Smart-Digital-Green Manufacturing Technology

Smart-Digital-Green Manufacturing Technology Panel

15 October 2021, 11am Eastern

The fourth industrial revolution “Industry 4.0” with its automation, digitization and exponential technologies is changing the landscape of the manufacturing industry. It is characterized by the emergence of digital and smart factories, closed intelligent manufacturing cells with cobots, manufacturing informatics, machine learning, etc. It is the transformation from physical to digital; “The Digital Twin” where “Big Data” from machines will be analyzed by researchers using statistical analysis, “Artificial Intelligence”, Internet of Things “IoT”, 5G, Data Analytics, etc. and then looped back to the machines for predictive maintenance and improving the performance of the machines. The products will evolve from a “traditional passive product” to a “smart connected product” using lots of sensors to provide a living experience and real time connectivity to the customers and the manufacturers for continuous improvement.   


Hany Moustapha
Professor and Director, Innovation 4.0 Network and Aerospace 4.0TM
Siemens’ Chair on Industry 4.0 Technology Integration École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS), University of Québec Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) Senior Research Fellow

With P&WC from 1978 to 2010, he was Senior Manager of Technology, Collaboration and Technical Education Programs from 1999 to 2010. Named Senior Research Fellow in 2011.
He is the Canadian academic member on NATO Advanced Vehicle Technology (AVT) and an Adjunct Professor at McGill and Carleton Universities (Canada) and Distinguished Visiting Professor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (U.S.A.). He is the founder of the Montreal Aerospace Institute (MAI), AÉROÉTS, Aerospace 4.0TM , Innovation 4.0 Hub and a co-founder of the Consortium of Research and Innovation in Aerospace in Quebec (CRIAQ).
He is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the Canadian Academy of Engineering and the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute He is the author and co-author of over 100 publications and two books on gas turbines. He is the recipient of 30 national and international awards since 1980, including: Chevalier de l’Ordre national du Québec (2013), James C. Floyd Award AIAC (2012), CASI Senior McCurdy Award (2008),  ADRIQ Prix Carrière industrielle (2007), etc.


Patrick Chartrand, Senior Manager and Director, ECHO, CAE

Mr. Patrik Chartrand is a highly creative, accomplished executive-level professional with over 30 years of experience in innovative IT, IoT, Industrial Control Cyber Security and Product development initiatives with a track record for problem solving. He is capable of leading and inspiring design and innovation teams for a cutting-edge company to meet business and user goals. Patrik is highly collaborative with a strong ability to work with program leaders and influence key stakeholders.


Mohamed Cheriet, Professor and Director of CIRODD

Professor Cheriet has published more than 300 technical papers in renown international journals and conferences, and has delivered more than 30 invited talks. In addition, he has authored and published 6 books on pattern recognition, document image analysis and understanding, and computer vision. Among them, the book entitled Character Recognition Systems, a Textbook for Students and Practitioners, is highly acclaimed. Prof. Cheriet is also recognized for his activities in technical journal editorial writing, organizing and taking part in many conferences. He has contributed to the training of more than 70 high qualified personnel. Dr. Cheriet was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in light of his significant contributions to knowledge improvement in computational intelligence and mathematical modeling for image processing, created by MITCAS to mark the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty’s accession to the throne. He holds NSERC Canada Research Chair Tier 1 in Sustainable Smart echo-Cloud. Dr. Cheriet is a senior member of the IEEE and the chapter founder and former chair of IEEE Montreal Computational Intelligent Systems (CIS). Prof. Cheriet has supervised 106 students and research personnel during the past three decades. Three Ph.D. students and three PDF under his supervision have received outstanding fellowships from NATEQ and the NSERC with an NSERC Excellence Award. His students were receiving the Gold Medal of the Canada General Governor for the best PhD thesis, the awards for best Master’s thesis of the ÉTS, and prestigious fellowships. Over the past six years, 45 students and research fellows under his supervision have graduated and gone on to pursue a Master’s degree or a Ph.D., taken up a post-doctoral position, been appointed Tenure-Track (Teluq-Montreal, ÉTS, Ocean University of China, Indian Institute of Technology, University of Saudi Arabia, University of Tunisia), Senior Researchers (CSIRO-Australia, CNRC Boucherville),or hold positions in industry (e.g. Ericsson Canada, Sky Financial Group R-D, Apple USA, SAGEM Corp., A2IA Corp.).


Jon Laughlin, Chief Technology Officer, NGen

John joins NGen from the UK where he was responsible for setting the strategies and running high profile government R&D programmes at Innovate UK worth more than $8.5 billion across the automotive, aerospace and intelligent mobility sectors. John held senior engineering and programme management positions at Visteon working with Ford, Honda, Mazda, Toyota, Suzuki and Volvo. At London Underground his brief was to deliver part of the Olympic Transport Strategy for the London 2012 games. He co-founded Appleseed Solutions, where he helped businesses across the transport sector achieve sustainable business growth, developed the UK Automotive Council’s Strategic Product Roadmap and was the architect and Technical Advisor for Nesta’s Drones Flying High Challenge. He served as Launch Manager to set up Zenzic, a not-for-profit leading on R&D investment strategy in the connected and autonomous vehicles sector. John holds a Bachelor of Engineering Honours Degree in Manufacturing Systems Management and a Diploma in Industrial Studies. He is an accredited IP advisor by the UK Intellectual Property Office. He is a Chartered Engineer in the UK and a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology.


Stephen C. Veldhuis, McMaster University

My current research interests lie in the area of high performance manufacturing with a specific focus on precision and ultra precision machining. The main objective of my research is to enhance competitiveness of machining operations by improving productivity and quality while reducing cost. The approach taken involves a detailed framework for selecting and developing tooling followed by process optimization which aims to fully utilize the capabilities of the tool and machine.


Katherine Schmidt, Head of digitalisation and external collaboration, Siemens-Energy

I started my career as a Mechanical engineer with a focus in lean manufacturing in serial production before joining Rolls-Royce where I held several roles in R&D, supply chain and production in gas turbine in Europe. After the Siemens acquisition of the Rolls-Royce energy division in 2014, I returned to my hometown of Montreal to manage the factory, which is where I got introduced to Digitalisation.


William St-Germain, Director Product Development & Director of Continuous Improvement, APN Global




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