Industry 4.0: Inputs, Outputs and Start-ups

5th October 2017, 6 pm  CEST time

Objective of the Webinar

This webinar aims to bring two distinctive perspectives from an academic and a policy and practitioner perspective. Both speakers will address issues related to the drivers behind Industry 4.0, including resources, technologies, challenges for policy and governance, and impact on industry – and in particular – the effect on SMEs, business and technology start-ups and university-industry activities.

Expected outcomes

At the end of the Webinar, participants will:

  • Be able to grasp the main issues defining the concept of Industry 4.0
  • Understand the challenges and opportunities for current and future businesses, as well as the respective possible roles of universities and governments
  • Be able to consider scenarios and options for participating in this new industrial revolution, either by adapting to a new environment or by breaking new ground through entrepreneurship and scaling-up

Target audience

Traditional triple helix members – predominantly academics and innovation consultants, specialising in innovation systems, knowledge transfer, university-industry collaboration, science parks and incubators, and other topics related to the Triple Helix Model.


Talk 1 title Public research institutions and the digital transformation
Main contents The increasing importance of knowledge-based capital for competitiveness in the context of the digital transformation, and the high growth potential of many science-based activities reward those countries where firms have the ability to effectively use research findings to innovate. The presentation will discuss two important policy issues that arise in this context, drawing on the ongoing work conducted by the OECD Working Party on Technology and Innovation Policy (TIP):

  1. The role of public research institutions in the context of the digital transformation ( ).
  2. The contributions of the policy mix to enhance industry-science linkages for more innovation and specifically ways to enhance spin-off creation in different conditions ( ).
Speaker short bio

Caroline Paunov is Senior Economist and Head of Secretariat for the OECD Working Party on Innovation and Technology Policy (TIP) at the Directorate for Science, Technology, and Innovation of the OECD. In her current position she oversees the Working Party’s work on digital and open innovation and on assessing the impacts of public research on innovation. She has conducted extensive work on innovation for inclusive growth. Caroline also developed national intellectual property rights systems in emerging economies. Specialised in applied econometrics, her research work has been published in leading academic journals, including the Review of Economics and Statistics, the Journal of Development Economics, the Canadian Journal of Economics, Research Policy and World Development. Previously, she worked for the World Bank, the United Nations and cooperated on various projects for the public sectors in Brazil, Spain and Germany. She holds a B.A. and M.A. (Hons) from the University of Oxford, a M.Sc. from the University Pompeu Fabra and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of London.


Talk 2 title Collaborative Robotics in Industry 4.0 – What’s hot right now and where is it heading?
Main contents Short overview of what collaborative robotics are, what they aren’t (common misconceptions),

Overview of state of the art with examples from industry

Concept how vision of flexible robotics fits in with Industry 4.0

An example of collaborative robot using Industry 4.0 techniques

Outlook – work being done to achieve vision

Speaker short bio

José Saenz earned a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Stanford University (USA) in 1999 and a M.S. in mechatronics from Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg (Germany) in 2004. He is a Senior Research Scientist and has been at the Fraunhofer Institute for Factory Operation and Automation in Magdeburg (Germany) since 2000. His main research interests are in the fields of safe human robot collaboration, mobile manipulation, inspection and cleaning service robots, and safety sensor development.

Jose is currently on the Board of Directors for the euRobotics aisbl organization, the private side of the SPARC PPP, which together with the European Commission is defining the Roadmap for robotics research funding in Horizon 2020 funding programme.

He was recently coordinator of the FP7 Project VALERI and in the past has worked on and led various publicly funded projects including CAFE, 4×3, and currently ColRobot. He has also been project manager for the industrial project “Inspection robot – Damage detection system” for the Emscher Sewer, one of the largest industrial projects in the entire Fraunhofer Gesellschaft. He has been a reviewer for numerous conferences and has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed conferences and journals.


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