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Keynotes

Hans-Jürgen Kugler, Kugler Maag CIE
The Humanist Perspective of Industry 4.0

History shows that technological innovations often have more power to change society than politics. The Internet of Things will be such a force for change – essentially abolishing the industries we know today by replacing segmentation with an interconnectivity leading to emergent services of unprecedented levels. Whether this will lead to a renewed and all-inclusive humanism or to a 1984-style control scenario is up to us. Historically the Renaissance in Western Europe towards the end of the 14th century presents a similar watershed with surprisingly similar patterns. And it was a similar combination of technology and community forces that allowed the humanistic ideals of the Renaissance to spread and influence society - until today. It was then – as it is today – the conflict between trust and fear, between shared purpose and the need for control, which determined the direction of development of both society and technology. The recent increase of open technologies and projects has led to a revival of open communities, which embody purpose and trust as foundation. Can open-source organizations be models for successful enterprises in Industry 4.0?

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Hans-Juergen Kugler is Chief Scientist of Kugler Maag Cie, an independent, international consulting company, specialising in the improvement of business and product development processes, especially for clients working in critical systems such as automotive and transport.

Mr. Kugler has 35 years of experience in the software determined systems sector. As adjunct Professor at the University of Limerick in Ireland, he helped establish Lero, the Irish Software Engineering Research Centre. He has been a lecturer at Trinity College Dublin, a director of software product and services companies, and Technical Director of the European Software Institute.

He holds an M.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of Dortmund and an M.A. of Trinity College Dublin. He was awarded the IFIP Silver Core in 1986.

Dominique Sciamma, Strate Collège Designers
Design : Making the World Simple, Fair, and Beautiful

The Age of Enlightenment carried promises of emancipation for everybody. If it brought about our democracies, it also allowed our industrial, economic and social revolutions, using technology as a lever. Has this promise been kept throughout these revolutions? Are we freer, more autonomous, happier? Are technologies our liberators or our jailers ? Whether open or closed, proprietary or public, technologies are nothing without a global human project. It will take more than the simple opening of technologies to bring about the promises of a new Enlightenment. An awareness of the human experience must be at the heart of all processes, including the design of open-source communities. A successful design is built on a basic but challenging tryptic: simplicity, fairness, and beauty.

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Active in the field of new technologies since 1980, Dominique Sciamma has been exploring many of their dimensions: A.I. researcher, international business developer, consultant, multimedia marketer, electronic editor, interface designer, and video game script writer. He is now deputy director of Strate Collège. There he created the Interactive Systems and Objects Department, and now leads the Research Department.

Interested in both creation and thinking, Dominique tries to be a committed actor as well as a thinker of the digital age. He has master's degrees in theoretical computer science and mathematics.