Keynote Talks

Title: Exponential progress meets linear organizations: Sustainability through Analytics and Smart Models

Technical information is doubling every 2 years, with 50 billion smart objects expected to be connected in 2020. Coupled with the value of connections growing with n² this will drive new business models and efficiencies, commonly dubbed as the Internet of Things. For the future sustainability of our environment – organizational, social and physical – the use of smarter models and infrastructure will be a key enabler. Specifically, the ensuing significant increase in data creation and collection will require new techniques for analysis and sense/respond systems very often going beyond how corporations are structured today. A corporate practitioners will give his view on some of the resulting challenges for organizations and share a few insights how to drive change to successfully meet this challenge.

Speaker: Dr. Dirk Schlesinger




Dr. Dirk Schlesinger joined TÜV Süd in May 2016 as its Chief Digital officer, reporting directly to the CEO. He is in charge of developing and operationalizing a comprehensive digital strategy and establishing a global Digital Service function.

Before TÜV Süd, Dr. Schlesinger spend 11 years at Cisco in various management capacities. Recently, he incubated mozaiq – the ABB, Bosch and Cisco joint venture in the field of home automation and then served as its CEO. Prior, he was the global lead for manufacturing industries of Cisco Consulting Services – the management and technology consulting arm of Cisco. Before that, he has managed the worldwide manufacturing team of Cisco’s Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG) and for almost 3 years chaired the IBSG Asia Pacific Team – covering all industries including Telecom Service Providers, Financial Services, Public Sector, Consumer Goods and of course Manufacturing. In this function he was also a member of the Cisco APAC-board.

Before joining Cisco in 2005, he was Vice President and partner of the Boston Consulting Group based in Munich and Washington, D.C., working for clients in the industrial goods, utility, energy, and financial services industries. Prior to the Boston Consulting Group in 1992, he was a R&D engineer for MTU (Motoren- und Turbinen-Union) Aero Engines in Munich and Airbus Industries in Toulouse, France.

Dr. Schlesinger stays in contact with academia and has given guest-lectures at the “Wissenschaftliche Hochschule für Unternehmensführung” in Koblenz, IESE in Barcelona and serves on the board of the Centre for Future Energy Business at Erasmus Universiteit, Rotterdam.

An aerospace engineer by training, Schlesinger in addition holds an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley and a doctorate in mathematics from the Universität Mannheim.

In his spare time he enjoys triathlon (having finished several full and half iron-distance races), kiteboarding and alpine skiing. Dr. Schlesinger lives in Gauting with his wife and daughter.


Title: Smart Mobility: New Services, New Applications for Control

The automotive industry is probably experiencing its most disruptive period since the invention of the diesel engine. Driven by new technologies, advances in mathematics, increasingly stringent regulation, new and disruptive business models, changing consumer demands, as well as a desire to make our cities smarter, more efficient, and cleaner, automotive OEM’s are searching for new ways to re-imagine and monitize their products. At the forefront of this innovation is the search for new Smart Mobility and Smart City services that can be delivered to and from vehicles, and the resulting partnerships between traditional automotive OEM’s and other non-traditional automotive industries. Research questions arising in this context driving exciting new activities in a number of disciplines. Among these, Control Theory has much to offer, and much to gain as a discipline, by embracing some of the questions that are of concern as planners and municipalities re-imagine our cities. In this talk, I will discuss several such applications. Topics to be covered include: eco-driving in an IoT context; the design of car parks in the context of collaborative consumption (shared economy) models; and car enabled infrastructure concepts. Time permitting, several open challenges will be enunciated and the suitability of classical controllers discussed for smart city applications.
Speaker: Dr. Robert Shorten



Professor Shorten graduated from UCD, with a B.E. degree in Electronic Engineering in 1990, and a Ph.D. degree in 1996. From 1993 to 1996 Professor Shorten worked at Daimler-Benz research labs in Berlin where completed his Ph.D. work, and was also the holder of a Marie Curie Fellowship. In 1996 he was invited to work as a visiting fellow at the Center for Systems Science, Yale University, commencing a long-standing research collaboration with Professor K. S. Narendra on the study of switched systems. Since returning to Ireland in 1997 as the recipient of a European Presidential Fellowship,  Professor Shorten has been active in a number of theoretical and applied research areas including: computer networking; classical automotive research; collaborative mobility (including smart transportation and electric vehicles); as well as basic control theory and linear algebra. Professor Shorten is a co-founder of the Hamilton Institute, National University of Ireland, Maynooth, where he was a Full Professor until March 2013, and was also the holder of a Visiting Professorship at TU Berlin in 2011-12. From 2013 to 2015 he led the Control and Optimization activities at IBM Research Ireland in the area of Smart Cities. He is currently Professor of Control Engineering and Decision Science at University College Dublin (UCD) and retains a part-time appointment at IBM Research. Professor Shorten is an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology, and a co-author of the recently published book: AIMD dynamics and distributed resource allocation (Corless, King, Shorten, Wirth, SIAM 2016).