Nov. 13, 2018 – Fraunhofer FOKUS, Berlin, Germany

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Martin Ruskowski

German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), Germany

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Martin Ruskowski is Head of the Innovative Factory Systems research department at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) and is Chair of the “Department of Machine Tools and Control Systems” at the Technical University of Kaiserslautern. His major research focus is on industrial robots as machine tools, artificial intelligence in automation technology, and the development of innovative control concepts for automation. Prior to these positions, Ruskowski held several management positions at industrial firms, most recently as Vice President for Global Research and Development at KUKA Industries Group.

Edge Computing Architecture: Definition, Requirements and Enablers


The terminus of edge computing has been carried over from mobile networks to automation without alteration, although we are faced with a completely different historical situation here. But automation systems differ from IT networks because currently we do not find centralized, cloud-based server structures but local processing power connected via proprietary interfaces. The talk focuses on the requirements of automation technology in the light of newly introduced cloud connectivity for automation systems. Specific needs of real-time behavior, scalability and security along with the requirements of vertically and horizontally integrated cyber-physical systems are introduced. Since we deal mostly with brown-field applications in automation, the roadmap for upgrading existing equipment plays also a fundamental role.