Keynote Speeches

Oliver Riedel, Ph.D.

Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO

ICPR-26, Taichung, Taiwan, July 18-21, 2021


Presentation Title:

Smart and resilient manufacturing as answer to pandemic effects on manufacturing economy



With its waves, the pandemic has had a great impact on everyone personally and above all on the economy. In the keynote, we will highlight the problems in the manufacturing industry that were triggered and intensified by the pandemic and show approaches to solutions with some current research results. A major problem in manufacturing was and is broken supply chains due to a lack of resilience. In addition to this the society and the economy have also been hit hard by the slow implementation of digitalisation and the lack of worker protection. The keynote ends with an outlook on what we can take away from the current pandemic as knowledge for the future and what measures industry should take with the help of research.


Prof. Oliver Riedel has been involved with the basic principles and practical application of virtual validation methods in product development and production for over 20 years. During this time, he has managed numerous projects for major international companies in the automotive and energy industries with the objective of introducing virtual methods. In November 2016 he was appointed Professor at the University of Stuttgart and is managing director of the Institute for Control Engineering of Machine Tools and Manufacturing Units, holds the chair for Information Technology in Production and is member of the management team and Director at the Fraunhofer IAO.