Manufacturing data on laptop screen


Free Seminar | 12th Oct, 2023 | Coventry

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Manufacturers are embracing data science and AI technologies to collect, analyse and gain insights from their shop floor data; finding new ways to meet their sustainability goals, lower the cost of production, avoid downtime, improve quality, and bring more products to market faster. Organisations yet to leverage their manufacturing data may be leaving profits on the table or running the risk of falling short of their customers’ expectations.

This free to attend seminar provides a fantastic opportunity to learn how other manufacturers are utilising data to identify hidden anomalies and delivering insights for next-level monitoring and maintenance of their manufacturing assets. Through a combination of presentations and live demonstrations, our presenters will provide practical advice for you to take back to your workplace.

Event Includes Guided Tour of Warwick Manufacturing Group Facilities

Whether you are starting your initial data collection journey, need inspiration on how to use your existing data, or are looking to further increase the value you are extracting from your manufacturing environment, this event is for you.

Why Should You Attend?

See the latest trends and best practices for AI in the manufacturing industry and learn how to unleash the power of data to meet sustainability goals, drive manufacturing efficiency and achieve business success. 

Recordings Available Now!

The first batch of recordings from this event are available to watch now. Click below to view recordings from the live event and check back to see more as they are released.

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Featured Speakers:

Prof. David Greenwood

Prof. David Greenwood

CEO, High Value Manufacturing Catapult, Director for Industrial Engagement

WMG the University of Warwick

Christine Rese

Christine Rese

Ph.D. Researcher, Industrial Engineering


Kevin Welch

Kevin Welch

Chief Engineer Body Exterior

Jaguar Land Rover

Arash Ghazanfari

Arash Ghazanfari

Chief Technology Officer (UK)

Dell Technologies

Andrew Hobbs

Andrew Hobbs

Head of Simulation and Modeling

Astec Industries


Simon Coward

Hub Director

Smart Manufacturing Data Hub


Thursday 12th October, 2023 | 09:30am - 16:30pm BST

Agenda subject to change

08:30 Registration and Refreshments
  Keynote Session
09:30 Welcome and Introduction
Dr. Baljesh Mehmi
Country Manager


Navigating the Digital Frontier: Challenges and Opportunities of AI and Digitalisation in Manufacturing
Prof. David Greenwood
CEO WMG High Value Manufacturing Catapult, Director for Industrial Engagement

WMG the University of Warwick

Robert Harrison
Professor of Automation Systems
WMG the University of Warwick


Bringing AI to the Shop Floor – Challenges, Pitfalls and Solutions
Martin Liebig
Senior Director Data Solutions

Watch Recording

10:30 Maximizing Efficiency in Smart manufacturing: Leveraging Digital twins and Data Driven Strategies
Shankar Subramanian
Director - Digital Advisory Service Group Europe

L&T Technology Services

Realising the Value of SMEs' Manufacturing Data
Simon Coward   
Hub Director

Smart Manufacturing Data Hub (SMDH)

Watch Recording

11:20 Coffee Break & Networking
  Technical Session 1
11:45 Improving Sustainability of Brewery Processes with the Help of AI
Ralf Klinkenberg, Sr. Director - Data Science Research, Analytics & IoT Development
Altair on behalf of Bitburger Braugruppe

Enabling Data Science at Avery Dennison to Lower the Cost of Production
Karan Bedi
Senior Digital Innovation Lead

Avery Dennison

Watch Recording

12:25 Live Demo – Altair Solutions to Drive Towards Smart Factory
Roland Jones, Applications Engineer, Altair
12:50 Lunch and Networking
  Technical Session 2

Optimizing a Hot Mix Asphalt Mixer using DEM and Machine Learning
Dr. Andrew Hobbs
Head of Simulation and Modeling
Astec Industries

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14:10 Data-Driven Analytics for Assembly Process Discovery and Benchmarking at Volkswagen AG
Christine Rese
Ph.D. Researcher, Industrial Engineering

14:30 From Pilot to Full Scale – Understanding the Battery Manufacturing Process through AI
Dr. Mona Faraji-Niri
Assistant Professor, Energy Systems, Energy Innovation Centre

WMG the University of Warwick

Panel Discussion: The Current Role and Future Impact of AI in Manufacturing

Our interactive discussion will cover the journey so far for AI in manufacturing, the challenges impacting the success of AI and data analytics projects and strategies to overcome them, and the future outlook for the technology to further improve processes and business success.


  • Arash Ghazanfari, Chief Technology Officer (UK), Dell Technologies
  • Kevin Welch, Chief Engineer Body Exterior, Jaguar Land Rover 
  • Simon Coward, Hub Director, Smart Manufacturing Data Hub
  • Richie Ramsden, Technical Director, National Innovation Centre for Data
  • Robert Harrison, Professor of Automation Systems, WMG

Hosted by: Sean Lang, Data Strategist, Altair


Event Summary and Tour of the WMG Facilities (Optional)

Our tour of WMG involves a 5-minute walk across the Warwick University Campus, to see:

  • The National Automotive Innovation Centre
  • The Energy Innovation Centre
  • The International Manufacturing Centre
  • The Materials Engineering Centre

Participants can enjoy a short, guided tour of each facility and learn how WMG works with industry on advanced research and commercial projects.

 16:50 Event Close






The Slate 
Warwick University
Coventry, CV4 7SH, UK

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This seminar is free to attend but spaces are limited. Please register to reserve your space.

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