2019 Edge and Controls Symposium Extends its Reach

2019 Edge and Controls Symposium Extends its Reach

Last week marked the 17th annual Edge and Controls Symposium at GE Research in Niskayuna, NY. The three-day event, held September 10-12, focused on “Securing and Optimizing Industrial Assets,” featuring the latest advances and applications from GE and others in #cybersecurity, #controls and optimization, #additivemanufacturing, #Edgecomputing, trusted #autonomy, #quantumcomputing, #Blockchain technologies and their applications in #cyberprotection.

More than 420 attendees including GE employees, customers, and strategic partners made up one of the largest attendance numbers yet.  It continues a strong focus to open up the Symposium to more of GE’s customers and external partners for a real hands on, collaborative learning experience. It also reflects a deepening of our engagement with government partners and expanding our innovation network to increase the impact we can have for our businesses and beyond GE.


Tom Kurfess

With speakers like William Evanina, Director, National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC), Karen Evans, Assistant Secretary, Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response, US Department of Energy, Jason Shepherd, IoT and Edge Computing CTO, Dell Technologies and Tom Kurfess, Chief Manufacturing Officer and Distinguished Senior Scientist in Manufacturing, Oak Ridge National Lab there was no shortage of expertise, information and learning.

Justin John, Technology Director – Controls and Optimization, kicked off the event, posing five key questions around the Symposium's central theme of securing and optimizing industrial assets. To help in capturing what was learned, we asked some of GE Research’s top digital and Edge and Controls leaders to provide their thought leadership and perspective on each of these questions: 

  1. Colin Parris, Vice President for Software Research - How does the combination of AI + Controls enhance the value of safety critical systems?
  2. Brent Brunell, Additive Technology Leader - How will we enable Additive to print right the first time and every time?
  3. Joel Markham, Chief Engineer, Embedded Computing -  How do we develop and deploy apps to the Edge faster and cheaper?
  4. Matt Nielsen, Principal Scientist - How do we keep critical infrastructure safe from nation state level attackers?
  5. Mike Durling, High Assurance Systems Engineering Leader - How do we know we should trust the actions of autonomous systems?

Attendees had the opportunity to collaborate with and leverage the expertise of Edge customers, engineers, and researchers and network with customers and leaders in the Edge, optimization, controls, AI, and Additive fields. For some attendees, like Scott Stacey from GE Aviation, this is a must attend event. Listen to what he had to say about his seventh visit.


Edge demos and workouts

With more than 27 demos and over 110 presentations and workout sessions, this year’s Edge and Controls Symposium was one of the largest yet.  For additional insights, read Justin’s wrap summary on LinkedIn.

Overall, a great gathering of the industry’s leading experts in the Edge and Controls field who are leading the way to help GE’s businesses take advantage of AI, machine learning, and new cyber protection technologies to define the next chapter of critical infrastructure, manufacturing and services.


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