Keynote Speakers

Plenary keynote lectures aim to give a view on the evolution and the advances of research in Manufacturing Processes and Technologies. The lectures will focus also on the recent extended developments on connected intelligence applied to machines, tools and equipment in production, and their actual impacts on manufacturing practices in the context of Industry 4.0

From networks of Small and Medium Enterprises to collaborative manufacturing

Agostino Villa is Full Professor of Technology and Production Systems in Politecnico di Torino, he teaches courses on “Manufacturing Systems”, “Production Planning and Control”, “Performance Analysis of Production Systems” and is the Director of the “European Virtual Institute on in Industrial Supply Chains and Logistic Networks”, an association of European research and university institutions. Coordinator and scientific responsible of about 15 European and National research projects.

He has been President of the International Foundation for Production Research (IFPR), from 1997 to 2007. Fellow of the International Foundation for Production Research (IFPR), since 2007. Past-Chairman and founder of the Technical Committee IFAC MIM - International Federation of Automatic Control – “Manufacturing Modeling, Management and Control”; Founder and Member of the Technical Committee IFAC MIT “Integrated Manufacturing Technology”; Member of the Working Group IFIP WG 5.7 “Integration in Production Management”.

Prof. Villa is author of 8 books, among which four for International Publishers, and of more than 200 papers on international reviews and conferences.
Member of more than 100 international committees of conferences, symposium, workshops supported by IFPR, IFAC, IFIP, IFORS and other international institutions; and of the editorial committees of: Journal of Robotics and Computer Integrated Manufacturing – Elsevier (Regional Editor). International Journal of Production Research - Taylor & Francis; International Journal of Manufacturing Systems Design - World Scientific.

His Conference will be focused on From networks of Small and Medium Enterprises to collaborative manufacturing

Industry 4.0: What does it mean to Supply Chain?

Dr Benny Tjahjono is a Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Cranfield School of Management in the UK. His overarching research area includes Production Engineering, Service Engineering, Operations Management, Supply Chain Management and contemporary applications of Simulation Modelling. His research track record has been demonstrated by winning a number of research grants from the Engineering Physical Research Council (EPSRC), InnovateUK, European Union and overseas funding agencies.

He has published over 70 papers in refereed academic journals, conference proceedings, books, practitioners’ journals and newspaper. He has successfully completed the supervision of over 90 PhD and MSc students, and currently leads a team of five doctoral researchers in many emerging areas related to supply chain and operations management, such as the ‘servitization’ of manufacturing, Product-Service Systems and sustainable operations.

He is the Cranfield’s Principal Investigator and part of a consortium of seven European universities recently awarded the Horizon2020 MSCA Innovative Training Network aiming to formulate the service-oriented business for the European Circular Economy. His background in Electronics and Manufacturing Systems take him to the emerging area of Internet of Things and Industry 4.0. In this keynote speech, he will be sharing to the audience his recent work in understanding the impacts of Industry 4.0 to Supply Chain Management.

His Conference will be focused on Industry 4.0: What does it mean to Supply Chain?

The Story of Thin (How The Machining of Monolithic Thin Parts Developed)

Dr. Scott Smith is Professor and Chair of Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Science at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. His teaching and research areas include high-speed machining, process optimization, and machine dynamics. He previously served as the Associate Director of the Machine Tool Research Center at the University of Florida, and has taught numerous industrial short courses. Smith is the inventor or co-inventor of many of the cutting-edge techniques used for the optimization of machine tool performance.

During 2012-13 he served as the Assistant Director for Technology at the US Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office in Washington DC, and he was the lead author of National Network for Manufacturing Innovation: A Preliminary Design.

Smith is one of 15 US Fellows of CIRP (The International Academy for Production Engineering), where he is Chair of the Editorial Committee. He is a Fellow of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, where he is Chair of the International Awards and Recognition Committee, and he is a Fellow of ASME International. He has served as the President of the North American Manufacturing Research Institute of SME, and as the Chairman of the Manufacturing Engineering Division of ASME.

Smith is President and a co-founder of OpSource, Inc., a company that uses machine dynamics knowledge to produce high-quality, reliable, on-time machined components. He is a founder and Vice-President of Manufacturing Laboratories, Inc., and he serves on the Board of Directors of BlueSwarf LLC. He is co-author of the books Machining Dynamics: Frequency Response to Improved Productivity and Mechanical Vibrations: Modeling and Measurement.

Smith has received numerous awards over his career, including the SME Wu Research Implementation Award, the SME Education Award, the ASME Blackall Award, the AMT Charles F. Carter Advancing Manufacturing Award, the American Helicopter Society Pinckney Award, the SME Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award, and the SAE Ralph R. Teetor Award. He was named an MAE Outstanding Alumnus of the University of Florida. He holds 11 patents, and is the recipient of an R&D 100 Award.

His Conference will be focused on The Story of Thin (How The Machining of Monolithic Thin Parts Developed).

The Emerging Landscape of Biomanufacturing

Steven R. Schmid Professor, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, University of Notre Dame

Steven R. Schmid received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering at the Illinois Institute of Technology, and Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees at Northwestern University. In 1993, he joined the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Notre Dame as an Assistant Professor, where is currently a Professor. He performs research and teaches courses in the general fields of manufacturing, metal forming, tribology (including micro/nanotribology), and design, especially as applied to orthopedic implants.

Dr. Schmid has co-authored 21 books or book chapters, with three more pending, and has written 91 peer-reviewed journal papers (with five pending) and over 133 conference papers and invited presentations. Of his textbooks, Manufacturing Engineering and Technology (with S. Kalpakjian) is the world's most popular manufacturing textbook. Manufacturing Processes for Engineering Materials (with S. Kalpakjian), Fundamentals of Machine Elements and Fundamentals of Fluid Film Lubrication (with B. Hamrock and B. Jacobson) are the titles of his other books. In 2012-2013, Dr. Schmid served as Associate Director for Research Partnerships at the Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office. Starting in 2016, he became the Program Director for Manufacturing Machines and Equipment at the National Science Foudnation. He has won numerous best paper and teaching awards, and served as President of the North American Manufacturing Research Institute from 2015-2016.

His Conference will be focused on The Emerging Landscape of Biomanufacturing

Cyber-physical production systems: A Central & Eastern European view

Lázló Monostori Director of the Research Institute on Computer Science and Automation (SZTAKI) of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Director of the Fraunhofer Project Centre for Production Management and Informatics at SZTAKI, and full professor at Budapest University of Technology and Economics.

He is former President of The International Academy for Production Engineering (CIRP); Past Chairman of the Coordinating Committee on Manufacturing and Logistics Systems, International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC); member of the European Academy for Industrial Management (AIM). He is founding Editor-in-Chief of the CIRP Journal of Manufacturing Science and Technology; Associate Editor of Computers in Industry and member of the editorial boards of other international scientific periodicals. For his research achievements published in 420+ publications resulted in more than 3400 independent citations and for his development activities – among others – the Dennis Gabor Prize and the Széchenyi Prize were given to him.

Prof. Monostori is a member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, member of the Hungarian Academy of Engineering, member of the National Academy of Science and Engineering (Deutsche Akademie der Technikwissenschaften, acatech), and foreign member of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts (KVAB). He is Senior Advisor of the Fraunhofer Society for Hungary, member of the Horizon 2020 Advisory Group LEIT-NMBP.

His Conference will be focused on Cyber-physical production systems: A Central & Eastern European view

Future directions of safety in the manufacturing industry

Genserik Reniers obtained a Master of Science degree in Chemical Engineering at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel in Brussels, and received his PhD in Applied Economic Sciences from the University of Antwerp in Antwerp, both universities situated in Belgium.

He founded the Antwerp Research Group on Safety and Security (ARGoSS) in 2006 at the University of Antwerp, coordinating multi- and inter-disciplinary safety and security research at the University in Antwerp. In 2007, he started as a part-time professor responsible for safety and risk teaching and research at the Campus Brussels of the Faculty of Economics and Management of the Catholic University of Leuven. In 2013, he was appointed Full Professor at the University of Antwerp (in Belgium) and at the Delft University of Technology (in the Netherlands), both in a part-time capacity, and in both cases responsible for safety and risk teaching and research.

His expertise is situated within the field of engineering and management of safety and security problems within the chemical and process industry. He published more than 100 papers in renowned scientific journals and (co-)authored and/or (co-)edited some 30 books.

His Conference will be focused on Future directions of safety in the manufacturing industry

Cryogenic Machining of Soft Elastomers to Advanced Metals

Stephen Newman is the Professor of Innovative Manufacturing Technology in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Bath. He is responsible for the area of CNC Machining Technology, and is leading and involved in EPSRC/IUK and KTP programmes funded National research programmes valued at £1.5 million, in the area of process control and metrology for wire fed & arc based additive manufacturing, process planning of additive and subtractive processes and new cutting tool technologies such as the application of cryogenics for machining.

He has 30 years of experience in European and National R & D programmes being involved in Eureka Factory, EU Framework V, VI and VII and Horizon 2020 programmes together with numerous National EPSRC and TSB/IUK research programmes with a funding value of £10 million. Professor Newman is Editor-in-Chief of the International journal of Computer Integrated Manufacturing and a member of 5 international Journal Editorial boards and has published over 100 refereed journal papers and 150 international conference papers.

His Conference will be focused on Cryogenic Machining of Soft Elastomers to Advanced Metals

Plastic Industry 4.0 – Digital manufacturing technologies for precision injection moulding production

Guido Tosello is Associate professor at the Technical University of Denmark, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Section of Manufacturing Engineering. He is senior lecturer, research manager, supervisor of education projects, industrial consultant.

Principal research interests are analysis, characterization, monitoring, control, optimization and simulation of precision injection moulding and polymer processing at micro/nano scales of thermoplastic materials (rigid, elastomers, unfilled, reinforced, ceramic and metal powder feedstocks). Technologies supporting precision/micro/nano moulding processes are of research interest: advanced process chain for micro/nano tools manufacturing, quantitative validation of injection moulding simulation, dimensional and surface micro/nano metrology, measurement calibration and uncertainty, statistical process control, design of experiment, polymer materials characterization, design and manufacture of 3D precision/micro components and micro/nano structured surfaces, multi-material and µ-insert moulding.

Recent research interests developments are in the fields of (1) Big Data/Internet of Things/Industry 4.0 approaches applied to precision injection moulding, (2) polymer additive manufacturing for direct production of components and of tool inserts for rapid injection moulding, (3) precision moulding of pulp paper products.

Tosello has been awarded on 31st October 2008 with the "DTU Best PhD Research Work 2008 Prize" for his PhD thesis “Precision Moulding of Polymer Micro Components”.

Tosello is the principal author of the scientific paper titled "Characterisation and analysis of microchannels and submicrometre surface roughness of injection molded microfluidic systems using optical metrology" published in 2012 in the scientific journal "Plastics , Rubber and Composites: Macromolecular Engineering". The paper was awarded the Alan Glanvill Award by The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) (UK). The Alan Glanvill Award is given as recognition for a research project of particular merit in the field of polymeric materials.

Guido Tosello received the Young Research Award 2014 from the Polymer Processing Society (USA) in recognition of scientific achievements and research excellence in polymer processing within 6 years from PhD graduation.

Guido Tosello is Associate Member of the International Academy for Production Engineering (CIRP), member of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE), member of the European Society for Precision Engineering and Nano Technology (euspen), member of the 4M Association (Multi-Material Micro Manufacturing), member of the Polymer Processing Society (PPS), member of the Steering Committee on Polymer Processing of the Danish Society for Production Engineering (ATV-SEMAPP).

Guido Tosello is currently the Project Coordinator of the Horizon2020 European Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network MICROMAN “Process Fingerprint for Zero-defect Net-shape MICROMANufacturing” (

His Conference will be focused on Plastic Industry 4.0 – Digital manufacturing technologies for precision injection moulding production