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Industry-Academy Forum on November 29, 2022

09:00 – 10:00 Registration

10:00 – 10:15 Opening Ceremony

10:15 – 11:30 Panel 1: Upskilling for Industry 5.0

Industry research has shown that 80.9% of companies indicated that human resources are the biggest obstacle in achieving digital transformation. This caused employee resistance to change and prevented companies from starting or continuing the process of implementing Industry 4.0. The solution to these problems is brought by the new strategy of Industry 5.0, which shifts the focus from technology and place human in the center.


  1. Aleksandar Nestorov, Plant Manager, NIDEC Elesys Europe, Serbia
  2. Oliver Lepori, Executive Director, Japanese Business Alliance in Serbia
  3. Violeta Jovanović, Executive Director,  NALED, Serbia
  4. Dr. Jelena Ćulibrk, Assistant Professor of Human Resources, the Faculty of Technical Sciences, Novi Sad, Serbia

Moderator: Prof. Dr. Aleksandar Rikalović, Head of Engineering Management Study Programs (BSC & MSC),
Faculty of Technical Sciences, Novi Sad, Serbia

11:30 – 12:00 Coffee break

12:00 – 13:30 Panel 2: Smart Manufacturing – Industry 5.0 Solutions 

Smart manufacturing supports digital transformation and describes the application of various combinations of Industry 5.0 technologies powered by AI, highlighting capabilities such as “self-awareness”, “self-prediction”, “self-maintenance” and “self-learning”. Smart manufacturing and Industry 5.0 solutions aim to strengthen the digital innovation ecosystem for sustainable human-centered manufacturing through the synergy of industry and academy.


  1. Christian Nomine,  Strategic Product Manager in Visualization, Mitsubishi Electric Europe B.V., Germany
  2. Aleksandar Veljković, Business Unit Director, Tarkett, Serbia
  3. Prof. Dr. Mirko Raković, Associate Professor of Robotics and Mechatronics, the Faculty of Technical Sciences, Novi Sad, Serbia
  4. Prof. Dr. Aleksandar Rikalović, Team Lead of Smart Factory Group, Institute of Artificial Intelligence Research and Development, Serbia

Moderator: Prof. Dr. Uglješa Marjanović, Associate Professor of Engineering Management, the Faculty of Technical Sciences, Novi Sad, Serbia

13:30 – 14:30 – Coctail