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The Robot Revolution & Industrial IoT International Symposium 2020

TitleStart (JST)End (JST)Location
1[Session 1] Global Leaders Dialog: Paradigm shift in manufacturing businessOctober 12, 2020 19:00October 12, 2020 21:00Live streaming
2[Session 2] Manufacturing Policy in the world of Post COVID-19October 13, 2020 17:00October 13, 2020 19:05Live streaming
3[Session 3] Japan-Germany Expert ForumOctober 14, 2020 17:00October 14, 2020 19:20Live streaming



We are happy to inform you that we will hold "Robot Revolution & Industrial IoT International Symposium 2020" entitled "Manufacturing Business and Paradigm Shift Talked by Global Top".

The corona crisis asked us many issues such as digitalization, the way of manufacturing, globalization. With the advent of the IoT, manufacturing will soon reach an era in which essential value can be efficiently promoted through data and information. Its structure is very different from the conventional one. Speeches and discussions will be given by leaders in the research fields of Japan, the United States, and Germany on how to grasp and deal with this paradigm shift. In addition, we will also introduce overseas practices related to industrial IoT and the cooperation between Japan and Germany regarding effective system approaches for solving problems. We would appreciate your participation.


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■October 12, 2020

[Session 1] Global Leaders Dialog: Paradigm shift in manufacturing business

Co-host: METI (Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry)


(1) 19:00 - 19:05 Opening Remark

Mr. Michitaka Nakatomi(Management Secretary, Robot Revolution & Industrial IoT Initiative)



(2) 19:05 - 19:25  Covid-19: A call to strategic agility

Prof. Dr. Henning Kagermann(Chair of the Board of Trustees, former President, acatech Global Representative & Advisor, Plattform Industrie 4.0)


Will the current crisis force far-reaching paradigm shifts or is it sufficient to accelerate the ongoing digital transformation and strengthen our efforts to establish a sustainable economy and a resilient society? In Germany, the ability to absorb unexpected  and severe economic shocks was addressed with Industrie 4.0 as a response to the last crisis 2008/9. The vision for 2030 – announced last year and focussed on shaping digital ecosystems globally driven by autonomy, interoperability and sustainability – is valid unchanged. However, it needs to be adjusted in terms of resilience, social distancing and promoting the biological transformation as a next step.


(3) 19:25 - 19:45  Lessons from the “Team of Rivals” Approach to US Public Sector Manufacturing Policy

Prof. Dr. Mark Johnson(Director of the Clemson Center for Advanced Manufacturing/ Clemson University, Former Director/ Advanced Manufacturing Office, US Department of Energy


While it is commonly thought the US has no formal industrial policy, US industrial policy might better be described as a ‘team of rivals’ strategy. While different elements of US government contribute to supporting manufacturing, but that public support and policies is to further a separate public-sector mission: defense, education, science, space exploration, or energy.  Other national industrial policies are more centralized (ex. Germany Industrie 4.0).  In this talk, we will discuss the ‘team of rivals’ approach to manufacturing innovation in the US and compare it across the 11 paradigm shifts that RRI is discussing. (Abstract co-developed with Mr. Douglas Ramsey)


(4) 19:45 - 20:05  Designing the social and industrial structure from a bird's-eye view ~ Social and Industrial Architecture Design in the Digital Age ~ 

Prof. Dr. Seiko Shirasaka(Professor of Graduate School of System Design and Management (SDM), Keio University)


Digitalization is not just about changing the way we are today to digital, but about changing the mechanism to realize new value. To this end, it is important to take a bird's eye view of the whole and design with various stake holders without being caught by existing concepts. In this lecture, we will describe an approach for designing a comprehensive view of the social/industrial structure in Japan under the rapid progress of digital technology and the drastic change of social environment. In addition, we will introduce points and human resources necessary to promote this activity with examples.  


(5) 20:05 - 21:00  Pannel Discussion

【Moderator】 Mr. Michitaka Nakatomi

【Panelist】    Prof. Dr. Henning Kagermann, Prof. Dr. Mark Johnson, Prof. Dr. Seiko Shirasaka



■October 13, 2020

[Session 2] Manufacturing Policy in the world of Post COVID-19

Co-host: METI (Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry) and BMWi (Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Germany)

(1) 17:00 - 17:05  Manufacturing and Corona: Situation in countries and importance of international collaboration

Dr. Youichi Nonaka(Hitachi, Ltd.)


Japanese and German experts have begun to discuss the issues and policies of manufacturing for the world of With Corona and After Corona. In May, both experts agreed on a joint statement and started  a joint project of the RRI, the German Plattform Industrie4.0, and the German Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech). In this session, as an interim report, we will discuss the impact of corona and what social issues are being addressed.


(2) 17:05 - 17:25  The Role of Industrie 4.0 in the Post COVID-19 Area

Prof. Dr. Reiner Anderl(Chairman of Research Council, Plattform Industrie 4.0 / TU Darmstadt)


Industrie 4.0 has advanced during the last years and provides further capabilities for more agile and efficient production. A new demanding dimension has risen due to the challenges of COVID-19. The target of this new demanding dimension is resilience. The contribution gives an overview about new Industrie 4.0 capabilities such as digital twin performance, remote and augmented manufacturing. New Industrie 4.0 capabilities also support resilience strategies in the Post COVID-19 area. These strategies are outlined and discussed. 


(3) 17:25 - 17:45   Designing resilient manufacturing with versatile human interaction in post-COVID-19 environment 

Prof. Dr. Fumihiko Kimura(Chairman of International Standard AG, Robot Revolution & Industrial IoT Initiative / The University of Tokyo)


 For coping with unforeseen and disruptive changes in various aspects of manufacturing by COVID-19 crisis, comprehensive digitalization is a basic enabler to achieve innovation from “AS-IS” to “TO-BE” activities. Resilience of manufacturing can be realized based on the model-based approach which enables dynamic re-configuration of activities, including decoupling and re-integration of cyber-world and physical world, and re-assignment of human resources to changing activities. Many promising technologies are already there but not fully implemented due to the barrier of society and human mindset. It is highly important to actively “design” the future of our life where the versatility of human can be fully accommodated.


 (4) 17:45 - 18:05   Survival through Innovation - Understanding Covid19 as an opportunity rather than a threat

Prof. Dr. Thomas Gries(RWTH Aachen University)


COVID-19 has unsettled people massively - in terms of health and economic exist-ence. The result - non-essential goods are less in demand: cars, long-distance travel and especially fashion and textiles. This has a direct and indirect impact on textile production. At the same time, people consider the climatic change to be even more threatening. Production and trade must have credible and positive an-swers to these fears. “continuing in the same way” is not an option. New customer-oriented solutions are required. The answer can only lie in the company-specific combination of bio economy and digitization.


(5) 18:05 - 18:25  Transformation to new digital business model

Mr. Koichi Iwamoto(Research Associate, RIETI)


Large social shocks can cause rapid and large-scale market changes. Even in such a case, the principle that products that are no longer in demand will disappear and products that meet new demand will be developed and increased in production will not change. According to economics textbooks, those who gain a large share in the early stages of new market development and development will benefit greatly in the future. The winner of the game is determined early. We will introduce what kind of new market is huge and the superiority or inferiority of each company is determined by the presence or absence of digital technology.


 (6) 18:25 - 19:05  Pannel Discussion

【Moderator】 Dr. Youichi Nonaka

【Panelist】      Prof. Dr. Reiner Anderl, Prof. Dr. Fumihiko Kimura, Prof. Dr. Thomas Gries, Mr. Koichi Iwamoto



■October 14, 2020

[Session 3]Japan-Germany Expert Forum

Co-host: METI (Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry) and BMWi (Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Germany)                                                                                                              Supporter: AHK (The German Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan)

(1) 17:00 - 17:05  Welcome address by METI

Mr. Tsuyoshi Yano(Director, Manufacturing Industires Policy Office, Manufacturing Industries Bereau, METI)



(2) 17:05 - 17:10  Welcome address by BMWi

Mr. Markus Heß(Deputy Director General, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy)



(3) 17:10 - 17:40  Principles of a trusted data infrastructure: German, European, and Japanese Perspectives

Prof. Dr. Boris Otto(Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors, International Data Spaces Association / Executive Director, Fraunhofer ISST)



Mr. Akira Sakaino(RRI SWG8 group leader / NTT Communications)


In today's industrial world, the importance of information exchange and sharing in ecosystems is increasing on a global scale in order to improve productivity and create new value. On the other hand,  restrictions such as data protection regulations in almost all economic areas are growing. Recognizing this challenge, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft has co-founded the International Data Spaces (IDS) Association which sets a standard for a software architecture that ensures data sovereignty and data security in business ecosystems in Europe and beyond. In addition to that, the German and French governments have proposed GAIA-X as a federated data infrastructure to support interoperability, portability and sovereignty of data which is exchanged, used and stored in platforms. In Japan, the RRI is studying the system requirements for a data infrastructure that can be connected safely and fairly under international common rules, based on studies focused on manufacturing. In this session, IDS Association and RRI members will outline their
respective efforts and propose actions to be taken in cooperation between Japan and Europe in the future. 


(4) 17:40 - 18:10  Business model / Platform economy

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Loewen(Plattform Industrie 4.0 AG6 / Siemens AG)



Mr. Naoaki Fujino(Leader of intelligence team, Robot Revolution & Industrial IoT Initiative / Chief Researcher,  Digital Industrial Business Planning Department, Nomura  Research Institute,Ltd.)


Currently, there are 7 platform companies among the 10 companies with the largest market capitalization. Their business is based on the operation of a digital platform which enables strong growth. These large platform companies so far addressed B2C markets, but the concepts have already been used in B2B markets. Therefore, Japan and Germany are in discussion. They analyse concrete examples from Japan and Germany, which are observable in the market, in order to come to a common understanding of the specific mechanisms and impact and to provide guidance in these complex discussions especially to enterprises, politics and research. 


(5) 18:10 - 18:40  IIOT Value Chain Security - The Role of Trustworthiness -

Ms. Aliza Maftun (Plattform Industrie 4.0 AG3 / Siemens AG)



Ms. Ayaji Furukawa(Chief Specialist, Cyber Security Technology Center, Toshiba)


PI4.0 and RRI have been discussing the goal of this activity, namely to foster trust in an increasingly digitized and interconnected economy. This session will demonstrate the role of trustworthiness and the mechanisms to assure trustworthiness between existing or potential business partners. And also, we will present the derivation of a common set of security questionnaire for suppliers, which is currently under consideration. 


(6) 18:40 - 19:10  Japan-Germany Standardization Collaboration - Chapter 2

Dr. Jens Gayko(Managing Director, Standardization Council Industrie 4.0)


Prof. Dr. Fumihiko Kimura(Chairman of International Standard AG, Robot Revolution & Industrial IoT Initiative / The University of Tokyo)


The Japan-Germany Standardization Experts Meeting, which started in 2017, is a collaboration between Germany's SCI4.0 (Standardization Council Industrie 4.0) and RRI, and Germany's Plattform Industrie 4.0. It has issued various lectures and discussion papers on the theme of standardization in smart manufacturing. This time, we further upgraded the original Common Strategy and re-established a common strategy for standardization and future focus areas. The session will introduce the new Common Strategy and the latest activity results. 


(7) 19:10 - 19:20  Closing Remarks

Mr. Tsuyoshi Yano

Mr. Markus Heß

Mr. Michitaka Nakatomi(Management Secretary, Robot Revolution & Industrial IoT Initiative)




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