Keynote Speakers for the MTConnect Conference Named

Top thought leaders in manufacturing will highlight the prime developments and most pressing challenges that face the manufacturing industry as it becomes thoroughly data-driven.


Dr. Dean L. Bartles, recently named executive director of the Digital Manufacturing & Design Innovation Institute, will speak at [MC]2 in Orlando, Fla., April 10 2014. 

The keynote speakers for [MC]2 2014 MTConnect: Connecting Manufacturing Conference have been announced. This event is presented April 8-10, 2014, at the Caribe Royale in Orlando, Florida.

Dean L. Bartles, Ph.D., Executive Director, Digital Lab for Manufacturing, UI LABS, and Greg Harris, Ph.D., U.S. Army AMRDEC, will speak about the federal investment for the Digital Manufacturing & Design Innovation (DMDI) Institute that will be used to establish the Digital Lab for Manufacturing. This lab is intended to be the nation’s flagship research institute in digital manufacturing. It is being called “a world-class, first-of-its-kind manufacturing hub with the capabilities, innovation and collaboration necessary to transform American manufacturing.”

Peter Lucas, Ph.D., founding Principal of MAYA Design and co-author of Trillions: Thriving in the Emerging Information Ecology, will present “Interoperability in the Age of Trillions.” Describing the goal of a true “Ecology of Information Devices,” Dr. Lucas’s talk will explore the challenge of making a world producing more than 10 billion microprocessors each year and containing a trillion computers work in an effective and humane way.

The [MC]2 Conference is a three-day event designed for end users, equipment and device suppliers, software developers, distributors, integrators, students, professors interested in the advancement of data-driven manufacturing.

MTConnect is a set of open, royalty-free standards intended to foster greater interoperability between controls, devices and software applications by publishing data over networks using the Internet Protocol. Since its introduction in 2008, MTConnect has become the standard for manufacturing connectivity. The manufacturing technology community commonly uses MTConnect to connect the shop floor to monitoring applications and to integrate the shop floor with the entire manufacturing enterprise.