Invited Research Lecture: Sustainability in Industrie 4.0

Date : 13-Mar-2018
Time : 9.00am - 11.30am
Venue : Seminar Room 2, Level 6, Kinesis, Fusionopolis 2, 4 Fusionopolis Way, Singapore 138635
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In recent years, advances of digitization technologies have enabled the automation of existing manual and paper-based processes into a digital format. With the available digital data and appropriate analytics, it is possible to connect people, processes, data and other things to provide intelligence and actionable insights. Leveraging on digitization technologies, the topic of the seminar introduces life cycle engineering to explore opportunities to minimize negative environmental impacts, conserve energy, and natural resources. In theory, sustainability can be achieved through several actions, such as minimizing consumption of energy and natural resources, and selecting environmentally-friendly resources, to name a few. A life cycle approach in the digital age enables the streamlining of all-rounded and informed decision options to alleviate environmental stress and to greater economic impact.

Who Should Attend

SIMTech researchers, univ. professors, students, and industry practitioners.







Sustainability and Life Cycle Engineering in the context of industry 4.0
by Prof. Christoph Herrmann


Part 1: Industrie 4.0 in Production Engineering
by Dr.-Ing. Sebastian Thiede


Coffee break


Part 2: Sustainability in System of Systems Engineering
by Dr.-Ing. Mark Mennenga


Q & A


End of Lecture


About the speakers

Professor Christoph Herrmann is Full Professor and Director at the Institute of Machine Tools and Production Technology (IWF), Sustainable Manufacturing and Life Cycle Engineering at Technische Universität Braunschweig. Professor Herrmann has conducted various industry and research projects in the context of life cycle engineering and sustainable manufacturing on national and international level.  His research interests comprise the development of models, methods, and tools for a total life cycle management. He has led research projects on the areas of energy and resource efficiency in production, service management, as well as information and process management to close the loop between product and material consumption. In 2011, his research team won the German Resource Efficiency Award from the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, Germany. In 2013, the lecture on "Product and Life Cycle Management" was rewarded with the LEO award by the TU Braunschweig as the best lecture in the bachelor degree programme.

Dr.-Ing. Sebastian Thiede is heading the “Sustainable Manufacturing” research group and deputy head of the chair “Sustainable Manufacturing and Life Cycle Engineering” (headed by Prof. Christoph Herrmann) within the Institute of Machine Tools and Production Technology (IWF) at Technische Universität Braunschweig, Germany. He studied industrial engineering at TU Braunschweig and the University of Nebraska at Omaha, USA. Since 2006 Dr. Thiede works at the IWF and finished his dissertation in production engineering on “Energy Efficiency in Manufacturing Systems” in 2011. Dr. Thiede has worked on over 100 publications in scientific journals, books or on conferences.


Dr.-Ing. Mark Mennenga is heading the “System of Systems Engineering” research group of the chair “Sustainable Manufacturing and Life Cycle Engineering” (headed by Prof. Christoph Herrmann) within the Institute of Machine Tools and Production Technology (IWF) at Technische Universität Braunschweig, Germany. Dr. Mennenga studied industrial engineering at the Technische Universität Braunschweig and works for the IWF since 2008. In 2014 he completed his dissertation on the development and implementation of a decision support system for life-cycle-oriented vehicle fleet planning with alternatively powered vehicles. Since then he was responsible for the research coordination, strategy and management at the IWF. His research areas are new data-driven business models, industrial product service systems and innovative forms of business collaboration in the sense of industrial symbiosis.