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This Page will update shortly with the new conference programme for the 2022 event in Prague.

In the meantime, please see our previous conference schedule below.

Conference Programme

Tuesday 8th December 2020

08:45 Welcome to the Future Steel Forum
Matthew Moggridge, conference director and editor of Steel Times International

08:55 The Learning Steel Plant: Domain knowledge meets dedicated machine learning and artificial intelligence
Prof. Dr. Katja Windt, Member of the Managing Board, CDO, SMS group GmbH


A look at how artificial intelligence and machine learning can improve products and processes

09:30 Explainable physics-informed machine learning for optimising process chains and product quality
Marcus J Neuer, head of department, downstream automation, BFI

10:00 Optimized production of automotive steel sheet through application of AI
Dr. Falk-Florian Henrich, founder, Smart Steel Technologies GmbH

10:30 Benefits and limitations of artificial intelligence and data driven models for ironmaking
Dieter Bettinger, Primetals Technologies, product manager, ironmaking automation, Primetals Technologies


Two leading global steel manufacturers offer their own perspectives on how digitalisation is offering innovative solutions to the day-to-day challenges of steelmakers.

11:30 The role of innovations in changing the metals and mining industries
Sergey Detyuk, CEO, Metinvest Digital

12:00: Operations in a New Digital Reality
Igor Khlebnikov, Head of Digital Technologies Directorate, TMK


Industry 4.0-inspired systems in action explained by two major global steelmakers, ArcelorMittal and Tata Steel India.

12:30 Bio-inspired organisation and internal process knowledge for better line scheduling
Diego Diaz Fidalgo, ArcelorMittal Global R&D

13:00 Breakthrough innovation of yield improvement in rebar rolling plant of 1%
Satish Agarwal, analytics and insight, Jamshedpur, Tata Steel India

13:30 Lunch


14:30 Opening Keynote Address: Go Big! The Future of Steelmaking
Dave Stickler, CEO, Big River Steel


An examination of Industry 4.0 technologies in the Austrian steel industry.

15:30: Industry 4.0 in the Austrian Steelmaking Industry
Roman Stiftner, Austrian Mining and Steel Association


16:00: Transforming safety in the steel industry: Understanding the power of sensor fusion AI
Mark Bula, chief strategy officer, Everguard.ai


How will human beings interact with hi-tech manufacturing systems and what challenges lie ahead for the steel industry’s workforce?

16:30 Industry 4.0 in the steel industry: A challenge and an opportunity for people
Dipl.Ing. Peter van der Velden, Badische Stahl-Engineering

17:00: The digitally empowered workforce of tomorrow’s steel plant
Kurt Herzog, Head of Industry 4.0, Primetals Technologies

17:30 Closing remarks

17:45 Conference closes


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