The gathering of developers, suppliers and users of automation solutions as well as representatives from research and teaching offers the ideal platform for such important networking. AUTOMATION has thus developed into the leading technical and scientific event in German-speaking countries. The annual convention in Baden-Baden combines theoretically oriented contributions and practical reports, provides overview lectures and posters and creates a broad scope for the exchange of experience beyond sectoral boundaries. Leading the way in trends and innovations, the automation congress is now indispensable for the various application sectors. In addition to the experienced experts in measurement and automation technology, young scientists and engineers are also welcome.