Please welcome our esteemed keynote speakers, individuals who embody expertise, passion, and transformative vision. Prepare to be inspired as they share their unique insights and ignite the spark of innovation within each of us.

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Prof. Dr. Torbjørn H. Netland


Prof. Dr. Torbjørn H. Netland is Full Professor and the Head of Chair of Production and Operations Management (POM) at ETH Zurich:

He is a Member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Advanced Manufacturing and Value Chains, a Fellow of the European Academy for Industrial Management, President of the POMS College of Operational Excellence, and a Fellow of the European Academy for Industrial Management. He has served on the Board of the European Operations Management Association (EurOMA).

Netland’s award-​winning research on production improvement is performed in close cooperation with global companies. It appears in leading peer-​reviewed journals, including Management Science, Journal of Operations Management, Production and Operations Management, MIT Sloan Management Review, International Journal of Operations & Production Management, and the International Journal of Production Research, among others. He serves as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Operations Management. 

Netland is the co-​author of the 800-​page textbook “Introduction to Manufacturing: An Industrial Engineering and Management Perspective” (Routledge, 2022).

He is the recipient of two prestigious Shingo Research Awards, the 2023 Jack Meredith Best Paper Award of the Journal of Operations Management, POMS Excellence in Industry Engagement Award 2023 Honorable Mention, and numerous teaching awards, including two VSETH Golden Owls. He has also been awarded for his leadership and entrepreneurial spirit. Netland is co-​founder of EthonAI (www.ethon.aicall_made)—a startup offering state-​of-the-art AI solutions for quality management.

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Prof. Dr. Julia Arlinghaus


Prof. Dr. Julia Arlinghaus holds the Chair of Production Systems and Automation in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg. Moreover, she is the Director of the Fraunhofer Insitute for Factory Operation and Automation. After her studies of Management and Engineering at the University of Bremen, Germany and Tokyo University, Japan, she received her PhD degree in 2011 from the University of St.Gallen, Switzerland. She has worked as a consultant for operational excellence and lean management at Porsche before she accepted the appointment as a Professor of Network Optimization in Production and Logistics at Jacobs University Bremen, Germany in 2013 and 2017 as Chair of Management of Industry 4.0 at RWTH Aachen University. Together with her team, she consults companies in questions on smart and net zero energy factories and supply chains, implementation of production planning and control systems, transformation towards digital and efficient production processes.


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Prof. Dr. Andreas Kugi

Andreas Kugi has been the Scientific Director of the AIT Austrian Institute of Technology since 07/2023 and a full professor for complex dynamical systems at Technische Universität Wien, Austria, since 2007. He received a Dipl.-Ing. degree in Electrical Engineering from TU Graz, Austria, in 1992 and a Ph.D. (Dr.techn.) from the Johannes Kepler Universität (JKU), Linz, Austria, in 1995. In 2000, he got the Habilitation in the field of control theory and automatic control, and he was a full professor of system theory and automatic control at Saarland University in Germany from 2002 to 2007. From 2014 to 2021, Andreas Kugi was the head of the Christian Doppler Laboratory for Model-Based Process Control in the Steel Industry (, and from 2017-2022 he was the head of the Center for Vision, Automation & Control at the AIT Austrian Institute of Technology (

His main research interests include the modeling, control, and optimization of complex dynamical systems, mechatronic system design, robotics, and process automation. He has collaborated with more than 40 national and international companies in the last few years. Andreas Kugi has published more than 350 full peer-reviewed scientific papers (ORCID ID, is the inventor or co-inventor of 149 patents in 43 patent families (source 12/2022) and has supervised more than 50 completed Ph.D. dissertations.

Apart from many other activities, Andreas Kugi was Editor-in-Chief (2010-2017), is now Honorary Editor of the IFAC Journal Control Engineering Practice. He received the IFAC Mechatronic Systems Outstanding Investigator Award in 2022 and, together with his research group, 16 best paper awards. He is a full member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and a member of the German National Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech).

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Prof. Dr. Alexandre Dolgui

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Dr. Alexandre Dolgui is an IISE Fellow, Distinguished Professor, and the Head of Automation, Production and Computer Sciences Department at the IMT Atlantique (former Ecole des Mines de Nantes and Telecom Bretagne), France. His research focuses on manufacturing line design, production planning and supply chain optimization. His main results are based on the exact mathematical programming methods and their intelligent coupling with heuristics and metaheuristics algorithms. He is the co-author of 5 books, the co-editor of 26 books or conference proceedings, the author of 302 refereed journal papers, 4 prefaces of books, 33 editorials and 37 book chapters as well as over 400 papers in conference proceedings. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Production Research, an Area Editor of Computers & Industrial Engineering, past Associate Editor of International Journal of Systems Science (2005-2008), IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics (2006-2009) and Omega-the International Journal of Management Science (2009-2012), consulting Editor of the International Journal of Systems Science (2009- 2019) and Advisory Board Member for Journal Européen des Systèmes Automatisés (2005-2015). He is Member of the Editorial Boards for 27 other journals, including the International Journal of Production Economics, International Journal of Manufacturing Technology & Management, International Journal of Simulation & Process Modelling, International Journal of Engineering Management & Economics, Journal of Decision Systems, Decision Making in Manufacturing and Service, Risk and Decision Analysis, etc. He is  an Active Fellow of the European Academy for Industrial Management, Member of the Board of the International Foundation for Production Research, former Chair of IFAC TC 5.2 Manufacturing Modelling for Management and Control (2011-2017, currently a vice chair), Member of IFIP WG 5.7 Advances in Production Management Systems, IEEE System Council Analytics and Risk Technical Committee, Guest editor of special issues of European Journal of Operational Research, International Journal of Production Research, International Journal of Production Economics, Omega – The International Journal of Management Science, Journal of Intelligent Manufacturing, Journal of Mathematical Modeling and Algorithms, and Annual Reviews in Control; he was General Scientific Chair of the 12th IFAC symposium INCOM’06, 10th IFAC conference IM 2022 and IFIP APMS’2021, Chairman of International Program Committee of SCM’02, MOSIM’04, INCOM’09, INCOM’12, IESM’13, MIM’13, INCOM’15, IESM’17, GSC’18, MIM’19 and Chairman of Steering committee of MIM’16. Chairman of Organizing Committee of the International Conference MOSIM’01 and ROADEF’2011; last ten years, he was Member of Program Committees of over 200 International Conferences, etc. He has been responsible of the French national CNRS working group on Design of Production Systems (with about 336 individual members) and the regional project on Design and Management of Reconfigurable Manufacturing Systems. He received many national and international awards (best paper awards, best thesis award, most cited reserach awards, …). Highly Cited Researcher in the field of Engineering by Clarivate in 2021 and 2022.