Massimo Ippolito

Head of Digital Innovation & Infrastructure, Comau

Massimo Ippolito currently holds the position of Head of Digital Innovation & Infrastructures at Comau, where he has been working since 2012. He is also member from 2015 of the Board of Directors of the European Factories of the Future Research Association (EFFRA). Ippolito holds a Ph.D. in “Industrial production engineering” from Parma University and a M.Sc. in “Computer science” at the University of Milan. He has extensive experience in methodologies and tools for product and production system design. Since 2000, he has been involved in various international research projects in the product design and manufacturing area, ranging from methodologies for product design for manufacturing to process design for energy efficiency. From 2007 to 2012, within Centro Ricerche Fiat, he was responsible of an innovation research program related to manufacturing topics.

Massimo is speaking at

Application Track 1 - Manufacturing
November 4, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


  • Daniel Senff (Chair) Deputy Secretary General, Plattform Industrie 4.0
  • Davide Dalle Carbonare (Chair) Senior Researcher / BDVA Board of Directors member, Engineering
  • Sergio Gusmeroli (Speaker) Research Coordinator, Project Manager of the AI REGIO project, Politecnico di Milano
  • Massimo Ippolito (Speaker) Head of Digital Innovation & Infrastructure, Comau
  • Peter Post (Speaker) Vice President, Festo
  • Michael Jochem (Speaker) Director Business Chief Digital Office Industry, Robert Bosch GmbH
  • Klaus Ottradovetz (Speaker) Distinguished Expert, Member of the Atos Scientific community, Atos International Germany GmbH
  • Matthias Kuom (Speaker) Policy Officer, European Commission - DG CNECT - Unit A2: Technologies and Systems for Digitising Industry


The digital transformation phenomena started years ago to turn industry in a smart sector. Smart Manufacturing, as one of the most important pillars for European economy, is deeply impacted as well. This transformation is driven by new forms of economic activity and work, globally, where digital ecosystems help to replace rigid and strictly defined value chains with highly dynamic and globally connected value networks including new forms of cooperation. Data-driven business models prioritise the benefit to the customer and solutions, replacing the focus on the product as the prevailing paradigm of industrial value creation. Availability, transparency and access to data are key factors for success in the connected economy and largely determine competitiveness. In this scenario, Industrie 4.0 describes a fundamental process of innovation and transformation in industrial production for Europe. BDVA is focusing on those challenges, in the manufacturing sector, that still need to be considered and solved. This session will present and discuss European strategies and key fields of actions to foster the digital transformation and strengthen the global competitiveness of Europe’s manufacturing sector.

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