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Digital Transformation

July 2, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm AEST

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By Professor Okyay Kaynak, FIEEE, IEEE Distinguished Lecturer

UNESCO Chair on Mechatronics, Bogazici University, Turkey

Chair – IEEE SMC Victorian Chapter: Professor Saeid Nahavandi, FIEEE, FATSE

Abstract: This presentation discusses the profound technological changes that have taken place around us during the last two decades, supported by the new disruptive advances both on the software and the hardware sides, as well as the cross-fertilization of concepts and the amalgamation of information, communication and control technology driven approaches. In recent years, in an attempt to change the whole format of industrial automation, these developments have been taken further, especially in Germany, under the label “Industry 4.0”. The dominant feature of Industry 4.0 is the integration of the virtual world with the physical world through the Internet of Things (IoT). Such engineered systems are named Cyber Physical Systems built from, and depends upon, the seamless integration of computational algorithms and physical components. A more comprehensive description of what is happening around us is the digital transformation. After reviewing these profound changes, the presentation is concluded with a discussion of the integration of AI in digital transformation in various forms and a preview of Industry 5.0.

Biography: Okyay Kaynak received the B.Sc. degree with first class honors and Ph.D. degrees in electronic and electrical engineering from the University of Birmingham, UK, in 1969 and 1972 respectively.

From 1972 to 1979, he held various positions within the industry. In 1979, he joined the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey, where he is currently a Professor Emeritus, holding the UNESCO Chair on Mechatronics. He is also a 1000 People Plan Professor at University of Science & Technology Beijing, China. He has hold long-term (near to or more than a year) Visiting Professor/Scholar positions at various institutions in Japan, Germany, U.S., Singapore and China. His current research interests are in the broad field of intelligent systems. He has authored three books, edited five and authored or co-authored more than 450 papers that have appeared in various journals and conference proceedings.

Dr. Kaynak has served as the Editor in Chief of IEEE Trans. on Industrial Informatics and IEEE/ASME Trans. on Mechatronics as well as Co-Editor in Chief of IEEE Trans. on Industrial Electronics. Additionally, he is on the Editorial or Advisory Boards of a number of scholarly journals. He received the Chinese Government’s Friendship Award and Humboldt Research Prize (both in 2016). Most recently, in 2020, he was awarded the Academy Prize of Turkish Academy of Sciences.