Keynote: Digital Disruption: The Industrial Internet meets Digital Manufacturing

  • The Industrial Internet – Building the Global Nervous System
  • Digital Manufacturing in the Cloud
  • Cognitive Computing and the Evolution of Mind

Minds, Machines and the Industrial Internet: a look into the future.

Manufacturing is at the cusp of an exponential rise in capabilities due to the convergence of the physical and digital worlds. The compounding growth rate in computing power, software complexity and pervasive networking will bring the new reality of “exponential thinking” to unprecedented combinations of hyper-connected minds and the industrial machines of production. Disciplines that have served as the foundation of manufacturing (such as material science, supply chain, systems integration, machine automation and data science ) will all experience a renaissance as the speed and availability of computing power, massive data sets, automated workflows and collaborative thinking reshape how the manufacturing operations are conceived, planned and executed. The Industrial Internet Consortium and the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute with a combined project budget in excess of one half billion U.S. dollars will be described in detail. New opportunities for participation will be announced.

salvo Dr. Joseph J. Salvo, Director and Founder of the Industrial Internet Consortium, Manager, Complex Systems Engineering Laboratory, GE Global Research, Niskayuna, NY USA

Dr. Joseph Salvo started off as Yale-and-Harvard-trained molecular biophysicist and biochemist before unleashing his inner inventor and entrepreneur. On the pulse of RFID technology decades ago, he now helps craft the Industrial Internet, GE’s enterprise-grade version of the Internet of Things. Aimed at improving efficiency and improving predictive maintenance in fields from healthcare to oil and gas, the Industrial Internet employs sensors and connectivity to generate Big Data streams for everything from windmills to jet engines to manufacturing components. As Director of the Industrial Internet Consortium, Joseph Salvo is influencing the standards and ideas that are creating “a type of artificial consciousness” in machines and computing platforms – See more at:

Dr. Salvo is the Director and Founder of the Industrial Internet Consortium with an aim to connect brilliant minds and machines in powerful value creation networks. For the past 15 years he and his laboratory have developed a series of large-scale internet-based sensing arrays to manage and oversee business systems and deliver a portfolio of information-based services. Some of their commercial business releases include complex decision platforms (e.g. GE Veriwise™ GE RailwiseTM, Global Vendor Managed Inventory, Ener.GE™, and E-Materials Management) that deliver near real-time customer value through system transparency and knowledge-based computational algorithms.

Pervasive networked sensors systems combined with near-real time collaboration can deliver time-critical, high fidelity data to enable information analysis across traditional business process boundaries. Total supply chain, digital manufacturing, energy management and financial services can be integrated to create a virtual enterprise environment that encourages discovery and process improvement on a global basis. Electronic RFID tagging and distributed knowledge networks extend the reach of these systems with anywhere/anytime access to mission critical information.

Dr. Salvo’s group will be providing the core Digital Market Commons to UI Labs for the recently announced Digital Design Manufacturing Innovation Institute in Chicago. Crowdsourcing and cloud computing platforms promise to further democratize the flow of information, computation and ideas. Commercial business implementations of this work are currently active in Asia, Europe as well as North and South America.