Workshop: Recent Innovations


Workshop-Key-Contributors and Moderators

Andreas Riel
Grenoble Institute of Technology, France

Thomas Fehlmann
Euro Project Office, Switzerland

Bruno Wöran
Merinova, Finland

In this year's edition of EuroSPI's traditional Innovation workshop series, we will focus on business innovation, as well as on democratizing innovation through stakeholder empowerment.
Against the background of the highly networked, interconnected, and therefore complex and technology-intensive ecosystems that we have been building up over the last decade, continuous innovation power has become the lifeblood of every successful industrial organization. More than ever before, short innovation cycles and rapid change driven by complexly interlinked change drivers are challenging and transforming not only every single industry sector, but the entire social, economic, and ecologic ecosystem. As several key decision makers of European automotive manufacturers and suppliers put it, “The next ten years will see more
changes than the last one hundred years have ever seen”. In such a context, innovation can no longer be driven and managed by a few decision makers and innovation managers only. Instead, innovation must become an integral part of company’s DNAs and with that, their organizational cultures. This is only possible by empowering a huge quantity of employees from several organizational units and hierarchy levels for taking an active, entrepreneurial part in the company’s innovation initiatives.
Also in this year we invited experts from OpenInnoTrain, an EU project which empowers the open innovation transfer of experts between industry and university.


Workshop Program 10.9.2020

Workshop - Innovations
08.00 - 08.40
08.40 - 09.00
Opening by University of Applied Sciences Düsseldorf, EuroSPI and ECQA, Prof. Niemann
09.00 - 09.45
Key Note 2: How to Educate the Cloud?, Sara Schmitz,Netsuite, Germany Chair: Gabriele Sauberer
10.00 - 11.00
Democratizing Innovation in the Digital Era: Empowering Innovation Agents for Driving the Change
Andreas Riel, University of Grenoble, France and ISCN GesmbH, Austria, Richard Messnarz, ISCN GesmbH Austria, Bruno Woeran, Oulu Businss School, Finland
Spin-off strategies of established companies due to digitalization and disruption
Dominik Kretschmar, Jörg Niemann and Felix Müller, University of Applied Sciences Düsseldorf, Germany
11.00 - 11.30
Coffee Break
11.30 - 12.30
Toolbox of Methods for the Digital Business Transformation - A blueprint for the education and training of service engineers 
Jörg Niemann, Claudia Fussenecker and Martin Schlösser, Duesseldorf University of Applied Sciences, Germany
Recognizing the Types of Software Assets and its impact on Asset Reuse
Kathleen Wolfram, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK,  Michael Martine, IBM, USA, and Paul Sudnik, University of Applied Science Munich, Germany
12.30 - 14.00
Lunch Break
14.00 - 14.45
Key Note 3: EU Blueprint and Skills Alliance for Future Battery Systems Developments (E-Mobility), EU Blueprint ALLBAT, Sweden,  Chair: Jakub Stolfa
14.45 - 15.30
Key Note 4: A view about Life Cycle Management and New Technologies (e.g. Eye Tracking) in Automotive Production, Prof. Jörg Niemann, University of Applied Sciences Düsseldorf, Germany
15.30 - 16.00
Coffee Break
16.00 - 18.00
OpenInnoTrain - Open Innovation Transfer Opportunities
Bruno Wören, Merinova, Finland, Richard Messnarz, ISCN, Austria
Discussions about future innovation agents in Europe
The idea is to brainstorm the skills for future innovation agents. A first skills set will be distributed and proposed. Also open innovation topics to be considered.
Buses take the delegates from the university to the Dusseldorf City Center
18.45 - 20.00
Guided City Tour - Learn about the City of Dusseldorf at the Rhein River

How do I submit my paper?

Please follow the following steps for submitting a paper:

  • Your thematic topic paper should comprise 10-12 pages.
  • Your paper has to be conform to the Springer CCIS format which is the same as the Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) format (please see the author guidelines of Springer)
  • The paper has to be uploaded to the EuroAsiaSPI² conference website (see below).
  • Authors of accepted papers will be asked to write a final paper of 10 to maximum 12 pages and to prepare a 20 minutes PowerPoint presentation.
  • The final paper has to be uploaded to the EuroAsiaSPI² conference website again.
  • Papers shall reference the SPI Manifesto (find relationships to values and principles or propose new values and principles to be added).

Note: To publish the paper in the proceedings the authors have to sign a copyright form and at least one of the authors has to present the paper at the conference. The paper will be published in printed form and electronically and therefore we need all source files.

Please read first the author submission guideMore...

Also see "Thematic Paper Submission for one of the 10 workshop communities" for more information

Thematic Paper Topics

  • New Test Methods, such as
  • Modern SW Testing Process targeting
  • Testing AI applications
  • Testing Microservices Kubernetes Concerts
  • Testing Privacy Protection
  • Testing Safety Risks in Software
  • Secure Software Engineering (SSE)
  • New innovation service topics, such as
  • Innovation Management (Service oriented)
  • Service models for e-mobility
  • Serivice models for intelligent infrastructures
  • New business models
  • New stakeholder/customer networks/concepts
  • New innovation roadmapping strategies.

Submission Dates

10.04.2020 First Thematic Paper Submission
30.04.2020 Review by International Programme Committee and Notification of Acceptance
05.06.2020 Camera Ready Version of Paper for Book
07.08.2020 (now 14.08.2020) Early Registration Deadline (All presenters must register, otherwise the contribution is deselected)
28.08.2020 Upload of Powerpoint Conference Presentation

SPRINGER Book Series

EuroAsiaSPI² is publishing an annual SPRINGER book and the EuroSPI books show a total of 150000 (one hunded fifty thousand) chapter downloads. The workshop papers will form a chapter for this thematic topic in the SPRINGER book.


Additional Information

Key Contributors

The goal of this workshop community is to deal with new forthcoming topics, to develop ideas for the future and to share best practices about how to manage the future challenges in business, engineering, and testing.

Join this workshop and discuss your experiences.

Interactive Workshop Approach

Focus of interest and main questions discussed during the workshop will be:
  • Best practices concerning new test methods dealing with new aspects such as artificial intelligence, cloud, privacy protection, risk managment, security
  • Best practices concerning new service and business models needed to develop the future visions
  • etc.
Each presentation will be discussed towards these main topics of interest. A panel discussion at the end shall come up with a summary of the solutions presented and with new research topics to focus on to solve this integrated approach (work for next year to meet at next EuroAsiaSPI² and share again).