Keynote Speakers



INDUSTRIE 4.0 – The Fourth Industrial Revolution

Dr. Kurt D. Bettenhausen, Technology Field Leader, Automation and Control Technology, Siemens Corporate Technology

Monday, October 6 at 8:30 am



The Manufacturing of the Future must change: The objective is to achieve a highly flexible, individualized, efficient and resource-friendly production at a cost position similar to today’s mass production. The vision of tomorrow’s manufacturing, already declared to become the “Fourth Industrial Revolution” is as follows: products organize and find their way independently through the production process. In smart factories, smart machines, smart materials and smart products communicate with each other, alternately driving production, being interconnected and traceable at all times within an “Internet of things”.

The U.S. government is inching closer making this Fourth Industrial Revolution reality. It understands the importance of developing innovative manufacturing strategies and plans to provide up to $1 billion in funding for the establishment of a national network of research institutes and businesses. Public authorities are responsible for making ubiquitous broadband networks available, and industry needs to put data standardization and transmission protocol systems into place in a timely manner. In Germany, the corresponding initiative is called “Industrie 4.0” and a joint approach of businesses, academia and research institutes supported by government agencies to further strengthen the power of German engineering and production. This keynote will provide a comprehensive summary of the German initiative and a first comparison to the activities in the U.S.


Kurt D. Bettenhausen is the Automation and Control Technology Field Leader (AUC TF) for Siemens Corporate Technology. Headquartered in Siemens Corporate Technology’s Princeton, New Jersey office in the USA, the AUC TF is one of 12 technology fields within Siemens Corporate Technology chartered with developing technologies with a broad impact for Siemens divisions worldwide. Based on deep experience in signal processing, robotics, lifecycle engineering, data analytics and mathematics, the AUC team provides methods and software modules to simulate, optimize, operate and control systems and processes. Before joining Corporate Technology, Dr. Bettenhausen headed up the Engineering and Consulting Business of Siemens’ Industrial Automation Division based in Frankfurt, Germany. He began his career in the corporate research and technology department of Hoechst. Later, he held senior positions in marketing, sales and product management at Axiva. Dr. Bettenhausen attained a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Darmstadt and is a member of the advisory board at the University of California-Berkeley’s College of Engineering.




David Clark, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, MIT

Tuesday , October 7 at 8:00 am



David Clark is a Senior Research Scientist at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, where he has worked since receiving his Ph.D. there in 1973. Since the mid 70s, Dr. Clark has been leading the development of the Internet; from 1981-1989 he acted as Chief Protocol Architect in this development, and chaired the Internet Activities Board. His current research looks at re-definition of the architectural underpinnings of the Internet, and the relation of technology and architecture to economic, societal and policy considerations. He is helping the U.S. National Science foundation organize their Future Internet Design program. He is past chairman of the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board of the National Academies, and has contributed to a number of studies on the societal and policy impact of computer communications. He is co-director of the MIT Communications Futures Program, a project for industry collaboration and coordination along the communications value chain.




Smart Networked Systems and Societies: Towards Smart Healthcare

Dr. Ram D. Sriram, Chief, Software and Systems Division, Information Technology Laboratory, NIST  

Wednesday, October 8 at 8:00 am



We are witnessing a new revolution in computing and communication. The Internet, which has spanned several networks in a wide variety of domains, is having a significant impact on every aspect of our lives. The next generation of networks will utilize a wide variety of resources with significant sensing capabilities. Such networks will extend beyond physically linked computers to include multimodal-information from biological, cognitive, semantic, and social networks. This paradigm shift will involve symbiotic networks of people (social networks), smart devices, and smart phones or mobile personal computing and communication devices that will form net-centric societies or cyber-physical social systems. These devices – and the network — will be constantly sensing, monitoring, and interpreting the environment; this is sometimes referred to as the Internet of Things (IOT). The symbiosis of IOT and social networks will have significant implications for both the market for advanced computing and communication infrastructure and the future markets – for nearly 4.5 billion people — that net-centric societies will create. In this talk I will discuss a future vision for healthcare, which will involve smart phones, smart devices, and social networks, and research challenges associated with the emergence of such a smart networked society.


Ram D. Sriram is currently the chief of the Software and Systems Division, Information Technology Laboratory, at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Before joining the Software and Systems Division, Sriram was the leader of the Design and Process group in the Manufacturing Systems Integration Division, Manufacturing Engineering Laboratory, where he conducted research on standards for interoperability of computer-aided design systems. He was also the manager of the Sustainable Manufacturing Program. Prior to joining NIST, he was on the engineering faculty (1986-1994) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and was instrumental in setting up the Intelligent Engineering Systems Laboratory. Sriram has co-authored or authored more than 250 publications, including several books. Sriram was a founding co-editor of the International Journal for AI in Engineering. In 1989, he was awarded a Presidential Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation. In 2011, Sriram received the ASME Design Automation Award. Sriram is a Fellow of ASME and AAAS, a member (life) of ACM, a Senior Member of the IEEE, a member (life) of AAAI, and a member (life) of the Washington Academy of Sciences. Sriram has a B.Tech. from IIT, Madras, India, and an M.S. and a Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA.