11 October 2018 / Saarbrücken, Germany


The event agenda's time zone is UTC.

11 Oct 2018
10:00 – 10:00
Aula, Building A 3.3, Campus Saarbrücken University
Registration open
10:30 – 12:30
Aula, Campus Saarbrücken University
Plenary Session

Welcome and Setting the Scene: Introduction to the Dutch Delegation and Smart Industry in The Netherlands.

Prof. Dr. Egbert Jan Sol


Smart Industry through Artificial Intelligence by Deutsche Forschungszentrum für Kunstliche Intelligenz (DFKI).

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Wahlster

The DFKI is Germany's leading research institution in the field of innovative software technologies based on artificial intelligence methods. The DFKI is the most important research institute dealing with AI. Not only in Germany: it is the largest AI research institute in the world, measured by turnover and number of researchers. The DFKI is involved in numerous committees for Germany as a science and technology location. Currently about 540 highly qualified scientists, administrative staff and more than 400 student employees from more than 60 nations are working on about 240 research projects.


Secure Industry through Cybersecurity by Center for IT Security, Privacy and Accountability (CISPA).

Prof. Dr. Michael Backes

The Center for IT-Security, Privacy and Accountability, also short CISPA, is a national, BMBF-funded competence center for IT security research. CISPA will have the critical mass of researchers (500+) to provide a comprehensive, holistic treatment of the pressing grand cybersecurity and privacy research challenges that our society faces in the age of digitalization. Thematically, CISPA strives to cover the full spectrum from theory to empirical research.

12:30 – 13:30
Aula, Campus Saarbrücken University
13:30 – 14:15
Aula, Campus Saarbrücken University
Panel Discussion

Empowered Industries with Arbeit 4.0

Digitization of the production chain, new business models, artificial intelligence and the (partial?) substitution of human labour by robots and associated changes in the skills of employees potentially have major social consequences. These should be addressed. The demands placed on companies and employees are changing rapidly. Human-focused technologies are being developed in this context. These can ensure that workers remain employable in the long term. What is crucial here is the cooperation of people and technology, in which smart technology supports people physically and cognitively. Examples are technologies that physically and cognitively support people, such as collaborative robots (cobots) and operator support systems.

Speakers tba

14:15 – 14:35
Aula - Campus Saarbrücken University
Coffee break
14:35 – 15:45
Aula - Campus Saarbrücken University
High Level Networking Event

  • Signing MoU Smart Industry/Industrie 4.0 Germany and The Netherlands
  • Introducrtion to Smart Industry – visit demos
  • Discussion with the participants along different themes
  • Kickoff Matchmaking 
16:00 – 17:40
Aula - Campus Saarbrücken University
17:30 – 18:15
Aula - Campus Saarbrücken University
Closing Reception for all participants
The event agenda's time zone is UTC.