2018 IEEE 23rd International Conference on Emerging Technologies and Factory Automation

September 4th - 7th, 2018, Torino, Italy

Industrial Electronics Society The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

IEEE ETFA 2018 Keynote Speakers

Dr. Sebastian Obermeier

Group Research Area Manager Software, ABB Switzerland

Sebastian Obermeier

Dr. Sebastian Obermeier holds a doctoral degree (Dr. rer. nat.) in computer science from the University of Paderborn, Germany.
In 2008, he joined ABB Corporate Research in Switzerland and was appointed Senior Principal Scientist for Cyber Security in 2014.
In his current position as Group Research Area Manager Software, he is in charge of ABB's global software research, with teams located in the US, Europe, and Asia.
His research interests include IT security for industrial control systems and Blockchain technologies.

Topic: Cyber Security Research Challenges - An Industry Perspective

Cyber Security is a topic of increasing importance in the industry. While its main focus has mostly been on availability, the recent trends in digitization and cloud computing require new research approaches to data privacy and data immutability. In this talk, we highlight the current cyber security challenges and give an outlook on the future needs from an industrial perspective.

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Dr. Fabio Tampalini

Co-Founder & CEO at RAILab S.r.l., Italy

Fabio Tampalini

Dr. Fabio Tampalini was born in 1977 in Brescia (Italy).
In 2003 he received the electronic engineering master degree.
In 2007 he received the Ph.D. in Information Engineering with a final dissertation on advanced robotics at the University of Brescia.
Between 2006 and 2008 he worked in the R&D department at Comau Robotics. In that period, he was also involved in the European research project SME Robot.
In 2008 he entered in Tiesse Robot S.p.A. - Kawasaki, as Director of the R&D department.
In 2011 he started to work for DENSO Europe and DENSO Wave Japan as Senior Technical Manager leading the innovative projects and no-standard implementations.
In 2014 he started a new challenge as Technology Integration Manager driving the implementation of a new semi-automated container terminal in the North of Italy for APM Terminals (A.P. Moller - Maersk Group).
In 2018 he come back to his first love as Contract Professor for robotics courses at University of Brescia.
In 2018 he co-founded Railab Srl to support robotic makers and technology leaders.

Topic: Tomorrow’s Automation from an Industrial Point of View

Mainly thanking to the movement generated by Industry 4.0 and by IoT, it is now common to see new and innovative robotic implementations in not so standard automation fields.
Two main topics are fundamental in leading this trend: collaborative robotics and cloud robotics.
With collaborative robotics we are moving from a more robo-centric approach (pure cooperation) to a more collaborative approach where the experience, skill and flexibility of the human operator will become again the center of gravity for a many of new applications.
With cloud robotics we move the knowledge of automation and of application fields from the level of the single robot cell to a more global level.
In this speech we elaborate on the state of the art technology and on future opportunities of the next automation revolution: Industry 5.0.

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Dr. Ing. Arturo Baroncelli

Past President International Federation of Robotics
Engelberger Prize

Fabio Tampalini

Arturo Baroncelli has a Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Pisa and Scuola Superiore S. Anna; additionally, he has a post degree diploma in "Program in Executive Development" at IMD, Lausanne, Switzerland.
In Robotics industry since 1985 and in Comau S.P.A. (FCA group), Turin, Italy, since 1988.
Baroncelli has been President of the IFR, International Federation of Robotics, for the years 2013 2015. Since 1998, he has been an Executive Board Member of SIRI, the Italian Robotics association. He was presented with the Joseph Engelberger Award in Tokyo in 2005, the most important Prize in Robotics Industry world-wide. He has written various papers for Conferences and Magazines and holds patents in the field of press to press automation and robot laser welding. He frequently lectures at various Universities on themes related to Robotics Technology and Business Developments.
From 2015 to March 2018 Arturo Baroncelli has been in the board of Directors of SPARC euRobotics.
He is presently vice president of the Association of Alumni of Scuola .S. Anna, Pisa.

Topic: Industrial and Service Robotics: State of the Art and Future Trends

The speech describes, with figures and facts , the present status of both industrial and Service Robotics in various segments (technological, geographical...). Moreover future directions of Robotics are presented with strong connection with business and technological trends.


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