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Rita Mendes
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Leader for 2017/2018
Vision Smart Factories
leader.vision@estiem.org

 

Vision

Our Mission


To give IEM students a practical insight in an out-of-the-box topic, bridging the gap between theory and industry, by organising a series of seminars throughout Europe


Established in 1993, the ESTIEM project Vision is an Europe-wide seminar series with an annually changing, unconventional topic related to Industrial Engineering and Management. The series consist on one-week seminars, each having a different subtopic of the main topic and gathering around 15 students from the ESTIEM network. The Vision seminars have a varied schedule with lectures, workshops, company visits, fun and cultural activities to provide an interactive learning and cultural experience. The series end with the Final Conference which aims to summarize the whole series by connecting different subtopics, sharing the outcomes of the seminars and looking into the main topic from a broader perspective. At the Council Meeting Poznan in April 2017 "Vision Smart Factories - the future industry" was selected as the focus topic for 2017 - 2018. During this year we will aslo celebrate the 25th anniversary of the project.

What is the topic "Smart Factories - the future industry" about?

Nowadays we see new technologies emerging in every field. The smart move is to take this new concepts and apply them to our reality. Disruptive innovations like robotics, cloud computing, internet of things, 3D printing, among other innovations and technologies will develop factories and, as IEMers, we need to be prepared to this changes and to be able to implement them in order to gain competitive advantage.

During the next year the aim is to educate students through a series of events that will offer an overview on how the industry of the future will look like, by showing them the new technologies developed by universities and companies.

With that in mind the possible subtopics would be about this new technologies and the point would be:

  • to teach what its this technologies about

  • to see how they work and how they can influence to way the factories work

  • to reflect how will the factories in the future look like

Possible Subtopics: 

  • 3D Printing

  • Artificial Intelligence

  • Human-Machine Interaction

  • Internet of  Things

  • Big Data

  • Robotics

  • Automation

  • Cloud computing

 

It’s also the intention of the project to get answers during the events on the question:

 

How will the use of disruptive technologies change the production environment and

which impact will it have on European factories in the next 5-10 years?

 

And at the end present a booklet with the outcomes developed along the year.