UNINOVA (Instituto para o Desenvolvimento de Novas Tecnologias), CTS (Centro para as Tecnologias e Sistemas). He is project leader in ISO TC184/SC4.


   Enterprise Interoperability (EI) is a well-established area of applied research studying the problems related with the lack of systems and applications’ interoperability in organizations, and proposing novel solutions for EI problems. However, in spite of research efforts to date, the proper scientific needs for EI remain elusive, without the support of an integrated compilation with the state of the art of the main research domains that are pillar for the research and development in EI. This lack prevents the generalization and full reuse of the methods and tools that have been developed so far, and threatens the sustainability of EI. This presentation addresses the ongoing work of the Scientific Committee of Interop-VLab, developing a book that intends to respond to this need. After presenting the motivations for development of the book, the state of the art of the several scientific domains addressed are described, and provided an integrated vision of the future of EI in the advent of H2020.


Invited Speaker:

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Klaus-Dieter Thoben (LogDynamics)

   Klaus-Dieter Thoben studied mechanical engineering with a focus on product development. He received his Doctor of Engineering degree in the field of CAD/PDM applications. In 1989, he joined BIBA (Bremer Institut für Produktion und Logistik GmbH) as Head of the Department of Computer Aided Design, Planning and Manufacturing. In 2002 he was appointed professor at the University of Bremen and he became director of BIBA. Since 2008 he is head of the ‘Institute of integrated Product Development’ at the Faculty of Production Engineering. Since 2012 he is the spokesman of the Research cluster of Dynamics in Logistics (LogDynamics) at the University of Bremen as well as member of the board of ForWind, a joint research cluster of the Universities of Oldenburg, Hannover and Bremen on Wind Energy.

   His main research activities include but are not limited to the application of information and communication technologies to support co-operative processes and environments with a specific focus on product development (smart/intelligent products engineering), product and systems lifecycle management, collaborative process chains and enterprise networks. He has more than 25 years of experience in co-ordination and management of European and national funded research projects including EU funded Networks of Excellence and large IPs (Integrated Projects).


   The term Product-Service System (PSS) represents an integrated combination of products and services. However, the design of a PSS raises a variety of issues since the complexity of the integrated offering introduces ever challenging requirements than traditional product engineering. The PSS concept is shifting the business focus from the design and sales of physical products to the design, sales and provision of a system consisting of products, services, supporting networks and infrastructures, which are configured and integrated in such a way that they are jointly capable of fulfilling individual customer demands. The presentation will reflect on the emergence, the presence as well as the future prospects of the PSS concept and will elaborate on the challenges related to interoperability issues to be solved during the design and the provision of a PSS. New approaches actually under development in ongoing research projects will be introduced and insight into industrial test cases will be provided.


Invited Speaker:

Francisco Duarte (Bosch Car Multimedia Portugal)

   Dr. Francisco Duarte (b. 1968) is a Senior Manager at Bosch Car Multimedia Portugal, were he worked for seven years as embedded and MES software developer, and 11 years as information systems manager. He was also co-responsible to install and govern the BPM effort, and was the EFQM coordinator. During four years, he managed and worked as a web software developer on his co-owned software development company. He was the project leader for SAP implementation in some Bosch plants. Currently, he is the responsible for Preventive and System Quality and for Customer Assistance at Bosch Car Multimedia Portugal.

He earned a Dipl. Eng. and a MSc. in Computer Science, and a PhD. in Software Engineering, all from U. Minho. He is an Assistant Professor (invited) at U. Minho. His research interests are business process models, software implementation of business processes, reference models, and software engineering.


   Enterprises embody business processes to model and to perform business tasks. The interfaces between business processes (either internal or external) are key aspects to have efficient and effective enterprises. Additionally, the interoperability between sub-processes, either at a semantic or at a technological perspective, still needs further attention due to the significant number of information systems normally existing within the same manufacturing enterprise and due to the new functional requirements triggered by recent programs, like the EU Factories of the Future or the German Industrie 4.0.

These new programs focus the software development community on building platforms, and developing applications, to support the internal supply-chain business processes, proposing characteristics such as smart decision support, innovative simulation, or resource efficiency, and requesting underlying technologies such as the Internet of Things or Big Data. Yet, investigation is needed to discover the functionalities needed by manufacturing enterprises and to establish clear standards on the technological solutions.

This presentation discusses what approaches should be used to implement the functional requirements of the business processes related with shop-floor activities, and what interoperability is requested to support such functional requirements.


March 29th, 2016.
The papers of the Doctoral Symposium will be available soon at this link.