Charlotta Johnsson — Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

Seminar | October 14 | 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Charlotta Johnsson, Lund University

 Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

Abstract: “The pace of change has never been this fast .. yet it will never again be this slow” (source unknown). This implies that there will be major shifts in our society, including industry and manufacturing. Some even speak about a fourth industrial revolution. We find many names for those we love, hence commonly used terms for this shift include: Smart industry, Smart manufacturing, Industrie 4.0, Industrie du Future, Factory of the Future, Society 5.0, etc.

History repeats itself, and with certain regularity new technologies pop up and pave the ground for a new wave of innovations. When the effects of the new innovations are large enough or disruptive, they will revolutionize the current norm of how things are seen and done. In industry, this is about to happen for the fourth time.

In the past, manufacturing and industrial production was simply about making products for people who wanted to buy them. Today, it’s about changing industry and the society we live in with technical solutions and new business models, that add customer value and meet challenging sustainability goals.

In this seminar we will speak about Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure, about the fourth industrial revolution and about the United Nation sustainable development goal nr 9.

Biography: Charlotta Johnsson has a broad range of both academic and industrial experience in the fields of technology, education and innovation. Charlotta Johnsson is a Professor at the Department of Automatic Control at Faculty of Engineering, Lund University, Sweden, where she is involved in several research projects. Her research focus is on Manufacturing Operations, Industrial IT and Automation. Charlotta has served as the program director for the cross-disciplinary master program Technology Management (2008-2015), and she has been involved in the faculty’s pedagogical activities. She has been involved in teaching activities for both industrial practitioners, undergraduate and graduate students. Charlotta has been a visiting scholar at Zhejiang University in China and at University of California Berkeley. Charlotta is also the Vice Dean for Innovation and Collaborations at the Faculty of Engineering, Lund University.

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