Intelligent industry

The research in intelligent industry is focused on sustainable production, which is a key to creating a sustainable society. One of the major social challenges is how we will provide society with the products and services needed in a sustainable way.

The fourth industrial revolution is here and the major challenge lies in creating smart production and logistics systems that make it possible for Swedish industry to produce and deliver products and services that society needs without depleting the Earth’s resources. Technical development in automation and digitalisation drives this industrial transformation and our focus is on how we can use these possibilities to structure the production and logistics system in a smarter way that enables new innovations and leads to sustainable production.

We must develop smarter systems, processes, ways of working, methods and tools to be able to produce and deliver the products and services that are needed in a sustainable manner.

Per Hilletofth, Research Leader

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The strategic research domain Intelligent Industry addresses social challenges linked to goals 8, 9 and 12 in Agenda 2030.

Intelligent and smart industry

The goal of the strategic research area Intelligent Industry is to achieve sustainable production through industrial innovation with a focus on organisation design and digitalisation. For us, industrial innovation is broader than product innovation and is also about developing systems, processes, approaches, methods and tools, as well as the surrounding industrial organisation.

Through interdisciplinary research between computer science, industrial management, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, energy systems and business administration, we focus on three main areas: (1) development of technical systems and processes, (2) development of production systems and supply networks and (3) development of the surrounding industrial organisation.

The interdisciplinary research plays a crucial role for generating the knowledge required to create the next generation of production and logistics systems. The research also being conducted in close cooperation with industry contributes both to industrial development and new knowledge development.

Technical development in automation and digitalisation fundamentally changes the possibilities of developing the production and logistics systems of the future and at the same time creates conditions for conducting competitive production in Sweden and other high-cost countries, and therefore constitutes an important element of the research.

Research programmes

There are three research programmes in the area: Smart and sustainable technical systems and processes, Smart and sustainable production systems and supply network and Smart and sustainable organizations and business relations.

Smart and sustainable technical systems and processes

The research within the program focuses on the acquisition, processing and visualization of process-related data as well as the design and development of technical systems and processes that support sustainable production. The aim of the program is to develop smarter and sustainable algorithms, decision support, technical systems and processes for high safety and reliability that effectively can face and manage present and future challenges arising from trends such as automation, digitalization and sustainable development.

Programme Co-ordinator: Niclas Björsell

Smart and sustainable production systems and supply chains

The research within the program focuses on the management, design, planning and development of production and logistics systems (supply chains) that contribute to sustainable production and societies. The aim of the program is to develop smarter and sustainable systems, processes, working methods, assessment methods, improvement methods and tools for high competitiveness that effectively can face and manage present and future challenges arising from trends such as automation, digitalization, globalization, and sustainable development.

Programme Co-ordinator: Per Hilletofth

Smart and sustainable organizations and business relations

The research within the program focuses on how industrial organizations contribute to sustainable production by creating sustainability value through managing, designing, planning, and developing value networks in collaboration with other organizations (e.g. other companies, civil society, and public sector). The aim of the program is to develop smarter and sustainable organizations, business relationships, assessment methods, change processes, working methods, and tools to effectively face and manage challenges arising from trends such as digitalization, globalization, and sustainable development.

Programme Co-ordinator: Aihie Osarenkhoe

Research leader

The strategic research area is led by two research leaders.

Published by: Catarina Carlsson Page responsible: Johan Edqvist Updated: 2021-08-16
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