This is a preliminary program. Changes to the schedule are still possible.



Keynote 1: Thomas S. Spengler (Technische Universität Braunschweig)

Thursday, 14.09.2023 at 9:15 a.m.

Sustainable transformation of industrial production - illustrated by the example of climate-friendly steel production

Prof. Dr. Thomas S. Spengler
Chair of Production and Logistics; TU Braunschweig

Both the increasingly noticeable effects of climate change and the scarcity of natural resources pose major challenges for our society. Global production networks and supply chains are also susceptible to disruption. This requires a rethinking with regard to the future design of an ecologically sustainable and equally economically competitive industrial production. Production decision models for modeling, evaluating and optimizing material and energy flows as well as their transformation can support management in the strategic planning of a sustainable transformation of their production systems. In this paper, this is illustrated by the example of the transformation to climate-friendly steel production.

Prof. Dr. Thomas S. Spengler holds the Chair of Production and Logistics and is head of the Institute of Automotive Economics and Industrial Production (AIP) at the Technical University of Braunschweig. He studied industrial engineering at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), where he earned a doctorate in economics. In 1998, he was awarded the Venia Legendi for the subject of business administration. He has held numerous leadership positions, such as Vice President for Research and Technology Transfer and Chairman of the Society for Operations Research and of various scientific commissions. Since 2014, he has been an adjunct professor at the University of Rhode Island and a member of the Graduate School of Engineering. In 2020, he was appointed to the Science Council by the President of Germany. His research areas include issues of production and logistics, supply chain management, and sustainability in mobility and industrial production.


Keynote 2: Peter Lendermann (D-SIMLAB Technologies Ptd Ltd, Singapore)

Friday, 15.09.2023 at 9:15 a.m.

Digital Twins – A Journey from Particle Physics at CERN to Industry 4.0 Manufacturing in Singapore

Dr. Peter Lendermann
D-SIMLAB Technologies Ptd Ltd, Singapore

Digital Twins have become a key element of the ongoing global Industry 4.0 campaign with the objective to speed up digitalization in production and logistics. The potential of the Digital Twin concept for the enhancement and continuous re-optimization of manufacturing and logistics operations has generally been recognized and accepted in both academia and industry. However, what a Digital Twin entails and what it should be able to do, or rather what it can be used for, remains controversial to some extent. In this setting, in my Keynote Presentation I will share some of my own experiences and challenges faced with creating and making use of Digital Twins, starting from my initial involvement in a neutrino experiment at CERN in Geneva in the early 1990’s, all the way to providing a simulation-enabled Digital Twin framework for multiple application use cases through our Singapore-headquartered company D-SIMLAB Technologies to help Semiconductor Manufacturing companies worldwide resolve complex challenges around capacity planning and material flow optimization in semiconductor wafer fabrication facilities.

Dr. Peter Lendermann is the Co-Founder and Chief Business Development Officer of D-SIMLAB Technologies, a Singapore-based company providing simulation-based decision support solutions and services to Aviation, Semiconductor Manufacturing and other asset-intensive industries. Prior to this he worked at the Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology where he led the research activities related to simulation in production and logistics until spinning them off into D-SIMLAB Technologies. He has been engaged in the simulation community since the early 1990’s when he worked in the CHORUS Collaboration at the European Laboratory for Particle Physics CERN in Geneva (Switzerland) and at Nagoya University (Japan). Peter holds a PhD in Applied High-Energy Physics from Humboldt University in Berlin (Germany) and an MBA in International Economics and Management from SDA Bocconi in Milan (Italy).