In Europe and world-wide, Industry 4.0 and smart manufacturing are well-known concepts. They describe optimized engineering networks and production with the objective of delivering smart products using digitalization. Heterogeneous systems often have to be interconnected, and therefore create interoperability challenges. Furthermore, energy and resource management is of increasing importance today, as climate change is one of the biggest challenges that the planet is facing.

In collaboration with the French Institute for Services and Industries of the Future and Swedish ASSAR Industrial Innovation Arena, the aim of this workshop is to serve as a show room for the last applied research involving industry and academia regarding Industry 4.0 and smart manufacturing.


One of the demonstrators at ASSAR Industrial Innovation Arena, in the project MANUWORK.

Workshop topics

The general topic of the workshop is “The role of Humans and Data in Industry 4.0” including the following topics:

  • Analytics and smart data
  • Simulation and digital twin
  • Industry & academia success stories

The workshop will be organized at ASSAR, where several demonstrators will be presented.

Research questions

  • What skills are needed for Industry 4.0?
  • How can simulation and digital twin help improve the design of industrial facilities and reduce costs?
  • How can artificial intelligence be efficiently integrated in order to enable better and informed decision making?
  • How can we best integrate human workers in these emerging new production environments?

Conference program


Date: Tuesday 26th of April 2022





Opening presentation

Volvo projects/strategy on Industry 4.0 (Sven Wilhelmsson, Kanika Gandhi Panwar, Volvo GTO)


Coffee and networking


Session: Smart factories

  • Virtual factories with knowledge-driven optimization. (Amos Ng, University of Skövde)
  • Virtual manufacturing processes (Kent Salomonsson, University of Skövde)


Plenary Talk

Scheduling and Industry 4.0 (Farouk Yalaoui, University of Technology of Troyes)


Lunch at ASSAR and networking at ASSAR demonstrators


SessionIndustry & academia success stories

  • Volvo-HS project Manuwork load balancing considering human-robot collaboration (Masood Fathi, University of Skövde)
  • Smart algorithms for industrial packaging (Lionel Amodeo, University of Technology of Troyes)
  • Analyzing the Role of Expert Operators in Industry Using Functional Resonance Analysis Method (Yasue Naruki, Kyoto University)


Coffee and networking


Session: Analytics & smart data

  • Smart Data for energy systems (Taha Arbaoui, University of Technology of Troyes)
  • Smart-IAT and smart-industry (Jetro Kenneth Pocorni, Linnaeus University)
  • Decision support system for lot-sizing and scheduling in tire industry (Yassine Ouazene, University of Technology of Troyes)


Closing session

Organization committee


This workshop is jointly organized by the University of Skövde and ASSAR Innovation Arena (Sweden) and the University of Technology of Troyes and the Institute for Services and Industries of the Future (France).

Organization committee members

  • Enrique Ruiz Zúñiga, University of Skövde
  • Taha Arbaoui, University of Technology of Troyes


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