The Future of Manufacturing

Event Details

Laura Reilly, APR
GTMI Marketing Communications Manager


Summary Sentence: The science component of France-Atlanta 2015 will feature a workshop at the Georgia Tech Manufacturing Institute

Full Summary: Organized by Georgia Tech (GT) and Arts et Métiers ParisTech (AMP), this two-day workshop will enable manufacturing experts to share their experiences in research, development, innovation, commercialization, and education in the domain of advanced manufacturing. Identifying key questions and leveraging mutual strengths  are expected, to create new opportunities for joint collaborations both in the US and Europe.

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Since 2010, the Consulate General of France in Atlanta and the Georgia Institute of Technology have partnered together to present a multidisciplinary series of events each fall that is centered on innovation and designed to foster French-American cooperation and synergetic exchange in the U.S. Southeast: “France-Atlanta: Together towards Innovation”.


OCTOBER 28, 2015

Symposium on the Future of Manufacturing

Organized by Georgia Tech and Arts et Métiers ParisTech

Arts et Métiers ParisTech (AMPT) is the French leading engineering school in the domain of advanced manufacturing. AMPT is a member of the European platform EFFRA, factory of the future, in the core group of the French team building the European Knowledge Innovation Community‘s added Value Manufacturing.  AMPT has built an alliance with the CEAtech and Cetim to accelerate both the lab-to-market time and the formation of workers adapted for the new industry challenges.

Georgia Tech President, Dr. G.P. “Bud” Peterson, was appointed by the White House to the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP) Steering Committee. AMP is an initiative designed to reinvigorate the U.S. manufacturing competitiveness and to create high-quality jobs, through public-private partnership.

Georgia Tech and Arts et Métiers have developed very strong ties since 1997, particularly through their respective campuses in Lorraine, both in education (double degree programs) and in research (Open Lab PSA Peugeot Citroën; GT-CNRS-UMI 2958 joint international laboratory).


The objective is to bring together thought leaders and researchers from academia and industry in the rapidly changing field of manufacturing to 1) share their experiences both in research, development, innovation, industry partnerships, and education, 2) identify key questions and path forward through focused workshops and 3) leverage their mutual strength to create new opportunities for joint collaborations both in US and Europe.


The event will take place October 28 during France-Atlanta 2015. France-Atlanta is organized annually by the French Consulate in Atlanta and Georgia Tech under the auspices of the Embassy of France in the United States and the Governor’s office of the State of Georgia. It consists of a series of events in four categories: scientific, business, artistic, and humanitarian.

The Future of Manufacturing Symposium

Callaway Manufacturing Research Bldg (auditorium, atrium and break out rooms)

Welcome and introductions

8:30 AM – 8:35 AM            Opening remarks by Denis Barbet, General Consul of France in Atlanta

8:35 AM- 8:45 AM             Opening remarks by the Hon. Jean-Yves Ledéaut, member of French Congress, representative of Lorraine

8:45 AM- 8:50 AM              Welcome and overview of some global trends in manufacturing

Ben Wang, Executive Director, GT Manufacturing Institute


8:50 AM – 9:00 AM            Opening remarks by Laurent Carraro, General Director of AMPT



9:00 AM – 9:45 AM: keynote speaker: Bill Flite, Senior Manager, Advanced Manufacturing, Lockheed Martin, Corporate Engineering, Technology & Operations - introduced by Ben Wang

                  Topic: Factory of the Future

9:45 AM – 10:30 AM keynote speaker: Sylvain Allano, Chief Scientist, PSA Peugeot-Citroën    introduced by Yves Berthelot, Vice Provost International Initiatives and President Georgia Tech-Lorraine

                  Topic: Future of manufacturing in the automobile industry – New developments in Lorraine


10:30 AM – 11:00 AM      Break

Part 2: Focused workshops – each workshop will consist of a few invited talks and roundtable or breakout discussions. Each moderator will present what they see as some key technical and business gaps, possible solutions, and moderate a discussion – research exchange between the participants. A desirable outcome is to identify one or two key issues to be actively pursued by a team (US-French). 

11:00 AM – 12:15 PM      W1 and W2 (Two Concurrent Sessions)

-        W1: Friendly environmental and social factory: low energy, water and material consumption, low waste, high level of recyclability, safe and attractive workplaces.

  • Moderators: Dr. Chuck Zhang (GT), Nicolas Perry (ENSAM)


-        W2: New materials for smart and customized products, e.g., lightweight materials for automotive and aerospace applications, as well as materials for energy conversion and harvesting.

  • Moderators: Dr. David McDowell (GT), Dr. Abadallah Ougazzaden (GTL) and Dr Fodil Meraghni (ENSAM)

12:15 PM - 1:30 PM          Buffet Lunch


1:30 PM – 2:45 PM            W3 and W4 (Two Concurrent Sessions)

-        W3: The robot and the human: Cobotic/virtual control

  • Moderator: Dr. Henrik Christensen (GT),  Olivier Gibaru (ENSAM)


-        W4: Smart manufacturing processes: innovative and manufacturing processes, e.g., ultra-precision machining, additive manufacturing, printed electronics, fastener-free manufacturing,… for both new and current materials

  • Moderators: Dr. Tom Kurfess (GT), Dr. Mohamed El Mansori (ENSAM)


2:45 PM-3:15 PM               Break

3:15 PM- 4:30 PM              W5 and W6 (Two Concurrent Sessions)

-        W5: Digital factory : from product to factory design, virtual reality :

  • Moderators: Mr. Andy Dugenske (GT) and Frédéric Merienne (ENSAM


-        W6: Education : Education for the factory of the Future, Master Degree and Ph.D. Share of experience, attractivity, how GT and AMP can form high level collaborators adapted to industry strategy.

  • Moderator: John Morehouse / Y.Berthelot (GT) and  L. Champaney/ V. Favier  (AMPT)

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM            Wrap up and Social Hour in Atrium


Steering Committee

Georgia Tech:

Yves Berthelot, Vice Provost for International Initiatives and President of Georgia Tech-Lorraine:

Ben Wang, Executive Director Manufacturing Institute:

Abdallah Ougazzaden, Director of Georgia Tech-Lorraine:

AMPT:    Ivan Iordanoff, Director of Research:

French Embassy : Anne Corval, Scientific Attachée:


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Georgia Tech Manufacturing Institute (GTMI); Ben Wang; MaRC; ISyE; Manufacturing; Economic Development
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