MESM'2014, Middle Eastern Simulation and Modelling Conference, February 3-5, 2014, AOU, Muscat, Oman, Keynote


Keynote Speaker

Utilizing simulation for a more sustainable production

Assoc. Prof. Björn Johansson
Production Systems
Chalmers Univ. Of Technology
Göteborg Sweden


In order to achieve and maintain a sustainable society, the manufacturing development efforts performed needs to be sustainable as well. The only source to a more sustainable society is to enable humans to think and act sustainable. This is only possible if awareness of how human actions influence the sustainability balance of the world. With this in mind, we can also state that simulation is a core technology, which is more sustainable than most physical tests and prototypes used historically since the majority of work is performed without tampering and utilizing physical resources. However, simulation can also be utilized to monitor and measure sustainability aspects of the developments. Sustainability per numerous definitions incorporates at least three main aspects, social, environmental and economical. The simulations need to heed for not sub optimizing and only take heed of one aspect on the cost of the other two. Most simulation models in the manufacturing domain does only incorporate economical aspects in the models, hence decision takers did need to take heed of social and environmental considerations without model support. Recent research on awareness of sustainability aspects shows that by integrating thoughts and educating researchers on how to cognitively simulate sustainability aspects in the context of their own research increases sustainability awareness. In addition, efforts on incorporating both social and environmental aspects into the traditionally more economically oriented modeling technologies are under way.
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Associate Professor Björn Johansson is currently Vice Head of Division at Division of Production Systems, Department of Product and Production Development, Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden. Björn Johansson has published over 70 peer-reviewed papers mainly on the topic of discrete event simulation. Most of the recent publications consider how to incorporate sustainability metrics in the modeling and analysis of manufacturing systems as well as how to increase awareness on sustainability while performing research and development. Björn has been teaching over 1000 Master students a seven weeks course on how to utilize discrete event simulation for production flow analysis during the last ten years, over 100 of those students did also perform their master thesis project on discrete event simulation, and about ten of them pursue the PhD degree. During the early 21st century, Björn achieved several scholarships, from e.g. ABB as well as from the Royal Swedish Academy of Science (Which is also awarding Nobel Prizes). As of now, Björn is actively performing research on how to achieve a standardized methodology to utilize discrete event simulation for evaluation environmental assessment and improvement during a product lifecycle. Björn is also coaching I industry, professors and faculty members in Sweden in order to increase sustainability awareness in order to achieve a more sustainable society through their developments.

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