IIOT and Mechanical Engineering: Integrating the Sustainability Perspective into Innovation Processes 

The 12th International Forum of Mechanical and Mechatronics The IFM2E 2018 seminar was held in  HfWU Nürtingen-Geislingen, Nürtingen, Germany 22 - 23 of November 2018.


Every programme that takes place at the HfWU Nuertingen - Geislingen University is in the room CI10 116. Times may vary.

Thursday 22nd November

8.30 Registration

9.00 Welcome
Starting the forum
General arrangement
Andreas Frey, Prof.Dr. Rector, HfWU

9.15 First presentation session

Keynote Speeches
Investing in Education of Employees to Create and Sustain Successful Global Business Development
Konrad F. Kaschek, Dr. rer. nat. Plantmanager, Bosch Automotive Electronics

Smart-x exosystems: future trends of Smart Living, IoT & SmartHome
Mehmet Arziman, CEO, homeiX

10.30 Coffee break

10.45 Second presentation session

Real Life Problem Solving Projects: How students can experience multidisciplinary and multicultural work life
Anton Haberkern, Prof.Dr.Ing., HS Esslingen
Marlen Mullins, Mrs., HS Esslingen
Ms. Vanessa Kobetić and Mr. Matthias Steinfeld

Experiences of Real Life Problem Solving by Higher Education Institute Experts
Jorma Matilainen, Principal Lecturer, JAMK University of Applied Sciences

CBCA – Computational Blood Circulation Analysis as a Diagnostic Tool in Cardiology
Matti Kurki, Dr., Head of Industrial Engineering, JAMK University of Applied Sciences

12.00 Lunch

13.15 Company visit: Balluff GmbH, Neuhausen

16.30 Free time

18.00 Bus ride to Neuffen Castle

19.00 Mediaeval Knight Dinner

Friday 23rd November

Late registration

9.00 Third presentation session

Development of a Small Industry 4.0 Knot
Markus Gerstenberg, B. Eng., FH Vorarlberg

Mobility of Engineering Students in EU: Constraints of National Mathematics Curricula Affecting Preparedness to Travel
Christina Feniser, Dr., Technical University Cluj-Napoca
Ken Brown, MSc., Lecturer, Letterkenny Institute of Technology

Remote Environmental Monitoring of Agricultral Features
Diego Manuel Martínez Gila, Prof. Dr., University of Jaen

Best Practices of HEI-company Cooperation. The HEIBus Cooperation Models.
SIlvia Satorres Martínez, Prof. Dr. University of Jaen

10.15 Coffee break

10.45 Fourth presentation session

New Flexible Mentoring cooperation model for HEI's and companies
Simona Noveanu, PhD, Eng., Technical University of Cluj Napoca

Using resource efficiency approaches to drive bottom line results - an industry example for the paper industry
Robert Gabriel, Prof. Dr., HfWU Nuertingen-Geislingen University

Long term effects of human robots interaction
Süleyman Toraşan, M.Sc., HfWU Nuertingen-Geislingen University

Employees‘ Initiatives for Sustainability in the Workplace
Carsten Herbes, Prof. Dr., HfWU Nuertingen-Geislingen University

12.00 Announcement of IFM2E 2019
Silvia Satorres Martínez, Dr. and Diego Manuel Martínez Gila, Dr., University of Jaén

12.15 Walk to HELLER GmbH, Nuertingen

12.30 Lunch

13.30 Factory tour

16.00 Free time

19.00 University ball

Programme (PDF)


Speakers of the IFME 2018 forum

Keynote speaker:
Dr. rer. nat. Konrad F. Kaschek

Plantmanager, Bosch Automotive Electronics, Greefield Site Jucu, Cluj-County/Romania

Investing in Education of Employees to Create and Sustain Successful Global Business

"Already in the 1st Quarter of the 20th century Robert Bosch successfully established a global footprint for his business.
1913 he started an apprentice training department to build a solid basement of knowledge to create and manufacture his products and support his customers. The spirit of the founder still drives education activities in the company and fuels the growth of global business activities of BOSCH. The greenfield site of BOSCH Automotive Electronics in Romania is only one example how a systematic investment in employee education drives agility and speed to be competitive today and also in future markets. The visionary approach of Robert Bosch from more than 100 years ago is still valid and inspires founders of startups and owners of midsize hidden champion companies on their way to establish a global presence and success."

Short Resume:

Konrad Kaschek studied Physics at the Leibniz University Hannover in Germany. In 1985 he joined BOSCH. Working for the company since more than three decades he got a wide range of experience covering several business areas and leadership functions. As well he was actively contributing to the global business development of BOSCH living and working in different countries of the triade. Konrad holds a Dr.rer.nat. (Ph.D) in Plasmaphysics.


Prof. Dr. Robert Gabriel

Prof. Dr., Prof. Dr., HfWU NGU

Using resource efficiency approaches to drive bottom line results - an industry example for the paper industry

"There is a broad perception in industry that making operations more sustainable is pure cost factor for the organization and hurts the competitive edge. However, there are many examples where sustainable practices and business success go hand in hand. One typical case is the domain of energy and material resource management, where resource and waste reduction automatically trigger cost reductions. This is especially relevant for energy-intensive industries. This contribution takes the resource-intensive paper industry as an example and showcases how a leading company in this sector has achieved cost savings worth more than 100 million USD annually, with a similarly impressive reduction of the environmental footprint. The approach bases on a sophisticated global technology benchmarking and a thought-through management approach that is deeply embedded in the budgeting and decision making process of the organization."

Short resume

Banker by training, Robert studied industrial engineering at University Karlsruhe TH (Germany) and Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble (France).  He further holds a phD in mechanical engineering from the University of Stuttgart. After his studies, Robert joined the small sustainability consulting and software company thinkstep AG in 1998. He was part of the management and founders team that grew the company from 5 to 300 people. Robert’s roles included Business Unit lead, VP Product Management and Business & Marketing Officer. Today, thinkstep is the world’s leading provider of solutions related to sustainable products, sustainable operations and sustainable supply chain. The more than 4.500 customers, mainly multinational companies, include 40% of the Fortune 500 and are served from offices in 5 continents. In 2017, Robert was appointed professor for sustainable business management at HfWU. After 20 years of helping companies to manage their business sustainably, he shifted to academia to pass on his knowledge, and to contribute to developing sustainable business management concepts of the future.


Fees & transportations

Fee is 270 €. The registration fee includes proceedings, lunch, coffee breaks, dinner and bus transfer to company. Registration fee will be billed before the seminar, due date is 9 November 2018.


HFWU Nürtingen-Geislingen University

HFWU Nürtingen-Geislingen University (pdf)

Visitors Guide HFWU (pdf)

You are welcome to take part in the forum!

More information

Main contact at  HFWU Nürtingen-Geislingen
Prof. Dr. Frank Andreas Schittenhelm

Coodinator of IFM2E network
Mrs. Anneli Kakko
Senior Lecturer, Industrial Engineering
School of Technology | JAMK University of Applied Sciences