NEEDHAM, MA, USA, AND CORK, IRELAND – MAY 7, 2019 – The Industrial Internet Consortium® (IIC™), now incorporating OpenFog, announced it will present theSmart Manufacturing Forum on May 23, 2019, in partnership with two Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Research Centres Confirm and I-Form. The forum will be hosted by IIC member, Cork Institute of Technology (CIT)at their Cork, Ireland campus.

During the forum, attendees will learn about trends, innovations and challenges in smart manufacturing from experts in Artificial Intelligence (AI), 3D printing, supply chain, security and industrial analytics. The Smart Manufacturing Forum will include four keynote presentations and two panel discussions.

“Smart manufacturing is about connecting industrial assets in a factory and the people using them with information systems and business processes,” said Dr. Richard Soley, Executive Director, IIC. “With insights based on data analytics, companies can make more informed decisions for transformational business outcomes. At the Smart Manufacturing Forum, technology experts and business leaders will provide their views on smart manufacturing, enabling technologies and their own practical experiences.”

Dr. Orla Flynn, Vice President for External Affairs at Cork Institute of Technology, welcomed IIC members to Ireland, stating, “CIT is delighted to host the quarterly IIC meeting at our campus in Cork, and we are especially pleased to welcome members of the public to the Smart Manufacturing Forum, part of the IIC Global Event Series. Given CIT’s strengths in cyber-physical systems and smart manufacturing, we see this as a brilliant opportunity to connect Irish businesses and researchers with global thought-leaders and practitioners.”

“Confirm - Smart Manufacturing is an SFI and Industry funded Research Centre dedicated to the advancement of Cyber-Physical manufacturing systems to help Ireland lead in a world where smart products are manufactured by smart machines, through smart production systems, with bespoke products delivered through smart supply chains. This is only achievable through the convergence of IoT and digital manufacturing, both of which form Confirm’s research agenda. Confirm brings together 9 research performing organisations and over 50 industry partners, and through our community of practice mission Confirm is delighted to work with I-Form and IIC to help Ireland Inc. through this digital transformation,” said Confirm Centre Director Professor Conor McCarthy, of the University of Limerick.

“As an SFI Research Centre focused on advanced manufacturing, I-Form is pleased to partner with the Industrial Internet Consortium and Confirm on this industry event highlighting current trends and challenges in smart manufacturing,” said I-Form Director Professor Denis Dowling, of the UCD School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering. “Our economy is underpinned by manufacturing: manufacturing is the second largest employer in Ireland and accounts for 36.5 percent of GDP. This event is an opportunity to come together to dissect and discuss some of the key issues facing manufacturers right now, such as how safety, security, privacy and reliability will be assured in this new age of digital manufacturing.”

Keynote Speakers include:

Vincent Wang, Chief Innovation Officer, Wanxiang Group

Triona Kennedy, Senior Product Manager, Stryker Orthopedics

Jeff McCann, General Manager, DELL EMC

Prof. John Barrett, Cork Institute of Technology, Nimbus Research Centre

Panel: “Digital Solutions in Manufacturing: Innovations and Value from Industry and Research Perspectives.” Moderator and panelists from the following companies, institutions include:






Panel: “Trustworthiness Challenges in Smart Factory.” Moderator and panelists from the following companies, institutions include:

The MITRE Corporation

Entrust Datacard


University of Limerick


The Smart Manufacturing Forum is free and open to the public, but registration is required. 

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