Seventh International Conference on Virtual and Networked Organizations
Emergent Technologies and Tools,


November 07-09, 2018. Póvoa de Varzim, Portugal.



Keynote Lectures


Keynote Lecture 1 (07th Nov; 10:30 - 11:30)

Title: Energy Efficient Machining Optimisation based on Cyber Physical System and Big Data Analytics

Speaker: Professor Weidong Li
, Institute of Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering, Coventry University

Abstract: Due to increasingly customised manufacturing, unpredictable ambient working conditions in shop floors and stricter requirements on sustainability, it is challenging to achieve energy efficient optimisation for machining processes. This speech presents a novel Cyber Physical System (CPS) and Big Data enabled machining optimisation system to address the above challenge. The innovations and characteristics of the system include the following four aspects: (1) a novel process of “scheduling, monitoring/learning, rescheduling” is designed to enhance system adaptability during manufacturing lifecycles; (2) an innovative energy model to support energy efficient optimisation over manufacturing lifecycles is developed. The energy model, which is enabled by CPS, Big Data analytics and intelligent learning algorithms, considers dynamic and aging conditions of machine tool systems during manufacturing lifecycles; (3) an effective evolutional algorithm based on Fruit Fly Optimisation (FFO), is applied to generate an adaptive energy efficient schedule, and improve schedule when there are significantly varying working conditions and adjustments on the schedule are necessary (that is rescheduling); (4) the system has been successfully deployed into European machining companies to verify capabilities. According to the results, around 40% energy saving and 30% productivity improvement have been achieved in the companies. A practical case study will be presented to demonstrate the effectiveness and great potential of applicability of the system in practice.
Shortbio: Professor Weidong Li  is Professor in Manufacturing at Coventry University. He is also a theme leader of the Future Manufacturing Research Group at the Institute of Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering of Coventry University, sponsored by the UK government and Unipart plc. Professor has participated in over 10 major EU projects, and is Project Coordinators for 3 of them. His recent research is mainly on sustainable manufacturing. He has 4 books and over 150 papers in international journals and conferences.

Keynote Lecture 2 (07th Nov; 14:30 - 15:30)


Speaker: Professor
Peter Butala, Department of Control and Manufacturing Systems, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

In the past, manufacturing systems were a synonym for closed systems. Not only because of high fences usually built around factories, but also due to (1) their self-sufficiency, (2) lack of needs for communication and collaboration, (3) limitations of available communication means, and (4) tight protection of intellectual property rights and (5) closed operational and technological know-how.
Several changes have induced transformation of manufacturing systems toward more open systems.  Recent developments, such as open source, open innovation, collaboration systems, cloud manufacturing, crowdsourcing and production networks, contribute to even faster transformation.  
The contribution analyses the transformation of manufacturing systems form insulated toward open systems and the role of emerging communication and social technologies, such as industrial internet of things, cloud computing and social media. New manufacturing concepts based on interdependency, co-creation, social inclusion, autonomy and networking are emerging, which will change the future manufacturing industries. As a result of these developments new paradigms, such as community manufacturing, social manufacturing, and urban manufacturing, are appearing. It is not expected that these new paradigms will replace the existing technology-driven industry but they may represent a viable and sustainable alternative for the post globalization societies.
Some concepts and research results showing that the walls around manufacturing systems should be dropped, will be presented.

Shortbio: Professor Peter Butala, received the Dipl. Eng., MSc. and Dr.Sc. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. He had been active for several years in industry, in particular in the Litostroj Holding Company, Ljubljana, Slovenia, managing R&D. Currently, he is a full professor at the Department of Cybernetics, Mechatronics and Production Engineering, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. He spent some time as a visiting professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering Science, University of Johannesburg, South Africa and as a guest professor at the University of Minho in Guimaraes, Portugal. His research interests include mechatronics, manufacturing, remanufacturing and assembly systems. Current research topics are related to distributed manufacturing, networked production, cyber-physical systems, Big Data, and application of engineering methods in medicine. He participated in several international and national research projects and published over two hundred scientific papers and conference contributions. He received several national and international innovation awards and is a Fellow of The International Academy for Production Engineering CIRP.

Keynote Lecture 3 (09th Nov; 09:30 - 10:30)

Title: On the contribution of 5G Communications in Industry 4.0

Speaker: Professor Mário Marques da Silva
Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa & Instituto de Telecomunicações
Abstract: The Fourth Industrial Revolution, also known as Industry 4.0, is already deeply modifying different human areas, such as mobility, housing, teaching, health, economy and society. Using robots, artificial intelligence, big data, Internet of Things, Quantum Computing and Quantum Communications, the replacement of humans by machines will take place in a myriad of different areas. This will originate the disappearance of some jobs, and the appearance of others, requiring a great human adaptation to the new paradigm.
The fifth Generation of Cellular Communications (5G Communications), expected by 2020, will play an important role in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, as it will support Internet of Things (alongside with higher throughputs and very low latencies), Machine-to-Machine communications and car-to-car communications, generating huge amount of data (big data), that will be processed by artificial intelligence algorithms, supporting self-driving cars. 5G Communications will support millimeter waves, alongside with the conventional centimeter waves, which will enable much higher throughputs and facilitate the employment of hundreds or thousands of antenna elements, commonly referred to as Massive MIMO systems (Multiple Input Multiple Output). MIMO Systems tends to be associated to an increase of complexity and increase of signal processing, with an exponential increase with the number of transmit and receive antennas.
Shortbio: Professor Mário Marques da Silva [] is an Associate Professor and the Director of the Department of Sciences and Technologies, as well as the Director of the Research Center on Technologias – Autonoma Techlab, both from Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa. He is also a Researcher at Instituto de Telecomunicações, in Lisbon, Portugal. He received his B.Sc in Electrical Engineering in 1992, and the M.Sc and PhD degrees in Electrical and Computers Engineering (Telecommunications), respectively in 1999 and 2005, both from Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon.

Between 2005 and 2008 he was with NATO Air Command Control & Management Agency (NACMA) in Brussels (Belgium), where he was responsible for the implementation of the deployable communications of the new Air Command and Control System Program. He has been involved in multiple computer networks and telecommunications projects. His research interests include networking and mobile communications, namely block transmission techniques (OFDM, SC-FDE), interference cancellation, space-time coding, MIMO systems, smart and adaptive antennas, channel estimation, software defined radio, IP technologies and network security. Mário Marques da Silva is also a Cisco certified CCNA instructor.

He is the author of five books entitled Multimedia Communications and Networking, Transmission Techniques for Emergent Multicast and Broadcast Systems, Transmission Techniques for 4G Systems, MIMO Processing for 4G and Beyond: Fundamentals and Evolution and Cable and Wireless Networks: Theory & Practice (all from CRC Press). Moreover, he is author of several dozens of journal and conference papers, a member of IEEE and AFCEA, and reviewer for a number of international scientific IEEE journals and conferences. Finally, he has chaired many conference sessions and has been serving in the organizing committee of relevant EURASIP and IEEE conferences.