CESIS 2018 - World Cafés

At CESIS 2018 we were offering a new and innovative form of networking. Our World Cafés facilitate open and intimate discussions on industry specific topics. For the time of 1, 5 hours all participants were assigned to the tables taking part in two rounds of discussion. After the first round our expert Moderators shortly summarized the results for the second group so that an in-depth discussion was possible.


World Café Topics of 2016:


1. Infrastructure

The Internet of Things gives room to entirely new devices and services. In the process of becoming interconnected we can daily take part in the latest developments of our commodity items such as cars or even houses. The only relevant question in regard to this is: How ready is your infrastructure?

Discussed topics and responsible moderators:

Multifunctional conveyor cells as enabling technology for flexible warehouse automation, Dr.-Ing. Hendrik Thamer, Department Manager, Bremer Institut für Produktion und Logistik GmbH

How to start and realise the technical part of IoT infrastructure, Thomas Schildknecht, CEO, Schildknecht AG

2. Connectivity Solutions for IoT

An IoT Connectivity Solution deals with the idea of connecting devices and sending the necessary data to its new place of use. Since most of our devices are connected today the challenge of complexity has to inevitably be taken into account.

Discussed topics and responsible moderators:

How intelligent devices can enhance IoT, Frank Reusch, Senior Product Manager, Lemonbeat

Requirements of industrial real-time communication systems as a backbone of modern IoT applications, Dr.-Ing. Holger Flatt, Gruppenleiter Eingebettete Systeme für die Automation, Fraunhofer-Anwendungszentrum Industrial Automation

Identity of Things – How to safeguard trust & security in a connected world, Dipl.-Ing. oec. CISA/CISM/CISSP Sebastian Rohr, CTO, accessec GmbH

3. Digital Business Models

Due to the rise of the Internet of Things there are many new business models capturing the market. These ideas change the existing industry landscape including disruptive features.

Discussed topics and responsible moderators:

When a Business Goes Agile, Marko Javornik, VP/GM Mobility & Travel, Comtrade Digital Services

Validating digital business models, Truong Le and Theodor Malcotsis, both Researcher & Project Manager, Fraunhofer IAO

Implementation of digital use cases, Joachim Wolf, Vice President Manufacturing, Lufthansa Industry Solutions

Digital Business Models and the potentials of working with start-ups to accelerate your IoT Business Model, Hugo Hanselmann, CEO, B-Sprouts

4. IoT and the automotive industry

Connected Cars are certainly some of the most visible examples of Internet of Things technology. Nevertheless this development mainly relies on software so that the details of it are invisible to most of us. What is it that really happens behind the scenes of the automotive world?

Discussed topics and responsible moderators:

Connected Cars & Smart City: use cases for efficiency, Volkmar Knaup, Product Director eHorizon, Continental Secure Data GmbH

Kaffeepause5. Data analytics

The Internet of Things causes huge challenges for all industries having to understand the complex tons of data. Therefore data analytics applications can help companies understand the Internet of Things data at their disposal reducing maintenance costs and improving business operations.

Discussed topics and responsible moderators:

Industrial Data Science, Dr. Felix Reinhart, Senior Expert, Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, Institution for Mechatronic Systems Design

Kaffeepause6. Industrial Data Space

The main requirement for smart services, devices and automated processes is the secure exchange of data without losing the data control. The industrial data space initiative is dealing with exactly this challenge.

Discussed topics and responsible moderators:

An Architecture for intercompany Data Analytics, Prof. Dr. Jan Jürjens, Director Research Projects, Fraunhofer Institute for Software and Systems Technology ISST, Professor for Software Engineering, Institute for Software Technology IST, University of Koblenz-Landau

Exploiting Opportunities in the New Data Economy, Moderator Lars Nagel, Managing Director Industrial Data Space Association  

Kaffeepause7. Artifical Intelligence

As mentioned above the Internet of Things causes huge challenges in regard to data complexity. This problem is definitely a human one since we are at some point not able to handle this complex information any more. Artificial intelligence becomes essential. 

Discussed topics and responsible moderators:

Cognitive Computing meets Computer Aided Engineering: How will simulation help to design better devices? Dr.-Ing. Stefan Suwelack, Researcher, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

Artificial Intelligence – The next Nuclear Bomb?Felix Früh, VP Technology & Production, Deutsche Telekom AG