SPS 2018 Keynote Speakers


Professor of Industrial & Manufacturing Systems Engineering
University of Windsor


Manufacturing Systems Evolution


Manufacturing systems have evolved over the years in response to technological and market changes. This paper will review their evolution path through the various industrial revolutions and offer a perspective on future trends. Manufacturing systems have adapted to changes in production volumes, products variety and increasing consumers’ demands for more customization and personalization. Disruptive technologies which had major effects on manufacturing systems such as robotics, sensors, 3D printing, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Big Data Analytics, and artificial Intelligence, Cyber-Physical Systems and autonomous control will be discussed. Enablers of Modern manufacturing systems which are more connected, more responsive and adaptive, and more intelligent and more productive and competitive will be discussed. An outlook on the future of manufacturing systems, how the factories of the future would look like and the future of work in this new era will be offered.
Hoda ElMaraghy is a Distinguished University Professor and founding Director of the Intelligent Manufacturing Systems Center at the University of Windsor where she became the first woman Dean of Engineering in Canada. She held a senior Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Manufacturing Systems for 14 years. A recipient of the Order of Ontario for being “a trail-blazer, inspiration and mentor to aspiring young men and women engineers in Canada and beyond whose research helped influence public policy, positioning Canada at the forefront of emerging transformative technologies and global trends in manufacturing”. Dr. ElMaraghy is a Fellow of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA), Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE), International Academy of Production Engineering (CIRP), Canadian Society of Mechanical Engineers (CSME) and Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME). She received an Honorary Doctorate from Chalmers University in Sweden. Professor Hoda ElMaraghy obtained Master and PhD degrees from McMaster University and was the first woman faculty member in Mechanical engineering where she founded the first in Canada Research Center in Flexible Manufacturing. She received many awards including PEO Medal for Research, Graduate Supervision and Teaching Award and Best Paper awards. She supervised more than 100 researchers and has over 500 publications.


Head of Research within Production and Logistics
Scania CV

Industrial Digitalization our way to the Smart Factory


One of the biggest challenges for the manufacturing industry today is how to deal with the so called fourth industrial revolution that should give us the Smart Factory. There are many questions to be answered in relation to this: Is it really a revolution? What’s really new? What’s in it for us? And of course many other questions.

At Scania we have set a vision describing the smart factory and our way to reach this vision through “Industrial Digitalization”. In the speech I will try to answer some of the questions above and the challenges laying ahead of us.

Mr. Olofsson is senior manager with global responsibility for Research within Production and Logistics at Scania CV (Swedish truck manufacturer).  This area of responsibility covers the needs of competence and knowledge stated in the Scania Technology Roadmap 2035.

Mr. Olofsson has been dealing with many aspects of digitalization and pre-runners of what we today call digitalization since the beginning of 1980, whereof 22 years at Scania. He has seen both successful and unsuccessful solutions.

Mr. Olofsson is participating in several initiatives connected to national initiative Produktion2030 (Produktion2030 is a strategic innovation program supported by VINNOVA, Swedish Energy Agency and Formas). He is also involved in the bilateral work with testbeds for Swedish-German industry as well as the DEI-initiative (Digitising of the European Industry) on European level.

Mr. Olofsson holds a MSc in Engineering Physics from Uppsala University (1980).


Project Officer
European Commission


Manufacturing Research: from Horizon 2020 to the next Framework Programme


One of the great examples of collaboration across European borders is the European Framework for Research and Innovation. This presentation will give an overview of its research funding mechanism for manufacturing.

The different funding instruments with a focus on the contractual public private partnership “Factories of the Future” are highlighted and the current work programme for 2018 to 2020 under Horizon 2020 will be shown.

Additionally, the ongoing work and the preparatory steps for the next framework programme taken so far will be discussed and the latest information on the shape it will take will be shared.

Jan Ramboer is a mechanical engineer with a Phd in Computational Fluid Dynamics. After several years at the R&D department of Atlas Copco Airpower N.V. he joined the European Commission as a Project Officer. Currently he works in the unit for Advanced Manufacturing Systems and Biotechnology at the Director-General for Research and Innovation where he is responsible for the project portfolio of Industrial Robotics and the contact person for the cPPP Factories of the Future.