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Summer School 2020



The Summer School aims to enhance knowledge in the field of distributed and multi-agent systems (MAS) applied to industrial environments, and provide hands-on knowledge to develop industrial cyber-physical systems (e.g. production systems, smart grids, etc.).

The main objectives are to:

  • Introduce MAS principles as a suitable paradigm to develop industrial distributed collaborative systems
  • Provide practical competences in developing MAS applications for industrial automation applications
  • Deployment of agent-based solutions for industrial environments

Methodology and structure

Participants will attend lectures and tutorials delivered by world renown experts from both industry and academia. They will share their experience of developing and applying agent-based solutions in real-life situations. The School will provide a good opportunity to meet prominent researchers, share best practices and network with participants with the hope of leading to research collaborations in the future.

The School lasts for five days. Morning sessions will be lecture based, whilst afternoons will be primarily practical hands-on exercises.The Summer School promotes a project and problem based learning practice to complement and consolidate the acquired knowledge and hands-on competences.

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  • Paulo Leitão - Fundamentals in industrial agents
  • Alexander Fay - Industry 4.0 application scenarios for agents
  • Luis Ribeiro - Design and Assessment of Cyber-Physical Production Systems
  • Thomas Strasser - Designing Field Level Agents with IEC 61499
  • Birgit Vogel-Heuser - Field Level Control Agents to Enable Cyber Manufacturing- Selected Patterns
  • Alois Zoitl - Implementing Field Level Agents with IEC 61499 and Eclipse 4diac
  • Armando W. Colombo - Positioning Physical Agents within the Reference Architecture Model for Industry 4.0 (DIN SPEC 91345 (RAMI4.0))
  • Andrea Bonci & Massimiliano Pirani - Transdisciplinary approach between industrial agents and control theory for the planning and distributed control of autonomic CPPS
  • Stamatis Karnouskos - Security for CPS and Critical Infrastructures
  • Jose Barata - Self Organisation of Agents
  • Bilal Ahmad - Software Engineering in Industrial Automation
  • Andrew Williams - Industrial Case Study


Dr. Bilal Ahmad

Associate Professor

Automation Systems Group,

WMG, University of Warwick

Steering committee

Stamatis Karnouskos (SAP, Germany)

Paulo Leitão (Polytechnic Institute of Bragança, Portugal)

Luis Ribeiro (Linköping University, Sweden)

Birgit Vogel-Heuser (Technical University of Munich, Germany)

Registration (end 15 June):

Apply here

For general enquiries, please contact.

Xinnan Wang -- Summer School Co-ordinator



Supported by:

IEEE SMC TC on Intelligent Industrial Systems (TC-IIS)
IFAC TC 3.1 Computers for Control

Key Speakers

Armando W. Colombo
Birgit Vogel-Heuser
Paulo Leitão
Thomas I. Strasser
Stamatis Karnouskos
Bilal Ahmad
Andrea Bonci
Massimiliano Pirani
Luis Ribeiro
Daniel Vera
Alois Zoitl