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2013 MIT Vienna Conference

Remaking Manufacturing
Vienna, Austria
May 22-23, 2013

8:00 AM


9:30 AM

Global Innovation and Entrepreneurship: The New Austrian Competitiveness Challenge
To sustain its prosperity, Austria must upgrade its capacity for global innovation and entrepreneurship. While many Austrian companies have prospered through integration with Europe and levering opportunities in Eastern Europe, a fundamental challenge for Austrian companies going forward is to develop the ability to develop and commercialize innovations at the global frontier. Building on an assessment of the main challenges for Austrian competitiveness, this interactive lecture will identify the investments and choices that Austrian companies must embrace in order to compete through innovation on a global basis. To ensure long-term sustainability and prosperity, global innovation and entrepreneurship must be at the heart of the Austrian competitiveness agenda.
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10:15 AM

Production in the Innovation Economy
Presentation slides of Prof. Berger are not available to public before September 20, when MIT will make an official announcement and publish the new report on PIE. We have uploaded a preview of the report on PIE.

Do countries that are strong in innovation need manufacturing in order to gain the returns on their innovative capabilities? Twenty MIT faculty in the Production in the Innovation Economy Commission have carried out research on this question over the past two years. Their analysis in Making in America: From Innovation to Market (MIT Press, Fall, 2013) traces how innovations are commercialized in high tech startups, Main Street small and medium-sized manufacturers, and in a sample of German and Chinese firms. The research has identified advanced manufacturing technologies that have potential for accelerating the passage of innovation into the market and considered ways of getting those new technologies into use in the economy.
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11:00 AM


11:30 AM

Misunderstanding Human Capital: Rethinking Innovation Strategy
Do we fundamentally misunderstand and/or undervalue the role of human capital in innovation and innovation in human capital?

Perhaps innovation's real impact comes less from adding new value to products and services than making customers and clients more valuable. What happens to traditional business and marketing models when we see innovation as an investment in the human capital, and competences of our customers and clients? Digital innovation transforms the economics of these investments.

Based on his Harvard Business School ebook 'Who Do You Want Your Customers To Become?,' MIT Center for Digital Business Fellow Michael Schrage will argue that innovators, economists and entrepreneurs to fundamentally rethink 'innovation' as a medium for value creation and growth. Successful innovators don't just 'meet customer needs' and/or 'solve client problems;' they transform customer capabilities.
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12:15 PM

Future Manufacturing Paradigms: Printed Electronics and Synthetic Biology
From biological machines that may one day be used to perform computation, assemble computer components, or become part of computer hardware or circuitry—to radio-controlled biology that may hook tiny antennae into living systems to turn genes on and off—to hydrothermal synthesis to produce complete electronic devices without expensive semiconductor manufacturing processes and facilities, Joseph Jacobson, head of the Media Lab's Molecular Machines research group, is working to reinvent microelectronics with processes to directly and continuously print communication, computation, and displays onto almost any substrate.
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2:30 PM

Instrumentation Manufacturing
Recent advances in the miniaturization of instrumentation such as mass spectrometers, gas liquid chromatographs, Raman spectrometers, nonlinear dynamic mechanical analyzers, electrical impedance analyzers, and quantum coherence spectrometers will lead to changes in the way that manufacturing processes are implemented. Prior to this level of miniaturization, it has been common to take samples from a manufacturing process to a test and measurement laboratory for analysis. With the advent of miniaturized instrumentation, it will be possible to take the instrument to the specimen instead of the specimen to the instrument. In this talk I will present the work we have been doing to miniaturize all the above mentioned instruments and furthermore overview the manufacturing techniques used to create these instruments which had led to dramatic reductions in their manufacturing costs.
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3:15 PM

Manufacturing in Austria - Actual Movements within Andritz AG
The ANDRITZ GROUP is an international technology corporation and globally a leading supplier of plants, equipment and services for hydropower stations, the pulp and paper industry, the steel industry and solid/liquid separation in municipal and industrial sectors.

Manufacturing within the Andritz Group – especially in Austria – has been affected by market forces and internal factors e.g. development and structure of manufacturing locations through worldwide acquisitions.

There is one common result gained from both of these issues when competing on the global market out of high wage countries:

It´s not enough to keep an eye on operative issues (Quality – Time - Costs) but it necessitates the development of know-how and innovation.
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4:00 PM


4:30 PM

Robotic Assistants to Humans in the Factory
Recent advances in computation, sensing, and hardware enable robotics to perform an increasing percentage of traditionally manual tasks. Yet, often the assembly mechanic cannot be removed entirely from the process. This provides new economic motivation to explore opportunities where assembly mechanics and industrial robots may work in close physical collaboration. To harness the relative strengths of humans and robots, we must develop robots that seamlessly integrate with human group dynamics. Although there are numerous studies on human teamwork and coordination in high-intensity domains, very little prior work exists on applying these models to human-robot interaction. In this talk, I describe ongoing work aimed at translating qualitative insights from human factors engineering into quantitative, predictive models that improve human-robot teamwork. I discuss two key challenges: learning team fluency through experience and practice of repetitive tasks, and pre-planning for team coordination in novel tasks.
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5:15 PM

TRUMPF - Winner Innovation Award Austria 2012
TRUMPF Machines Austria is the technology leader in sheetmetal machine tools and automation systems for bending. The machine tools and systems where built in Austria on flowlines with state of the art manufacturing principles – Company of the Year 2011 in Austria.

TRUMPF Machines Austria was also the winner of the Austrian Innovation Award 2012 with a high productive robotized Bending Cell which can even handle small lots.Innovation and world class manufacturing are the keys to success.
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6:30 PM

Hofburg Imperial Palace

Networking Reception and Dinner

NOTE: All schedule and speakers are subject to change without notice.