TU/e PDEng program Software Technology celebrates sixth lustrum

This year the PDEng program Software Technology has been running for 30 years. To celebrate this sixth lustrum, the program is organizing the symposium ‘Smart Industry’, which will take place on Friday October 12, 2018, in the Conference Center of the High Tech Campus Eindhoven. By way of various lectures by renowned speakers from industry and related institutes, Smart Industry, also known as Industry 4.0, will be illuminated from various perspectives.

Software Technology program and 4TU.School for Technological Design
The Software Technology (ST) program is a prestigious and challenging two-year training program at doctoral level in sophisticated software development and design. The program was founded in 1988, in cooperation with industry, and meets the current needs of the high-tech industry. The program forms part of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at TU/e and of the 4TU.School for Technological Design, Stan Ackermans Institute. To date, the four TUs have trained more than 4,000 technologically designers, with some 440 of the trainees being trained on the Software Technology program at TU/e.

Symposium ‘Smart Industry’
We are standing at the edge of new technological developments and concepts within the value chain organizations, as they are known. The core of these developments, such as cyber-physical systems, the Internet of Things and the Internet of Services, is formed by software technology. But what is this edge exactly? Is it a "Smart Industry" (also known as "Industry 4.0") or is it some sort of "Smart Manufacturing" that paves the way for new, as yet undiscovered products and services?

Every industrial revolution starts with a certain break-through moment. From the first industrial revolution onward, which was set in motion by the steam engine. Industry 2.0 in the second half of the 20th century was caused by electricity, Industry 3.0 in the second half of the 20th century by the progress made in electronics and semiconductors, and now we are standing at the start of Industry 4.0, which is being triggered by software technology.

Cyber-physical systems follow physical processes, create a virtual copy of the physical world and make decentralized decisions. In the Internet of Things cyber-physical systems communicate in real time with each other and with people. In the Internet of Services both internal and multidisciplinary services are offered and used by participants in the value chain. This symposium will shed light from various perspectives on the past, the present and the possible future.

For more information about the symposium, please visit the website.