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Ohio University hosts international conference on intelligent manufacturing

Anna Hartenbach | Jun 29, 2018
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Ohio University hosts international conference on intelligent manufacturing

Anna Hartenbach | Jun 29, 2018

Ohio University’s Russ College of Engineering and Technology hosted advanced manufacturing and intelligent automation experts from around the globe earlier this month at the 28th annual International Conference in Flexible Automation and Intelligent Manufacturing (FAIM), held June 10-14 at the Westin Hotel in Columbus, Ohio.

Previously hosted in countries ranging from Ireland to South Korea, FAIM is an international forum that focuses on all aspects of automation and manufacturing, and highlights the practical application of intelligent manufacturing theoretical models. Nearly 140 engineers, researchers and academics from 26 countries including China, Portugal, Germany and Sweden converged to discuss "Global Integration of Intelligent Manufacturing and Smart Industry for the Good of Humanity.”

Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering Dusan Sormaz, who served as conference chair, said hosting FAIM confirmed OHIO’s position in the advanced manufacturing and intelligent automation research community.

“Hosting the world leaders in advanced manufacturing – including 3D printing, industry 4.0 and robotics – established us as global research and teaching player in this field, with emphasis on utilizing modern technology and smart industry for good of humanity,” he said.

The four-day conference featured 120 paper presentations, four keynote speakers, two workshops and a panel discussion. Russ College faculty and students presented nine papers and led two workshops.

Attendees visited the Honda Factory in Marysville, Ohio; EWI in Columbus, Ohio; the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Dayton, Ohio; and OHIO’s Athens campus, including Stocker Center and the Academic & Research Center. 

Keynote speakers included Behrokh Khoshnevis, chief executive officer of Contour Crafting Corporation; Richard A. Wysk, an author and Dopaco Distinguished Professor in the Edward P. Fitts Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at NC State University; Branislav Borovac, a professor of robotics at University of Novi Sad, Serbia; and Mitsuo Gen, a senior research scientist at Fuzzy Logic Systems Institute and visiting professor at the Research Institute for Science and Technology.

Sormaz said the conference offered the opportunity for FAIM members to share results and progress, and generate new ideas.

“There were numerous discussions among participants, and from our anecdotal evidence, there were many potential opportunities for joint research, both for the Russ College students and faculty, and for colleagues from other universities,” he said.

The first International FAIM conference was held in 1991, a collaborative effort between the University in Limerick and the Virginia Polytechnic Institute. It has been hosted by many prestigious universities in North America, Europe and Asia.