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NGIoT Community Events: Evolving manufacturing in Europe – the role of Edge Computing

February 16 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Manufacturing is one of the key European sectors in terms of economical and societal development. Usually linked solely to production environments, manufacturing businesses are related with different European competitiveness domains, e.g., Agriculture, Automotive, Construction, currently directly providing support for 32 million jobs in Europe. Scalability, flexibility, sustainability and the capability to adapt require a technology-driven approach, which has been so far driven by the use of digitisation tools that benefit from Cloud-base services. The increasing need for support from the shop-floor to the Cloud across critical infrastructures, and the increase of open-source Edge-based technology have assisted a rise in Edge-based services tailored for Manufacturing, and this trend is expected to grow further.

The NGIoT initiative, coordinated by EU-IoT, counts with multiple projects that explore manufacturing use-cases handling data processing and analysis involving Edge computing. 

This event aims at debating on the challenges and opportunities that are being created by moving from a Cloud-centric manufacturing approach, to Edge-Cloud based approaches. 

For this purpose, the event shall provide a perspective on recent Manufacturing use-cases being explored by a flagship ICT-56 project, inGENIOUS applicable Manufacturing project along with ICT-38 Knowledge Project on designing a more human-centered AI. 


10:00 – 10:10 Welcome

Rute C. Sofia (EU-IoT/ IIoT competence field head , fortiss GmbH) Fortiss GmbH, IIoT Head

Chris Decubber, The European Factories of the Future Research Association (EFFRA), General Consultant 

10:00 – 10:40 Manufacturing Use-Cases Presentation Session

Moderator: Martin Robles, EU-IoT/Senior Consultant BluSpecs

This session is dedicated to the presentation of use-cases derived from two flagship projects: iNGENIOUS, focus on IoT and Edge computing and knowlEdge project , focus on platform design and implementation based on AI for supporting the manufacturing sector.

iNGENIOUS: Improved Driver’s Safety with Mixed Reality and Haptic Solutions, Jaime Ruiz Alonso (Nokia CNS XR Lab) – 15m

KnowlEdge project: Challenges of AI implementation within manufacturing sector from a human interaction perspective, Stefan Walter (VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd).

10:40 – 11:25 Panel Session

Moderator: Rute C. Sofia

This panel focuses on a discussion concerning challenges and opportunities for Edge-based services in Manufacturing, involving the representatives of the flagship projects, a representative of a large scale manufacturer, a representative of a manufacturing SME, and a representative of a Manufacturing association.


Chris Decubber, The European Factories of the Future Research Association (EFFRA), General Consultant 

Jaime Ruiz Alonso, Nokia CNS XR Lab, Innovation Manager

Robert Schachner, Xentara GmbH, Chief Techonolgy Officer

Stefan Walter, VTT, Senior Scientist

Christian Winkler, Siemens AG, Senior Principal Expert IoT

11:30 – 12:00 Closing comments

Rute C. Sofia (EU-IoT/ IIoT competence field head, fortiss GmbH)


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February 16
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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