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After the course, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the vision and the main challenges related to the fourth industrial revolution (also known as Industry 4.0) and the main research initiatives in this area.
  • Understand the main design and implementation principles that support cyber-physical production systems and vision that motivates Industry 4.0.
  • Understand why a cyber-physical system is different from today’s conventional systems.
  • Understand the requirements on the computational and physical infrastructures required to support such a system.
  • Design a simple cyber-physical production system.
  • Use at a basic level the main technologies supporting such systems.
  • Understand how to use today’s technologies to create an industrial cyber-physical system.
  • Use Intelligent Agents as a mechanism to design the cyber part of a cyber-physical system.


The Summer School is aimed at graduate students, PhD students and practitioners with any engineering background. A very basic notion of programming is advisable but not required.

The Summer School features as an official course on the University of Applied Sciences Emden-Leer, worth 6 ECTS. The programme is designed to provide an advanced training for graduate students, PhD students and practitioners on the advanced automation technologies that will be the basis for Industry 4.0.

Course structure

The course is divided into two sub-sections:

  • Introductory course (Thursday 20th July - Friday 21st July; with optional extra day on Saturday 22nd July)
  • Main course (Monday 24th July - Friday 28th July)

During the introductory course, students are taught about the supporting technologies, in particular multi-agent based programming, required to create the cyber-part of a cyber-physical system. The introductory course covers the basics and assumes no previous specialist knowledge.

The main course focuses on more advanced system design and implementation aspects. Students will be able to articulate the theoretical framework, with practical implementation. The main course also introduces cyber-physical design applying the cyber entities created in the first half of the main course to physical systems.

There will be a number of invited lecturers for different learning activities. Each learning activity is composed of an introductory part that provides the theoretical background followed by a practical part where the students will apply what they have learnt in the theoretical part.

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Students enrolling on the course will be granted 6 credits upon successful completion of all the following tasks/assignments:

  • Course attendance (full course): 1.5 credits
  • Performance in practical exercises: 1.5 credits

Final written assignment consisting of a 4000 word essay summarising the new scientific and technical knowledge acquired: 3 credits