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Cognitive Industrial Systems

Pro2Future as a COMET K1 consortium attempts for next generation of products and manufacturing machinery (holistically combining batch and continuous process industries), with embedded cognitive capabilities so as to perceive, understand, interpret, learn, reason and deduce, and act in an autonomous, self-organized way together with humans. This includes three major scientific areas, namely (i) Perception and Aware Systems, (ii) Cognitive Robotics and Shop Floors and (iii) Cognitive Decision Making, ultimately delivering the technological underpinning of (iv) Cognitive Products and (v) Cognitive Production Systems. The P2F initiative builds on top of the consortiums expertise in mechatronic systems, networked embedded systems, cyber-physical systems, smart/pervasive/ubiquitous systems, systems of systems, big data analytics and data-driven predictive models, semantic and intelligent systems, and will explore innovative ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) for production systems and future products. The main research and R&D emphasis is on cognitive products and production systems.


The CDP COMET K1 consortium attempts for challenges posed by the fourth industrial revolution, requiring manufacturing companies to support a seamless integration of all process steps including automation, control and documentation. CDP will cover all process steps ranging from acquisition to delivery: (i) the virtualisation of product and production systems to allow for a comprehensive product specification and a reliable process planning, (ii) the development of design automation to not only accelerate the design process but also the work planning, (iii) standardised protocols for machine-to-machine communication to support the implementation of flexible and reconfigurable automation systems, (iv) digital platforms and networks for production to allow for the dynamic formation of virtual smart factories enabling low tier manufacturers to provide a combined and therefore value- added service, and (v) the ergonomic, legal and socioeconomic impacts of digital production. The main research and R&D emphasis is on digital production systems.

A structured, rigorous solicitation of topical challenges in Austria's industrial sector, moderated by the Plattform Industrie 4.0 Österreich, and involving the sector metals (AMAG, Primetals, SFL, voestalpine), polymers (Poloplast, Leistritz), software, automation and control (AVL, AZO, KEBA, Knapp, Siemens), industrial equipment and components (AMS, Andritz, EPCOS, GAW, Magna, TCM, Trumpf, Wacker Neuson), as well as end-products (Fischer, Fronius and Tiger) out of the Pro2Future initiative, as well as digital products and virtualisation (EVVA, Pimpel), product development processes (HP, EMCO, Federal-Mogul, Rosenbauer, Liebherr, Nemak), production systems (automation) and Smart Factories (Eberle, ESA, Heron, Hoerbiger, Kresta, Lingenhöle, ÖBB, ProAutomation), digital plattforms and networks (ATOS, Factline, Szukitsch, OeKB, TTTech), out of the CDP initiative revealed a clear research priority towards (i) the embedding of cognitive abilities into products of the future, (ii) the autonomous adaptation of production systems enabling manufacturing strategies aiming at faster, cheaper and improved quality production, and (iii) entangling product life cycles and product use patterns with processes and workflows in flexible manufacturing systems based on data integration and predictive data analytics. Research priorities have been deduced from industrial needs, to foster the power of innovation and the competitiveness of Austria's Industrial Sector (some 28% contribution to Austria's GDP) in international markets.

Project Team

FH-Prof. Dr. Thomas Moser : Head of Research Group Digital Technologies
FH-Prof. Dr. Thomas Moser

Head of Research Group Digital Technologies

Dipl.-Ing. Christian Jandl, BSc : Junior Researcher
Dipl.-Ing. Christian Jandl, BSc

Junior Researcher