On September 23 to 25, 2016 the event “Aachen 2025 – Digital Transformation Experience” took place following the objective of making the region Aachen experienceable and visible in its role as a leading technology region. The CoE and its partner institutes IMA/ZLW & IfU as well as FIR and the WZL were present and offered exiting contributions to the program.
CoE managing director Denis Özdemir and WZL chief engineer Markus Obdenbusch cleared up common prejudices in their presentation on “digital transformation”. As stated by the scientists from Aachen, digitization and automatization are not processes to replace humans but achieve quite the contrary. Even in the future, production and assembly will still be impossible without the help of man – according to the prognosis man and machine will converge to an even greater extend in the framework of digital transformation.
Aachen 2025, an idea and its background
The organizers’ idea was to create a format that illustrates the profound and diverse effects of digitization on almost all areas of daily life for everyone. Digitization was to be made experienceable. “Digital Transformation Experience” ultimately was chosen as the matching slogan of Aachen 2025.