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Conference Programme

Tuesday 2nd June 2020

0830 Welcome to the Future Steel Forum
Matthew Moggridge, conference director and editor of Steel Times International

08:35 Opening Keynote Address: Go Big! The Future of Steelmaking
Dave Stickler, CEO, Big River Steel

08:55 The Learning Steel Plant: Domain knowledge meets dedicated machine learning and artificial intelligence
Katya Windt, member of the management board, SMS group; and Stephen Pratt, founder and CEO of Noodle.ai


A leading global steelmaker from South East Asia heads up this session on the application of artificial intelligence and its uses in the steelmaking process; and is joined by other renowned experts in the field who discuss machine learning, ready-to-use software products and the use of AI and data-driven models for ironmaking

09:20 The technology of sinter flame layer classification based on deep learning
Hee Geun Lee, senior vice president, POSCO Pohang Works

09:45 Explainable physics-informed machine learning for optimising process chains and product quality
Marcus J Neuer, head of department, downstream automation, BFI

10:10 Permanent reduction of sliver formation on automotive exposed grades by use of artificial intelligence technologies
Dr. Falk-Florian Henrich, founder, Smart Steel Technologies GmbH

10:35 Benefits and limitations of artificial intelligence and data driven models for ironmaking
Dieter Bettinger, Primetals Technologies, project manager, ironmaking automation, Primetals Technologies

11:00 Coffee break and exhibition time


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

11:55 Digital solutions in the IT sphere
Dmitry Yakob, IT director, TMK


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

12:20 Bio-inspired organisation and internal process knowledge for better line scheduling
Diego Diaz Fidalgo, ArcelorMittal Global R&D

12:45 Breakthrough innovation of yield improvement in rebar rolling plant of 1%
Satish Agarwal, analytics and insight, Jamshedpur, Tata Steel India

1310: Lunch break and exhibition time


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

14:30 Industry 4.0 in the steel industry: A challenge and an opportunity for people
Dipl.Ing. Peter van der Velden, Badische Stahl-Engineering

14:55: The humans in tomorrow’s steelmills,


The world’s largest steelmaker outlines its digital vision across all aspects of process.

15:20 ArcelorMittal’s global approach to digitalisation
Carlos Alba, chief digital officer, ArcelorMittal Global R&D


The first of two sessions looking at the application of Industry 4.0-related technologies in real-life scenarios.

15:45 Implementation of a fully automated robot saw to produce material samples for testing
Hans Diehl, project manager, organisation, planning and strategy, Buderus Edelstahl GmbH

16:10 Digital Twin: a true value-added technology for the iron and steel industry
Dr. Yale Zhang, principal consultant, digital in metals, Hatch

1635: Tea break and exhibition time


An investigation of the key challenges and opportunities with regard to supply chain management and logistics and a material flow solution from a leading in-plant logistics specialist.

17:05 Industry 4.0 Supply Chain Management and Logistics in the Context of Tomorrow’s Steel Industry Value Chain
Dr. Jelena Milisavljevic-Syed
Prof. Dirk Schaefer, Systems Realisation Laboratory, School of Engineering, University of Liverpool

17:30 Material flow solution integrates main processes at a steel mill – transferring a warehouse to a logistics centre
Tony Leikas, President and CEO, Pesmel

18:00 End of day one


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