Maria Christina Bienek

General Manager, Smart Electronic Factory e.V.

Maria Christina Bienek completed her professional training in 1995 with a degree in mechanical engineering, manufacturing and industrial engineering. After working as a consultant, she founded her own company based on the technologies of the World Wide Web and digital photography. After selling the company, she was responsible for the company's Industry 4.0 projects and activities at iTAC Software AG, a leading MES (Manufacturing Execution System) provider, from 2014-2018. In 2015 the "SEF Smart Electronic Factory e.V.", an Industry 4.0 association, which operates a research and development platform for Industry 4.0 solutions in a real factory, was founded. Maria Christina Bienek has accompanied the association since it was founded and is now managing director. This initiative is attracting great attention in politics and business, which is reflected in numerous political cooperations (Platform Industry 4.0, LNI 4.0, etc.) and the strong growth in membership. In 2018, Maria Christina Bienek took part in the founding of IoTOS GmbH, a company founded by well-known Industry 4.0 experts, and, as Business Development Manager, promoted the placement and publicity of the IIoT solutions and services from IoTOS in the market. The solutions from IoTOS support companies with digitization along the entire supply chain: from the product idea to development and production through the entire supply chain to delivery to the end customer and connection in the field. This startup was taken over by the Friedhelm Loh Group at the end of 2019 and integrated into the corporate consortium of the Group's IoT software department.

Maria is speaking at

Focus Track 3 - Market uptake: Bringing AI and Data Sciences to Practice
November 4, 2020
10:00 am - 11:30 am


  • Daniel Alonso Roman (Chair) ITI - Artificial Intelligence & Big Data Partnerships Driver, BDVA i-Spaces group chair / EUHubs4Data coordinator
  • Guido Reimann (Chair) Expert Software and Digitalization and Coordinator Artificial Intelligence Competence Network of VDMA, VDMA e.V.
  • Michael Beigl (Speaker) Professor, KIT / SDIL
  • Elena Simperl (Speaker) Professor of computer science, King's College London
  • Maria Christina Bienek (Speaker) General Manager, Smart Electronic Factory e.V.
  • Sandro D’Elia (Speaker) Programme Officer - Unit A2: Technology and Systems for Digitalising Industry, European Commission - Directorate General for Communications Networks, Contents and Technology
  • Philippe CALVEZ (Speaker) Head of ENGIE LAB CSAI, Platoon
  • Charlotte Andersdotter (Speaker) Head of Brussels Office, RISE
  • Stelian BRAD (Speaker) Full Professor in Intelligent Robotics and Innovation, Technical University of Cluj-Napoca
  • Javier Valero (Speaker) Digital Innovation Hubs Advisor - "AIR4S" DIH Manager, Universidad PolitĂ©cnica de Madrid, UPM


The main objective of this track is to make accessible by European industry and society the last advances and tools in Europe on Big Data and AI, to foster the adoption of these tools and services, and to facilitate their market uptake. To accomplish this goal, needs, challenges and barriers from both the offer and the demand side have to be considered. Besides, the successful achievement of this objective implies that we consider simultaneously the European dimension (solutions available at European level) combined with a national and regional perspective (solutions adapted and accessible by local ecosystems). It includes:
  • To understand needs of industry and society both at European and national / regional level
  • To bring to them last advances in Europe on Big Data and AI
  • To make those solutions accessible at regional / local level
  • To support them in the adoption and use of the solutions
  • To find ways of collaboration and understanding of offer and demand sides

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