• 28 June (Friday):
    Doctoral workshop
  • 30 June (Sunday):
    Board meeting

The Conference:

  • 01 July(Monday):
    Regular and hybrid sessions
    Regional event
  • 02 July (Tuesday):
    Regular and hybrid sessions
    Editors Forum
    Gala and closing ceremony
  • 03 July (Wednesday):
    One-day tours
    Industrial Forum

Keynote Speakers

Univ. Prof. Dr. Ing. Oliver Riedel

Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Oliver Riedel studied technical cybernetics at the University of Stuttgart and earned his doctorate at the Faculty of Design and Production Engineering.

Prof. Riedel has been involved in the fundamentals and practical application of virtual assurance methods in product development, production and service for over 25 years. During this time, he has held numerous management positions at SiliconGraphics and the VW Group, among others.

In November 2016, Prof. Riedel followed the appointment to the University of Stuttgart, where he heads the Institute for Control Engineering of Machine Tools and Manufacturing Units (ISW), holds the Chair for Information Technology in Production Engineering and is Dean of the Faculty of Design, Production and Automotive Engineering. Since June 2018 he has been Institute Director at the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO – from 2023 as Executive Director of the Institute.

Prof. Riedel has a lectureship at the Università degli studi di Bergamo, is a member of the Scientific Society for Product Development (WiGeP), a member of the board of the International Foundation for Production Research (IFPR), chairman of the board of the Association of German Engineers in Baden-Württemberg and is active on a voluntary basis in numerous committees for the promotion of young engineers.

Univ. Prof. Dr. Gerhard Weber

Gerhard-Wilhelm Weber is a professor at Poznan University of Technology, Poznan, Poland, at Faculty of Engineering Management. His innovative research covers the areas of  mathematics, statistics, optimization, optimal control, stochastics, operational research, management science, data science, machine learning, artificial intelligence, inverse problems, discrete tomography, remote sensing, economics, finance, game theory, neuroscience, biology, medicine, psychoanalysis, development, physics, art and literature, philosophy, religions, cosmology, Christianity, generalized space-time design, research, shift and travel. He supervised many students and is internationally involved in the organization of scientific life. He received Diploma and Doctorate in Mathematics, and Economics / Business Administration, at RWTH Aachen, and Habilitation at TU Darmstadt (Germany). He replaced Professorships at University of Cologne, and TU Chemnitz, Germany, was a professor at IAM, METU, Ankara, Turkey, for 15 years, has international affiliations worldwide and is a member in the editorial boards of many journals. He serves in IFORS, specifically EURO where he is Advisor to EURO Conferences and honorary chair of some EURO Working Groups, for the IFORS Developing Countries Online Resources and as a section editor Conferences of the IFORS Newsletter. He is an IFORS Fellow.


Prof. Ph.D. Eng. Daniela Popescu

Professor Daniela Popescu, Ph.D., Eng., is Vice Rector of the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania, since 2016. In her role, she oversees university management, spearheads European projects, and fosters relations with enterprises. Professor Popescu deliver the lectures of Digital Production at the Faculty of Industrial Engineering and Robotics, where she significantly contributes to the academic and research landscape through her expertise in industrial engineering.

As an esteemed PhD supervisor, she guides research in digitalization, virtual reality, modeling, and simulation, fields where she has authored numerous scientific papers and led cutting-edge research projects. Her leadership extends beyond academia, having directed or participated in several European Research -funded projects focused on e-manufacturing, digital innovation hubs, and artificial intelligence.

Professor Popescu’s management prowess is further demonstrated through her previous roles, including department head and faculty dean. Her tenure has been marked by the successful initiation and implementation of various European Union projects aimed at enhancing competitiveness, human resource development, and regional operational programs. She has been instrumental in promoting an entrepreneurial university culture, facilitating expertise and sector-oriented mentoring to support entrepreneurial endeavors among students, faculty, and staff.

Her collaboration with enterprises has initiated innovative technological projects, establishing partnerships that serve as a conduit for local ecosystem connections and synergies. Professor Popescu is deeply committed to advancing diversity and inclusion within the technology sector, with a particular focus on supporting Women in Technology. Her multifaceted contributions to academia, research, and industry collaboration underscore her dedication to excellence and innovation in engineering and technology.