International Society of Automation News Release
ISA announces keynote speakers, executive panels and general session highlights for ISA Automation Week 2013
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA (1 October 2013) — The International Society of Automation (ISA) announces the keynote presenters and presentations, executive panels and technical sessions at its ISA Automation Week Technology and Solutions Event, which will take place 5-7 November 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Leading automation and control experts, authors, innovators and thought leaders across the globe will come together at the event to demonstrate how to fully leverage the power and potential of automation solutions.
ISA Automation Week 2013 keynote presentations and executive panels
Opening Keynote Address
The opening keynote address will feature US Major General Robert E. Wheeler, one of America’s leading authorities on SCADA and industrial infrastructure cybersecurity, who will speak on the current cyber threats to the automation industry.
Currently serving on the staff of the Secretary of Defense as the Deputy Chief Information Officer for Command, Control, Communications and Computers (C4) and Information Infrastructure Capabilities (DCIO for C4IIC), the general is a highly engaging, experienced expert with intimate knowledge of the threats to government and critical infrastructure.
Tuesday General Session - Executive Panel
Brigadier General Rudolf Peksens, US Air Force (Retired), is an independent consultant that helps organizations adapt to cyber challenges. General Peksens previously worked in the defense industry for 15 years where most recently he was the Director of Strategic Pursuits in the Raytheon Company's Network Centric Systems.
From 1966 to 1995, General Peksens served in the US Air Force as a combat aviator and the only US Air Force officer to have flown fighter, bomber, and reconnaissance aircraft in combat. He is a highly experienced pilot with nearly 3,900 flying hours, including more than 600 combat hours in operations over Vietnam and Iraq.
Invited panel members:
Wednesday Keynote Address
Dr. J. Patrick Kennedy is the CEO and majority owner of OSIsoft, a software company founded in 1980 that today employees nearly 1,000 people and operates in 142 countries. This year, OSIsoft was selected for the Presidents E-Award (Export Award) for exporting over $0.5 billion over the last five years.
Dr. Kennedy has established two additional companies in San Leandro, California (the headquarters of OSIsoft): San Leandro Dark Fiber LLC and Lit San Leandro LLC. He holds a patent on control of a catalytic reformer control system, is an expert in advanced process control and process data management, and has received numerous industry awards and honors.
Thursday General Session Keynote - Executive Panel
This executive panel will focus on critical workforce development issues and how they affect professionals working in process and factory environments. The panel will feature top executives representing the supplier, the systems integrator, and the education and institutional communities, who will share their inside views of future trends and inevitabilities that will affect us all. Lively discussions are inevitable as these experts express their unique vantage points on the critical issues affecting those working in industrial automation.
ISA Automation Week 2013 Education Track highlights
The technical program of ISA Automation Week—spanning six educational tracks--is built on the premise that every automation professional and every automation decision can in some way influence operational results in safety, business, people and technology.
For instance, decisions made and actions taken in one area, such as migrating to a new technology, can sometimes have adverse and unforeseen effects in others, ranging from higher total cost of ownership to concerns over employee training and plant safety.
The six educational tracks are:
Below are some highlights of the many content-rich technical sessions that will be conducted at ISA Automation Week 2013.
Within the Industrial Automation & Control educational track
Within The Connected Enterprise educational track
Within the Industrial Network Security educational track
Visit www.isaautomationweek.org to gain more details about ISA Automation Week 2013, including the full technical program, author resources, solutions providers, attendee resources, the complete conference schedule, hotel arrangements and registration. For immediate assistance, call +1 919-549-8411.
Founded in 1945, the International Society of Automation (www.isa.org) is a leading, global, nonprofit organization that is setting the standard for automation by helping over 30,000 worldwide members and other professionals solve difficult technical problems, while enhancing their leadership and personal career capabilities. Based in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, ISA develops standards; certifies industry professionals; provides education and training; publishes books and technical articles; and hosts conferences and exhibitions for automation professionals. ISA is the founding sponsor of The Automation Federation (www.automationfederation.org).