Keynote Speakers


 Erastos Filos



European Comission, DG Research & Innovation

Within the European Comission's Research and Innovation Directorate-General, Mr. Filos is responsible for the coordination of activities related to ICT and Manufacturing. He also manages the European Secretariat of the Intelligent Manufacturing Systems (IMS) initiative, a global international collaborative R&D program involving industrially led R&D consortia from Mexico, the United States, South Africa and the European Union. Born in Athens, Greece, he obtained his MSc in Physics from Hamburg University, Germany, and worked as Researcher at the High Energy Physics Lab (DESY) in Hamburg. He holds a PhD in Physical Chemistry from Konstanz University, Germany. After eight years of university research, he started his career in industry as project manager at Perkin Elmer Corp. and then as leader of the elecronics design team at Bosch Telecom in Heidelberg, Germany. After 15 years of activity in university and industry, he joined the European Commision's research framework program in 1993 as Scientific Officer. Mr. Filos is author of a large number of research articles and contributor to four books.




 Prof. Dr.-Ing. Rainer Stark



Head of Virtual Product Creation Division at Fraunhofer IPK & Industrial Information Technology at TU Berlin

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Rainer Stark studied mechanical engineering at Ruhr University Bochum and Texas A&M University. From 1989 to 1994 he worked as research assistant at the Chair of Design Engineering / CAD of the technical faculty of the University of Saarland. His PhD thesis is entitled “Development of a mathematical model on tolerance for the integration in (3D-) CAD systems”. From 1994 to 1997 he worked as a System Engineer in the Body Engi-neering department at Ford-Werke AG Cologne. In the following he focused on methods in virtual product creation and was promoted in 1997 to Technical Specialist for CAD, product modeling and product information management. Between 2002 and 2008 he was leading as European Technical Manager regional and global activities in Virtual Product Development and Methods within Ford Motor Company. During this time he also gave numerous guest lectures and presentations at the University of Bochum, the Saarland University Saarbrücken and at the University of Applied Science of Aix-la-Chapelle. Since February 2008 Prof. Rainer Stark is professor for Industrial Information Technology at the Technical University of Berlin and Director of the Virtual Product Creation division of the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Systems and Design Technology (IPK) and from April 2011 until March 2013 he was the Managing Director of the Department for Machine Tools and Factory Management (IWF). Prof. Stark is member of the scientific societies WiGeP (Scientific Society for Product Development), Design Society and CIRP (International Academy for Production Engineering) and board member of the ProSTEP iViP association. He is also an active member of the VDI (Society of German Engineers) board Product Development and Mechatronics, of the Scientific Board of Industry 4.0 as well as of the expert group National Competence Monitoring.



Industrial Keynote Speakers


 Fernando Valdés




Industry Digitalization and Collaborative Platforms

Fernando Valdés , Deputy-Director for Industry Digitalization and Collaborative Platforms. He has work in many different executive positions in the Spanish Government. Hi has a degree in Business Administration in the University of Carlos III College, several master degrees in international relations and security studies and a program of public leadership by IESE Business School. In November 2009 he entered as a Career to the Senior Corps of Civil Administrators of the State The presentation includes the main lines of the initiative “Industria Conectada 4.0”, and the progresses made in its various strategic lines, since the beginning of the initiative in 2015, including some successful stories about digital transformation Spanish Industry.


 Verónica Pascual



ASTI Techonologies Group CEO

Verónica Pascual Boé, ASTI Technologies Group CEO, is Aerospace Engineer by Madrid Polytechnic University and MBA by CDI (Paris). ASTI is an international Engineering firm providing complete solutions for the automation of intralogistics through Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs). Veronica is also President of the Industry 4.0 Commission and Vice-President of Skills Development of AMETIC (the Association of Electronics, Information and Communications Technologies, Telecommunications and Digital Content Companies) as well as member of the worldwide prestigious high potential entrepreneur network Endeavor.



 Domingo Ureña




President of Mecanizados y Montajes S.A., Member of the Board of Comlux and Member of the Board of Centum Research and Technology

Domingo has held various executive positions at Airbus from 1998 to 2015: Member of Airbus Group Executive Committee, Member of Airbus Defense & Space Executive Committee, Member of Airbus Executive Committee, President of the European Defense and Space Industries Association, President and CEO of EADS PZL (Airbus Group), and President and CEO of Aircelle (Airbus Group).Domingo is currently working on Sunday Lights S.L. as consultant, carrying out tasks such as: Develop transformation and execution programs to client companies; Support Private Equities Founds from identification, negotiation, acquisition and establish the strategy and growth plan; Collaborate with governmental institutions to define Defense Industry Strategy and Growth; Invest in technological companies the minority shareholder and then support their growth.



Víctor de la Torre





Senior Research Fellow in Fujitsu Laboratories of Europe (FLE)


Víctor de la Torre is a Senior Research Fellow in Fujitsu Laboratories of Europe (FLE). He obtained a Bachelor degree and a Master in Bioinformatics at the University of Havana. After he moved to Spain Victor has dedicated more than 10 years working on Data Analytics. Before joining Fujitsu Laboratories, Victor has been, among other positions, the General Coordinator of the Spanish Bioinformatics Institute and the Chief Technology Officer of the European Infrastructure for Life Science, ELIXIR. Victor is also founder of two startups and he has participated in several European research projects in the area of healthcare and has published several articles in indexed journals. Victor is also the author of several patents related to AI. Currently Victor leads the research activities in the Artificial Intelligence Division of FLE.



 Andy Clark







Airbus Defence and Space; Processes, Methods and Tools

Within Airbus Defence and Space’ Central Engineering function, Andy is responsible for co-ordination of PLM solution deployments within UK Product Lines. Having studied for a first degree in Materials Technology he spent a short post-graduate period in a research environment before joining Matra Marconi Space in 1994. This marked the start of a 23 year career in the Space Industry. His experience was for many years centred within the electronics manufacturing domain where he progressed through many roles in manufacturing engineering, operational and project management to leadership of improvement initiatives, working with international teams to deploy common processes across multiple product lines and sites. Most recently, Andy now works on the deployment and industrialisation of ADS’ PLM Connect programme within Space, and the End To End Digital Continuity Programme which seeks to provide common PLM solutions across the whole Defence and Space division.