Thomas Bauernhansl | Director
Fraunhofer IPA

Thomas Bauernhansl, Director, Fraunhofer IPA

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thomas Bauernhansl has been Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA in Stuttgart since September 2011 and at the same time Head of the Institute for Industrial Manufacturing and Management IFF at the University of Stuttgart. Bauernhansl studied mechanical engineering at RWTH Aachen University and received his doctorate in 2002. Subsequently, he worked for Freudenberg, most recently as Director of the Technology Center at Freudenberg Sealing Technologies. His scientific focus includes personalized production, biological transformation and Industry 4.0. Thomas Bauernhansl is involved in various advisory boards and board committees in industry, associations, research and politics and is the author and editor of numerous books.


Day 2 (27th June) @ 09:25

Keynote Presentation: Is the new era of bioconvergence possible?

Biotechnology, with its recent advancements in genetic engineering, molecular biology, and bioinformatics, offers an increasing number of tools and techniques for understanding biological systems in a level of detail never seen before. Coupled with engineering principles, such as precision instrumentation, automation, and miniaturization, these advancements enable the design and manipulation of biological entities precisely and efficiently. Information sciences, particularly data analytics, machine learning, and computational modeling, are rapidly evolving. They increasingly provide the solid computational infrastructure needed to process large volumes of biological data generated by high-throughput technologies.

Researchers from diverse backgrounds begin to collaborate in an unprecedented way to address complex scientific challenges by integrating biotechnology, engineering, and information sciences, enabling them to tackle multifaceted problems such as drug discovery, synthetic biology, and personalized medicine. This interdisciplinary approach fosters innovative thinking and breakthrough discoveries through cross-disciplinary dialogue and knowledge exchange. Moreover, this cooperation between different disciplines cultivates a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship, empowering researchers to translate scientific findings into practical applications and commercial ventures within collaborative spaces equipped with cutting-edge facilities and shared resources, accelerating technology transfer and fostering startup incubation.

The convergence of biotechnology, engineering, and information sciences has catalyzed a transformative shift in scientific research and production systems. This shift, also referred to as biological transformation, describes the increasing application of materials, structures and principles of living nature in technology and management with the goal of sustainable value creation. At the forefront of this transformation is the development of biointelligent systems, characterized by a strong interaction and interconnection between biological, informational, and technical elements. This shift is evident worldwide, spanning various technologies and markets. Is this the beginning of a new era of bioconvergence? And what are the implications for laboratory communities? This keynote will focus on the future role of the biological transformation and how synergized laboratory communities will pave the way for biointelligent technologies. In his presentation, Prof. Thomas Bauernhansl will review the current state of laboratory communities, highlight future potential, and show how bioconvergence could be realized in the communities.

Day 2 (27th June) @ 09:45

Keynote Panel: How do we create a synergised lab community at the forefront of science, innovation and digital technology?

last published: 17/Jun/24 14:15 GMT

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