Prof. 李清 (Qing Li) and Dr. Georg Weichhart at the University of Malta
IFAC’s technical committee on Enterprise Integration and Networking (https://tc.ifac-control.org/5/3/) has held its 13th Edition of the OTM / IFAC / IFIP workshop on Enterprise Integration, Interoperability and Networking (EI2N’2018) in Valletta, Malta. For quite some years our workshop is held in conjunction with the OnTheMove Federated Conferences & Workshops, running from Oct. 22nd to 26th. This year Valletta was prepared to welcome a large crowd of people, as it was the European Capital of Culture 2018! We were pleased by a well-prepared city and conference venue at the University of Malta in the center of Valletta. From our TC Prof. 李清 (Qing Li, vice-chair, with special attention to publications) and Dr. Georg Weichhart (chair) have been present, welcoming the international participants. The image below shows us within one of the historical buildings of the university. In addition to us, the IFAC Coordinating Committee 5 – Manufacturing and Logistics – chair Hervé Panetto has joined us in Malta.
EI2N is not only the main event of IFAC TC 5.3, it has established itself as an important event for Enterprise Integration and Interoperability. This is shown by the support received from OTM, IFAC (in general and TC 5.3, TC 3.1), IFIP (in general and WG5.8, WG5.12), Industrial Internet Consortium, SIG INTEROP, OMG, and GDR MACS. We receive this strong support by the community now for a long time, highlighting the community’s point of view on the importance of this event. This is underlined by the facts and figures below. All contributions have been reviewed by at least three members of the IPC from 17 countries in an intense process and only 36% of the papers have been accepted. Since its early days, EI2N has shown a continuous acceptance rate of below 50% focusing on quality not quantity. As usual, there have been participants from all over the world including female researcher (20%) and people from industry (20%). The Co-Chairs (Hervé Panetto, FR, Wided Guédria, LU, Markus Stumptner, AU, Georg Weichhart, AT) have all been present at the event, demonstrating their support for EI2N. At the keynote speech by Tom Raftery, SAP / Instituto Internacional San Telmo, “The Future of Digital: What the next 10 years have in Store”, the participation peaked at 120 attendees.
The link below leads you to the abstract of Tom’s talk: http://www.otmconferences.org/index.php/program/keynotes-2018/31-keynotes-2018/93-tom-raftery
Since its beginning, EI2N co-chairs take the concept “workshop” serious. As session chairs, we enforce very active participation of the community. Researchers who have presented several times at the workshop like this interactive atmosphere. This atmosphere is even prolonged by an intense and interactive session. As every year, our participants have been participating in a special session called “workshop café”. Here a given topic is discussed. The discussion is also documented on paper. This year our topic was: Interoperability issues and approaches in Smart, Sensing and Sustainable Enterprises (S^3 enterprises). This year the workshop café, for the first time ever, took place outside in a park in Valetta, Malta. The images below show the sunny park in which we exchanged scientific ideas.
The EI2N’2018 Workshop Café session was held in a park to improve the quality of this session
A poster of that scientific discussion has been created and has been presented to a larger audience at the OTM. Overall, EI2N 2018 was a successful event of TC5.3 allowing us to discuss important matters in the field of Enterprise Integration and Networking! I hope to meet many more people next year when we have our 14th edition. Since its December when writing this blog entry, I would like to wish the global IFAC community a Merry Christmas and a happy new year!
Chair of TC 5.3
Head of Flexible Production Systems, PROFACTOR; Lecturer, Johannes Kepler University Linz