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.”

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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