Asia Roadshow

Smart Data Forum Roadshow in Asia

Five days, three countries and a whole lot of meetings, workshops and visits: Smart Data Forum organized a roadshow with the themes of Industrie 4.0, smart manufacturing and IT Security in Singapore, Beijing and Tokyo from May 15-20th 2017.

A delegation consisting of representatives of industry projects of BMWi and BMBF, research, industries and startups visited selected research centers and industries in Asia from May 15-20th in Singapore, Beijing and Tokyo.  This trip is part of Smart Data Forum’s mission to help smart data projects reach out to global audience and share their experiences. During different occasions, the researchers from both sides discussed their current researches, regulatory hurdles and opportunities in data-driven innovation projects as well as possible fields of cooperation. Out of the three destinations, Japan and Singapore have invested heavily in data-driven research in industrial production and have become the hub for smart manufacturing and business in the recent years.

The head of the delegation, Dr. Alexander Tettenborn from the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy, presented Germany’s investment in smart data innovation and Germany’s strategy for 2025. He also presented the results from some of the ongoing industry projects in Germany; namely Big Data Production Optimization in Smart Ecosystems (Pro-Opt) from BMWi Smart Data Program and National Reference Project for IT Security in Industry 4.0 (IUNO), BigPro and iProdict from BMBF industry 4.0 projects.

As part of the roadshow, Smart Data Forum co-hosted half-day workshops and seminars in all destinations in partnership with  Agency for Science, Technology and Research – A*Star, Beijing Economic and Technical Development Area (BDA) and National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) in Singapore, Beijing and Tokyo respectively. Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*Star) has a special role in promoting industry 4.0 research in Singapore and given the fact that manufacturing accounts for about a fifth of Singapore’s GDP and more than 400,000 jobs, the event with A*Star created a good opportunity to grasp the challenges and the progress of the work done in Singapore. The partnership with Beijing Development Area V Park is important since it is the biggest economic and technical area hosting a lot of high-tech research centers, innovative internet companies and start-ups and it could provide a first-hand experience of SMEs growth in Beijing. National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology is also leading Japan’s efforts in the realm of IoT and AI with an interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary research approach.

Around 100 participants from different sectors attended the events and panelists from both Germany and the hosts discussed the biggest challenges in the field of Industrie 4.0 and smart manufacturing and IT security which included access to curated data, faster and more efficient analytics, and data privacy. In each event, there were suggestions from both sides on the themes and also the implementation ways of pursuing further mutual collaborations. During the event, there are meetings with, Dr. Hazel Khoo the Deputy Executive Director of A Star Science and Engineering Research Center in Singapore, Mr. Licheng Sheng, the Vice Director of BDA and Prof. Satoshi Sekiguchi, Director General of IT & Human Factors at AIST.

Beside the events, the roadshow included visits at the Model factory@ARTC in Singapore, Jingdong and BOE which are the biggest E-Cooermce companies in Beijing and Panasonic Center Wonder Life-BOX that is a main partner in Olympic 2020 in Tokyo.

The focus of the exchange between experts were discussions around the new research approaches in the field for:

  • Creating common ways of looking at the data and figuring out the way to collaborate
  • Real time data streaming, probability and the secure data in the data analysis pipeline
  • Better and faster access to curated data

The participants identified a number of similar research projects, identified similarities and differences, and were able to stablish numerous new contacts with their counterparts in each event and visit.

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Dr. Alexander Tettenborn introducing Germany’s smart data innovation projects in Beijing

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German delegation visiting ARTC Smart Factory in Singapore

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Panel Discussion on the Technological Integration of Big Data and AI

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At the Panasonic Center Wonder Life-Box, Tokio

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At the Sino-German Showroom in Beijing