Dimand Innovative Training Network (ITN) is an ambitious European Industrial Doctorate programme that will provide world-class multidisciplinary training to 14 Early-Stage Researchers (ESRs) in the area of the Industry 4.0.
The research programme will deliver a dramatic step change by increasing manufacturing productivity and enhancing global competitiveness of the European manufacturing sector as well as contributing to job creation by offering, for the first time, a new holistic approach to both research and training in Manufacturing Informatics. It breaks with traditional approaches to research and is predicated on three key research challenges: big data analytics; industrial Internet of Things; and autonomous systems control, which are at the core of the Industrie 4.0 vision.
The DiManD training network programme will support the development of a holistic framework for future highly-intelligent, adaptable and responsive manufacturing infrastructure through seeking the appropriate products, sectors, scales and volumes; identifying the impacted lifecycle stages from design to manufacture, maintenance and re-cycling; understanding how new product design and manufacturing will be influenced by lifecycle data; and finally analysing how future products will be influenced by cloud manufacturing enabling local on-demand supply of components and services. To achieve this vision, we need a new integrated approach to ICT-enabled manufacturing by marrying the concepts of industrial informatics and data analytics with globalised manufacturing and distribution system science.