ABB shares views on future of industrial digitalization at ES2017

On Sep 22-24, 2017, the 5th International Conference on Enterprise Systems (ES2017), themed on “Industry 4.0” and “Made in China 2025”, and co-sponsored by ABB Group and Tsinghua University, was held at Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. More than 120 experts from over 30 top universities and research institutes and leaders from industry attended this high-profile conference and exchanged in-depth views on industrial Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence and industrial digitalization among other hot topics.

Photo caption: Dr. Zhibo Pang is answering question from audience
“The fourth industrial revolution or so-called Industry 4.0 is reshaping all the sectors of economy and society with an unprecedented depth and breadth. Emerging technologies including complex organization and systems, smart sensing, industrial robotics, industrial wireless communications, industrial Internet-of-Things (IIoT), Internet-of-Moving-Things (IoMT), industrial cloud, industrial big data, cyber physical systems (CPS), etc. have become the hotspots of research and innovation globally.” Said Dr. Zhibo Pang, Principal Scientist in IIOT of ABB Corporate Research and one of the General Chairs of the event.

He added that: “ABB has conducted a lot of advanced researches in this field and is striving for commercialization of research results. Research in this area is boosted by application and technology, therefore collaboration between industry and academia is highly expected. Only by grasping leading industry knowledge with basis research, can we obtain a true breakthrough.”

As a pioneering technology leader, ABB owns an unparalleled domain expertise based on massive installed base of connected devices and systems, as well as four decades of industrial digital leadership. The industry-leading digital solutions offering ABB Ability, combined with advanced network connectivity and the latest digital technologies, is helping utility, industry, transport and infrastructure sectors unlock additional value. Along with the development of AI technologies, ABB has developed innovative products like dual-arm robot YuMi with sensing and self-learning capabilities.

Photo caption: Dr. Qianjin Liu is giving keynote speech at ES2017
Dr. Qianjin Liu, Head of ABB Corporate Research Center in China and CTO at ABB (China) Ltd. delivered a keynote speech on “Industry Digitalization: from Automation to Autonomy” at ES2017. He said:” Digital technologies, in particular the AI technologies, can well address the challenges from big data for human perception capabilitie, and assist the engineers to further sense, comprehend and resolve the unknown challgenges by leveraging advanced analysis and computing capabilities. In the future, the self-learning industrial automation will significantly transform business in ways we’ve not seen, amplify human potential and create a better and more efficient world.”

Photo caption: Dr. Qianjin Liu (Second from right) and Dr. Zhibo Pang (First from right) at the panel discussion
The ES2017 is supported by the IEEE Systems Man and Cybernetics Society (SMCS), Beijing Techina CSC Science &Technology Service Co., Ltd, and the Institute of Innovation in Medical-Engineering-Convergence of Beihang University. As an important international conference series in the area of complex organization and systems, it has enhanced collaboration between industry and academia and pushed forward cross-disciplinary convergence. For more information, please visit the conference website:

ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a pioneering technology leader in electrification products, robotics and motion, industrial automation and power grids, serving customers in utilities, industry and transport & infrastructure globally. Continuing more than a 125-year history of innovation, ABB today is writing the future of industrial digitalization and driving the Energy and Fourth Industrial Revolutions. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 136,000 employees. ABB has a full range of business activities in China, including R&D, manufacturing, sales and services, with 17,000 employees located in 139 cities, 40 local companies, and online and offline channels across over 300 cities.

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