Manufacturing experts Professor Paulo Bartolo and Dr Carl Diver, from The University of Manchester, have jointly announced Industry 4.0 Academia, which will run in collaboration with the Industry 4.0 Summit in Manchester next year.


The Summit is the first of its kind dedicated to Industry 4.0, a term that describes a series of innovations that are changing the way products are made – including the adoption of digital technologies and the ‘internet-of-things’; optimising big data; improved communication, greater automation and the arrival of next-generation robots or cobots; as well the application of 3D printing on an even bigger scale.

“We are seeing the first wave of the next revolution in manufacturing. It promises to bring a series of disruptive technologies and has been called the ‘fourth industrial revolution’ or ‘Industry 4.0’ for short,” explained manufacturing expert Dr Carl Diver, from Manchester’s School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering. He added:

“In response we are announcing a unique academic conference on Industry 4.0 that will be held in the birthplace of the first Industrial Revolution – this conference will bring together the leading academic and industry experts under one roof in Manchester.

“It will be an opportunity for deeper engagement around the direction that Industry 4.0 is taking and a chance for industrialists and academics to get together and identify areas that offer opportunities for cutting edge research – including commercialisation.

“We will have renowned keynote academic speakers coming to Manchester to discuss their vision of Industry 4.0.”

Keynote Speakers:

Professor Alain Bernard
Director of Research, Ecole Central Nantes

Professor Chee How Wong
Associate Dean College of Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Professor Bartolo and Dr Driver have already pulled together an impressive Scientific Committee to evaluate the potential participants:

Scientific Committee

Prof. Paulo Bartolo, University of Manchester

Dr. Carl Driver, University of Manchester

Prof Chua Chee Kai, NTU Singapore

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Holger Kohl, Fraunhofer Institute for Production Systems and Design Technology (IPK)

Prof. Steve Newman, Bath University

Ben Morgan, AMRC Sheffield

Prof. Sarah Sharples, Nottingham University

Prof. Paul Maropoulos, Aston University

Dr. Henning Zeidler, TU Freiberg

Dr. Timo Rolf Bretschneider, ARTC Singapore

Dr. David Tormey, Institute of Technology Sligo

Prof. Gerry Byrne, University College Dublin

Dr. Tim Butters, Sabisu

Dr. Aydin Nassehi, Bristol University

Prof. Latif Lady, Luxembourg University

Prof. Alain Bernard, Ecoles Nantes


Prof. Jun NI, University of Michigan

Prof. Bopaya Bidanda, University of Pittsburgh

Prof. Vicenzi Piuri, University of Milan

Prof. Gideon Levy, CIRP Fellow

Alan Norbury, Siemens

Dr. Garrett O’Donnell, Trinity College Dublin

Whitworth Hall and Oxford RoadThe University of Manchester has one of the largest manufacturing academic groups in the country with expertise in all aspects of manufacturing and Industry 4.0.

The conference chairs are Professor Paulo Bartolo and Dr Carl Diver who are active in Industry 4.0 research and have delivered workshops in the UK and Asia on the subject to academics and industry.

Relevant topics include:

  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Connectivity
  • Cybersecurity
  • Machine learning
  • Cobotics
  • Standardisation
  • Future trends/Road mapping
  • The cloud
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Manufacturing
  • Sensors
  • Industry 4.0 and SME’s
  • Industry 4.0 business models
  • Sustainability
  • Cyber/physical Systems
  • Industry 4.0 & the value chain
  • Industry in 2050
  • Industry 4.0 business models
  • Automation
  • Urban/ digital factories
  • Industry 4.0 & logistics
  • Big Data



Professor Paulo Bartolo and Dr Carl Diver have made a Call for Abstracts, which are summaries of academic papers that will be relevant to Industry 4.0.

If you are interested in making a submission then apply below

Submit your Abstract

Important: – Before you submit your abstract please read the Submission Guidelines

If you have any questions then please email for more information.

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