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Dr. Rolf Riemenschneider

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Organisation: European Commission, DG Communications Networks, Content & Technology

Position in the organisation: Research Programme Officer

Biography note: Rolf Riemenschneider, Ph.D., is Research Programme Officer at the European Commission, Directorate Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG Connect), Unit Complex systems & Control. He received the Dipl.-Ing. degree from the Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany, in 1990 focusing on microwave technologies and optical communications. Before joining the Commission in 2001 he worked as an engineer for consulting and project management on behalf of the German government (Federal Ministry of Education and Science - BMBF). Since 2002, he is managing projects in the following areas: Advanced Computing, Monitoring and Control and Factories of the Future. At present he is assigned Research Programme Officer in the FP7 and HORIZON2020 programmes, specifically for the area of the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) related to ICT for Factories of the Future. Current research interests cover ICT for manufacturing, especially manufacturing design & PLM, Cyber Physical Systems, visualization and simulation and architectures for novel process automation and control.


Plenary Session P3 – “Horizon 2020: FoF – ICT call of 2014/15”

Manufacturing of all kinds face a host of challenges, from increased globalization and competition, to shrinking margins, shorter product life cycles and market volatility linked to an increasing burden due to the financial crisis. Information and communication technologies (ICT) are key for enabling ‘manufacturing to flourish and contribute to job growth’, offering significant opportunities to improving business agility, flexibility, and productivity. The presentation will outline FoF challenges within the ICT WP 2014/15 under the industrial leadership pillar (LEIT) of HORIZON 2020.


Chair of Parallel Workshop Session W2.6 – “Service-oriented Architecture as an Integrative Backbone for Cyber Physical Systems”

HORIZON 2020 brings several challenges to the domain of automation systems and factory applications. It is nowadays widely recognized that networked embedded control systems are an enabling form, the basis for the development of many innovative products and services in a multitude of industrial domains that support the core of European industry excellence and leadership. Several EU-funded FP7 projects have undertaken the challenge to tackle manufacturing aspects towards realizing the next generation of Service-oriented architectures (SOA) and future ICT-driven automation solutions in order to bring to the factory level the latest developments in the field of ICT solutions, including the deployment of SOAs using international (and many times open) standards (many times belonging to the W3C) such as DPWS, OPC-UA etc. 

Additionally ARTEMIS has developed a vision and strategy to address the ever growing challenges in this embedded systems area, particularly the ubiquity of data enables by M2M communications and Internet of Things, that goes far beyond the scale and capability of today’s systems. The complexity of manufacturing systems will significantly increase: through the proliferation of sensor data, and richness of functions and services when linking physical systems to computing systems and back-end data bases. The design of these cyber physical systems must cope with the need to manage functional complexity and an increasing data volume together with real-time, reliability and sustainability constraints. Industry competition will be based on the ability to realize and validate next generation automation and control systems and to develop new functionality and value –added services that evolve from recent progress in SOA-based automation; these systems then are linked in to all kind of collaborative networks (including Internet) across supply chains and processes, such as the utilization of private and public clouds, where the ratio of technology Time to Market to Technology Time on Market is increasingly challenging.
The proposed session will present key results coming from a multitude of European projects, a vision on where we are heading and its impact, as well as key challenges and roadmaps for the future collaborative industrial systems and the domains they affect.

Lithuanian Presidency

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