Conference program

Keynote speakers and presentations. Panel & Forum

Chen-Fu Chien 2023

Dr. Chen-Fu Chien is Tsinghua Chair Professor and Executive Vice President, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan. He is President-Elect of Asia Pacific Industrial Engineering & Management Systems Society. He has been the Director of Artificial Intelligence for Intelligent Manufacturing Systems (AIMS) Research Center that is a national AI centers in Taiwan. He received Ph.D. of Decision Sciences and Operations Research at UW-Madison. From 2005 to 2008, he had been on-leave as the Deputy Director of Industrial Engineering Division in Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company. He has received 12 USA invention patents on intelligent manufacturing and published 6 books, 12 case studies in Harvard Business School, and more than 220 journal papers with Google citation number over 9390 and H-index 49. He has been listed as Top 2% Scientists. He is a Fellow of APIEMS, CIIE, and CSMOT. Dr. Chien received the National Quality Award, the Executive Yuan Award for Outstanding Science & Technology, Distinguished Research Awards from NSTC, Distinguished University-Industry Collaborative Research Award from the Ministry of Education, University Industrial Contribution Awards from the Ministry of Economic Affairs, 2011 Best Paper Award of IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering, and 2015 Best Paper Award of IEEE Transactions on Semiconductor Manufacturing.

Modeling and analysis to empower digital decisions for smart semiconductor manufacturing

Focusing on realistic needs to empower smart production for semiconductor manufacturing, we have conducted many empirical studies with leading companies as semiconductor industry has been migrating for advanced technologies driven by Moore’s Law. Global Manufacturing networks are facing disruptive challenges due to new technologies and solutions such as Big Data, Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, Cloud, and multimode sensors, in which the paradigms of production and service are shifting. Semiconductor business ecosystem has been migrated for coevolution with fast clock speed. Indeed, Industry 3.5 was proposed as a hybrid strategy between the existing Industry 3.0 and to-be Industry 4.0 to address fundamental objectives for smart manufacturing while employing artificial intelligence and big data analytics as disruptive innovations under the existing infrastructure.

In addition, this study aims to propose “Blue Lakes Strategy” that is more practical and feasible for sustainable manufacturing, while Blue Ocean Strategy was proposed to simultaneously strive for differentiation and low cost via creating a new uncontested market and new demands. For validation, this speech will introduce a number of empirical studies to illustrate Industry 3.5 and Blue Lakes Strategy. Furthermore, collaborative research with leading semiconductor manufacturing companies for employing smart manufacturing solutions for sustainability and circular economy will be used for digital transformation and smart sustainable manufacturing. This talk will conclude with discussion of the implications of Industry 3.5 and Blue Lakes Strategy as effective alternatives to empower healthy business ecosystem for the ongoing industrial revolution.

Bopaya Bidanda

Bopaya Bidanda is the Ernest Roth Professor of Industrial Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh, having served 21 years as department chair.  He is the Director of the Center for Industry Studies. Recent books include the Business of Humanity, Virtual Prototyping & Bio-manufacturing in Medical applications, and the Maynard Industrial & Systems Engineering Handbook that serves as the definitive body of knowledge for industrial engineering. 

He is a Past President of the Institute of Industrial & Systems Engineers (IISE) and has previously served as the President of the Council of Industrial Engineering Academic Department Heads (CIEADH). Dr. Bidanda is also a member of the ABET Board (of Delegates) and served on the Executive Committee of the Engineering Accreditation Commission.

He is a double Fulbright Awardee in Uruguay (2005) and India (2024) and has delivered keynote and plenary addresses at conferences in Brazil, Israel, Spain, Turkey, and India. 

His Manufacturing Assistance Center initiative (that has been in operation since 1994) is now in Titusville, PA and with locations in Lagos (Nigeria), and Pauri (India) current becoming operational. The objective of these centers is to provide meaningful careers to the bottom of the socio-economic pyramid to include convicted felons, homeless veterans, etc.

Building Resilience and Advancing Production & Industrial Engineering Education & Research

This presentation will discuss the changing landscape of production and industrial engineering education in the United States today.  Against this background, we will examine faculty roles in engineering education delivery and implications for engineering educators.

Emerging trends in education including the incorporation of courses with a global context, a focus on human, an emphasis on experiential learning and personal education with flipped classes will be shared. The leveraging of new AI tools into our curriculum will also be discussed. Examples of how personalized education can be incorporated into our curriculum will be presented.

We will also present new and emerging research areas including health systems engineering. As a template, an ongoing project utilizing production/industrial engineers, trauma surgeons, and social scientists that is making a major impact in Kenya will also be detailed.  Other ongoing and exciting research projects will also be briefly detailed.  

dr. ir. Rob Dekkers
is Reader in Industrial Management at the Adam Smith Business School (University of Glasgow) since 2014.  He holds a MSc in Mechanical Engineering and a PhD from Delft University of Technology.  Before academia, he has worked as internal consultant and production manager at Philips, and as senior project manager at AKZO Pharma.  In 1992 he joined Delft University of Technology as senior lecturer in the section Industrial Production and Management (Faculty of Mechanical and Maritime Engineering).  This was followed by a position as reader at the University of the West of Scotland in 2006.  He has been visiting professor at ESC Grenoble, Heilbronn Business School, Massey University, Radboud University, Tsing Hua University (Taiwan), University of Lorraine and University of Malay. 

Principal research interests cover systems theories, evolutionary biological models applied to organisations, innovation and technology management, production management and industrial networks.  He has (co-) authored more than 200 publications, including papers in academic journals, books, chapters in edited books, reports and proceedings of conferences.  He sits on the board of the International Foundation of Production Research and chairs its Doctoral Training and Early Career Researchers Programme.

Rob Dekkers

Why ‘Business and Management Studies’ Do Not Get ‘Design and Engineering’?

The domain of production research is a multidisciplinary hotpot, particularly one where the disciplines of business and management studies, and design and engineering meet.  The practice and thinking of design and engineering differs from business and management studies, setting the scene for whether the latter gets the first.  The presentation will go into more detail on what points the disciplines differ, how they complement each other, and to what extent students and scholars of business and management studies may struggle to engage with the intricacies of design and engineering.

Daria Battini

Human digital twins for resilient manufacturing systems: insights from
the MICS Italian project

Daria Battini is a full professor of Industrial Systems Design and Logistics at the University of Padova in Italy. Her extensive research and professional experiences have significantly enhanced knowledge and practice in various fields, including assembly system design and balancing, warehousing and picking systems design, ergonomic design of collaborative manufacturing environment. Daria is a highly accomplished academician with a prolific publishing record of over 150 scientific papers and multiple best-paper awards at leading international conferences. She is an editor of the International Journal of Production Economics since January 2022. She has successfully coordinated several national and international research projects, currently serving as the principal investigator of the H2020 Marie Curie project MAIA, titled "Models and Methods for an Active Ageing Workforce." In addition, Daria is an expert member of the International Standards Organisation (ISO) and an active member of IFAC and Euroma.


Dr.-Ing. Kim Rouven Riedmüller
 is senior engineer at the Institute for Metal Forming Technology (IFU) at the University of Stuttgart. He joined the IFU in 2011 as a research associate after completing his diploma in mechanical engineering at the University of Stuttgart. There, he has been head of the "Semi-Solid Forming" department since 2013 and additionally assumed the leadership of the department "Sheet Metal Forming and Cutting Processes" in 2018. In 2018, he also completed his doctoral thesis in mechanical engineer with the topic "Design of a process route for thixoforging of metallic semi-finished tubes taking into account occurring material flows". Since then, he has been responsible for the acquisition, application and coordination of research projects at IFU and has recently started to teach the lecture " Special topics in forming technology considering aspects of sustainability”.

Upcoming legislative regulations in the EU regarding sustainability in production
Current requirements for manufacturing companies in the EU with regard to the sustainability of their business processes in general will continue to increase in the next years. This study provides an overview of the increasing sustainability requirements for manufacturing companies in the European Union (EU). It examines legislative regulations concerning greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and sustainability, as well as upcoming EU-wide initiatives in this field. Particularly, the upcoming Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD) is discussed in more detail, which introduces a standardized format for reporting the current state and ongoing sustainability initiatives within a company. Additionally, the paper presents an extended scenario estimating CO2 emissions in the production of sheet metal components from the perspective of a Tier 3 supplier. By illuminating the evolving sustainability landscape and its potential impact on manufacturing operations, this research aims to inform companies about regulatory developments and future sustainability initiatives.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Mathias Liewald MBA, born in 1960, studied Mechanical Engineering at Technical University of Dortmund. In 1985 he joined the Chair for Metal Forming at the same University as scientific assistant, in 1990 he obtained his doctorate in the field of Sheet Metal bending technologies (Title of Thesis: „Strategies on process control of sheet metal bending processes supported by adaptive control“).  

From 1991 to 1994 he has been working for Daimler-Benz AG (Sindelfingen/Germany) as a group leader in press shop technology, process optimisation and high strength sheet metal material manufacturing. By the year 1995 he left Daimler-Benz company and occupied the position as Plant manager for large panel production with Gebr. Wackenhut GmbH (Nagold/Germany). 

From 1997 he occupied the position as Plant manager of the ThyssenKrupp Nothelfer site located in Lockweiler/Germany) being in charge for 1000 employees in the year 2000. In the same year he was nominated as a vice president “Dies International” being responsible for all die manufacturing activities of ThyssenKrupp Nothelfer Group. In 2004 he changed over to vice president position “business development” in his company. During the period from 1999 to 2002 he applied for the Master of Business and Administration degree (MBA) at the Open University Business School (Milton Keynes/ GB) and has been awarded in 2002. 

In April 2005 he was appointed as a Full Professor and director at the Institute for Metal Forming Technology (IFU) at the University of Stuttgart. Until now Prof. Liewald is still active in multiple scientific boards and organisations.

prof moon

Professor Ilkyeong Moon is an eminent researcher who has made significant contributions to the field of production and operation management. He holds a Ph.D. in Operation Research from Columbia University in the United States of America, and he is currently a professor at the Department of Industrial Engineering at Seoul National University in Korea. He published over 160 papers in international journals and showed excellent research ability with an h-index of 49, highlighting the impact and significance of his academic contributions. In recognition of his exceptional achievements, he was awarded Jeongheon Academic Award by the Korean Institute of Industrial Engineers in 2013, a distinguished recognition for a member with the most outstanding performance. Additionally, he won the Seoul National University Research Award in 2018, the most prestigious prize in the university. He had been the president of the Korean Institute of Industrial Engineers from 2019 to 2020 and currently serves as a board member of the International Foundation of Production Research and is a fellow of the Asia Pacific Industrial Engineering and Management Society. 

Korean manufacturing practices

Smart manufacturing, the fourth revolution in manufacturing sector, enhances the efficiency and flexibility of production operations and supports optimized decision-making in real-time through the integration of various cutting-edge technologies, such as the Internet of Things (IoT), big data analytics, artificial intelligence, and automation. Some leading Korean manufacturing companies have achieved significant improvements in productivity, quality, and cost-effectiveness by adopting smart manufacturing.

This keynote speech presents an overview of Korean smart manufacturing, highlighting its intelligent production systems and data-driven decision-making processes. Additionally, this speech will introduce the case studies of the collaborative efforts between academia and industry to foster innovation in manufacturing practices. These cases show how Korean companies utilized data in production and operation management, resulting in increased competitiveness and sustainable growth. In conclusion, this speech will inspire both researchers and practitioners to explore the full potential of technology-driven innovation in the manufacturing industry.

Voicu Oprean

Panel moderator: Dorin Domuța, Technical University of Cluj-Napoca

Outline of the conference program

IFPR Executive Board (invitation only)                      Saturday, 22 July, 2023
IFPR Board (invitation only)                                       Sunday 23 July, 2023 

Conference Reception                                             Sunday 23 July, 2023
Official Opening & Keynotes                                    Monday 24 July, 2023
Technical Sessions & Panels                                   24-27 July, 2023
Closing Ceremony                                                   
Thursday 27 July, 2023
Technical Tours                                                        Thursday 27 July, 2023
Social Tours                                                              27-28 July, 2023