Innovation and Networking Days

Innovation and Networking Days

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96/15 Via Francesco Cigna

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The Innovation and Networking Days will be hosted for the first time by the LINKS Foundation in Torino, following the two previous successful editions held in Bonn in 2013 and 2017. The event is co-organized by Istituto Superiore Mario Boella (ISMB) and by the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology (FIT).

The Innovation and Networking Days allow Innovators from industry, research and public administrations to meet, share, network and discuss different facets of a broad topic that, in this edition, will be How Information and Communication Technologies can support environmental sustainability of production, products and services.

The event unfolds through two consecutive half-days (from noon to noon) organized around inspirational speeches and technical presentations, informal discussions at World Café and networking opportunities. On the evening of the first day, a networking cocktail will be organized to further facilitate connections among participants.



Day 1 – 21 November 2018: Environmental Sustainability of Production

12:40 Registration of participants

13:00 Welcome and institutional greetings

  • Prof. Marco Mezzalama - President, LINKS Foundation
  • Prof. Francesco Profumo - President, Compagnia di San Paolo
  • Prof. Guido Saracco - Rector, Politecnico di Torino
  • Dr. Markus Eisenhauer - Department Head of User-Centred Computing and Head of Ubiquitous Computing, Fraunhofer FIT

13:20 Introduction to Day 1 sessions

  • Dr. Maurizio Spirito - Head of Emerging Trends and Opportunities, ISMB

13:30 Keynote speech

  • Systemic Approach set up a new cultural paradigm - Prof. Arch. Luigi Bistagnino (SYDERE - Systemic Design Research and Education Center; Politecnico di Torino; ECAM - University of Lyon)

14:00 Plenary Session

  • Digital manufacturing in the circular economy - Dr. Konstantinos Georgoulias (LMS - University of Patras)
  • Marketplace to enable industrial symbiosis - Dr. Usman Wajid (Senior Researcher, Information Catalyst)
  • Real time monitoring for process resources optimization (focus on Aluminium) - Mr. André Augé (Senior Data Scientist, Aluminium Technology Solutions - LRF Rio Tinto)
  • Open source and multivendor digital platform for Industry 4.0 (focus on Plastic) - Mr. Francesco Dipasquale (CEO, Polimatica s.r.l.)

15:00 Networking coffee break

15:30 World Café’s sessions running in parallel on the following topics:

  1. Smart Mobility and Logistic
  2. Citizens Engagement and Smart City services
  3. Circular Economy/Sustainability
  4. Resilience to foster People Wellbeing
  5. Digitalization of Manufacturing and Production System

17:30 Plenary Session (cont’d)

  • How ecosystems and digital platforms foster sustainable and competitive innovation - Mr. Aldo Pozzoli (Sustainability Global Group - Accenture Strategy)

18:00 Networking Cocktail and Poster Session

  • Preparing road infrastructure for mixed vehicle traffic flows (automated, connected and conventional driving): the INFRAMIX project approach - Mr. Vicent Pastor (R&D&I Funding Director, ENIDE)
  • EnABLES Transnational Access Programme: Free of charge access to equipment, tools and expertise to do ‘powering IoT’ feasibility studies in research centres across Europe - Mr. Mike Hayes (Senior Program Manager, ICT for Energy Efficiency, Tyndall National Institute)
  • COMPOSITION:Ecosystem for optimizing production and external collaboration in manufacturing – Dr. Markus Eisenhauer (Department Head of User-Centred Computing and Head of Ubiquitous Computing, Fraunhofer FIT)
  • EXCELL: Actions for Excellence in Smart Cyber-Physical Systems applications through exploitation of Big Data in the context of Production Control and Logistics - Dr. Anja Linnemann (Research Manager, Fraunhofer FIT)

20:00 End of Day 1

Day 2 – 22 November 2018: Environmental Sustainability of Products and Services for Citizens

09:00 Introduction to Day 2 sessions

  • Dr. Maurizio Spirito - Head of Emerging Trends and Opportunities, ISMB

09:10 Keynote speech

  • What’s new on renewable energy and transportation markets - Eng. Paolo Pietrogrande (Netplan Management Consulting)

09:40 Plenary Session

  • Internet of Things (IoT) for Smart Roads - Mr. Roberto Gavazzi (5G, Smart City and Industrial Internet Senior Program Manager, TIM)
  • Cluster 2.0, leveraging the potential of European Logistic Clusters - Mr. Vicent Pastor (R&D&I Funding Director, ENIDE)
  • Cargo Sous Terrain - A new, sustainable approach to transportation - Dr. Uwe Kubach (Vice President Enablement, Digital Supply Chain and Manufacturing, SAP SE)
  • How ICT is helping to shape railways of the future - Mr. Daniele Trentini (Head of Innovation Management, BU Transport Sirti)

10:40 Networking coffee break

11:30 Plenary Session (cont'd)

  • Smart Electricity Grids: from flexibility to smart transformers - Prof. João Martins (Electrical Engineering Department Faculty of Sciences and Technology - Universidade Nova de Lisboa UNINOVA-CTS)
  • Smart-grid in action: the Sello case in Finland - Ms. Sara Filipponi (Siemens S.p.A.)
  • Prosumers collaboration schemes and awards in Demand Response programs: the DELTA project approach - Dr. Dimos Ioannidis (Senior Research Associate, CERTH)
  • Artificial Intelligence and user engagement for resilient and safer cities - Mr. Vittorio Di Tomaso (CEO, CELI s.r.l.)
  • Bio-inspired solutions for smart and green cities - Ms. Elena Deambrogio (Head of Smart City and EU project Office, City of Torino)

12:45 Closing remarks

  • Dr. Markus Eisenhauer - Department Head of User-Centred Computing and Head of Ubiquitous Computing, Fraunhofer FIT
  • Dr. Maurizio Spirito - Head of Emerging Trends and Opportunities, ISMB

13:00 End of Day 2