Lecture: May 26, 2021


AI for Sustainable Process Industries

Heiko Claussen, SVP of Artificial Intelligence, Aspen Technology


Heiko Claussen is Senior Vice President for Artificial Intelligence at Aspen Technology. As part of the Technology organization, Heiko is responsible for Industry 4.0 strategy, AI research, and data science. Prior to Aspen Technology, he was Head of Autonomous Machines and Principal Key Expert of AI at Siemens and led initiatives to enable autonomous machine applications for factory automation. During his 15-year tenure at Siemens, Heiko worked in many areas related to AI and digitization, including remote monitoring, machine learning, robotics, pattern recognition and statistical signal processing. Heiko is a recipient of numerous technical awards and recognitions. He has been named Inventor of the Year twice at Siemens – in 2016 for the development of a virtual sensor to monitor the flame status of gas turbines, and in 2019 for the development of a neural net accelerator for industrial control systems. He is also the author of 99 inventions and 47 individual patents. Heiko holds a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southampton, UK; a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Ulster, UK; and a Dipl.-Ing degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Applied Sciences Kempten, Germany.


AspenTech’s customers are in a rapid transition to sustainable production of fuels, chemicals, and circular processes e.g., plastics. Enabling our customers on this journey is a key part of our mission. Long term planning can be achieved by observing several industrial megatrends and their resulting requirements. This talk will review these megatrends and give examples how various Industry 4.0 technologies and particularly Artificial Intelligence trends can be leveraged to address related industry opportunities. Furthermore, the presentation will illustrate how recent AspenTech research and product development connects with these trends and solutions.

Lecture Notes

Video recording of the lecture

Presentation by Heiko Claussen, pdf