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Manufacturing experts Professor Paulo Bartolo and Dr Carl Diver, from The University of Manchester, have jointly announced Industry 4.0 Academia Summit, which will run in collaboration with the Industry 4.0 Summit in Manchester on 1st March 2018.


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.”

Conference Chairs:

Professor Paulo Bartolo
Chair in Advanced Manufacturing, University of Manchester

Dr. Carl Diver
Innovative Manufacturing – Lecturer, University of Manchester

Keynote Speakers:

Professor Alain Bernard
Professor, Head of Systems Engineering research team of the Laboratory for Digital Sciences of Nantes, Ecole Central Nantes, France

Rui Jorge Gregório Tocha
General Manager, CENTIMFE (Portuguese Technological Centre 4 Mouldmaking, Special Tools & Plastic Industries), Portugal

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

Dr. Bernhard Müller
Head of Department Additive Manufacturing, Fraunhofer IWU, Germany

Dr. Mostafa Nabawy (PhD, MSc, BSc; MRAeS, SMAIAA)
Microsystems Research Theme Leader in School of MACE, University of Manchester, UK

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

Scientific Committee

Prof Chua Chee Kai, NTU, Singapore

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

Prof. Steve Newman, Bath University, UK

Ben Morgan, AMRC Sheffield, UK

Prof. Sarah Sharples, Nottingham University, UK

Prof. Paul Maropoulos, Aston University, UK

Prof. Chee How Wong, Nayang Technological University, Singapore

Prof. Steve Evans, University of Cambridge, UK

Prof. Edmond Harty, University College Dublin, Ireland

Prof. Chris McMahon, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark

Dr. Henning Zeidler, TU Freiberg, Germany

Dr. Timo Rolf Bretschneider, ARTC,  Singapore

Dr. David Tormey, Institute of Technology Sligo, Ireland

Prof. Gerry Byrne, University College Dublin, Ireland

Dr. Tim Butters, Sabisu, UK

Dr. Aydin Nassehi, Bristol University, UK

Prof. Alain Bernard, Ecoles Nantes, France

Dr José Caldeira, Portugese Agency for Innovation, Portugal

Dr. Reinhard Pittschellis, Festo, Germany

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Kastner, Technical University Vienna, Austria



Prof. Latif Ladid, Luxembourg University, Luxembourg

Prof. Jun NI, University of Michigan, USA

Prof. Bopaya Bidanda, University of Pittsburgh, USA

Prof. Vicenzi Piuri, University of Milan, Italy

Prof. Gideon Levy, CIRP Fellow, Switzerland/ Israel

Alan Norbury, Siemens, UK

Dr. Garrett O’Donnell, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

Dr. Bernhard Müller, Fraunhofer IWU, Germany

Dr. Wen-Yuh Jywe, Alliance Manchester Business School, UK

Nikolay Mehandjiev, Alliance Manchester Business School, UK

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 NOW

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