The Technical University of Munich Asia (TUM Asia) has partnered the Employment & Employability Institute (e2i) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) to host a 1.5 Day Research Symposium in Singapore on the theme of “Beyond the Hype: The Impact of Industrie 4.0 on our Social and Political Landscape” from 16 to 17 October 2017. This event is jointly supported by the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany.


The push towards Industrie 4.0 in Singapore is set to build on the strides that the nation has taken as part of its Smart Nation initiative. As Singapore’s industrial sector continues to face unprecedented challenges amid global economic changes, the social and political implications created by these Industrie 4.0 disruptive innovations and technologies is something that cannot be ignored.


It is imperative that the Singapore Government, Academics as well as the Industry work together to create a strong socio-political-technological fabric so as to provide an environment where policies, strategies, businesses and research can be ready to adopt and leverage on the new technologies to their advantage.


This Symposium aims to address 3 aspects:

1. The Future of Changing Enterprises & Jobs

2. Political & Ethical Concerns of Disruptive Innovation

3. Applications of Industrie 4.0 Disruptive Technologies


Through this platform, we hope to provide an avenue to pioneer and intensify the private- and public-sector partnerships to support innovation and bring such technological breakthroughs to fruition, while also being aware of the social and political implications of Industrie 4.0 on our human capital eco-system.


Some of the topics featured in this Symposium include:

  • Ethics and Innovation in Industrie 4.0
  • Ethics & Autonomous Vehicles
  • A Future-Ready Industrie 4.0 Workforce
  • Political Discourses on Industrie 4.0 in Singapore
  • Applications of Disruptive Technologies: Robotics / Artificial Intelligence / Cybersecurity



Date & Time

16th – 17th October 2017

Day 1: 9:00AM – 5:00PM

Day 2: 9:00AM – 2:00PM (incl. site visit)



Devan Nair Institute for Employment and Employability

80 Jurong East Street 21

Event Hall 2, Level 1

Singapore 609607





Who Should Attend?

  • CEOs, Directors, Senior Management Team from SMEs & MNCs
  • Organisations whose Business Model involves manufacturing, industrial automation, robotics, artificial intelligence
  • Manufacturers
  • Academic Researchers & Scientists
  • Students

Keynote Presentations:


“Ethics and Innovation in Industry 4.0”

“The New German Ethical Code for Autonomous Cars”

Prof. Dr. Christoph Lütge
Chair for Peter Löscher Chair of Business Ethics
Department of TUM School of Governance
Technical University of Munich (TUM)


“Landscape of Future Jobs and Skills”

Ms. Teo Wei Jiin
Senior Specialist, Manufacturing
Employment & Employability Institute (e2i)


“<Title to be advised>”

Ms. Wong Su-Yen
Chief Executive Officer
Human Capital Leadership Institution


“Disruption and Governance in the 21st Century: Singapore’s Experience”

Dr. Woo Jun Jie
Assistant Professor
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Nanyang Technological University (NTU)


“Changing Enterprises and Jobs: Strategies for Responding to an Uncertain Environment”

Prof. Boh Wai Fong

Head of Division, Division of Information Technology and Operations Management

College of Business (Nanyang Business School)

Nanyang Technological University (NTU)


“<Title to be advised>”

Mr. Daniel Heath
Marketing Director
Robotics Automation Centre of Excellence (RACE)


“Human Factors in Industrie 4.0”

Dr. Olga Sourina
PI, Head of Cognitive Human-Computer Interaction Lab
Fraunhofer IDM@NTU

Site Visit to Nanyang Polytechnic (17 October 2017)


1)     Centre for Digital and Precision Engineering (CDPE)






The CDPE is a Centre of Excellence for Digital Precision Engineering jointly established by EDB & NYP. The Centre supports the manpower training, development and sustainability of the Precision Engineering (PE) industry of the future and hosts new competence areas such as Advanced Machining Technologies, Mould Design & Advanced Plastics Processing, Integrated Toolroom Solutions, Advanced & Nano-Metrology, Digital Manufacturing and Industry 4.0. It has established strategic partnerships with key global leading companies in the PE process development and equipment manufacturing areas. These partnerships allow the Centre to remain technologically relevant and adopt the best industry practices in precision engineering worldwide.


2)     The Additive Manufacturing Innovation Centre (AMIC)














AMIC is a Centre of Excellence for Additive Manufacturing Technology & Design Innovations jointly established by EDB & NYP. The centre supports the national Additive Manufacturing (AM) initiatives to drive greater industry AM adoption and develop core capabilities in Design for AM optimization & process innovation, besides supporting the needs of NYP’s PET and CET programmes. It also provides co-creation, collaboration and project incubation services for industry and conducts regular sharing sessions, clinics, etc. AMIC also supports companies in meeting the challenges of product design and development. Services offered include consultation, conceptual design, mechanical design, rapid prototyping, rapid tooling & mould development, additive manufacturing, rapid fixturing, collaborative product development and full turnkey solutions.


3)     Automation and Robotics Innovation Centre (ARiC)












ARiC is a Centre of Excellence for Automation & Robotics Technology jointly established by EDB & NYP. It is a hub for System Integrators (SIs)/Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) to form strategic partnerships and co-innovate Robotics and Automation (RnA) platforms and test-bed innovation solutions. The Centre develops platforms jointly with SIs for high-mix-low-volume production using RnA solutions, leads the adoption of advanced technologies towards smart manufacturing and develops innovative RnA applications for digital engineering.  Through innovation and joint development, the Centre aims to mass propagate the adoption of robotic solutions to the industries to achieve better efficiency, productivity and flexibility. schemes/automation_n_robotics_innovation_centre.html  
4) Centre of Innovation for Electronics & IoT (COI-EIoT)





Jointly established by SPRING Singapore and Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP), COI-EIoT is a one-stop centre for innovation in electronics and IoT solutions providing critical support to local enterprises, mainly SMEs, working alongside them in their journey of business growth and competitiveness as they value-create through strategic innovation and capabilities development.

Registration is now closed.

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