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RICAIP Lecture: Prof. Wolfgang Wahlster

May 27 | 10:00 11:00 UTC+1

RICAIP and CIIRC CTU | Czech Institute of Informatics, Robotics, and Cybernetics CTU in Prague in cooperation with the INPACE project are pleased to invite you to an insightful lecture by Prof. Wolfgang Wahlster on 27 May 2024 at 10:00 AM CEST.

The lecture titled „Hybrid LxM Technologies: AI as a Booster for Industrie 4.0” will focus on the latest developments in industry and artificial intelligence.

Join the event onsite in Prague or online – link to the live streaming will be shared with you upon your registration.

Abstract of the lecture:

In the next decade of Industrie 4.0 a new generation of AI technologies will take smart factories to a new level. Large Language Models (LLMs) will be complemented by Large Process Models (LPMs) and Large Action Models (LAMs), so that generative neural models not only predict what to say or visualize next, but also what to do next.

Because LPMs and LAMs are trained on data lakes of process specifications and action sequences, they can predict which plan to take based on a given task and thus can execute the task from start to completion, creating more agency and autonomy in smart factories. LxM technologies avoid the effort of manually coding active digital twins, but are able to code a significant portion of them automatically based on neural transformers.

Although deep learning is the most powerful learning method developed to date, it has already reached its inherent limits in many industrial application domains and must be combined with various symbolic approaches in new system architectures. This leads to hybrid LxM (x=L,P, or M) technologies that use holonic multiagent architectures for combining neural approaches with symbolic reasoning technologies such as constraint solving, physics-based simulation and terminological reasoning in knowledge graphs.

We present and discuss our new roadmap for the next decade of research and innovation for Industrie 4.0 from 2024 to 2034. Some self-appointed “experts” have proposed on the EU level the new term “Industry 5.0”. But this is neither necessary nor helpful as it wrongly suggests that the Fourth Industrial Revolution is complete. In addition, the suggested “new topics” were already focus areas in the original specification of the goals of Industrie 4.0.

Before we conclude, we will present two examples of LxM applications:  the recent DFKI spin-off company XPECT, which combines process mining with execution and compliance verification, and the latest version of AIQUAMA, which uses neuro-symbolic methods for zero-error assembly in hybrid robot-human teams.

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    Czech Technical University in Prague
    Czech Institute of Informatics, Robotics and Cybernetics

    Red Room or Testbed Control Room (tbc), Building B

    Jugoslávských partyzánů 1580/3
    160 00 Praha 6 – Dejvice

    Wolfgang Wahlster is a Professor of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and a pioneer of AI in Germany and Europe. As a founding director of the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) and in his role as its long-time CEO and scientific director, he has developed DFKI into one of the world’s largest research institutions in this field.
    Together with Professor Henning Kagermann (Ex-CEO of SAP) and Professor Lukas (German Government) he coined the “Industie 4.0” concept for the 4th industrial revolution. In 2011, they published the first paper about Industrie 4.0. In the meantime, Industry 4.0 has become a German export hit.

    More about Prof. Wahlster (source: DFKI)

    As a professor at the world-renowned Informatics Campus at Saarland University, Wolfgang Wahlster laid some of the foundations for natural language dialog systems, user modelling, and speech-to-speech translation. His current research areas are multimodal dialog systems for human-centered AI and cyber-physical production systems for the fourth industrial revolution (Industrie 4.0).

    He serves the DFKI management board as Chief Executive Advisor (CEA). He is on the Executive Board of the International Computer Science Institute (ICSI) at UC Berkeley and a member of the steering board of Germany’s platform for AI. He has served as an elected President of three international AI organizations: IJCAII, EurAI, and ACL. He is an elected Fellow of AAAI, EurAI, and GI. Wahlster is a member of the Nobel Prize Academy in Stockholm, the German National Academy Leopoldina and three other prestigious academies.
    As a member of numerous advisory bodies of the German Chancellor and the Federal Government such as the Partners for Innovation, the Research Union and the Data Ethics Commission, he has co-founded innovation platforms such as Industrie 4.0 and Learning Systems.
    Prof. Wahlster has been awarded many honors for his work at the national and international level. For example, he is a recipient of the German Future Prize and the Donald E. Walker Award from IJCAII. He is a AAAI Fellow and a EurAI Fellow. In 2019, the German President awarded him the Grand Federal Cross of Merit. Wahlster holds already honorary doctorates from the universities of Linköping (Sweden), Darmstadt (Germany), Maastricht (Netherlands), and the Czech Technical University in Prague (Czech Republic) and is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, the Leopoldina German National Academy of Sciences, the Academy of Sciences and Literature in Mainz, the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences, the German Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech), and the Engineering Academy of the Czech Republic (EACR).