HANNOVER MESSE 2020, 20 - 24 April
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Industrie 4.0 Forum

The transition to autonomous systems in the industry

Autonomy levels and their application to industrial production

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Simultaneous interpreting


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Artificial Intelligence, Industrie 4.0, Research & Technology

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Industrie 4.0 Forum

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Already today, industrial production is to a large extent based on automation systems. The next development step are autonomous systems, which can change their behavior in response to unanticipated events during operation without manual intervention. Thereby, autonomy takes place within the system boundaries as defined by humans. Autonomous systems are, furthermore, closely related to the area of artificial intelligence (AI): AI is a portfolio of technologies, which enable achieving autonomous functions and systems. In order to define objectives in the transition to autonomous systems, it is important to establish a taxonomy. The presentation therefore introduces a taxonomy for autonomy levels from an industrial point of view. Besides, this taxonomy has already been discussed and refined within the taskforce AI of the Plattform Industrie 4.0. Finally, the presentation points out the benefits of applying the introduced taxonomy, using industrial production as an example.


 Dr. Thomas Gamer

Dr. Thomas Gamer

Research Team Manager, ABB AG, Corporate Research

Dr. Thomas Gamer studied computer science at the University of Karlsruhe (TH) and received a PhD in computer science from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in 2011. He was awarded for an excellent ...

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