Industry 4.0 Academia Summit

1 March 2018, Manchester Central Convention Complex Windmill St, Manchester M2 3GX

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
Director of Research, Ecole Central Nantes, France

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

Dr. Bernhard Müller
Head of Department Generative Procedures, Fraunhofer IWU, Germany