Cognitive Computing workshop to discuss improved productivity

The Robert C Byrd Institute (RCBI) is offering the second of a continuing series of free Industry 4.0 Workshops on April 25 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at its Huntington Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center.

Cognitive Computing for Business & Industry will feature Nick Humphries, PiWeb sales manager for ZEISS Industrial Metrology, who will explain how software integrated into industrial settings improve efficiency as well as reduce costs and down-time. He will showcase the company's industry-leading PiWeb software that optimizes workplace productivity by providing real-time monitoring of and feedback on equipment and processes.

“Industry 4.0 technology has become so affordable that it now makes sense for small to medium-sized manufacturers to take advantage of the quality and efficiency it can help deliver.” said Jamie Cope, deputy director for RCBI.

“Businesses in the automotive, aircraft, mechanical engineering and medical technology sectors often benefit from the type of computing we will be discussing,” Cope said. “However, understanding the approach can benefit businesses that have automated and mechanical processes they rely on from day to day.”

In addition, Bill Gardner, assistant professor of Digital Forensics and Information Assurance at Marshall University, will discuss cyber security measures that will help protect an industry 4.0 system.

“There is a small network defense device based on Raspberry Pi that packs a big punch,” Gardner said. “A cluster of these devices can defend a large enterprise network from hackers.”

For more information or to register for the workshop, visit