International VDI Conference - Digitalization in the Process Industry 2017

  • Benefit from the contributions by leading experts from the process industry and IT companies.
  • Learn from experiences of internationally operating companies about strategies for the introduction of digital solutions which have been proven to be successful in practice.
  • Exchange ideas with colleagues and experts, and expand your Network.
Digitalization in the Process Industry | VDI conference

At the international VDI conference, you will learn from top experts about new opportunities emerging with the digital transformation for the chemical and pharmaceutical industry. Based on practical examples, find out how renowned international companies are already successfully applying digital solutions in the context of Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things (IoT). This knowledge helps you to develop own strategies for your company to benefit from the digital transformation.

Seizing the opportunities of digital transformation

In the context of the digital transformation, the chemical and pharmaceutical industry are facing significant changes. Increasing digitalization will have a decisive impact on business models of the process industry. This opens new opportunities, while simultaneously providing challenges for businesses in terms of IT security and data protection. The conference "Digitalization in the Process Industry" unites high-ranking experts from both sectors - IT and process industry - to discuss these topics and jointly develop sustainable strategies for the future.

Among other, you'll learn about the innovations involved in the digital transformation of systems construction and operation. Panel and round table discussions ensure an interactive, communicative atmosphere with many opportunities for networking.

Who should participate

The VDI conference "Digitalization in the Process Industry" is aimed at experts and executives as well as project and process engineers of the chemical and pharmaceutical industry, and IT companies offering digital solutions to the process industry. The target group includes:

  • Business Development Managers
  • Project and Process Engineers
  • Data Analysts
  • Chief Information Officers (CIOs) and Chief Data Officers (CDOs)
  • Plant Construction Engineers from the process industry

Framework program of the conference

All participants of the conference are invited to an exclusive evening event on the first day of the conference. Use this opportunity to communicate with other experts in a relaxed atmosphere. The conference is also accompanied by a workshop on the topic "Readiness Assessment – Is your process/plant ready for Big Data?". Visit conference and workshop together and benefit from a discounted package price.

Experienced conference chair, supporting experts and top-class speakers

Chairman of the VDI conference "Digitalization in the Process Industry" is Dr. Henrik Hahn, Chief Digital Officer of Evonik. He is supported by Dr. Felix Hanisch, Communication & Technical Lead at Bayer AG and Dr. Karsten Keller, Technical Manager at DuPont. The internationally renowned speakers at the conference include:

  • Philipp Karmires, Head of Linde Digitalization, Linde AG
  • Petter Moree, Industry Principal, Life Sciences, Food & Beverages, Specialty Chemicals, Osisoft
  • Vic Verma, Chief Information Officer, IFF International Flavors & Fragrances Inc.
  • Thomas Dhollander, Founder / VP Products, TrendMiner
  • Dr. Julia Oppermann, Managing Director, Resources Industries, Accenture
  • Mikko Marsio, Head of Digital, Process Industries, ABB

Secure your seat now

Would you like to know how the digital revolution will impact the chemical and pharmaceutical industry? Would you like to learn from other companies how to apply digital solutions successfully? Then secure your seat now at the VDI conference "Digitalization in the Process Industry".

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Program of the Conference

1st day


Registration & welcome coffee


Chair’s welcome and opening address Conference chair:
Dr. Henrik Hahn
, Chief Digital Officer & CEO, Evonik Digital GmbH, Germany

I. Context of the Digital Transformation


Evolution or Revolution – Which one are we facing in Process Industry Digitalization?

  • Evolution or revolution depends on your digital strategy
  • Required mind-set to capture digital business opportunities
  • Customers, technology, internal culture – Where are the bottlenecks?
  • Other industries to learn from

Mikko Marsio, Head of Digital, Process Industries, ABB, Finland


Status Quo of the Digital Transformation in the Process Industry – A practical Overview

  • Need for changes in the process industry
  • Digital transformation as a necessity to produce large scale and flexible products
  • Selecting the right processes for Change
  • Change of business models by starting with a pilot process production
  • Overview – External influences on the chemical industry

Dr.-Ing. Karsten Keller, Corporate Technical Manager, Business Development, DuPont, USA


Industry 4.0 in the Chemical and Pharmaceutical Industry – Gentle Transition or hard Change? Are we asking the right Questions?

  • Innovation and disruptive technologies
  • Business impact vs. technology Innovation
  • Autodesk Innovation Genome

Dipl.-Ing. Reiner Meyer-Rössl, Global Business Development Process Plant, Autodesk GmbH, Austria


Enhance your Intelligence and your Enterprise Success by consuming, analyzing and acting on Data

  • Data access as a Fundament
  • Contextualization is the enabler
  • Analytics, Advanced Analytics and statistics enhance retrieval of valuable information from data
  • From process to plant to enterprise to community

Petter Moree, Industry Principal – Life Sciences, Food & Beverages, Chemicals, OSIsoft LLC, USA




Successful Implementation of Yield, Energy and Throughput Advanced Analytics based Optimization

  • How to optimize energy costs and margins to improve profit in operations
  • How to create value from Big Data – From archived process data in chemical plant historians
  • How to design complex advanced analytics based adaptative algorithms and combined models
  • How to implement dynamic real-time optimization and decision automation in practice
  • How to develop the organization and to build in-house data science and analytics capabilities

Dipl.-Ing. Robert Feldmann MBA, Senior Expert, McKinsey & Company, Germany


II. Panel Discussion: IT Security and Safety / Data Protection Challenges

1. Privacy and Data Protection Implications of the Use of Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Big Data

Alexandra Russell, Group Data Protection Officer, Givaudan International SA, Switzerland

2. The Cultural Revolution according to the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

Nadia Martini, Attorney-at-Law, Head of Data Protection, Certified Privacy Officer and European Auditor, Rödl & Partner, Italy

3. It is essential for Businesses to be adequately prepared to possess and work with Data in a safe, educated and legally permitted Way

Dr. Nils Rauer MJI, Partner/Attorney-at-Law, Hogan Lovells International LLP, Germany

4. GDPR: Outlook in the Processing of Health Data

Knut Mager, Global Head Data Privacy, Novartis International AG, Switzerland


Networking & Coffee break


Digitalization, Digital Solutions and the Role of Partnerships

  • Partnerships and alliances considered vital to successfully tackle digital challenge
  • Types of alliances, examples and quotes
  • First assessment and outlook

Dr. Sibylle Mutschler, Head of Digital4Clariant, Clariant International Ltd., Switzerland


IOT as a Differentiator in Production Processes – Edge Computing done right

  • IOT concepts
  • Edge analytics concept
  • Examples from the car manufacturing industry

Drs. Robert de Koning, Advisory Consultant, co-author: Hans Timmermann, CTO, both: Dell EMC, The Netherlands


End of conference day one


At the end of the first conference day we kindly invite you to use the relaxed and informal atmosphere for in-depth conversations with other participants and Speakers.

2nd day

III. Digital Solutions for the Chemical and Pharmaceutical Industry – Use Cases


SPEED – How to win in Digitalization

  • Challenging status quo re Innovation
  • Simplify the strategy: More wood behind fewer arrows
  • Fast results are key: Establish internal seed fund and accelerator

Philipp Karmires, Head of Digitalisation (CDO), The Linde Group, Germany

IV. Round Table Session


Round Table Discussions in small groups on different Topics

1. Flexibilization and Modularization in the Digital Era

Michael Kolk, Partner and Global Practice Lead, Arthur D. Little, The Netherlands

2. Is Individualization fueling Innovation or Complexity in the Process Industries?

Dr. Julia Oppermann, Managing Director, Accenture GmbH, Germany

3. Optimizing Profit per hour with Advanced Analytics in Process Industries

Dipl.-Ing. Robert Feldmann MBA, Senior Expert, McKinsey & Company, Germany

4. DIGITIZE. INDUSTRIALIZE. OPTIMIZE. How to create a new Level of Innovation and Efficiency across the extended Value Chain

Götz Erhardt, Managing Director, Lead Chemicals and Natural Resources Industries – EALA, Accenture GmbH, Germany

III. Digital Solutions for the Chemical and Pharmaceutical Industry – Use Cases


Digitalization Requirements and the Implementation in Distributed Control Systems

  • Digitalization and the opportunities therein
  • Requirements in Distributed Control Systems
  • Approaches to implement these requirements
  • Customer benefits

Axel Lorenz, VP Verticals & Sales, GM Solutions, Engineering & Consulting, Siemens AG, Germany


Networking & Coffee break


Empowering Process and Asset Engineers with advanced self-service Analytics

  • Time series analytics for process and asset experts
  • Discovery, diagnostics and troubleshooting
  • Monitoring, predictive and early warnings
  • Knowledge sharing and collaborative Analytics
  • Analytics landscape and awareness

Thomas Dhollander, Co-Founder & VP Products, TrendMiner, Belgium


Data Science & Machine Learning Applications for the Pharmaceutical Industry

  • Overview: Pharmaceutical industry and Big Data Analytics
  • Data Science and Machine Learning applied to pharma and healthcare
  • Data Science & Machine Learning Architecture
  • An innovative case study from financial services applied to pharma
  • Business value, best practices and learnings

Larry Pickett MBA, CEO, RxDataScience Inc., USA


Digitalization in Refineries

  • Application areas and source of value
  • Cyber security and other challenges
  • Mobile technology, Big Data and Cloud
  • Standardized templates and agile delivery methods
  • Looking ahead

Dipl.-Inf. Michael Terhorst, CIO Fuels ESA & Downstream Procurement, BP Europe SE, Germany




Digital Manufacturing Framework

  • Approaches towards Digitalization
  • IoT Reference Architecture
  • Usage of Smart Data

Thorsten Pötter, Head of Manufacturing Intelligence & Exec. Systems, Bayer AG, Germany


Using Digital Platforms to drive Digital Transformation

  • What are the challenges faced by IFF in the new digital world
  • Introduction: Digital platform model
  • Digital transformation leveraging digital platform model Vic Verma, CIO, co-author:

Sreenivas Pattabiraman, Chief Architect, both: International Flavors & Fragrances Inc., USA


Digitalization in the Energy Sector – Insights from the R&D Perspective

  • Impact of digitalization on the business models and processes
  • Possible contributions from the R&D Department
  • Importance of data security and safety

Dipl.-Ing. (Univ.) Hellmuth Frey, Vice Head of Research and Development, EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG, Germany


Conference chair’s closing remarks


End of conference

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