Welcome to Perspective of Industry 4.0

Description: The Danish, as well as the European manufacturing is under pressure and change. High production cost makes it harder for Danish manufacturing companies to justify maintaining production in Denmark. Instead production is moved to areas with a significantly lower salary level (e.g Eastern Europe or China). Simultaneously, significant developments in science and technology (IT, mechatronics, materials technology, etc.) are made, constantly providing manufacturing companies new possibilities for the development of new products, processes and services.

To be competitive, it is necessary for companies to develop new products, processes and services with ever increasing frequency. Timing, exploitation and implementation of new technologies is essential. If this happens too early or too late can have consequences for the competitiveness of enterprises and ultimately threaten their survival.

Governments in many countries have initiated a number of research and development programs that are designed to meet the above challenges in manufacturing.

One of these initiatives is the German "Industry 4.0" initiative (4 Industrial Revolution), where the government is working with large companies and stakeholders as FESTO, SAP, SIEMENS, Daimler, Volkswagen and others to formulate and realize a vision for the future production. The budget for Industry 4.0 is over 400 million euros. Similar initiatives have started in the United States (Advanced Manufacturing), EU (Factory-of-the-future), Sweden etc.

Common to these initiatives is that they are based on the hypothesis that the challenges can be met through the use of innovation from IT and mechatronic area where the exponential growth in processing power as well as innovations such as "Internet-of-things", "Cyber-Physical Systems" "collaborative robots", "Big data", "Cloud computing", etc. will give manufacturing a wide range of new opportunities.

In this course, we will discuss the perspectives and contents of Industry 4.0.

A particular focus will be on how companies and manage and control the needed digital transformation.

Organizer: Professor Ole Madsen, e-mail: om@mp.aau.dk

Lecturers: Main lecturer: Professor Ulrich Berger, Brandenburg University of Technology. Support team: Professor Ole Madsen, Professor Charles Møller, and Professor Brian Vejrum Væhrens

ECTS: 3

Time: 22-24 May 2018

Place: Aalborg University

Zip code: 9220

City: Aalborg Øst

Number of seats: 30

Deadline: 1 May 2018

Important information concerning PhD courses: We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 5,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately three months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.

 

Welcome to Advances in Operations and Supply Chain Management

Description: With the rediscovery of its strategic importance, Operations Management (OM) or, as it should be more appropriately called Operations and Supply Chain Management (OSCM), has undergone massive changes as a field of research in the last three decades. Until the early 1980s, OM research was focused on areas such as inventory management, scheduling, quality inspection and control, layout and location decisions. Today, with the enormous possibilities offered by Information Technology, massive globalization, and core competence thinking, industrial production is taking place in elaborate global supply chains and networks of partners each focusing on what they are best at and together aiming at delivering superior value to the global market place in a world, which is running out of natural resources, undergoing a climate change with possibly dramatic consequences, and suffering from natural and human disasters. Current OSCM research focuses on operations and footprint strategy, performance management, manufacturing and supply chain configurations and governance, sustainability, crisis management and humanitarian operations.

With the introduction of the Internet of Things and Services in manufacturing systems, the next wave of technology-driven innovation is on the doorstep, and one of the key questions for OSCM to address is: what are the implications of concepts such as Enterprise 2.0, Industry 4.0, and the smart factory of the future for OSCM as a field of practice and research.

While the progress in practice has been massive, OSCM has also been accused of being theory-poor and irrelevant for practitioners. The call to recognize OSCM for what it is, a field of management research and practice, which requiring the discipline to both improve its theoretical basis and practical relevance and accessibility, is become louder and louder.

The course on Advances in Operations and Supply Chain Management addresses several OSCM topics related to the management of “manufacturing systems of today and tomorrow”, including:

  • OM theory and practice – implications for research design
    • Relevance and the role of theory in OSCM research
    • Collaborative research strategies
    • Developing theory from research with practice
  • From mass manufacturing through lean production to agility and beyond
    • The principles of lean and agile production
    • Are lean and agile mutually exclusive concepts, mutually supportive concepts, or is lean an antecedent to agile?
    • What, if any, alternative concepts are just beyond the horizon?
  • The implications of Enterprise 2.0, Industry 4.0, smart manufacturing and the “factory of the future” for OSCM
    • How will OSCM as a field of practice and research be affected if factories and supply chains are populated by highly connected smart machines and smart (knowledge) workers?
  • Manufacturing strategy in a global context
    • Manufacturing strategy as a process
    • Footprint strategy
    • Global performance management
    • Globally sustainable supply networks

 

Form: The course is organized as a block of 2½ days and includes lectures, small group assignments, and plenary discussions.

Reading: A list of compulsory and suggested reading will be available well before the start of the course.

Exam: The participants will be asked to write a short essay on a relevant OSCM topic of their choice.

Organizer: Professor Harry Boer, e-mail: hboer@business.aau.dk

Lecturers: Professor Harry Boer (AAU) and Professor John Johansen (AAU)

ECTS: 4

Time: 30 May to 1 June 2018 (2.5 day course)

Place: Aalborg University

Zip code:

City: Aalborg

Number of seats: 30

Deadline: 3 April 2018 

Important information concerning PhD courses: We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 5,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately three months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.

Welcome to Analysis and Gradient Based Optimization of Laminated Composite Structures


Description

Background and Motivation: Polymeric resin fibre reinforced materials (FRP´s or composite materials) are being used increasingly for structural applications where properties such as high strength, high stiffness and low weight are determining design parameters. The driving force behind the development and application of these materials has been the demands posed by the aerospace industry, but the use of advanced composite materials is expanding rapidly to other industrial sectors as well. Pertinent examples of this include applications for ship structures, automotive and train applications, wind turbine blades and civil engineering applications including bridge structures.

 

Objectives and Contents: The purpose of the course is to present the participants with a general overview and an introduction to recent advances and modern techniques for analysis and gradient based design optimization of advanced laminated composite structures. The following topics will be treated:

  • Laminae and laminates: fiber and resin materials, modelling of the laminae, classical lamination theory (CLT), shear-deformation plate theories
  • Fracture and failure of composite materials - focus on failure criteria and their use
  • Finite element analysis of laminated composite structures with focus on shell and solid shell formulations
  • Introduction to basic concepts of gradient based structural optimization
  • Parameterization choices for laminated composites (continuous fiber angles and thicknesses, lamination parameters, Discrete Material Optimization (DMO), Discrete Material and Thickness Optimization (DMTO), etc.)
  • Efficient methods of Design Sensitivity Analysis for gradient based structural optimization
  • Inclusion of manufacturing constraints
  • Gradient based design optimization of laminated composite structures for linear and nonlinear problems including buckling problems

 

Course Language: The course will be given in English.

Teaching Material: Lecture notes will be made available for registered course attendees.

Furthermore, a Matlab skeleton script for analysis and design optimization of laminated composite plates using isoparametric finite elements is provided as basis for part of the assignments.


Course Format and Work Load: The course will consist of a condensed session comprised of 5 full days of lectures, work on assignments, and discussions at AAU. After the course session the course participants (PhD students) are expected to solve and submit homework assignments. Diplomas will be issued on the basis of course participation and evaluation of homework assignments, and entitle Ph.D. students to 5 ECTS, corresponding to 140 hours of work load.


Participants: Participants are expected to have a basic knowledge in mechanics of solids corresponding to undergraduate level (mechanical, aero, civil and ship/maritime engineering). The course is aimed specifically at Ph.D. students, but the course is also recommended for industrial engineers and engineering scientists. University staff and final year M.Sc. students are welcome as well. University staff, M.Sc. students and participants from industry may be exempted from the homework assignments and the course evaluation/examination. Course assignments are based on Matlab scripts, and it is expected that participants have Matlab installed. The public domain code Octave can also be used (https://www.gnu.org/software/octave/index.html).


Earlier Events: The course has been held biannually since 2004 to 2014 as “Analysis and Design Optimisation of Laminated Composite Structures”. However, since 2016 the course has been revised such that more focus is put on gradient based methods for the design optimization part, and the course assignments have thereby also been changed significantly.

Course participation is free for national Ph.D. students and university staff. Participants from industry will be charged DKK 12,500 (DKK 2,500 pr. ECTS). International Ph.D. students and university staff get a discount of 90% and will be charged DKK 1,250.
If you are from outside Aalborg University and you wish to enroll in one of our PhD courses, you must create a profile. This is done by clicking on “create new account” and filling out the form. 
For further information please contact Professor Erik Lund, Phone (+45) 9940 9312, E-mail: el@mp.aau.dk

Organizer: Department of Materials and Production, Aalborg University (www.mp.aau.dk)  Aalborg University, The Doctoral School of Engineering and Science, (www.phd.teknat.aau.dk)
Professor Erik Lund, e-mail: el@mp.aau.dk In collaboration with DCAMM, Danish Center for Applied Mathematics and Mechanics (www.dcamm.dk).

Lecturers: Erik Lund, Johnny Jakobsen and Esben Lindgaard, Department of Materials and Production, Aalborg University

ECTS: 5

Time: 14-18 May 2018

Place: Department of Materials and Production, Aalborg University, Fibigerstræde 16

Zip code: 9220

City: Aalborg Øst

Number of seats: 30

Dealine: 27 April 2018

Important information concerning PhD courses: We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 5,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately three months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.

 

Welcome to Management of Technology and Innovation

Description: Global, radical, open, hi-tech and business model are just a few of many buzz adjectives used in discussions of innovation for future growth. However, what is innovation? What is technology? How can we organize for and manage innovation successfully? And get beyond “traditional” approaches towards technology and innovation management. These and related questions are at the core of this course.

 

  • Introduction to technology and innovation management
  • Innovation
    • Definitions, history, ‘schools’, areas
    • Types of innovation
    • Factors of success, failure and delay
    • Contingency factors in innovation studies
    • The process perspective
    • Innovation capabilities and absorptive capacity
  • The organization and management of innovation processes
    • Innovation roles
    • Team and organizational structures
  • Technology and innovation strategy
    • Manufacturing strategy, action plans and performance effects
    • R&D strategy, action plans and performance effects
    • Technology strategy – a supportive framework
    • How does technology evolve?  S-curves
    • Technology forecasting and planning – basic concepts and applications, scenario planning, technology road-mapping
  • Continuous innovation
    • Continuous innovation – what is it, why do we need it?
    • Strategic, innovation and operational excellence
    • Exploitation – exploration
    • Single loop-double loop learning and related concepts
    • Sustainability and globalization
    • Practical and theoretical problems with, and solutions for,  continuous innovation
  • Business model innovation
    • Business model definitions
    • Business model, plan, strategy
    • Business model innovation challenges
  • Decision-making in innovation processes
    • Decision-making process models
    • The role of uncertainty

Form: The course is organized as a block of 2½ days and includes lectures, small group assignments, and plenary discussions.

Reading: A list of compulsory and suggested reading will be available well before the start of the course.

Exam: The participants will be asked to write a short essay in which they analyze and evaluate their own research (focus, design) from the perspective of the topics presented and discussed in the course.

Organizer: Professor Harry Boer, e-mail: hboer@business.aau.dk

Lecturers: Professor Harry Boer (AAU), Dr. Yariv Taran (AAU)

ECTS: 4

Time: 28-30 November 2018 (2,5 day course)

Place: Aalborg University

Zip code:

City: Aalborg

Number of seats: 30

Deadline: 1 November 2018

Important information concerning PhD courses: We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 5,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately three months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.

Welcome to Advanced Musculoskeletal Modeling


Description: This Ph.D. course introduces techniques for modeling of musculoskeletal systems based on multibody dynamics. Unlike most courses in the field, this one takes a bottom-up approach beginning with kinematics of open and closed chains and ending with analysis of complex and anatomically realistic models.  The course uses the AnyBody Modeling System throughout and also contains an introduction to this system.

The first part of the course contains a general introduction to musculoskeletal modeling.

The second part focuses on advanced topics on the forefront of research.

The participants must install the AnyBody Modeling System and familiarize themselves with the system prior to the course.

The course contents are the following:

  1. Kinematics
    1. Degrees of freedom and constraints
    2. Orientations in 3D
    3. Open and closed chains
    4. Forward and inverse kinematics
    5. The Cartesian formulation
    6. Defining and analyzing simple kinematic models in AnyBody
  2. Kinetics
    1. Dynamic equilibrium equations
    2. Forward and inverse dynamics
    3. Statically determinate and indeterminate systems
    4. Simple kinetic analysis in AnyBody
    5. Muscle models
    6. Muscle recruitment
    7. Definition and analysis of simple muscle systems in AnyBody
  3. Predictive models: Ground reactions
    1. The repository models
    2. Motion capture-driven models
    3. Definition of force platforms
    4. Contact by muscle recruitment
    5. Adding GRF prediction to models
    6. Structure of contact template classes
  4. Patient-specific models
    1. Anatomical data acquisition methods
    2. Scaling and individualization
    3. Parameter estimation from kinematics
    4. Force-dependent kinematics and advanced joint models
    5. Real model development cases in AnyBody
  5. Predictive models: Activities of daily living
    1. Statistical models of anthropometry
    2. Quasi-static balancing models
    3. Motion parametrization
  6. Introduction of assignment

Organizer: Professor John Rasmussen, e-mail: jr@mp.aau.dk

Lecturers: Professor John Rasmussen, Associate Professor Mark de Zee and Associate Professor Michael Skipper Andersen

ECTS: 4

Time: 30 April - 4 May 2018

Deadline: 9 April 2018

Place: Department of Materials and Production

Zip code: 9220

City: Aalborg Øst

Important information concerning PhD courses We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 5,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately three months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.