The IFIP 16th International Conference on Product Lifecycle Management took place from July 8-12 at Skoltech’s new campus. PLM International Conference (PLM IC) is an annual event that has been going since 2003, facilitating networking between academia and industry, and drawing people from across the world. A total of 90 participants attended representing 20 different countries, presenting 45 papers, and representing 57 different research facilities.
So what is PLM IC? Its goal is to bring together researchers, developers and users of Product Lifecycle Management to integrate a business approach to the collaborative creation, management and dissemination of a product and to process data throughout extended enterprises that create, manufacture and operate engineered products and systems. In the words of one of the organizers, Sergei Nikolaev:
“The idea of this conference is to enhance the relationship between academia and industry. That’s why one of the conference days is Industrial Day, and even though it’s usually an academia conference there are a lot of representatives from industry. In our case, there were representatives from Russian industry, from aerospace, from machinery, from the oil and gas sector, and all of them are specialists and managers that are interested in education that will deliver ready-to-use specialists that already know the tools and methods necessary for change inside a given company. That’s why I consider this to be an important conference.” – Sergei Nikolaev, Skoltech Research Scientist, PLM Industrial Day Organizer.
The Doctoral Workshop took place during the first part of the week (8-9 July). Day 3, the opening of the conference, began with welcome speeches from Keith Stevenson (Skoltech Provost), A. Bouras (Chair IFIP), and Clement Fortin (PLM19 Program Chair). The keynote speaker of the opening day was Dr. Thierry Chevalier of Airbus, delivering his presentation via Skype on the topic, “Is PLM software soon to be dinosaurs?” Parallel sessions followed the lunch period on subjects such as 3D Modelling and structures, Conceptual Design, and Knowledge and Change Management.
Industrial Day consisted of a multitude of presentations on topics: “Digital twin technologies in the full life cycle of automotive products,” “Application of data mining techniques in metallurgy,” “PLM implementation practice in the development of space crafts,” as well as an industrial panel session, lab tours, networking breaks, and start-ups pitch sessions.
The pitch sessions gave new entrepreneurs the opportunity to put forward their products and ideas to an audience of seasoned industrial and academic specialists, as well as receive constructive feedback.
The event included competitions for “Best Student Award” and for the PLM19 Marco Garetti “Best Paper Award”. The Best Student Award went to Simone Briatore of Skoltech, and was given based on a short list based on scientific advisers (2-3 presentations), and selection of the best presentation. The PLM19 Marco Garetti Best Paper Award short list was pased on a review score (10 papers) and went to M. Lounes Bentaha, Alexandre Voisin, and Marange Pascale (France) for their work, “Disassembly Process Planning under End-of-Life Product Quality.”
The fact that this year’s PLM IC took place at Skoltech highlights the status of the institute within Russia as well as internationally. Among other things, participants’ opinions of Skoltech’s Eastern Ring Campus were overwhelmingly positive.
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