Welcome to Perspectives 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 ekspotientielle 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.

Prerequisites: An interest in the future of manufacturing.

Learning objectives:

- provide an overview of the contents of Industry 4.0 (and equivalent initiatives)

- give insights into some of the technologies related to Industry 4.0. E.g:

  • Internet of things
  • Big data
  • Cyber physical systems
  • Reconfigurable manufacturing systems
  • Virtual manufacturing

- discuss the potential and limitations of the Industry 4.0 vision.

Teaching methods:

The course will consists of a number of lectures divided into 3 parts:

Part 1: Industry 4.0: Fundamentals and basics

Part 2: Modeling, Simulation, Implementation and Verification

Part 3: Applications of Industry 4.0 in real environments

The curriculum draft covers round ten days of total duration and contains 22 lecture topics and one combined lecture set of six application discussions.

Criteria for assessment: The participants will be asked to write a short report on a relevant Industry 4.0 topic of their choice.


Organizer: Professor Ole Madsen, email: om@m-tech.aau.dk and Professor Charles Møller, email: charles@business.aau.dk

Lecturers: Main lecturer Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ulrich Berger (Full Professor (University) Director of the Institute of Automation Technology Brandenburg Technical University Cottbus-Senftenberg).


Time: 28., 29. and 30. March 2017, each day from 9:00 to 16:00

Place: Pontoppidanstræde 103, room 4-106

Zip code:


Number of seats: 15

Deadline: 7. March 2017

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.