6th European Machine Vision Summit

With the Summit - now in its 6th year - VDMA Machine Vision has created a unique place to come together and jointly work on topics that are decisive for the future of our industry. This year, not surprisingly, the Board decided to develop the program around the motto Mastering Change.

The event is by personal invitation, and for executives of the European machine vision industry only.

If you have received a personal invitation, please use the link provided in the invitation to register. 

You have not received a personal invitation and would like to register? Please, contact us first (vision@vdma.org).


Mark your calendar

  • Thursday, 26 September 2019, 19:30 Get-together for early arrivals
  • Friday, 27 September 2019, 09:00 – 22:30
  • Saturday, 28 September 2019, 09:00 – 14:00

upon multiple request again in Paguera / Mallorca (Spain)

About the Summit

With the Summit - now in its 6th year - VDMA Machine Vision has created a unique place to come together and jointly work on topics that are decisive for the future of our industry. This year, not surprisingly, the Board decided to develop the program around the motto Mastering Change. Machine Vision currently is in transformation. We are all aware of it, we are all working to master the change. Let’s create the future together - through inspiring kick-off statements, interactions, moderated discussions and workshops! As in the previous events, we will go on a retreat and disconnect from the hectic day-to-day huzzle - a perfect way to develop strategies for future success.

The event is by personal invitation, and for executives of the European machine vision industry only.

Your partner is welcome to join the evening program, lunches and dinners and can relax while you work.

The agenda is attached below.

Don’t miss the opportunity to participate.

The conference language is English.


Programme Update

Tobias Kohlhauf, Product Owner Visual Inspection, Production System, Production
Dr.-Ing. Christoph Kracke, Sub Product Owner Maintenance & Quality, Production System, Purchasing and Supplier Network
Ulf Wittl, Line Manager, Shopfloor Vehicle Quality & Digital Management, Group IT, BMW AG
Digitalization promises efficiency potentials and creates new opportunities in the car production. For the production system of the BMW AG this includes a variety of topics: From autonomous transport systems, inline and predictive quality analysis to the optimal reactive and predictive maintenance. The crucial point for success is the value oriented use of data. While many innovative solutions have been technically established, their economic potential has still to be fully realized across the different areas of production. Image recognition and analysis is a major key factor of quality inspection methods. The three speakers from BMW will give examples how image processing based testing methods and machine vision in general are already used today and look forward to discuss the challenges ahead with you.
Christoph has studied mechanical engineering at the Technical University of Munich and graduated in process engineering of fiber reinforced plastics. After working on the manufacturing process development and industrialization of the CFRP car body of the i3 and i8, he was part of the Industry 4.0 project for the component production of BMW. Now he is supervising the different digitalization projects in the area of maintenance and quality in the component production.
Tobias studied electrical engineering and information technology at the University of Applied Sciences Ingolstadt to gain his bachelor’s degree. After working at BFFT Ingolstadt as an electronics engineer, he graduated at the University of Applied Sciences Regensburg in industrial engineering. Via his master thesis which was about an electrical measurement system for exoskeletons within BMW, he became part of the sensorkit project at BMW. In his new role as the product owner of visual inspection he is responsible for the industrialization and rollout of a new generation of KI-supported validation checks over all production steps at BMW.

Dr.-Ing. Peter Waszkewitz
Project Manager Integrated Vision, Nexeed Automation Development, Bosch Connected Industry, Robert Bosch Manufacturing Solutions GmbH, Stuttgart Germany 

“Bosch sees great potential for increasing productivity and quality in the advance of digitization and connectivity over all levels of the enterprise. This progress is driven by the as yet insufficiently used information generated in production. Here, machine vision has a pre-eminent role as supplier of rich product data. As a large and highly diversified manufacturer, we know that open, standardized interfaces are a necessary precondition for an efficient data flow. But they are not sufficient on their own. Beyond that, semantic standards are needed to facilitate uniform, system-independent interpretation of the information. Standards for communication and semantics have to be designed for practical use by platform vendors, automation suppliers and users. This creates challenges for device manufacturers as well as opportunities for new business models. The time of proprietary lock-in is over, only with interoperable standards can we build the industry of the future.” 

Peter has been active in machine vision since 1992, first as post-graduate in the Corporate Research of Robert Bosch GmbH, then as support engineer and trainer at NeuroCheck GmbH. From 2001 to 2016 he worked as application engineer at ATMO, the special machinery department of Robert Bosch GmbH, with a steadily increasing share of platform and interface development and try-out and commissioning of these developments in the field.
This led to transferring the area of activity from 2017 into the automation platform development at Bosch Connected Industry, and due to the increasing importance of OPC UA to co-operation in the Core Working Group for the OPC UA Machine Vision Companion Specification and further into the Task Force Interoperability of the VDMA Association Robotics + Automation.

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Artificial intelligence is nothing new for the machine vision industry. However, developments have exploded lately boosted by high computing power, neural networks and big data. Without any doubt, artificial intelligence and machine learning will transform each and every sphere of our lives. What is becoming clear: AI will have a big impact on business, manufacturing and in particular on machine vision and the machine vision industry. Big players are moving in; open source products play an increasingly bigger role. There is a promise that machine vision systems will become much easier to train and use and that recognition will be vastly improved in many areas. Will AI provide new strength for our sector? Or, will machine vision become a commodity, downloadable in the App Store? 
Professor Slusallek studied Physics in Frankfurt and Tübingen. He received his PhD in computer graphics from Erlangen University in 1995. Subsequently, he worked for NVIDIA Research and as a visiting assistant professor at Stanford University. He currently is Scientific Director at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) as well as professor for computer graphics and principal investigator for the Excellence Cluster "Multimodal Computing and Interaction" at Saarland University in Saarbrücken, Germany.

Peter Seeberg, Owner, asimovero.AI, Neubiberg, Germany 
Dr. Christopher Scheubel, Managing Director, FRAMOS AI GmbH, Taufkirchen 

US and Chinese companies have taken global leadership in consumer AI, also by benefiting from European AI-based technologies. Compared to their international counterparts, European companies are not good at marketing their base technologies in consumer products (see MP3). Many decision makers have a queasy feeling about giving their production data out to the cloud. However, increasingly powerful processors can be a solution, as they enable embedded AI on a standard PC directly in the production plant or on the machine. As a result, European machine manufacturers are increasingly integrating AI into their machines and continue to export them throughout the world. They thus strengthen their product leadership and support the European leadership claim in the area of B2B-AI. 

Certainly, the implementation of AI on embedded devices is far from easy. Though the presence of AI is ubiquitous in scientific papers, news stories and business magazines, its complexity and dependencies on neighboring technologies make a robust and productive application complicated. Christopher and Peter have experienced in several projects that factors such as edge processing capacity, data annotation quality and AI framework knowhow have to be orchestrated delicately to generate value with this new technology. 

Peter Seeberg studied Computer Aided Design in Delft / the Netherlands. After 25 years in the IT industry (Intel, Infor, Seiko, Mentor), and 10 years in the OT industry (Softing), Peter has been working towards the integration of IT and industrial automation. Peter is an active member of the Europe Advisory Council of the OPC Foundation and the Machine Learning Expert Group at VDMA. Since January 2019 Peter works as an independent AI consultant for asimovero.AI

Dr. Christopher Scheubel is leading the FRAMOS AI venture since September 2018. Before, Christopher headed the IP & Business Development department at FRAMOS since 2017. Prior to joining FRAMOS, he founded his own startup, which brought mobile food ordering and payment to restaurants in Germany. During his career, Christopher gained experience at Bain&Company, KPMG and GM. He studied at the Technical University of Munich as well as at the Columbia Business School in New York.

Conference venue and hotel accommodation 

The Summit will take place in the conference hotel 

Maritim Galatzó
Carretera de Andratx, km20
07160 Paguera, Mallorca
Internet https://en.galatzohotel.com/

VDMA already reserved rooms for the participants at the conference hotel “Maritim Galatzó”. VDMA will collect and forward registration requests (arrival 26th / departure 28th Sept. 2019). The number of rooms is limited and subject to availability. The payment of hotel accommodation is by check-out, in the responsibility of the conference participants and not included in the participation fee. For any special wishes regarding the hotel payment or the hotel invoice, please address these upon check-in. For any other special request, please contact vision@vdma.org.

Single room: € 155.00 / per night per room
Double room: € 190.00 / per night per room
These prices include breakfast buffet and free use of the wellness area with swimming pool and sauna.
The rooms are available from 3 pm on arrival day and until 12 am on the day of departure.
The environmental tax (€ 3.30 per person per night) is not included and be paid by check-out.

If you wish to extend your stay, please book the nights 26-28 Sept. 2019 by using our registration form and additionally contact the hotel for the extra nights (jgrupos@hotelgalatzo.com).