We are in the age of “Industry 4.0”, where computers and automation come together in entirely new ways. Industry 4.0 encompasses cloud computing, cyber-physical systems, robotics, big data, artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IOT) and more. Russia and Switzerland are both on a steady path to the digital economy. How far have they come? Where are they headed? These were the main topics of JCC's roundtable "Digitalizing Russia. Trends and Opportunities" held at ABB Switzerland on March 6, 2018. Ambassador Livia Leu, Head of the Bilateral Economic Relations Division, Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) and Counsellor Sergey Lysikov, Embassy of the Russian Federation in Switzerland opened the conference.
There were issues of interest in several key sectors:
Manufacturing - Dr. Zoya Alexeeva, Ability™ Solutions Portfolio Manager, ABB Group examined digitalization in automation at ABB.
Life Sciences - Vitaly Nedelsky, Founder, Semantic Hub & President, Russian Association of Robotics, talked about harnessing artificial intelligence to reduce cost and time to market in the pharma sector.
Banking/Finance - Alexander Zozulya, Head of FX Trading, Managing Director, Sberbank CIB, presented digitalization of banking in Russia.
Igor Nosov, CEO, SEZ Innopolis, Tatarstan showcased how a high-tech digital ecosystem is being created at Innopolis, Russia.
Tadzio Schilling, Associate Director, German Business Center Moscow, Ernst & Young analyzed the current state of Russia's digital economy. Thomas Zürcher, CEO, MyLiveZone/Switzerland Smart Factory, mapped the status of digitalization in Switzerland. The event culminated with a panel discussion capably moderated by Tadzio Schilling.