​Photo: Simon Holm/CFFC.se

Focus on Sustainability at CASE2015

​- The conference beat all our expectations, it was a success on many levels, says a delighted organizer after the annual IEEE International Conference on Automation Science and Engineering (IEEE CASE 2015), in Gothenburg, Sweden. 
- There was a record number of attendees and a record number of contributions, says Professor Bengt Lennartson. There was even an unusually large proportion of visitors who choose to participate in the free program before the conference. ​
Bengt Lennartson, was General Chair of the conference, and organizer together with several other researchers from Chalmers and Wingquist Laboratory VINN Excellence Centre.

Need for quick sustainable solutions
The conference theme was “Automation for a Sustainable Future”. Bengt Lennartson stressed the need to focus on sustainable solutions in his opening speach, and referred to the famous environmental scientist Johan Rockström’s highly rated summer speech in Swedish Radio: 
-  We only have a few years to make a change, avoiding more than two degrees of global warming.

But there is still hope, he continued. The cost of solving the global climate problem would be 0.66% of world GDP and we will make money on a zero carbon economy.
He quotes John Carrey, United States Secretary of State, who recently said ”Renewable energy, solar, wind, bio energy and other innovations, will be the biggest creater in the world of wealth and jobs”.

- We only have a few years to make a change, said Professor Bengt Lennartson. Photo: Simon Holm/CFFC.se

Perspective of Internet of Things  
Professor Lennartson was also grateful for the interest in the plenary speakers, and the well-attended workshops. 
One of the plenary speakers, Professor Alf J. Isaksson, ABB AB, Corporate Research, talked about “A perspective on the Internet of Things, Services and People (IoTSP) – in the context of Sustainability and Optimization”, where he gave examples of the potential applications for automation, and how IoTSP could be utilized for cloud-based optimization solutions.

Platinum sponsors
ABB AB was, together with Wingquist Laboratory, one of the platinum sponsors of the conference. This contribution from them means a lot for us. I think it also goes the other way around, especially when the conference turned out as a great success, says Bengt Lennartson.

Björn Johansson on concept mapping. Photo: Evelina Ericsdotter

Smart manufacturing and measurable awareness
Associate professor Björn Johansson, one of the members of the Chalmers Production Area of Advance’s Sustainability Awareness Group, organized one workshop about sustainable production and the method of concept mapping. 
- We have developed our own successful recipe. It is focused on awareness and measurability, and it engages each involved researcher.
The attendees where very interested in how this was implemented and used by the researchers. Another workshop, together with NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) looked into Smart manufacturing and how best to combine automation with human labour.

Björn Johansson was also very pleased about the speech where Chalmers new President Stefan Bengtsson, pointed out the need for both sustainability and a strong production.

The eleventh annual IEEE International Conference on Automation Science and Engineering (IEEE CASE 2015), sponsored by the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS), will be held in Gothenburg, Sweden, August 24 to 28, 2015.  IEEE CASE is the flagship automation conference of the IEEE RAS and constitutes the primary forum for cross-industry and multidisciplinary research in automation. Its goal is to provide a broad coverage and dissemination of foundational research in automation among researchers, academics, and practitioners

Total number of papers: Submissions 455 / Accepted 280
Participants from 13 countries
Registrations 340+

Plenary Speakers
Prof. Danica Kragic, Royal Institute of Technology
Title: From autonomous interaction to collaboration: challenges for human-in-the loop systems

Prof. Richard Murray, California Institute of Technology
Title: Specification and synthesis of networked control systems with application to autonomous vehicles

Prof. Alf J. Isaksson, ABB AB, Corporate Research
Title: A perspective on the Internet of Things, Services and People – in the context of Sustainability and Optimization

Sustainability at CASE
The focus on sustainability involves energy saving, life science, as well as resource efficiency and reusability.

Specific workshops on 
  • Sustainable production automation
  • Smart buildings
  • Energy optimization
A number of oral sessions and a complete track together with Health Care.

Text: Carina Schultz
Photo: Simon Holm, Evelina Ericsdotter och Andreas Pegelow/CFFC.se

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