National Centre for Industry 4.0
The fourth industrial revolution is gradually reaching to the areas of manufacturing, energy production, transportation as well as other parts of the society. However the biggest challenge rests with the Czech industry which as a sector is essential for the long term competitiveness of the Czech Republic.
The government of the Czech Republic showed its backing for Industry 4.0 by issuing an order in support of the initiative on August 24, 2016 followed by the establishment of the Society 4.0 Alliance on February 15, 2017.
The Industry 4.0 initiative presumes the need for bigger synergy of academic field with large companies, small and medium enterprises as well as producers and users of automatization and information technologies. More so than ever mainly due to increased investments required for the implementation of Industry 4.0 principles and standards and the speed of technological changes it is necessary to interconnect all participants influencing the production process. To support the realization of the Industry 4.0 initiative goals, to create the necessary research potential and to transfer knowledge into the field of industry the National Centre for Industry 4.0 (further on only „Centre“) was founded.
Main Aim of the Centre
- Contribute to the implementation of Industry 4.0 principles in the Czech Republic with emphasis on small and medium size enterprises.
- Spread awareness about the Industry 4.0 and Society 4.0 concepts and provide information about technological solutions and the impact of technological advancement on society.
Further aims of the Centre
- Provide close cooperation between academic and industrial departments in areas of concern and to stimulate exchange of experience and best practices.
- Support education and teaching in the area of Industry 4.0 and connect technical and humanities education with interdisciplinary research to meet the needs of Society 4.0.
- Support strategy of Society 4.0 direction of development with regards to research and development potential, industrial and societal needs and present this outlook on behalf of the Centre.
- Create suitable environment to assist the Czech research and industrial sectors in joining the European infrastructure for advanced industrial production.
- Help design, develop, connect and effectively operate a network of testbeds for Industry 4.0 located at CTU in Prague, BUT in Brno and other institutions in the Czech Republic.
- Support know-how transfer into industry including innovative forms of start-ups and managed innovations
Activities of the Centre
- Organizing and co-organizing conferences and hands-on workshops featuring current issues.
- Organizing excursions, themed visits and foreign missions.
- Providing professional seminars in cooperation with partners and members of the Centre.
- Regular hosting of open house days in testbeds located in CTU, BUT and other places and popularization of the topics with expert community as well as with general public.
- Arranging consultations with experts at appropriate facilities across the Czech Republic as well as abroad while utilizing a gradually assembled database of information and contacts.
- Supporting direct and indirect participation of the Centre in national and international projects that enhance research, developmental and innovative interactions between the academic and industrial environments.
- Supporting cooperation with other similar centres and testbeds abroad mainly in Germany.
- Supporting activities of start-up accelerators such as the eClub within CTU as well as others.
- Publishing an electronic bulletin, themed collected works and various publications.
- Organizing work groups to cover various expert topics (such as IoT, system integration, virtualization etc.)
- Making general proclamations in regards to pressing topics of the industrial revolution and forming recommendations for the public sector
- Operating the Centre’s website and keeping it filled with current information regarding activities in the featured area, events organized by the Centre, ongoing projects and application requirements for potential partners and members of the Centre
Organization of the Centre
In the first phase the Centre has been established as an independent financial and operating unit within CIIRC CTU. The Centre will be using the key infrastructure of Industry 4.0 Testbed in CTU. A similar or compatible infrastructure will be later on created at BUT Brno or other universities.
Several levels of partnership are recognized within the Centre:
- Main Founding Partner
- Founding Partner
- Partner/National Partner
- Associated Partner
- Czech Institute of Informatics, Robotics and Cybernetics (CIIRC) is a university institution which belongs to CTU. CIIRC was founded on July 1, 2013 by CTU chancellor prof. Václav Havlíček.
- CIIRC represents a research as well as a teaching facility offering scientific environment and work conditions to provide results matching those of world top researchers.
- CIIRC is open to foreign as well as domestic researchers. It will engage them either as employees or through cooperation.
- CIIRC is open to other parts of CTU, universities from all the Czech Republic, the Czech Academy of Science as well as representatives of Czech industry and other institutions from abroad. It is open to all forms of mutually beneficial cooperation.
- CIIRC is a growing institution with a newly built seat which opened in Prague – Dejvice in 2017. CIIRC plans to eventually enlist nearly 400 employees mainly researchers and graduate students.
- CIIRC combines research results with university-type education. It aims to attract students mainly graduate, however as well undergraduate students, to participate in its research teams.
- CIIRC aims to create an environment which would encourage know-how transfer into industrial production and other live operation. CIIRC becomes a centre for interdisciplinary cooperation which is natural mode of operation for informatics, robotics and cybernetics.
- CIIRC operates autonomously being governed by CIIRC Assembly as its internal academic body and the CTU Academy Senate which work in close cooperation.
Testbed for Industry 4.0 is an integral part of CIIRC.
Czech Technical University in Prague belongs to one of the largest and oldest technical universities in Europe. At the present it comprises of eight schools – Civil Engineering, Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Nuclear and Physical Engineering, Architecture, Transportation Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Information Technology – and has nearly 21 000 enrolled students. CTU offers 128 study programs and 453 fields of study.
CTU graduates are modern experts, scientists and managers with knowledge of foreign languages who can dynamically respond to market needs and demands.