“Industrie 4.0“ – how digitalization revolutionizes the production chain

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dieter Wegener

Speaker „ZVEI Management Team Industrie 4.0“

and Siemens AG, Vice President



After graduation in Aeronautical and Aerospace Technology Dieter Wegener worked as scientist at „Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR)“. After four years as consultant for McKinsey he joined Siemens in 1996 as Head of Gasturbine Engineering at “Power Generation”.

During his career within Siemens he had different responsibilities: personal Assistant for an Executive Board Member, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for Division “Industry Solutions” and Vice President “Advanced Technologies & Standards (ATS)” for Industry Sector.

Today he is Head of External Cooperation at Siemens Corporate Technology. Additionally he is (1) Speaker of „Führungskreis Industrie 4.0“ for ZVEI (German Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers‘ Association) (2) Vice-President DKE (German Commission for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies) (3) Executive Board Member at Digital Europe (4) Speaker of Advisory Board “Standardization Council Industrie 4.0 (SCI.40)”.

Towards Composable Service-Oriented Manufacturing Systems

Dr. Nenad Ivezic

Systems Integration Division

Engineering Laboratory

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), USA

Dr. Ivezic serves as a principal investigator for advanced technologies in systems integration, standardization, and testing. Some of the recent projects he led include Supplier Discovery in Dynamically-Formed Supply Chains, Smart Manufacturing Reference Architecture, and Service-Oriented Architectures for Smart Manufacturing.

He has developed testing methods and standards for material replenishment and logistics processes at the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG). He is a two-time recipient (2006 and 2007) of the AIAG Outstanding Achievement Award. Nenad has been leading development of standards & testing methods at the Open Applications Group Inc.(OAGi).  He is a recipient (2013) of the OAGi Outstanding Contributor Award.  He is also a recipient of NIST Bronze Medal Award for a software tool that advances data standards to support advanced manufacturing.

Before joining NIST, he was a Senior Researcher at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where he was awarded three patents for his work on advanced manufacturing methods. He graduated from University of Belgrade and received MS and PhD degrees in Computer Aided Engineering from the Civil & Environmental Engineering Department of Carnegie Mellon University.

Digital Transformation: A Call for Revisiting Interoperability

Gerald Santucci 

European Commission (retired 2017)

Ambassador of the INTEROP-VLab


The goal of the presentation is to demonstrate that the concepts of Enterprise Interoperability as developed since the creation of INTEROP-VLab (2007) should be revisited in the light of the new challenges brought about by emerging digital technologies (e.g., smart connected objects, Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain).”

Gérald Santucci is an internationally recognised expert on Internet of Things and Enterprise Systems, with specific interest in privacy, cybersecurity and ethics. He has worked in the European Commission Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG CONNECT, formerly DG XIII and then DG INFSO), first as an Expert in the RACE (Advanced Communications) programme (1986-1988), then as an Official (1988-2017). 

From 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017 he performed the function of Adviser for Cross-cutting Policy/Research Issues, with focus on Knowledge Management, integration of Research/Innovation, Regulation and Policy, and “Data4Policy”. 

He has been Head of the Unit “Knowledge Sharing” (2012-2016) and Head of the Unit “Networked Enterprise & Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)” (2006-2012). In 2010-2012, he chaired the Internet of Things (IoT) Expert Group, composed of about 40 members from Government, Industry, and Civil Society, which held a leadership role in worldwide discussions on IoT Identification, Architectures, Privacy and Security, Ethics, Standards, and Governance. 

Gérald had previously gained extensive experience in the activities of the European Commission through his involvement as Head of Unit in a wide range of research and innovation topics, including “eGovernment” 1999-2002, “Trust and Security” 2003, and “eBusiness” 2004-2006. 

Industry 4.0 and the concept of the connected enterprise

Stefan Zimmerman 

Head of COE Industrie 4.0 at Atos Global B&PS

The presentation will cover the role of IoT as business integration layer along end-to-end processes enabling concepts like the digital twin and what its implication on customer businesses will be.”

Stefan Zimmermann Head of COE Industrie 4.0 at Atos Global B&PS (Global Center of Excellence Industry 4.0). This structure drives ATOS’ global Industry 4.0 portfolio and strategy. His team aims at helping industrial companies to identify business opportunities enabled by Industry 4.0 during their digital transformation process, in particular embracing the Industry 4.0 framework.

He’s got a very strong industrial background, having worked for companies like Siemens (>10 years) and Rheinmetall Group and also comprehensive consulting skills gained when working for Roland Berger & Partner.