The Power of the Edge for Smart Manufacturing
Global markets are imposing strong changing conditions for industrial companies running their businesses, facing strong pressures related to the customization of products in high flexible production systems. The fourth industrial revolution aims to promotes the digitization of the traditional industries, aiming intelligent factories characterized by adaptability, efficiency, functionality, reliability, safety, and usability.
Cyber-physical systems, combined with emerging IT technologies, such as Internet of Things, Big data, cloud computing and edge computing, constitute a technological basis to address this challenge, providing significant benefits in several emergent application domains, such as smart grids, smart buildings, smart transportation, smart healthcare, and particularly in smart manufacturing.
This presentation presents the concept of cyber-physical systems and discusses the balance of combining cloud, fog and edge computing to develop such solutions for smart manufacturing. Particularly, it discusses how industrial agents technology can support the development of intelligent, dynamic and self-* large-scale cyber-physical systems, covering the inter- and intra-enterprise integration and running in environments covering cloud, fog and edge computing layers. At the end, some successful FP7 and H2020 research projects will be described, emphasizing the industrial deployment of such cyber-physical systems.
Paulo Leitão received the PhD degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Porto, Portugal, in 2004. From 1993 to 1999 he developed research activities at the CIM Centre of Porto, from 1999 to 2000 at IDIT – Institute for Development and Innovation in Technology, from 2009 to 2017 at LIACC – Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science Laboratory, and since 2018 at CeDRI – Research Centre in Digitalization and Intelligent Robotics, where he is its coordinator. He joined the Polytechnic Institute of Bragança, Portugal, in 1995, where he is Professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering. He served as Head of the Department of Electrical Engineering from 2009 to 2015, Vice-President of Directive Board of School of Technology and Management from 2004 to 2009, President of the Pedagogical Council of School of Technology and Management during 2000 and Vice-President of Scientific Council of School of Technology and Management from 2001 to 2004.
His research interests are in the field of intelligent and reconfigurable systems, cyber-physical systems, Internet of Things, distributed data analysis, factory automation, multi-agent systems, holonic systems, self-organized systems.
He participate / has participated in several national and international research projects (e.g., EU H2020 GO0D MAN – aGent Oriented Zero Defect Multi-stage mANufacturing, EU H2020 PERFoRM – Production harmonizEd Reconfiguration of Flexible Robots and Machinery, EU FP7 ARUM – Adaptive Production Management, EU FP7 GRACE – InteGration of pRocess and quAlity Control using multi-agEnt technology, EU DEDEMAS – Decentralized Decision Making and Scheduling, EU MOSCOT – A Modular Shop Control Toolkit for Flexible Manufacturing, EU PASO – Paradigm Independent Shop Control for Smaller Manufacturing Sites, and EU CCP – CIM Centre of Porto), and Networks of Excellence (e.g. IMS – Intelligent Manufacturing Systems, and CONET – Cooperating Objects Network of Excellence). He is member of the International Program Committee (IPC) of several scientific events, and served as general co-chair of several international conferences, namely IFAC IMS’10, HoloMAS’11, IEEE ICARSC’16, SOHOMA’16 and IEEE INDIN’18. He has published 4 books and more than 220 papers in high-ranked international scientific journals and conference proceedings (per-review). He is co-author of three patents and received four paper awards at INCOM’06, BASYS’06, IEEE INDIN’10 and INFOCOMP’13 conferences.
Dr. Leitão is Senior member of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society (IES) and Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society (SMCS), past Chair of the IEEE IES Technical Committee on Industrial Agents and member at-large of the IEEE IES Administrative Committee (AdCom). Currently is also chair of the IEEE Standards Association P2660.1 Working Group.