Maja Bärring fellow
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Maja Bärring - Fellow in the World Economic Forum's Global Future Council

​Maja Bärring has been appointed Fellow in the World Economic Forum's network Global Future Council. The Global Future Council consists of leaders from academia, international enterprises, such as Siemens, Apple, Ralph Lauren and more, with the aim of strengthening innovative thinking and creating a more resilient, inclusive, and sustainable future. The fellowship is given to a young researcher in the area. 
The Global Future Council has different thematic areas and Maja Bärring will, for one year, participate in the council that handles the Future of Advanced Manufacturing and Production.

Congratulations Maja! What do you hope to achieve during this year as a Fellow of the Global Future Counc​il?

— Thank you! This position will give me a unique insight into what the selected representatives from academia, industry, and governments view as the current challenges and opportunities in advanced manufacturing and production in the world. I am looking forward to learning more about how an agenda is created and the collaboration between private and public is done to drive this area forward at a global scale. I would also like to make sure that the small and medium enterprises are included in the agenda since their perspective is as important in the digital transformation that takes place in the manufacturing area. 

What is your research ​focus?

— The manufacturing industry sometimes makes wrong and unnecessary investments because they are not fully aware of their production processes and do not utilize the full capacity of their production equipment. With the method that I have developed, data can describe a machine’s capacity. Sensors and other technical tools can give a machine a voice to communicate with other machines and humans. This data and information support management and the production employees in making decisions that are based on facts instead of how it is mostly done today, based on experience and guesses. 

How do you view future manufacturing? 

— An important focus of the WEF at the moment is how supply chains will restart after the interruptions that were caused by COVID-19 on a global scale. To use digital technologies in manufacturing to create more data-driven decision-making is something I view as an important prerequisite to prepare the manufacturing industry to be able to handle interruptions without having to close down production completely. 

More information

Maja Bärring is active is active at the division of Production Systems, Department of Industrial and Materials Science

Published: Tue 13 Oct 2020.