researchXchange Biel

Zeit:12:00 bis 12:45
Lokalität: Quellgasse 21 | Raum HG 510 

Industry 4.0 - How digitalization will disrupt manufacturing and why collaboration is key to success

Digitization is a major driving force of our time, turning our world inside out. Smart and connected systems are increasingly pervading all types of applications. The internet of things (IoT) is already starting to affect environments of all kinds – homes, cities, travel, logistics, retail and medicine, to name just a few – and it will not stop at our factory gates either. In the future of Industry 4.0, all “factory objects” will be integrated into decentralized, self-organizing networks. Production processes have to become so flexible that even the smallest lot size can be produced cost-effectively and just in time to the customer’s individual demands. Customers are driving this development too, as they can design and order products with a few mouseclicks. They can also expect their products to be delivered within a few days – or even hours.

Despite this huge potential, the introduction of Industry 4.0 is a complex challenge. Many socio-technical, interdisciplinary questions have to be answered first. And no single company can cover all of these aspects at once.  Industry 4.0 will be driven by networks, where large multinational enterprises, small and medium-sized companies, as well as highly experienced research centres must collaborate.

This talk explains, how Industry 4.0 initiatives have developed over the last decade, where we stand today and why collaboration is key to make Industry 4.0 a success on a global and local scale.


Dominic Gorecky is leading the research group for Industry 4.0 at the Switzerland Innovation Park Biel/Bienne and is co-founder and head of the Swiss Smart Factory. The Swiss Smart Factory is the first test and demonstration platform for Industry 4.0 topics in Switzerland.

Before, he was head of research of the Innovative Factory Systems department at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence DFKI in Kaiserslautern, Germany. In this role, he was also the responsible R&D coordinator for the SmartFactoryKL living lab.

He is agenda contributor at the World Economic Forum and advises several start-ups in the area of advanced operator training and training-as-a-service.


Please register for the Seminar. A sandwich and drinks are provided for participants registering until Thursday 12:00h.