ETFA'2016 is sponsored by:  IEEE IES Fraunhofer IOSB-INA  

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We cordially invite you to the ETFA‘2016 Industry Day. This year, Industry Day is dedicated to the subject of ”Industrie 4.0 in Practice”. It features presentations by industry experts from various sectors of automation and manufacturing industry.The Industry Day offers an opportunity to exchange views with researches and practitioners from academia and industry. The Industry Day also showcases practical solutions to challenges posed by Industrie 4.0 offered by the Technology-Network ”Intelligent Technical Systems OstWestfalenLippe – it’s OWL”. Network partners from renowned companies are going to share their experiences related to Industrie 4.0, as well as the best practices.

The Industry day is supported by the Technology-Network it's OWL, which is funded as a Leading-Edge Cluster by the german government.  it's OWL is considered to be the largest and most concrete project in the context of Industry 4.0.

The Industry Day is open to all interested parties and can be visited without attending the conference.
We are pleased to welcome you at Fraunhofer Forum Berlin, on September 6th, 2016.







Industry Day - Industrie 4.0 in Practice

08:30 Registration
09:00 Welcome and Introduction Prof. Dr. Jürgen Jasperneite (Fraunhofer IOSB-INA)
09:15 Making machines intelligent:  Solutions from the Technology-Network 'it’s OWL' Günter Korder (it´s OWL)
09:45 The perspective of the industrial automation industry on Industrie 4.0 Frank Knafla (Phoenix Contact)
10:15 Coffee break
10:45 International cooperation in Industrie 4.0 Harald Egner (The Manufacturing Technology Centre, Coventry/GB)
11:15 Industrie 4.0 in intralogistic applications Marc Vathauer (MSF Vathauer)
11:45 Industrie 4.0 as a key to condition monitoring and predictive maintenance Dr. Jan Stefan Michels (Weidmüller Gruppe)
12:15 Lunch break
13:15 Innovation Project - Intelligent adaptation and networking of agricultural machines Thilo Steckel (Claas E-Systems) and Wilhelm Nüsser (FHDW)
13:45 Transfer Project - UniPack, technology transfer at work Jan Ottensmeyer (Agoform)
14:15 Business start-ups - topocare, how to make flood protection smart Simon Jegelka (topcare)
14:45 Coffee break

Industrie 4.0 - what´s next, what´s missing?                           

Panel Discussion moderated by Günter Korder (it´s OWL)       

Dr. Jan Stefan Michels (Weidmüller Gruppe)
Prof. Dr. Stefan Witte (inIT - Institute Industrial IT)
Tanja Krüger (Resolto)
Thorsten Hülsmann (EffizienzCluster LogistikRuhr)
Harald Egner (The Manufacturing Technology Centre, Coventry/GB)
Marc Vathauer (MSF Vathauer)
16:00 Closing Session  Prof. Dr. Juergen Jasperneite (Fraunhofer IOSB-INA)
16:15 Get-together







Please read the general registration information before signing in!

Each participant at ETFA 2016 has to be registered for the conference. Authors have to register until July 15th. 

For participants without papers, just go down to the registration button at the end of tis page and start your registration. Please select the events you would like to attend, pricing information are included in the tables below.

(I) For authors of conference papers: each single conference paper (regular as well as WiP/Industry practice) must be covered by one conference registration - at full rate, for authors, student discounts are not possible. Each workshop paper must be covered by one workshop registration (see below). The due date for registration of papers for the conference and the workshops is July 15, 2016.

(II) Each full registration entitled can cover one paper. If one author would like to cover more than one paper, an additional full registration fee is required for each of these additional papers. 

(III) Conference registration fees include: entrance to conference sessions, keynotes, plenaries and Industry Day, one copy of conference proceedings, coffee breaks, lunches, gala dinner and social events.

(IV) There is a special rate of the registration fees for students not presenting papers, which includes: entrance to conference sessions, keynotes, plenaries and Industry Day, one copy of conference proceedings, coffee breaks, lunches, gala dinner and social events. Student card is required on site.

(V) It is possible to register only for the Industry Day of ETFA 2016 held on  Sept. 06., 2016, without attending the conference. Industry Day registration fees include: entrance to industry day sessions and discussions, one copy of Industry Day material, coffee breaks and lunch on Sept. 6, 2016.

(VI) A separate workshop registration fee is required to attend any of the offered workshops, please see below.

Registration fees


Early (before July 15)

Late (after July 15)

Maximum number of papers per registration

IEEE Member

580 EUR

680 EUR



490 EUR

590 EUR


IEEE Life Member

260 EUR

360 EUR


Student IEEE Member – not presenting papers

220 EUR

320 EUR


Student IEEE Non-member – not presenting papers

275 EUR

375 EUR


IEEE Non-member

725 EUR

825 EUR


Industry Day  only

100 EUR

130 EUR


Additional Items


Extra Welcome Reception

30 EUR

40 EUR

Extra Conference Dinner

80 EUR

90 EUR

Extra pages

Maximum 2 extra pages, a page euro 50 per page


Workshop Registration Fees

A workshop registration fee corresponds to one single workshop. Each workshop paper must be covered by one workshop registration. It is possible to attend only a workshop without attending the conference in addition. 

Workshop registration fees include: entrance to sessions of workshop, one copy of workshop material, coffee breaks and lunch on Sept. 06, 2016. The workshop registration fees for one single workshop are:

Half-Day Workshops:

Fees for authors and non-authors

until July 15, 2016

after July 15, 2016

IEEE member

150 EUR

180 EUR

non IEEE member

180 EUR

220 EUR

Full-Day Workshops:

 Fees for authors and non-authors

until July 15, 2016

after July 15, 2016

IEEE member

200 EUR

230 EUR

non IEEE member

230 EUR

250 EUR

 IEEE membership card is required to be presented at the registration desk for the registratio


Requests for cancellations must be made to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by July 15. An administrative fee of euro 100 applies.  Requests made after July 16 will not be considered. There is no cancellation option for the authors. 

Register now! Until July 15th you will receive an early bird discount




Museum Island is a unique ensemble of five museums on Spree Island in the district of Mitte in Berlin. The entire complex is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

Museum Island

Berlin's Museumsinsel (Museum Island) is a unique ensemble of five museums, including the Pergamon Museum - built on a small island in Berlin's Spree River between 1824 and 1930. A cultural and architectural monument of great significance, it was awarded UNESCO World Heritage Status in 1999. Berlin's own Acropolis of the arts is considered unique because it illustrates the evolution of modern museum design over the course of the 20th century and its collections span six thousand years of human artistic endeavour.

Museum Island was designed as a modern Forum Romanum

Its artefacts, originating largely from the private collections of the Prussian royal family, have been administered since 1918 by the Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz (Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation). The first museum, the Altes Museum (1830) considered to be Karl Friedrich Schinkel's neoclassical masterpiece is Germany's oldest museum. The development of the area as a museum complex and the construction of the other four museums stemmed from King Friedrich Wilhelm's (1840-1861) romantic vision of a refuge of the arts and sciences similar to the Forum of ancient Rome. UNESCO defined it 'an outstanding example of the Enlightenment vision of making art publicly accessible, given material form in a central urban setting".

Full-scale renovation of the Museum Island underway since 1999

The Master Plan for the full-scale renovation and modernisation of the area, adopted and underway since 1999, aims to turn the site into a state-of-the-art cultural location. Amongst the planned additions are the architectural promenade linking the buildings, infrastructural developments including a new, central entrance building by British architect David Chipperfiled, with exhibition areas, cafés, and museum shops - the restoration of the Old National Gallery's gardens to their former 1900 appearance and the fourth wing of the Pergamon Museum.

Museum Island is located on Spree Island where Berlin originated

Berlin's owns Treasure Island is directly accessible on the left side of the German Historical Museum – opposite Berlin's Staatsoper on Unter den Linden boulevard – only a short walk across the ornate, sculptured Schlossbrücke (Palace Bridge). The site is of topographical and historical interest as it is here, in the small Spreeinsel (Spree Island) that the city of Berlin originated as the twin 13th century settlements Berlin and Cölln.

The Stunning rococo Sanssouci Palace and its verdant gardens and terraced vineyards were the summer home of Friedrich the Great.

Schloss Sanssouci

For normal folk, Potsdam’s Sanssouci is a relaxing royal treat only 30 minutes away by train from bustling Berlin. In French, the palace’s name means “without a care;” it was a quiet refuge for the Prussian king. His final wish was to be buried there, a desire not granted until after German reunification.
This UNESCO World Heritage Site, built between 1745 and 1747, is known for its treasures inside and out.

Highlights include the white and gold Marble Hall reception area, loosely based on the Pantheon in Rome, the many paintings by one of Friedrich’s favorite artists, Antoine Watteau, and the Voltaire Room, with its carvings of birds, flowers and fruits, named after the French philosopher and frequent palace guest. The large landscaped park is dotted with fountains, with faux ruins and classical statues among the many points of interest. Also at Sanssouci is the splendid Neues Palace (New Palace), added to commemorate the end of the Seven Year’s War, a reconstructed Dutch windmill, the Orangerie, which houses a gallery, and the Drachenhaus (Dragon House), a pagoda-style building that now holds a pleasant café for park visitors.

Sanssouci is located in Potsdam, just outside of Berlin, and is easily accessible by public transportation and car. The site, which stretches out for 2 kilometers west of Potsdam’s city center, is open later from Spring to Fall; music festivals are held annually on the grounds. The palace and individual buildings require ticket purchase for entry; many are only accessible with an official guided tour. Day tickets and family tickets providing access to multiple museums are available. If you are visiting with children don’t miss the Historische Mühle (Historical Windmill).

New Palace Potsdam

The New Palace in Sanssouci Parc

Checkpoint Charlie was the best-known border crossing between East and West Berlin during the Cold War. At the height of the Berlin Crisis in 1961 U.S. and Soviet tanks faced each other here.

Checkpoint Charlie, along with Glienicker Brücke (Glienicke Bridge) was the best known border crossing during the Cold War. The sign, which became a symbol of the division of Cold War Berlin and read like a dire warning to those about to venture beyond the Wall – "YOU ARE LEAVING THE AMERICAN SECTOR" – in English, Russian, French and German - stood here. It is today an iconic marker of territorial boundary and political division. Until the fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9, 1989, it signified the border between West and East, Capitalism and Communism, freedom and confinement.

Checkpoint Charlie is a must-see sight in Berlin

The spot remains a must-see sight in Berlin with huge historical and emotional resonance, even accounting for the fact that there is remarkably little left to recall the atmosphere of pre-1989 days. An enormous amount of debating went into deciding what should be left here and preserved for Berliners and visitors to see in the future.

Checkpoint Charlie

Confrontation at Checkpoint Charlie in 1961

Historically, the site is important because from 1961 to 1990 it functioned as the main entry and departing point for diplomats, journalists and non-German visitors who were allowed to enter East Berlin on a one day visa after exchanging their Deutsch Marks on a one-to-one basis for East German currency. More dramatically, US and Soviet tanks had a close encounter here in October 1961 when J.F. Kennedy and Nikita Khrushchev's tanks faced each other in an acrimonious moment feared around the World as a possible lead up to World War III.

Checkpoint Charlie after the fall of the Wall

The wooden barrack where visitors to the Russian Sector (East Berlin) were once obliged to pass through for vetting was removed. Reconstruction has included a US Army guardhouse and a copy of the original border sign. The original white booth which served as the official gateway between East and West can be seen in the Allierten Museum in Berlin-Dahlem. Cobblestones mark the exact spot of the former border and the poignant photograph by Frank Thiel of an American and Soviet soldier can be seen here. Memorabilia includes the nearby Café Adler, a hotspot for journalists and spies in the past where informers met their counterparts.

The Museum, known as Haus am Checkpoint Charlie, contains the best documentation available on the many escape attempts from East to West. The original Checkpoint sign is exhibited here.

Checkpoint Charlie

Booming city district at Checkpoint Charlie

Ironically, the New Berlin has turned this area into an entry, rather than departure point, to a new kind of American sector. Today's Friedrichstraße, with its Manhattan style office district, its new buildings by international architects such as Philip Johnson, who created the American Business Center, is the fruit of the millions in corporate investment which rebuilt this central part of Berlin in the 1990s.