Industry Forum

General Information and Sessions

The IES Industry Forum provides specialized conference sessions hosting speakers from industry to discuss product and technology directions, challenges, and other industry issues with creation, application, and production of products using Industrial Electronics Technologies and necessary computational, communications, and security infrastructures needed to use these technologies. Speakers are focusing their presentations on technical challenges of interest to the technical audience; there is no written conference publication. Speakers are expected to interact with the conference attendees to discuss Industry issues. Admission to the industry forum sessions is complementary for all conference attendees.

For IECON 2013 the following Industry Form sessions will be held, focusing on the potential contribution of Industrial Electronics technologies:


Industrial Electronics Technologies are evolving with application areas being driven from cloud services. This session examines the challenges and industry directions in this area.

Automation "Next Generation Industrial Cyber-Physical Systems: Merging SoA and Cloud Computing Technologies" (Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, 08:30-10:30)
Chairs: Armando Walter Colombo, Thomas Bangemann, Stamatis Karnouskos
Armando Walter ColomboSchneider Electric and University of Applied Sciences Emden, GermanyThe Future of SoA enabled CPS in Industrial Automation
Stamatis KarnouskosSAP, GermanyCloud-based CPS in Industrial Automation
Thomas Bangemann / Francois Jammesifak e.V., Germany / Schneider Electric, FranceWhere is SoA Technology going in Industrial Automation?
Robert Harrison / Stuart McLeodUniversity of Warwick, UK / University of Warwick, UKEngineering challenges for SoA-based Manufacturing Automation Systems
Oscar Carlsson / Jerker DelsingMidroc, Sweden / Luleo University, SwedenProof of Concepts and Outlooks for Future Industrial Automation Systems
Michael CondryIntel Corporation, USAWhat are the steps to realize the IMC-AESOP vision?


Security is an increasingly growing and complex problem particularly for industry solutions where critical infrastructure can be attacked. There will be Industry speakers addressing different technology area exposing the challenges and directions of security across industrial electronics technologies including control systems, remote power management, and others.

Security "Advances in Cyber Security" (Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, 11:00-13:00)
Chairs: Michael Condry, Stamatis Karnouskos
Stamatis KarnouskosSAP, GermanyTampering with the Internet of Things
Adrian PaunaENISA - European Union Agency for Network and Information Security, GreeceICS-SCADA testing and patching: Recommendations for Europe
Robert VamosiMocana, USAThe Little Crypto That Could
Michael CondryIntel Corporation, USAAdvantages of Biometric technology to traditional passwords for authentication

EV Technologies

Industrial electronics play an important role in the development of EV technologies. Demands of the EV market are changing with adoption growing slower than expected. The goal of this session is to discuss challenges and possible solutions covering EC EV chargers, power electronics, battery systems, development of integrated vehicle concepts featuring electric drive concepts and lightweight construction technologies, etc.

Electric Vehicles "Advances in EV Technology, making EVs smarter and more connected" (Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, 16:30-18:30)
Chairs: Joachim Taiber, Victor Huang
Johann PrenningerBMW, GermanyAdvanced Diagnostics and Predictive Analytics of Vehicle Data
Oliver SeidelmannDEWETRON, AustriaDetermine the energy balance of a battery-electric car during normal driving
Klaus KerstingIDIADA, SpainValidation tests for DC charging stations
Fritz KasslatterSiemens Austria, AustriaCooperative ITS - Intelligent Transport Systems for Electric Vehicles

Power and Energy Systems

The demand for advanced Industrial Electronics and Informatics solutions is growing in the power industry satisfying Smart Grids requirements and needs. This session examines challenges and trends dealing with industrial electronics, power electronics, information and communication technology, energy management systems, power utility automation, smart consumers & loads (intelligent buildings, storages, etc.) and the integration of renewables into the future energy grids.

Power and Energy Systems 1 "Smart Grid Developments and Demonstration Projects" (Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, 14:00-16:00)
Chairs: Thomas Strasser, Helfried Brunner
Erik de JongDNV GL - Research & Innovation, The NetherlandsSupergrids and smartgrids – two sides of the same coin?
Andreas LugmaierSiemens Austria, AustriaStatus quo of R&D on Austrian Smart Grids project examples
Andreas AbartEnergie AG Netz, AustriaSmart Grid - copper versus silicium
Markus RadauerSalzburg AG Netz, AustriaSmart Grids Model Region Salzburg - The way to the change of the energy system
Power and Energy Systems 2 "DER Components and ICT Systems for Smart Grids" (Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, 08:30-10:30)
Chairs: Thomas Strasser, Thomas Bleier
Martin HeidlFronius International, AustriaFunctions and Capabilities of PV Inverters to be part of a Smart Grid
Jürgen ReschCOPA-DATA, AustriaPC-based Energy Automation with IEC 61850
Franz EderB&R Automation, AustriaInnovative concepts and trends of automation equipment for power and energy systems
Eric LambertElectricite de France (EDF), France"Interoperability" between IEC Smart Grid standard activities and EDF R&D projects
Henk OldenkampOKE-Services, The NetherlandsPower electronics and electrical requirements of micro inverters, history 94' and state-of-the-art
Power and Energy Systems 3 "Testing and Validation Approaches and Tools for Smart Grid Systems" (Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, 11:00-13:00)
Chairs: Thomas Strasser, Georg Lauss
Paul ForsythRTDS Technologies, CanadaReal Time Simulation for Energy and Power Systems
Dusan MajstorovicTyphoonHIL, SwitzerlandHIL, a nice to have or a must have technology for Smart Grid and Intelligent Energy Systems?
Jean BelangerOpal-RT, CanadaUsing Dyno, analog benches, RCP and HIL simulation to develop and test power electronic controllers used in drive, microgrid and HVDC applications
Michael SteurerFlorida State University - Center of Advanced Power Systems, USAThe HIL Based Model Validation Paradigm - Tools, Challenges, and Application Examples

LED Lighting

Recent developments in LED lighting provide a big potential for energy savings. Industrial trends and developments regarding LED technology (new material), LED lighting and applications are the main focus of this session.

LED Lighting "Advances and Applications in Today’s Environment and Beyond" (Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, 14:00-16:00)
Chairs: JunMing Zhang, Victor Huang, Thomas Novak
Maura CeresaCree Technologies, ItalyCree Technology and Products Vision for 2014
Thomas NovakSwarco Futurit, AustriaIntegrated traffic management
Stefan DietrichRWTH Aachen University, Germany LED Drivers in the Future - A Different Approach (position paper)
Tiago MarchesanFederal University of Santa Maria, BrazilThe Importance of LED System Thermal Design (position paper)
Xiaohui QuSoutheast University, China Current sharing techniques in LED driver (position paper)
WenPeng DengCambridge University, England LED driver: Efficiency, Precision and Dimming (position paper)
Panel Discussion (30 minutes – all participants)

Industry Forum sessions are part of the IECON 2013 conference. There are many details on the Industry Forum, including past sessions, available on the and websites.

In addition to the Industry Forum, attendees will be also interested in the general IECON 2013 sessions and related events.


Companies are invited to participate in the Industry Forum, by providing speakers and/or attending and participate in discussions and/or exhibiting. Companies involved in IES Industry Forum may also wish to sponsor a small exhibit booth at the IECON 2013 conference that can be done for a small sponsorship fee.


Please contact the Industry Forum Chairs for additional information:

Michael W. Condry (USA), Victor K. L. Huang (USA), Thomas Strasser (AUSTRIA)