Group picture of IALF Members

    The Presidential Committee has the role of advising the President of association on major decisions, the preparation of draft resolutions and assisting in the pre-selection of potential members.

    Prof. Ragu Athinarayanan

    Purdue University, United States of America

    Intelligent Learning Factory (ILF)
    Topics for Research and Training at Intelligent Learning Factory

    Topics for research and training

    • Application of Artificial Intelligence (AI) & Industrial Internet of Things IIoT for Intelligent Production & Supply Chains.
    • AI for Quality Control/Assurance
    • AI for Workplace Safety
    • AR/VR for Education and Training on Complex Machines/Instruments
    • Scalable Polymerization Additive Manufacturing
    Prof. Joachim Metternich

    Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany

    Prozesslernfabrik - Center for industrial Productivity (CiP)
    Topics for Research and Training at Prozesslernfabrik

    Topics for research and training

    • 7 research projects with learning factories involved in progress:
      • Personalized learning scenarios in adaptive virtual learning factories
      • Configuration of a learning factory for a railway infrastructure company
      • Industrie 4.0 learning factory modules for cloud manufacturing, worker assistance, and traceability
      • Value stream simulation
      • Agile resource-efficient production network (
      • Digital shopfloor management
      • Competence Center 4.0 Darmstadt (
    •  Enhanced research focus: Lean 4.0
    Prof. Peter Plapper

    University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg

    Operational Excellence Laboratory
    Topics for Research and Training at Operational Excellence Laboratory

    Topics for research and training

    • Research focus

      • Lean Manufacturing and beyond (Industry 4.0)
      • Value Stream Mapping
      • Process Optimization
      • Augmented Reality and Digital Manuals
      • Quality Management
      • Increasing productivity and reducing lead time
      • Production Planning and ControlInformation systems in learning factory


    • Topics for training

      • Lean Manufacturing
      • Industry 4.0
      • Paper less assembly instructions
    Prof. Winfried Sihn

    Vienna University of Technology, Austria

    Pilot Factory Industrie 4.0
    Topics for Research and Training at Pilot Factory Industrie 4.0

    Topics for research and training

    • Development and use-case-related implementation of methods and concepts for process pvent management in assembly
    • Planning and evaluation of Digital and Visual Assistance Systems
    • Planning and evaluation of Collaborative Human Robotic Systems
    • Integrated safety and security concept for Collaborative Human Robotic Systems in cooperation with TÜV Austria
    • MMAssist II: Development of modular and reusable digital and technical assistance systems in production, assembly and logistics
    • Research collaboration on Smart Data Analytics for
      • Prescriptive amd Predictive Maintenance
      • Production Planning and Controlling
      • Complex Event Processing
      • Intralogistics
    • Smart automation of industrial grade manufacturing cells
    • Cloud-based automation for atomic machine functions
    • Simulation and virtualization of manufacturing cells
    • Knowledge- and function-based modeling in OPC UA
    • Safety concepts for flexible manufacturing systems with AGV pallet handling
    • MES layer integration for automated manufacturing
    Dr. Puay Siew Tan

    Agency for Science, Technology and Research, Singapore

    Model Factory@SIMTech
    Topics for Research and Training at Model Factory@SIMTech

    Topics for research and training

    • Contextual & Dynamic Planning for Adaptive Enterprise
    • Prescriptive and Predictive Models for Robust Shop Floor
    • Common Models for Cyber Physical Production System
    • Industrial AI and analytics
    • Predictive maintenance
    • Online Product Quality Monitoring
    • Real-Time Resource Management for Job Dispatching
    • Digital Transformation & Innovation™ (DTI™) Programme
    • Implement Manufacturing Data Mining Techniques Programme