The 6th IMFS session will take place on June 2nd. Register to participate!

International Manufacturing Forum Series 2021 – 2nd June 2021 – 5G in Manufacturing

The International Manufacturing Forum Series is a major initiative from the Centre for Rapid and Sustainable Product Development (CDRSP) of the Polytechnic of Leiria in Portugal. This is a twelve day virtual conference spread over 12 months, with a one conference held on the first Thursday of each month. Each one day conference will focus on a specific topic within the broad umbrella of Manufacturing. There will be a particular emphasis on topics related to Industry 4.0 and Digital Manufacturing. CDRSP is a centre of excellence in the field of Direct Digital Manufacturing and was recently judged by an International Panel of the Foundation for Science and Technology to be the best Research Unit in the field of Mechanical Engineering and System Engineering in Portugal.
Although 5G has gone from hype to reality, it is still overshadowed by its forerunner 4G. The impact of 5G is expected to be much greater for business than consumers. 5G may have great impact in Manufacturing. While previous generations of networks were focused on consumer application, 5G is expected to provide major benefits to industry. Manufacturing is facing numerous challenges and only marginal gains can be obtained through cost-cutting measures. To optimise end-to-end value, a new connectivity foundation is needed to copy, monitor and control the physical world.
The concepts of Direct Digital Manufacturing which is a family of technologies which is able to produce products directly from a digital definition without the use of moulds or other complex tooling. These technologies directly enable the possibility of personalisation of the form and function of a product at the point of manufacturing. Of course it is easy to see the changes in the purchasing process and in the supply chains both for the consumer and industry. There are major revolutions to come in the monitoring of the manufacturing process using wireless sensors at all points so as to be able to develop a digital twin of the process and the products.
We invite papers which address any aspect of manufacturing process connected with 5G, IoT, remote automation, critical applications like seamless human-robot collaborations and real-time adaptive manufacturing for e.g. complex milling scenarios, particularly with respect to both the technology, simulations, digital twins, optimisation techniques, case studies and applications. Please submit your abstract prepared using the template available here and submit using the form available here. Abstracts will be considered immediately they arrive, so please send your abstract as soon as possible to secure a slot in the programme.
The Chairs of this June Session of the IMFS2021 are Rafael Caldeirinha and Artur Mateus and this session is technically co-sponsored by IEEE IPLeiria Student Branch and IEEE Portugal Joint Chapter on Antennas & Propagation (AP), Electron Devices (ED) and Microwave Theory & Techniques (MTT)


Arnd Sibila
ROHDE & SCHWARZ GmbH & Co. KG, Germany

Arnd Sibila joined Rohde & Schwarz in 2012 as Technology Marketing Manager for Wireless Technologies and led the Infrastructure Global Key Account Manager group. Since 2016, he has focused on Technology Marketing for the Mobile Network Testing market segment.

Previously, Arnd gained 21 years of experience at Siemens Communications and Nokia Siemens Networks where he held various technical and management positions in the field of Wireless Communication Systems and Mobile Networks Product Lifecycle (Product Management, Product Line Management, System Architecture, CTO, Business Development, Portfolio Management and Product Qualification) covering nearly all wireless technologies (LTE-Advanced, LTE, WCDMA/HSPA, WiMAX, WiFi, etc.).

Ricardo Freitas

Ricardo Freitas is an Electrotechnical Engineer, with an MBA, and was part of the initial team that started with Rohde & Schwarz Portugal, back in 2003, where he has been working as Product Manager for Test and Measurement equipment, with special focus on the ICR (Industry, Components, Research) and MNT (Mobile Network Testing) market segments.

Previously, Ricardo gained 8 years of experience at TELERUS, where he worked as a Sales Engineer, for different brands, on the Instrumentation market, but also on Radio monitoring projects, with private and governmental customers.

Luís Perdigoto
Polytechnic of Leiria, Portugal

Luís Perdigoto is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering of the Polytechnic of Leiria, Portugal. He received his PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from University of Coimbra, Portugal, in 2015. He is also a researcher at the Institute for Systems and Robotics, at University of Coimbra, and collaborates with the Advanced Robotics and Smart Factories (ROBiTECH) group at Polytechnic of Leiria. His research interests include computer vision, robotics, and automation.

He is responsible for the EduNet Automation Academy in Polytechnic of Leiria, an international network of higher education institutions, that is promoted by Phoenix Contact.

He is also the Coordinator for the short cycle programme (Professional Higher Technical Course) on Automation, Robotics and Industrial Maintenance at Polytechnic of Leiria.

Guilherme Alves

Core and Cloud pre-sales, Ericsson, Portugal

Guilherme Alves has a degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering with additional studies on Telecommunications area. He joined Ericsson in 2000 and since then he has been working on Data Core technical pre-sales area. In recent years he has been mainly focused on 5G Evolution and Private networks solution management within Core and Cloud Digital Services organization.

Nuno Fernandes

Network pre-sales, Ericsson, Portugal

Nuno Fernandes has a bachelor degree in electronics and telecommunications. Working in Ericsson since 2001 in the area of Radio Access Networks (2G, 3G, 4G and 5G). Has a vast experience, starting in services delivery as solution architect, holding responsibility for solution design and node configuration. Since 2018 is working in pre-sales for radio access networks, with focus on the 4G network evolution and 5G introduction in different customers in Portugal and Spain. In the last two years is also focusing in private networks with 4G and 5G networks.

Ivan Pires
Polytechnic of Viseu and Instituto de Telecomunicações, Portugal

Ivan Miguel Serrano Pires (Male) holds, since 2018, a European PhD degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the Universidade da Beira Interior (UBI), Portugal. Holds the MSc degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the UBI (2012) and the BSc degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of Castelo Branco (2010). He is an Adjunct Professor at the School of Technology and Management of Polytechnic Institute of Viseu. He actively collaborates with some research and innovation institutes, including Institute de Telecomunicações, UBI, and UICISA: E Research Centre, School of Health, Polytechnic Institute of Viseu. Between February 2019 and September 2019, he frequented a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at C4 – Cloud Computing Competence Centre, Universidade da Beira Interior with a subject related to Passing Cloud. He received some prizes fruit of the scientific projects that he is being involved in, including 2nd place award Poliempreende by the Polytechnic Institute of Castelo Branco, for the project “Functional App Test” (2014), Awarded Paper in SENSORDEVICES 2018, Best presentation award in ICESPS 2020, Best paper award in HealthyIOT 2020, and VitalMobile prize – Prize for the best PhD thesis is e-health and telemedicine titled “Multi-sensor Data Fusion in Mobile Devices for the Identification of Activities of Daily Living” (2020). He is participating in several European research projects from the institutions that he is involved, including COST Action IC1303 – Algorithms, Architectures and Platforms for Enhanced Living Environments (AAPELE), and COST Action CA16226 – Indoor living space improvement: Smart Habitat for the Elderly” (SHELD-ON) CA16226. He is frequently invited to the Scientific Conference Committee in the Information Technologies areas. He is also General Chair of the EAI GOODTECHS 2021 conference. He regularly reviews papers for several international scientific journals, namely Sensors, Electronics, IEEE Internet of Things, Scientific Reports, among others. He is a member of IEEE, ACM, INSTICC, among others. He is member of a Portuguese Ordem dos Engenheiros.

Victor Marques
Altice Labs, Portugal

Mr Victor Marques concluded his Engineering and Masters degrees in Electronics and Telecommunications in the years of 1994 and 1997 respectively and his PhD in Electrotechnical Engineering in 2005, all at the University of Aveiro. He has joined Altice Labs on April 2001 where he has been researcher, Division Manager, Technological Consultant and, nowadays, Senior Consultant at the Network Systems Development and Implementation department. He has several National and International publications both in conferences and magazines. He has been involved in several national (Portuguese – QREN, P2020) and international research projects namely from EURESCOM, RACE, ACTS, FP5, FP6, FP7-ICT and H2020.

His main current interests are related with the synergies between 5G RANs (Radio Access Networks) and PONs (Passive Optical Networks).

Samuel da Rocha Madail
Altice Labs, Portugal

Samuel da Rocha Madail, responsible for the consultancy services team on mobile networks and FTTx, has been developing since 2008 at Altice Labs / PTInovação several consulting projects on mobile networks for international operators. As a result of this experience, he presents solid knowledge in the operators’ mobile networks (in an end-to-end perspective), having worked with the main cellular network technologies (2G, 3G, 4G and 5G), Wimax and Wifi and with consolidated experience in the various manufacturers of radio solutions. In addition to the planning, auditing, benchmarking and optimization of mobile networks, it has complementarily carried out others activities, being currently the product manager of 5G small cells products and solutions at Altice Labs.

Ségio Salústio
Bosch Building Technologies R&D Center in Ovar, Portugal

Sérgio Salústio is the director of the Bosch Building Technologies R&D Center in Ovar.

As member of the Bosch R&D managing team during the last 20 Years, he has been responsible for the technology roadmap and for the development of a wide range of residential and commercial products, including gas and electric water heaters, heat pumps, water purification and softening appliances as well as microwave ovens and kitchen appliances while working in previous organizations.

Currently, in the Bosch Building Technologies, he manages 140 Engineers, developing products and technologies in the fields of Computer vision, Video cameras, Fire alarm systems, Audio and communication management, Robotic garden tools, Smart home controls, data analytics and machine learning.


“5G in Manufacturing” Session of IMFS2021

Rafael Caldeirinha

Polytechnic of Leiria and Instituto de Telecomunicações

Rafael F. S. Caldeirinha (Fellow Member IET and Senior Member IEEE) was born in Leiria, Portugal, in 1974. He received the BEng (Hons) degree in Electronic and Communication Engineering from the University of Glamorgan, UK, in 1997. In 2001, he was awarded a Ph.D in Radiowave Propagation by the same University for his research work in vegetation studies at frequencies from 1 to 62.4 GHz. He is currently Head of the Antennas & Propagation (A&P-Lr) research group at Instituto de Telecomunicações, Leiria, Portugal, and Coordinator Professor in Mobile Communications at the School of Technology and Management (ESTG) of the Polytechnic of Leiria, Portugal.

Artur Mateus

CDRSP, Polytechnic of Leiria

Artur Mateus is an Adjunct Professor of Mechanical Engineering Department, on Rapid Tooling and Manufacturing, at the Polytechnic of Leiria, since 1997. Also is Vice-Director of the Centre for Rapid and Sustainable Product Development at the Polytechnic of Leiria. He is member of the scientific and technological council of the Incubator for startups, OPEN (Marinha Grande – Portugal).  Artur Mateus has a PhD in Polymer Physics from the University of Reading (UK), a MSc from the Technical University of Lisbon (Portugal) and a first degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Coimbra.

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