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.

VDMA Machine Vision is working on the agenda. Updates and the agenda will follow.

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.
As the product owner of visual inspection, Tobias is responsible for the industrialization and rollout of the plattform AIQX (Artificial Intelligence Quality Next) within the BMW plant network. Tobias  acts as interface between a cross functional IT-Team of system-developers and data scientists and their costumers which are the departments at the line. Beside the use case prioritization, he takes care for the establishment of robust processes all around the BMW platform such as ordering routines, on-site installation and operate services, 24h support, change management and emergency strategies. An ongoing challenge in his job is to find an acceptable compromise between legal privacy regulations and realtime support for line-side associates based on AI picture processing. Tobias studied mechanical engineering at the Technical University of Munich.

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.

Panos Meyer
Digital transformation is speeding up. We are all aware about it, we are all part of it and we are all right in the middle of it. We saw a steadily growing demand for machine vision over the last years, driven by the "hunger" for data in all areas (B2B, and B2C). New markets have been opening up, new players have been entering the game. Without any doubt: (Big) data is the oil of the 21st century. And, all agree: machine vision will be key for delivering it. However, who will create added-value? We have reached the end of digital romance. It’s high time to think about business, and stop muddling through. New digital business models are needed. There is no area that is not affected. What can we learn from others? What does digital transformation mean for SMEs? How do we get our teams "digitalized"? How to move from technical possibilities to real business models.
Panos Meyer studied economics in Münster and Shanghai. After various management positions at Unitymedia, Primacom and Interoute, he worked as CEO of Sporthouse AG in Munich and developed Germany's largest golf network "golf.de", which he successfully expanded to South Africa and the USA. In 2012 he founded "Flying", an app for Frequent Flyers. After being sold to a US investor, he joined Twitter in 2015 as Senior Account Executive accompanying global brands in their processes of digitization for two years. Since 2017, he is CEO of the digital agency CELLULAR. Over 100 employees in Hamburg and Vienna have been accompaning hundreds of companies (B2C as well as B2B) on their way to a digital reorientation and transformation since CELLULAR’s foundation in 2003.


(title and content to be confirmed)
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.

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).