The 5th Sino-French Workshop on Digital Factory and Digital Manufacturing which was jointly hosted by the School of Mechanical Engineering and Automation of Beihang University and S.mart was held at Beihang from Nov. 13 to 15. This workshop was presided by Prof. Qiao Lihong from the School of Mechanical Engineering and Automation and Nabil Anwer, Deputy-Director of S.mart.
The workshop attracted more than 100 experts and scholars to participated in, including related scholars of digitization and smart manufacturing, professors and experts from French famous engineering schools, French Embassy in China, Airbus, Tsinghua University, etc.
The opening speeches were delivered by Zhao Gang, Vice-Secretary of the Party Committee of Beihang University, and Prof. Marc Zolghadri, Deputy-Director of S.mart. Prof. Liu Jihong from the School of School of Mechanical Engineering and Automation and Prof. Alain Bernard from the French Academy of Technologies made reports on the workshop. Special reports were delivered by IT specialist Luc Moreaufrom French Embassy in China, Prof. Xu Ye, Vice-Dean of the School of Mechanical Engineering and Automation, Researcher Liu Jinshan from Beijing Spacecrafts Manufacturing Factory, Dr. Xavier Vauvelle from Airbus. The workshop was funded by Beihang University, S.mart, Airbus and French Embassy in China.
With the theme of “Smart Manufacturing and Digital Transformation”, the 5th workshop focused on the new features, tendencies and technologies in areas of future digital manufacturing and digital factory. Experts and scholars carried out discussion around topics like the network cooperation-based smart manufacturing, service systems for the management of product lifespan, pattern-based systems engineering, digital twins, smart technologies in additive manufacturing and so on. Over 20 reports were made by experts and scholars from China and France. Besides, they also made extensive and profound communication on the engineering education for smart manufacturing, the cultivation of postgraduate and exchanges between teachers and students. During the workshop, they also visited the NDT and Advance Intelligent Manufacturing Laboratory of School of Mechanical Engineering and Automation and the Siemens Digital Experience Center.
The 5th workshop not only prompts the exchange of smart manufacturing technologies but also strengthens the teaching and scientific research cooperation between Beihang University and French universities and enterprises. Hitherto, the Sino-French Workshop on Digital Factory and Digital Manufacturing has been successfully held for the fifth time. Both sides agreed that the workshop will be an important form to deepen the cutting-edge research of digital manufacturing and digital factory in smart manufacturing. As a significant approach to promote and broaden the international cooperation and improve the international influence, it will effectively accelerate the discipline construction and development in China and France.
Reported by Xu Xinzheng
Photographed by Li Yue
Reviewed by Cong Baoqiang
Edited by Jia Aiping
Translated by Ren Chenjie