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Russ College to host 2018 FAIM International Conference

 | Sep 11, 2017
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Russ College to host 2018 FAIM International Conference

Sep 11, 2017

Ohio University’s Russ College of Engineering and Technology will become the 28th host of the 2018 International Conference in Flexible Automation and Intelligent Manufacturing (FAIM) from June 10-14 at Columbus, Ohio’s Westin Hotel. 

Hosted in countries ranging from Ireland to South Korea, FAIM serves as an international forum that demonstrates  how theoretical models of intelligent manufacturing can be practically applied. In intelligent manufacturing, automation and robots are used to optimize manufacturing, however, further research is necessary to design and deploy automated, human-aware robots into factories in order to  increase worker safety in a human/machine collaboration. In June, engineers, researchers and academics from around the globe will converge to discuss the “Global Integration of Intelligent Manufacturing and Smart Industry for the Good of Humanity.”

Conference Chair Dusan Sormaz, also a professor of industrial and systems engineering, was instrumental in securing the Russ College’s role as host. He said the college stood out from competitors because of its programming, research, and Create for Good value set.

He also noted that the conference highlights the collaborative relationship between academia, where research is conducted, and industry, where it is applied. For students, who are encouraged to submit research papers, the conference can be an important opportunity to share their research results.

“Presentations at the conference give students validation that their research is going in the right direction,” Sormaz said. “And participation gives them the opportunity to talk to well-known researchers from around the world who give their feedback, and basically project their results into the next phase of research.”

Sormaz said he expects the conference to confirm the Russ College as a research institution in intelligent manufacturing and automation, and to demonstrate the good it can create in society.

“This conference and our work are going to show that engineering researchers are building new products to help improve life,” Sormaz said. “By focusing on human-centered needs, in both medical fields and in general, we can actually build products that are going to make life easier.”

The conference will also include workshops, tutorials and industrial tours. Research paper abstracts may be submitted through Wed., Nov. 15, at the FAIM website.