International Virtual Conference on NDE 4.0
14/15 & 20/21 April 2021


Industry 4.0 is the ongoing fourth industrial revolution, based on digitalisation, digital transformation, crosslinking and networks and lives on data for its feedback loops and one of its biggest and most valuable data sources is NDE. Industry 4.0 leads to an improved production, design and maintenance by analysing the data in digital twins, provided by the industrial internet of things. Measures like artificial intelligence, big data processing, or augmented reality allow to evaluate and visualise the data. Blockchains allow ensuring modification-proof storage and traceability and 5G the wireless connections needed by Industry 4.0.

This will lead to big changes in NDE. First, the Industry 4.0 emerging technologies can be used to enhance NDE technologies and NDE data processing. Second, a statistical analysis of NDE data provides insight into reliability, inspection performance, training status, consistency, and value of the inspections. Finally, NDE is the ideal data source for Industry 4.0.

This first conference on NDE 4.0 is devoted to promoting a broad exchange on all subjects regarding NDE 4.0. The conference provides a unique opportunity for users, scientists, equipment suppliers and all who are interested to discuss the following topics:

The conference will be split:

  • Virtual Conference on 14/15/20/21 April 2021, four days of invited presentations on the subject of NDE 4.0 (3 hours every day, 2 slots to accomodate all time-zones) and live panel discussions.
  • Face-to-Face Conference 26 - 28 April 2022 in Munich, the call for abstracts is online.
    All information for the face-to-face conference in April 2022 please find at the separate website
    Presentations addressing the topics mentioned above and considering any NDE methods proposed such as thermal imaging, eddy current, ultrasonics, optics, x-ray testing and many others will be most welcome.
    Opportunities for technical visits to relevant IIoT companies are planned.

We are looking forward to meeting you first visually and second in Munich.

Dr. Johannes Vrana
Conference Chair


Top class keynote presentations and excellent invited talks by experts around the globe have been pre-recorded and will be streamed twice to accommodate the different time zones: run 1 from 00:00 - 02:45 h UTC, run 2 from 10:15 - 13:00 h UTC. In addition, a live panel discussion will take place at 13:00 UTC on all days.
Detailed times for your time zone please find in programme. Pick the time, that is convenient for you. Due to the time zones some times could also be shifted to a day that deviates from the date in programme below; in this case you will find e.g. -1 day at streaming time.

Questions that arise during the individual presentations can be asked via the live chat during the presentations and will be answered in the panel discussion.


Papers: The full papers can be accessed via the corresponding lectures in the programme.

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  • Seminar: 14 - 15 and 20 - 21 April 2021