July 30, 2019

From 23-25 July the first International Summer School in Axiomatic Design with focus on complex systems in industry 4.0 took place at the renowned Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Massachusetts, USA. Around 60 students and researchers from 4 continents participated to lectures and exercises on Industry 4.0 and Axiomatic Design on site and via live broadcast and E-Learning technologies. Participants from the USA, Italy, Austria, Colombia, Mexico and Australia learned in eight hours of frontal teaching and twelve hours of case study work how the Axiomatic Design method can be used to design complex systems and processes for Industry 4.0. The Summer School was coordinated by Dr. Erwin Rauch from the Free University of Bolzano in Italy and Prof. Christopher Brown, renown expert in Axiomatic Design and Full Professor at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in USA. They were supported by local tutors who accompanied the participants in the case study elaboration.

July 21, 2019

During his secondment at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano (unibz) inner the WP6, visiting researcher Prof. Theeraphong Wongratanaphisan from the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the Chiang Mai University (CMU - Chiang Mai, Thailand) presented the recent results and research activities of his lab, the Motion and Control laboratory, on July 2, 2019, to the researchers of the Smart Mini Factory laboratory and the research group of prof. Vidoni. He was then invited to give a speech inner the Series of Lectures program of the Faculty of Science and technology; the lecture, titled “Design considerations of large workspace parallel robots”, was held on July 9, 2019. After that, next activities and possible cooperations inner the WP6 of the project have been discussed an planned with the researchers that will visit his lab and have secondments at CMU in the next future.

July 4, 2019

On June 26th Dr. Guido Orzes and Dr. Patrick Dallasega organized a workshop on Industry 4.0 at Free University of Bozen-Bolzano. During the workshop different PhD students, including Benedikt Mark, Mirjam Beltrami, and Dollaya Buakum of the project SME 4.0, presented their research and received some comments from Prof. Joseph Sarkis (Worcester Polytechnic Institute) and the other participants. This initiative allowed a significant knowledge sharing among the different partners of the SME 4.0 project.