Thursday 1st March 2018


This conference is a great opportunity to engage and hear from leading academics from Singapore, France Germany and the UK who are carrying out ground breaking research in the area of Industry 4.0.


Welcome address from Conference Chairs

Conference Chairs:

Professor Paulo Bartolo
Chair in Advanced Manufacturing, University of Manchester

Dr Carl Diver
Innovative Manufacturing – LecturerUniversity of Manchester

09:45 – 11:20
Keynote Presentations

Keynote 1: Professor Alain Bernard
Professor, Head of Systems Engineering research team of the Laboratory for Digital Sciences of Nantes
Ecole Central Nantes, France

Additive Manufacturing: A key component of Industry 4.0
Smart factory concepts include Additive Manufacturing as one of its main components. Industry 4.0 is definitively digital-based, mostly dedicated to a better reactivity and to better quality for a higher diversity.
In this digital context, Additive Manufacturing is one solution for production on demand, zero stock, diversity for free, complexity for free, and for a real reactivity, agility and flexibility.
Traceability and quality assurance are two main issues that have to be taken into account when considering new generation of factories. Monitoring and control technologies have to be integrated in the machines and finally, based on the knowledge related to the whole value chain, a complete systemic approach for additive manufacturing will be definitively implemented and the concepts of Industry 4.0 will contribute with additive manufacturing integration to a real evolution of design and manufacturing practices.

Keynote 2: Rui Jorge Gregório Tocha
General Manager
CENTIMFE (Portuguese Technological Centre 4 Mouldmaking, Special Tools & Plastic Industries), Portugal

I4.0 – A Vision for the Digitising Industry in the Cluster Engineering & Tooling
“The World is challenging countries, Companies and PEOPLE, in different dimensions. The new world is increasing speed adopting massive communications systems, internet, global co-creation and modern products customized, available anywhere, using adaptative production systems, new materials, to be used (or bayed) at competitive prices. Industry, is still the back bone of the economy development and firms need to integrate and adapt themselves as fast as they can to these new world. I4.0 is not a disruptive revolution. Tooling & Plastics Industries are strategic Industries because they are within the critical path of product development. The Portuguese Engineering & Tooling Cluster established a strategy to adapt these Industries to this new era to support its future competitiveness!”

Keynote 3: Professor Chee How Wong
Associate Dean College of Engineering
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

3D printing: transformation of manufacturing
The history of 3D printing dates back to late 1980s when universities and large industrial companies began using 3D printing for rapid prototyping. 3D printing has come a long way since then. Today, 3D printing is undergoing rapid change. Initially seen as a process for concept modelling and rapid prototyping, 3D printing has expanded to include applications in many areas. Improvements in technology and reduction in price have resulted in a growth of commercial applications from prototyping and tooling to direct part manufacturing in industrial sectors such as architectural, medical, dental, aerospace, automotive, furniture and jewellery etc. This presentation will share some work performed in the Singapore Center for 3D Printing using selective laser melting process – from modeling to printing of novel materials.

11:00 – 11:30

Keynote 4: Dr. Bernhard Müller
Head of Department Additive Manufacturing
Fraunhofer IWU, Germany
Spokesman of the Fraunhofer Additive Manufacturing Alliance

How Additive Manufacturing Can Shape an Industry 4.0 Environment

Keynote 5: Dr Mostafa Nabawy (PhD, MSc, BSc; MRAeS, SMAIAA)
Microsystems Research Theme Leader in School of MACE
University of Manchester, UK

Spiders Attack: The rise of bioinspired microrobots
The potential for small scale robots is vast. We are familiar with robots taking over the jobs that humans do, yet for every human there are around 200 million insects performing roles in the natural environment. The aim of this speech is to show the fundamental research currently undertaken within the Microsystems lab at the University of Manchester to set the agenda for the future of micro-robots. A future where smart micro-robots are deployed in unknown environments and can plan and execute useful missions against given goals. An overview of two examples of bio-inspired microrobotic systems will be provided. The first draws inspiration from the extraordinary jumping capability of spiders, whilst the second draws inspiration from the extraordinary flying capability of bees. The talk will demonstrate how advanced engineering techniques can be used to better understand the natural world and also how understanding the natural world can help solve microrobotic challenges ultimately leading to useful applications.

12:30 – 13:00
Panel Discussion with Keynote Presenters & Guests

ChairDr Carl Diver
Innovative Manufacturing – LecturerUniversity of Manchester

Keynote Presenters
Professor Alain Bernard
Rui Jorge Gregório Tocha
Professor Chee How Wong
Dr. Bernhard Müller
Dr. Mostafa Nabawy

Alan Norbury, Central Technology Officer, SIEMENS
Dr. Tim Butters, Head Of Research And Development, SABISU



Attendees will break out into parallel sessions where the accepted papers will be presented. Each talk usually consists of a 15 minute presentation with 5 minutes Q&A for each presentation.

Each session will consist of 5-6 talks with a session chair who runs the sessions and manages the Q&A. [Details to be confirmed in February 2018]

Time Session 1: Cobots & Manufacturing
Professor John Gray
Session 2: Big Data & Business Models 1
Dr Tim Butters
Session 3: Big data & Business Models 2
Dr David Tormey
14:00 Dr. A Weightman & S Kunosić
Collaborative robotics, an overview of systems and applications
Prof. L Ladid
IPv6-based New Internet enabling Innovative Industry 4.0
Prof. J Godsell
Harnessing the potential of the cyber-physical age: A readiness assessment
14:15 Prof. B Fox
Industry 4.0 Testlab for Carbon Fibre Composite Product Automation
Dr. T Lim
An Industrial case study on Discrete Event Modelling of Value Stream Mapping for Industry 4.0
Prof N Mehandjiev & N Kazantsev
Data Sharing Paradox as a Barrier to Industry 4.0: Survey and Discussion
14:30 Dr. O Bakker
Robot-assisted Painting System for Bolt-Nut Pairs
J C de Man
Planning and control frameworks of the future
Dr. L Xu
Interoperability of Virtual Factory: an Overview of Concepts and Research Challenges
14:45 Prof. S K Pal
Concept of Industry 4.0 in Friction stir Welding Process
Dr. M Baumers
A framework for differentiation in composed digitalphyscial products
C Eccher
Cyber Physical Models and its Potential Benefits for the Future Dairy Supply Chain
15:00 T. Kendall
Determining Data Transport Mechanisms for Heterogeneous Manufacturing Systems
Dr. J Kasmire
Predicting disruption: are technologies like seeds or snowflakes
D Chesworth
Industry 4.0 Techniques as a Maintenance Strategy
15:15 Prof. N Mehandjiev & R Ogunsakin
Mass Customisation in Industry 4.0
J Devitt
Adopting Digital Manufacturing in the Yorkshire Region
H Tokucoglu
Knowledge Suppprt Systems for Controlling and Optimization of a Manufacturing System
15:30 Prof. D Walker
Autonomous Manufacture of Ultra Precision Surfaces; its Potential Realisation and Impact
M Kauffman
Industry 4.0: Horizontal Integration and Intellectual Property Strategies
Prof. J Sinha
IOT in vibration based condition monitoring of machines
15:45 TBC P Köbnick
Understanding Digital Awareness in the Food and Beverage Industry
H Scott
An Investigation of Acceptance and E-Readiness for the Application of Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality Technologies to Maintenance Training in the Manufacturing Industry

16:00 Closing Ceremony Professor Paulo Bartolo and Dr Carl Diver