Hochschule Emden-Leer, Germany
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Armando Walter Colombo (Fellow IEEE) joined the Department of Electrotechnical and Industrial Informatics at the University of Applied Sciences Emden-Leer, Germany, became Full Professor in August 2010 and Director of the Institute for Industrial Informatics, Automation and Robotics (I2AR) in 2012. He worked during the last 17 years as Manager for Collaborative Projects and also as Edison Level 2 Group Senior Expert at Schneider Electric, Industrial Business Unit. He received the BSc. on Electronics Engineering from the National Technological University of Mendoza, Argentina, in 1990, the MSc. on Control System Engineering from the National University of San Juan, Argentina, in 1994, and the Doctor degree in Engineering from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany, in 1998. From 1999 to 2000 was Adjunct Professor in the Group of Robotic Systems and CIM, Faculty of Technical Sciences, New University of Lisbon, Portugal. Prof. Colombo has extensive experience in managing multi-cultural research teams in multi-regional projects. He has participated in leading positions in many international research and innovation projects, managing an R&D&I total (European Union authorized) budget of ~30,00 Mio EURO in the last 12 years. His research interests are in the fields of industrial cyber-physical systems, industrial digitalization and system-of-systems engineering, Internet-of-Services, Industry 4.0-compliant solutions. Prof. Colombo has over 30 industrial patents and more than 300 per-review publications in journals, books, chapters of books and conference proceedings (see https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=csLRR18AAAAJ). With his contributions, he has performed scientific and technical seminal contributions that are nowadays being used as one of the basis of what is recognized as “The 4th Industrial Revolution”: networked collaborative smart cyber-physical systems that are penetrating the daily life, producing visible societal changes and impacting all levels of the society. He is co-founder of the IEEE IES TC on Industrial Agents and TC on Industrial Informatics. He is founder and currently Chairman of the IEEE IES TC on Industrial Cyber-Physical Systems and member of the IEEE IES Administrative Committee (AdCom). Prof. Colombo served/s as advisor/expert for the definition of the R&D&I priorities within the Framework Programs FP6, FP7 and HORIZON 2020 of the European Union, and he is working as expert/evaluator in the European Research Executive Agency (REA), ECSEL, Eureka- and German BMBF/DLR IKT-Programs. Prof. Colombo is listed in Who’s Who in the World /Engineering 99-00/01 and in Outstanding People of the XX Century (Bibliographic Centre Cambridge, UK).