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MNE Key Notes

AI –a multi tool; Some applications at Saab
Göran Backlund, CTO, Saab Dynamics AB

Synopsis: AI technologies are of growing importance in Saab products, but also in ways-of-working and production. Of particular interest is knowledge and experience that goes in the direction of collaborative vehicles – autonomous and heterogeneous.

Fuel flexibility enhancement & Decarbonization of the installed gas turbine fleets
Dr. Vladimir Navrotsky, Chief Technology Officer, Siemens Energy, Industrial Application Service

 Synopsis: This presentation will focus on application of additive manufacturing for gas turbine components design and manufacturing to enhance gas turbine fuel flexibility and emissions reduction as a part of the Sustainability and Decarbonization Program. The achieved results in AM design, fuel flexibility and turbine's efficiency enhancement, fuel consumption and emissions reduction will be presented and discussed. The importance and examples of cooperation and collaboration between OEM and Energy and O&G Industry operators will be shown as well.

Spearheading robotics and AI in new applications through collaboration with startups
Björn Axling, VP Accelerated Innovation & Venturing, Husqvarna Group 

Synopsis: As a big company, moving into and starting to explore new areas is often associated with a large strategic investment or fairly slow, small-scale tests conducted as skunkworks on the side of the official priorities. Husqvarna Group's Innovation & Technology unit has the outspoken mission of exploring these new opportunities with both speed and ability to move from small PoC's, MVP to initial incubation of commercial solutions. To do this, we work extensively with startups and tapping into the power of the leading innovation ecosystems in order to test the most promising solutions at a speed not normally associated with large corporations.

Sensing the Earth for safe mining
Savka Dineva & Jordi Puig, R&D Manager (Mining Technology),  LKAB 

Synopsis: Sensing the Earth: Finding patterns, identifying precursors to seismic events, stress changes and rockmass deformations. LKAB has one of the world's largest underground seismic networks and registers vast amounts of seismic activity on a 24/7 bases all year around. Additionally, stress cells and deformation measurement instruments are installed across the mines. Can this data be analysed in a way to identify possible patterns that could warn us about the possible occurrence of seismic events, stress changes or large rock deformations to increase safety at our mines and lead the future for others?

Innovation in traditional industry
Hans Larsson, Director Strategic Innovation, Toyota Material Handling Europe

Synopsis: The world is changing for a tradional industrial company. From a history where lower cost, increased perfoamnce and highest quality did matter the most, a new far more complex world is emerging. This presentation is about how Toyota Material Handling is changing its strategi to become more fast and innovative.

Vattenfall and partnerships for fossil-free industries
Mikael Nordlander, Head of Industry Decarbonisation R&D, Vattenfall AB
Synopsis: Since 2016, power utility Vattenfall has engaged in long-term strategic partnerships with basic industries, for example HYBRIT with SSAB and LKAB, jointly striving for phasing out use of fossil fuels and enabling fossil-free production. Mikael will present how this partnership approach has been developed and the implications these new value chains can have.

Open Innovation & Venturing for profitable growth
Thierry Golliard, Director Open Innovation & Venturing, Swiss Post

Synopsis: Swiss Post has just been awarded “world’s best postal service” for the fourth time in a row but is at the same time facing unprecedented disruption. Where does Swiss Post plan to grow in this challenging environment? How is Swiss Post leveraging open innovation and corporate venturing to achieve it? And what kind of startups/partnerships is Swiss Post interested in?

Driving digital the digital transformation of the packaging industry
Leonard Badet, Head of Group Innovation, BOBST

Synopsis: As one of the world’s leading suppliers of equipment and services to packaging and label manufacturers, BOBST vision is to shape the future of the packaging world. Our innovation priorities cover 4 main pillars: digitalization, automation, connectivity and sustainability. In this presentation, you will discover tangible solutions that support the realization of this vision, such as: quality control solutions powered by machine learning, sustainable flexible packaging, AR applied to digitized services and an IoT-driven digital platform. Let’s discuss how to expand collaboration!

Leveraging data analytics for the energy transition and customer empowerment
Michael Koller, CTO, EKZ

Synopsis: In the context of the energy transition data analytics can play a key role in ensuring continuously high security of supply at reasonable costs. Where traditional approaches to plan and operate the electrical distribution grid lead to a large oversizing of grid components planning approaches based on Smart Metering time series data can estimate the actual grid loading levels to a much higher accuracy. The advantage becomes ever more important with new photovoltaic plants, electric vehicle charging stations and heat pumps attached to the grid.  Additionally, new customer platforms can help B2C clients realize untapped efficiency potential by providing individual advice based on machine learning approaches.

Tech Frontrunner Pitches

Edge computing software for today’s data hungry world
Dr. Pablo Ghiglino, CEO, Klepsydra Technologies

Klepsydra Software is a lightweight, platform-agnostic software development toolset for embedded systems. The platform is an easy-to-use, accessible software framework aimed at building high-performance and quality space, aerospace, smart mobility and IoT embedded applications. Therefore, Klepsydra is a cross-industry enabler, making faster and easier innovation development processes possible and contributing to achieve the most challenging goals in different fields through superior performance.

Autonomous drones for the industry
Dariusz Kominiak, CEO, FieldRobotiX

Synopsis: Recently, deployments of autonomous drones are gaining attention in the industry. The autonomous navigation of the drones, equipped with a sensor suite has the ability to collect information such as images, gas level, dust level, monitor the personnel, explore unknown areas and minimize service times. FieldRobotiX develops hardware and software to enable autonomous drones for inspection of harsh environments such as underground mines. The developed autonomous drones can provide access to unreachable, complex, dark and dangerous locations for the monitoring personnel, exploring the area and minimizing service time, inspection procedures, and down-times. 

Astrocast, connecting your assets in the most remote places
Laurent Vieira de Mello, COO, Astrocast

Synopsis: Astrocast is developing in cooperation with Airbus, CEA/LETI, the European Space Agency (ESA) and satellite operator Thuraya, a global nanosatellite LEO constellation, as well as low-power and bi-directional modules to connect efficiently and at ultra-low-cost millions of IoT devices in remote, rural and maritime areas. Pilot tests are ongoing with two demonstration satellites. The first commercial satellites will be launched in December 2020, with commercial service in Q3 2021.

Reliable connectivity for future proof connectivity
Sasko Simonovski, R&D Director, Lumenradio AB 

Synopsis: With the roll-out of IoT, more devices get connected. Wireless connectivity offers several benefits, like faster installation and easier commissioning. However, with more traffic in the air a new challenge arises: how to get your data through despite this congestion? LumenRadio has a patented technology that continuously searches for the best available radio channel. The benefit is ultra-reliable communication for your IoT device at the same time as other radio devices are not interfered.

Digitizing Motion: Natural and intuitive interaction in VR/AR
Dr. Rolf Adelsberger, CEO & CO-Founder, Sensoryx AG

Synopsis: VR/AR solutions for workplace training are successful, effective and growing quickly.  Demand is now increasing for natural and intuitive user interaction for a better, more realistic training experience.  The VRfree® tracking platform is enabling this.

Reducing Financial Risk and Enabling Autonomous Micro-transactions on Assets. Everywhere
Daniel Spahr, COO, Stream Analyze Sweden AB

 Synopsis: The IoT AI revolution is swinging from central processing in the cloud to analytics performed in real-time on the assets where the data is being created. Simultaneously, new financial and business models are being devised, where servitization, usage-based pricing and optimized financial services are being rendered. Combining a software infrastructure that allows you to dynamically create and modify autonomous analytical models with financial microtransaction models on any asset in the world instantaneously will disrupt all verticals. Everywhere.

High Precision Augmented Reality for Geospatial Information
Diemer Cohen Stuart, Managing Director, V-Labs

Synopsis: The construction sector is a highly competitive industry and faces an important challenge in the coming years to further digitize the industry and increase its efficiency in the field through digital technologies such as Augmented Reality. With our high precision AR-solution for headsets, we can visualize, measure and modify geospatial information with centimeter accuracy in the field. This allows surveyors, contractors and engineers to optimize their work, verify engineering plans in the field and avoid costly errors during construction works.

Univrses 3DAI™ City - Timely, relevant and actionable data about your urban surroundings 
David Lidström, Business Development Manager, Univrses

Synopsis: As urbanization accelerates and more people, vehicles and construction works need to co-exist in the city area, the demand for smart city management based on qualitative data increases. By deploying mobile camera units on existing vehicles operating in the city, a constant flow of data about the urban environment can be accessed. Univrses cost-effectively processes and presents real-time as well as historical data about e.g. road damages, road works, traffic signs, people & vehicle density and parking occupancy on a dashboard to enable a safer and smarter city. 

True Depth in Virtual and Augmented Reality
Tomas Sluka, founder, CREAL

Synopsis: Current virtual or augmented reality headsets are not widely accepted because they can cause discomfort, nausea or eye-strain. One reason for it is mismatch between perceived binocular depth and actual focus of individual eye. CREAL’s technology projects light-field where each eye can focus naturally on virtual objects in different distances, experiencing their realistic blur and micro-parallax. This enables creation of pleasant to use headsets. We are looking for partners interested in integrating this technology into their products.

Enabling scalable smart manufacturing applications with self-service analytics
Dr. Rajet Krishnan, CTO, VikingAnalytics

Synopsis: Viking Analytics’ self-service analytics platform, MultiViz, enables industrial domain experts to prepare, analyze and annotate large volumes of sensor data without being a data scientist or a machine learning expert. Furthermore, MultiViz helps to build, deploy and maintain smart applications based on the insights and the annotated data. MultiViz is already helping several industrial companies globally to save hundreds of man-hours of work entailed in root-cause analysis, data analysis, annotations, and ML deployments, with significantly better performance.

Overcoming COVID-19 travel restrictions using AR / MR technologies
Frank Hasler, Head of Business Development, holo|one

Synopsis: In 2020, the whole world faces unprecedented travel restrictions due to COVID-19, resulting in ineffective field service and production downtimes that take significantly longer to resolve than usual. Learn more about how our customers tackle the situation by deploying the Mixed Reality enterprise platform sphere, which facilitates collaboration across remote locations, reduces downtime of machinery without travel between sites and makes know-how transfer across the globe simpler and more accessible.

A new generation of control systems, a new generation of AI & world’s fastest nonlinear optimization
Martin Rugfelt, CEO, Sentian.AI

Synopsis: The industry is non-linear, high dimensional, and stochastic. Traditional industrial solutions are linear, inadaptive, and reactive instead of proactive, causing inefficiency. Sentian.ai has developed ICON, a new generation of AI for a new generation of control and automation optimization offering higher yield, lower cost, improved quality with less scrap. Targeting manufacturing and process industries. In 2019, Sentian broke multiple world records for nonlinear optimization in the QAP category, a major academic benchmark. Now, Sentian offers the world's fastest nonlinear optimization solver for industrial applications. Ideal for optimizations of planning, supply chains and logistics. Plan better and plan quickly. 

Energy and Building Performance Management – Digital Twin for better Data Driven Decisions

Wolfram Willuhn, Co-founder & CEO, Plutinsus

Synopsis: Complex technical infrastructures in buildings and energy services need to be constantly monitored and adapted for changing usage, effective maintenance and optimal energy consumption. We help facility, property and asset managers to seamlessly plan, understand and optimize the operational, financial and environmental performance. By combining various planning and measurement data as well as the explicit engineering knowledge about the technical infrastructure, e. g. from a digital twin, in one interactive analysis tool, we enable the user to derive value from the wealth of information by making better, data-driven decisions.

Manufacturing made simple
Mattias Andersson, CEO, MTEK 

Synopsis: Factory Intelligence Software and Flexible Automation Solutions are the Digital Building Blocks of the Smart Factory. MTEK will be presenting on how to use data and analytics in a true industrial context to help improve quality, reduce time and cost in discrete manufacturing.

Data-centric IoT Platform for optimizing performance and efficiency of real assets
Adrian Gschwend, CEO, Zazuko

Synopsis: Zazuko’s data-centric IoT platform embraces variety in information by using a self-describing data model that can grow with complex data and use-cases. The platform is an important building block for creating a digital twin of physical assets and using this information to optimize the performance and efficiency of real assets. The data model is also used to describe constraints on data, rules and even complete workflows for integrating or processing data, like aggregations, machine learning, etc.

The next generation edge native cloud database platform
Simon Telian, Director Business Development & Anders Weister, Director Application Engineering 

Synopsis: CloudBackend is building a distributed Edge Database Platform as a Service (Edge dbPaaS) for use in digitalisation cloud solutions, including IoT, logistics, manufacturing, smart cities, transport, AI, home automation and many more.

Academia Key Notes

Edge AI and Vision systems for Smart Sensing
Dr. Andrea Dunbar, Head of Sector Edge AI and Vision, CSEM 

Synopsis: Digital transformation is due to change the industrial world. What is inhibiting a quicker uptake of artificial intelligence technologies by industry? In this talk, we will discuss some of the key challenges and solutions in using edge artificial intelligence solutions for vision applications. We will also explore some key trends that are expected to play an important role in for intelligent sensing in the future.

Visualization and Visual Analytics: Fundamentals and Perspectives
Prof. Dr. Andreas Kerren, Department of Science and Technology, Linköping University 

Synopsis: State-of-the-art data visualization and visual analytics approaches are key to address the big data challenge and to enhance data analysts’ decision making. In this talk, we will introduce both technologies and highlight our recent research efforts and interests within these areas. We will also provide a short outline of how visualization is related to AI/ML, recent trends and perspectives, as well as our collaboration interests with academia and industry. 

Digital Tools for Manufacturing Technologies – Use of Sensors, Machine Learning and Big Data to Develop new Manufacturing Technologies
Dr. Lars Sommerhäuser, Head of the Research Domain Advanced Manufacturing, Empa

Synopsis: Thanks to increased computational power, powerful software modules and a clever use of hardware components such as sensors, we can develop new cutting-edge manufacturing technologies and improve or better control existing manufacturing technologies. In this talk, we will show how research organizations such as Empa use digital tools to develop new manufacturing technologies and how new hardware components, advanced algorithms and integrated software modules can be used to better control advanced manufacturing processes.

Big Data and Machine Learning in on-line process monitoring for AM
Prof. Eduard Hryha, Dr. Zhuoer Chen and Claudia de Andrade Schwerz, Centre for Additive Manufacturing - Metal (CAM2)/Department of Industrial and Materials Science, Chalmers University of Technology

Synopsis: State-of-the-art on-line quality assurance tools in laser based powder bed fusion enable significant increase in robustness in AM processes that allows to increase the quality of AM components and minimize/avoid the need for expensive post-AM quality assurance. Industrial application of such systems requires efficient closed-loop control algorithms, development of which is challenging due to the  high process speed in AM and huge amount of data generated, that requires development of the efficient data mining and machine learning procedures.

Contact person:
Ms. Viktoria Pletikos, Consultant,
Business Sweden Switzerland

Direct phone: +48 532 401 657
E-Mail: viktoria.pletikos@business-sweden.se