November 15-17, 2018
Shangri-La Hotel, Guilin



The remarkable progression of innovation is fundamentally changing the way we live, work and relate to one another. The distinction and interaction between human and robot are constantly being redefined in many industries. We can only take advantage of the positive aspects of this revolution for productivity improvement and growth promotion by putting people first. Our future depends on our actions today to create inclusive opportunities for sustainable growth towards a prosperous future.

The digital transformation is disrupting how we communicate, think, and connect. As data takes center stage, Connectivity and Cloud, Big Data and Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence and Robotics are creating an entirely new social paradigm. What are the roles of AI and machine learning and robotics in changing the landscape of labor and business in the future?

Rapid technological development, spurred by Industry 4.0, is transforming the way people work and interact with machines. New fields of employment will emerge, and processes and devices will enhance human capabilities, whilst workspaces will evolve to fit the needs of a changing workforce. How should institutions prepare their workforce for jobs not yet foreseen?

Innovative and smart manufacturing has emerged against the backdrop of pressing global challenges such as climate change, water scarcity, food insecurity, and environmental degradation, amongst others. How would manufacturers harness technology to reduce their environmental footprint and remain competitive?