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Doris Sáez Hueichapan
University of Chile, Santiago, Chile

Energy & Water Management Systems for Agro-Development of Indigenous Rural Communities

Climate change has made the rural community environments susceptible to water shortages, impacting crop yields. An energy-water management system is proposed based on a robust predictive control strategy to address these issues. A medium-term optimization estimates the necessary water demand required to support crop growth and high yield and a short-term optimization determines optimal crop irrigation and reserve water. Fuzzy prediction intervals characterize the dynamics and uncertainties of climate conditions. The implementation was developed with a Mapuche indigenous community in Chile.

The Speaker

Photo of Doris Sáez HueichapanDoris Sáez Hueichapan received PhD in electrical engineering from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. She is currently a Full Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering, has led the Sub-directorate of Indigenous People in the Faculty of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, University of Chile, and is a researcher with Instituto Sistemas Complejos de Ingeniería. Her research fields are predictive control, fuzzy control design, fuzzy identification, control of transport systems and control of energy-water microgrids.

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Dieter Uckelmann
HFT Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany

Why providing a comprehensive IoT education is impossible – but we should nevertheless strive to do so

The Internet of Things (IoT) serves as a connection between the physical and digital world. While the initial focus of IoT pertained largely to logistics and retail, its application has expanded to encompass a wider array of domains including Smart Cities and Buildings, Smart Manufacturing, Smart Energy, and Smart Education. The number of software frameworks, platforms and solutions is exploding, as standardization bodies, industrial networks and influential software giants compete in their fight for market shares. The diversity of IoT approaches and solutions thus does not allow a comprehensive IoT curriculum. A reduction of complexity and abstraction of IoT educational topics is needed. Practical skills – a key-requirement for real world IoT scenarios – may be cultivated through educational labs, commonly associated with disciplines like physics, electronics, production engineering, or logistics. The gap between physical and online labs is progressively narrowing – mirroring the convergence of the physical and digital realms within the IoT context.

This key-note discusses firstly the original concept of the Internet of Things, leading to a centralised IoT-standard which failed to be accepted as a single solution. Instead thousands of IoT solution approaches are competing for market shares, which is posing a huge challenge on IoT lectures. Secondly, technology abstraction and IoT modelling will be discussed as solution approaches to provide a more generalized skill-set to students. Additionally, opportunities for lab-based education are presented.

The Speaker

Photo of Dieter UckelmannDieter Uckelmann holds positions as a Scientific Director of the Institute of Applied Research and Professor of Information Logistics at HFT Stuttgart. He embarked on his academic journey by pursuing mechanical engineering studies in Braunschweig, culminating in the successful completion of his doctoral studies at the University of Bremen within the faculty of Production Engineering. His doctoral research delved into the realm of "Quantifying the Value of RFID and the EPCglobal Architecture Framework in Logistics," showcasing his early expertise. His scholarly pursuits are primarily dedicated to the dynamic domain of the Internet of Things (IoT). With a focal point on Industry 4.0, logistics, smart buildings, smart cities, and the associated educational challenges, he continually contributes to the advancement of knowledge in these interdisciplinary fields. He is co-editor of the renowned "International Journal of RF-Technologies: Research and Applications," solidifying his authoritative presence in the academic discourse. During the span from 2005 to the inception of 2012, he held the role of managing director at the LogDynamics Lab, an esteemed centre of research excellence at the University of Bremen. His career encompasses not only his academic pursuits but also his extensive professional background in the ICT industry. Prior to dedicating himself to academia, he served as a managing director across various companies within the ICT sector, further underscoring his rich and diverse experience.

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Roland Bent
Retired CTO Phoenix Contact GmbH & Co.KG, Germany

The All Electric Society

The fight against climate change is undisputable the greatest global challenge of our time. The use of energy is the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide, while at the same time a growing world population, in its legitimate quest for development and prosperity, is demanding more and more energy.

The solution to this dilemma lies in the responsible use of technology and the complete transformation of our energy production and use away from fossil sources towards renewable energy. We are now at the end of the fossil age and the beginning of a new age of electricity as a clean and virtually unlimited basis for global energy supply. We are at the beginning of the "All Electric Society". A world in which regeneratively generated electrical energy is available worldwide in sufficient quantities and completely economically as a new primary form of energy. A world in which energy as the origin and basis of all human development, as the engine of global prosperity, is available in almost unlimited quantities without any negative impact on the environment.

The technical foundations of the All Electric Society and the framework conditions for its implementation are already in place today. In addition to the comprehensive and rapid expansion of renewable electrical energy generation and the comprehensive electrification, networking and automation of all areas of our economy and society, an energy system that is linked and integrated across all sectors of our economy and society is the decisive key to the success of this transformation. Of course, this requires the physical networking of energy flows. However, the real key to sector coupling lies in the end-to-end information technology coupling of all areas and the intelligent management of energy generation, energy consumption and possible storage. This makes automation technology and information technology key technologies on the way to a sustainable and climate-neutral society.

This vision of a sustainable and climate-neutral society and economy is realistic and can be realized through technology, science and innovation and it also offers great economic growth potential.

The Speaker

Photo of Roland BentRoland Bent worked at Phoenix Contact in Blomberg from 1984 until his retirement at the beginning of 2023. The company is the global market leader for components, systems and solutions in the field of electrical engineering, electronics and automation and today employs around 22,000 people worldwide. In 2022, it generated sales of 3.6 billion euros. He has been a member of the Management Board since 2001 and was responsible for marketing and product development as well as innovation and technology management.

He was active on the board of the Automation Association of the German Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers' Association (ZVEI) and in various steering committees of the German government, such as the 'National Platform Future of Mobility' or the 'Industry 4.0' platform. As long-standing President of the DKE (German Commission for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies of DIN and VDE) and the German national committee of the IEC, he was also responsible for German electrotechnical standardization until the end of 2022.

Roland Bent is a member of the scientific advisory board of the "Institut Industrial IT" (InIT) at Ostwestfalen-Lippe University of Applied Sciences and was a member and chairman of the board of trustees of the Fraunhofer Institute (IOSB), Karlsruhe, for many years. He was a visiting professor at Tongji University in Shanghai for many years.

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Hans-Jürgen Koch
Dipl.-Ing. for Communications Engineering, Executive Vice President of the Business Area Industry Management & Automation, Phoenix Contact GmbH, Germany

Innovative and collaborative automation platforms – The key for a sustainable world

Sustainability is the topic that all our activities must be based on. This is particularly true when it comes to dealing with energy, which unfortunately is still produced to a large extent from fossil materials and therefore accounts for a significant proportion of global CO2 emissions. The production of renewable energy from wind, sun and others is constantly increasing, but at the same time the global demand for energy is also continuously increasing. Therefore, the careful use of energy, regardless of its origin, will continue to be an essential prerequisite for meeting global energy needs in the future. It is therefore important to control the energy flow so intelligently that renewable energies are used to the maximum and are available where they are needed. The supply and consumption of fossil energy must be minimized.

For this reason, different sectors must be linked together to ensure optimal use of the available energy. With traditional control systems, you quickly reach your limits, as it is not just a matter of simply executing a process, but the system also must react depending on historical, current and forecast parameters. Control platforms are therefore required that must be flexible and therefore highly adaptive to the respective situation and circumstances. Furthermore, they must be able to be quickly expanded functionally while always remaining secure against cyber-attacks. The requirements for such systems exceed the implementation capabilities of many of today's manufacturers. It is therefore a logical step to enter partnerships, up to an ecosystem with many participants.

The Speaker

Photo of Hans-Jürgen KochHans-Jürgen Koch studied communications engineering at the University of Paderborn. In 1991, he began his professional career at Phoenix Contact in Blomberg, Germany, developing electronics for serial fieldbus networking in the automation industry. Since 2003, he has been an employee of Phoenix Contact Electronics, where he held senior positions in the development area of the automation technology division for many years. From 2012 to 2018, he was Vice President of the Control Systems Business Unit, responsible for control technology, Human Machine Interfaces and industrial PCs. In June 2016, he became a Board Member of the Business Area "Industry Management & Automation" and is still responsible for innovation, technology and production for the automation business of Phoenix Contact.

Hans-Jürgen Koch has been a member of the "Electrical Automation" board of the VDMA since 2016.

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Please find the program here: This is a draft and still subject to changes.


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Terms and Conditions

  • The registration of participation is binding.
  • If you have to cancel the registration, you get 80% back until 30 days before the start of the event. In all other cases, the financial responsibilities of the participants remain fully effective.
  • The participation fees are owed upon registration and are payable within 7 days following submission of the registration (but not later than 7 days before the starting day of the event).
  • Participation is not guaranteed until full payment of the registration fee is received.
  • The conference program may be subject to changes.
  • Payments will be refunded if the conference will be canceled by the organizer. In that case, the organizer will have no further liability to the client. Registrations remain valid if the conference has to be postponed.

Registration fees

STE2024 – Author and Participant Registration Early Bird Fee
until 31 January 2024
Standard Fee
from 1 February 2024
Author – Regular 495 EUR N/A
Author – Members of IAOE, IGIP, EduNet & EWA 400 EUR N/A
Author – Low-income Countries 250 EUR N/A
Author – Student (BSc & MSc) 250 EUR N/A
Participant – Regular 445 EUR 495 EUR
Participant – Members of IAOE, IGIP, EduNet & EWA350 EUR 400 EUR
Participant – Low-income Country 200 EUR 250 EUR
Participant – Student (BSc & MSc)200 EUR 250 EUR
Additional Paper (max 1) 150 EUR N/A
Conference Dinner Thursday Evening 90 EUR
Social Program Saturday 90 EUR
Accompanying Person 150 EUR 200 EUR

The conference fee includes lunches & coffee for all three days and the Wednesday evening social event, cocktail.

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STE General Chair

  • Dominik May, President IAOE, University of Wuppertal, Germany

STE Steering Committee Co-Chairs

  • Michael E. Auer, Co-Chair, IAOE
  • Reinhard Langmann, Co-Chair, EWA

STE2024 Chair

  • Kim Roos, Arcada University of Applied Sciences, Finland

Program Co-Chairs

  • Erwin Smet, University of Antwerp, Belgium
  • Valery Varney, RWTH Aachen, Germany
  • Rizwan Ullah, Arcada University of Applied Sciences, Finland

Technical Program Chair

  • Sebastian Schreiter, IAOE, France

Workshop and Tutorial Chair

  • Alexander Kist, University of Southern Queensland, Australia

Special Session Chair

  • María Isabel Pozzo, National Technological University, Argentina

Award Chair

  • Andreas Pester, The British University in Egypt, Cairo, Egypt

Publication Chair and Web Master

  • Sebastian Schreiter, IAOE, France

Local Arrangement Chair

  • Maria von Bonsdorff-Hermunen, Arcada University of Applied Sciences, Helsinki, Finland

International Advisory Board

  • Abul Azad, President Global Online Laboratory Consortium, USA
  • Alberto Cardoso, University Coimbra, Portugal
  • Bert Hesselink, Stanford University, USA
  • Claudius Terkowsky, TU Dortmund University, Germany
  • Doru Ursutiu, University of Brasov, Romania
  • Hamadou Saliah-Hassane, Université TÉLUQ, Montréal, Canada
  • Krishna Vedula, IUCEE, India
  • Elio San Cristobal Ruiz, UNED Madrid, Spain
  • Teresa Restivo, University of Porto, Portugal
  • Uriel Cukierman, National Technological University Buenos Aires, Argentina

EduNet Forum Committee


  • Klaus Hengsbach, Phoenix Contact GmbH & Co KG, Germany


  • Albert Alacorn, Phoenix Contact, Chile
  • Anja Schulz, Phoenix Contact, Germany
  • Christian Madritsch, Carinthia University of Applied Sciences, Austria
  • Christiane Kownatzki, Phoenix Contact, Germany
  • Edmond Wempe, Phoenix Contact, Germany
  • Felipe Mateos Martín, University of Oviedo
  • Glenn Williams, Harrisburg, USA
  • Hans Lindstrom, Phoenix Contact, Finland
  • Hernan Lopez, Phoenix Contact, Argentina
  • Jana Koenig, Phoenix Contact, Germany
  • Maren Gast, Phoenix Contact, Germany
  • Pascal Vrignat, University of Orleans, France
  • Reinhard Langmann, Edunet World Association, Germany

International Program Committee

  • Akram Abu-Aisheh, Hartford University, USA
  • Alexander Kist, University of Southern Queensland, Australia
  • Anastasios Economides, University of Macedonia, Greece
  • Andreas Pester, The British University in Egypt, Egypt
  • Anshul Jaswal, Pennsylvania State University, US
  • Carlos A. Reyes Garcia, National Institute of Astrophysics, Optics and Electronics, Mexico
  • Chee Sai Stephen Bok, Institute of Technical Education, Singapore
  • Catherine Soh Geok Hong, Institute of Technical Education, Singapore
  • Christian Guetl, Graz University of Technology, Austria
  • Christian Madritsch, Carinthia University of Applied Sciences, Austria
  • Christos Katsanos, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Cornel Samoila, University of Brasov, Romania
  • Dario Assante, Universita Telematica Internazionale, Italy
  • David Boehringer, University of Stuttgart, Germany
  • Dieter Wuttke, TU Ilmenau, Germany
  • Erwin Rauch, Free University of Bolzano, Italy
  • Felipe Mateos Martín, University of Oviedo
  • Gabriel Gomez, National University of Córdoba, Argentina
  • Gabriel XG Yue, International Engineering & Technology Institute, Hong Kong
  • Galip Cansever, Altinbas University, Turkey
  • Glenn P. Williams, Harrisburg University of Science and Technology, US
  • Gustavo Alves, Polytechnic of Porto, Portugal & IAOE Vice-President
  • Horacio Podesta, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Ian Grout, University of Limerick, Ireland
  • Igor M. Verner, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Israel
  • Ingmar Riedel-Kruse, Stanford University, USA
  • James Wolfer, Indiana University South Bend, IN, USA
  • Javier Garcia-Zubia, University of Deusto, Spain
  • Jörg Reiff-Stephan, Wildau Technical University of Applied Sciences, Germany
  • Kalyan Ram B, Electrono Solutions Pvt Ltd, India
  • Karsten Henke, TU Ilmenau, Germany
  • Katarina Zakova, Slovak University of Technology
  • Katrin Temmen, University of Paderborn, Germany
  • Manuel Castro, UNED Madrid, Spain
  • Maria de los Reyes Poo Arguelles, Universidad de Oviedo, Spain
  • Mathias Döbler, Berlin College of Further Education for Information Technology and Medical Equipment Technology, Germany,
  • Matthias Christoph Utesch, Technical University of Munich, Germany
  • Michael Callaghan, University of Ulster, Northern Ireland
  • Nael Bakarad, Grand Valley State University, USA
  • Nikolaus Steffen, University of Flensburg, Germany
  • Olaf Graven, Buskerud University College, Norway
  • Petros Lameras, Coventry University, UK
  • Prajaks Jitngernmadan, Burapha University, Thailand
  • Prasad Ponnapalli, Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Rita Y M Li, Hong Kong Shue Yan University, Hong Kong
  • Robert Zhang, Qingdao University of Science and Technology, China
  • Rodrigo Verschae, O'Higgins University, Chile
  • Saman Kumpakeaw, King Mongkut's University of Technology North Bangkok, Thailand
  • Samir El-Seoud, The British University in Egypt (BUE), Egypt
  • Solomon Feleke Aklilu, Debre Berhan University, Ethiopia
  • Stamatis Papadakis, University of Crete, Greece
  • Stavros Nikou, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK
  • Stefan Marks, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand
  • Thomas Fischer, University of Applied Sciences Vienna, Austria
  • Thomas Klinger, Carinthia University of Applied Science, Austria
  • Viktoriya Voropayeva, Donetsk National Technical University, Ukraine
  • Yacob Astatke, Morgan State University, USA
  • Younes El Fellah, Hassan II University, Morocco
  • Leonardo Espinosa Leal, Arcada University of Applied Sciences, Finland
  • Matias Waller, Åland University of Applied Sciences, Finland
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EduNet Workshops

WS1 – Python basics and Python in Docker

Join this workshop to learn the basics of running your Python application on a PLCnext Control. For more flexibility and easier handling of Python packages, the Python interpreter and your Python code are executed in a Docker container. You will learn how to create your Python container and how to access the process data in it.

WS2 – AI-based image recognition with Python

Discover how you can use Python on your PLCnext Control in order to analyze images provided by an IP-camera. Create your own AI application, learn which software is required for this and how to install it.

WS3 – Node-RED and MQTT

Get to know the installation and handling of Node-RED on PLCnext Control. In addition, gain an overview of the basics of the IIoT protocol MQTT and use it in your Node-RED application.

The registration is done in the ConfTool® Submission Server during your registration as participant.
  • Duration 2 hours
  • max 12 participants each
  • no remote participation

Places are limited. If you register for participation and find later that you are unable to attend, please notify the conference chairs so that they can assign your place to someone else.


  1. Wednesday, March 6th, morning: Python basics and Python in Docker
  2. Wednesday, March 6th, afternoon: Python basics and Python in Docker
  3. Thursday, March 7th, morning: AI-based image recognition with Python
  4. Thursday, March 7th, afternoon: AI-based image recognition with Python
  5. Friday, March 8th, morning: Node-RED and MQTT
  6. Friday, March 8th, afternoon: Node-RED and MQTT
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Gala Dinner on Thursday March 7th, 2024, 19:00

The dinner begins with a reception at Helsinki City Hall with the Mayor at 19:00.
The address of the Helsinki City Hall is: Pohjois Esplanadi 11-13, 00170 Helsinki.

The gala dinner will take place in the Winter Garden in restaurant Sipuli around 20:00, just ten minutes of walk from the City Hall:
The address of the restaurant is: Kanavaranta 7, 00160 Helsinki.

Social program arranged for Saturday March 9th 2024, 10:00 - 14:00

Welcome to a 2-hour guided bus tour around the most interesting sights in Helsinki. During the tour you will see the Presidential Palace, the Cathedral. Also the Helsinki archipelago will be shown during this bus trip.

The tour will end in a lunch at the historical Lightvessel Relandersgrund. This Lightvessel was built in 1888, and was in active duty 1888-1937. At the Lightvessel we will be served an archipelago inspired lunch.

Price 90 EUR/person
The registration and payment are done along with your registration for conference participation.

Other interesting places to visit in Helsinki, not arranged

  • The Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
  • Temppeliaukio Church (the Church in a rock), this is perhaps also part of the arranged tour
  • The Oodi Library
  • The Ateneum Art Gallery
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