Dr. Henning Kagermann receives Honda Prize 2020

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Dr. Henning Kagermann, Chair of the Board of Trustees at acatech – National Academy of Science (Germany), receives the Honda Prize, along with a honorarium of 10 million yen, for his “Recommendation for Implementing the Strategic Initiative Industrie 4.0”.

The Honda Prize, established in 1980 and awarded once each year, is an international award that recognizes the work of individuals or groups generating new knowledge to drive the next generation, from the standpoint of ecotechnology. In 2011 and 2012, lively debate took place in Germany over bringing together the online and offline worlds. Under the direction Dr. Kagermann, acatech exercised leadership in this debate.

The academy developed the concept of Cyber-Physical Systems. Altogether with Dr. Wolfgang Wahlster (founding director of the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence) and Dr. Wolf-Dieter Lukas, (State Secretary, German Federal Ministry of Education and Research) he coined the concept and slogan Industrie 4.0, the fourth industrial revolution, reached by digital connection of all industry processes.

Dr. Kagermann became the lead author of “Recommendations for Implementing the Strategic Initiative Industrie 4.0”, published in 2013, which proposed the need for total industrial optimization with digitization in all industries, including manufacturing, distribution, healthcare, social infrastructure and agriculture. On that basis, the Platform Industrie 4.0 has been founded as one of the future projects in the “German Action Plan High-Tech Strategy 2020”.

Since then, Dr. Kagermann has been a representative, who actively promotes “Industrie 4.0” in Germany and in many countries of the world, and who has tried to deepen the international debate on digital transformation (DX).