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Master projects ‘Smart Industry’

Master Assignment Service and cyber-security (SCS)

Master projects ‘Smart Industry’

Type: Master CS/BIT etc 

Period: (Tbd)

Students: (Unassigned)

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Description:

The Services and Cybersecurity group of the EEMCS faculty is starting a collaboration with the Engineering Technology Faculty (Design Production and Maintenance group) on the topic Smart Industry (a.k.a. Industry 4.0). In the scope of this collaboration, we defined two Master projects to be performed by Computer Science students:

Master project 1

Motivation: In Smart Industry, engineers from different disciplines (mechanics, software, production, etc.) have to work together to design and implement products and services. However, these disciplines have different if not conflicting perspectives and practices, so that these engineers may lack a common language to communicate. This means that guidelines are necessary for multidisciplinary teams to work together during design and development of smart products in the Smart Industry.

Objectives: develop a language and tools to describe the product development process in terms of phases, work items, workers, artefacts, tools, techniques, etc. in a way that the different participants can understand and communicate.

Approach: in this project the student is expected to define a metamodel / Domain-Specific Language and implement tool support for this language. This language should be powerful and flexible enough to support the cooperation of these different engineers in a development team in different projects and scenarios.

Master project 2

Motivation: The concept of ‘Digital twin’ is quite hot nowadays but looking for concrete examples one may realise that this concept has many different interpretations and applications. Digital twins are potentially useful, since they can help with (preventive) maintenance, repairs and even design and development improvements based on observations of how the actual system behaves, but we need to understand better what this concept means and make it much more concrete.

Objectives: investigate the concept of digital twin and its different connotations and build a concrete case study, with special attention to the digital thread (the process to implement the digital twin, from objectives to parameters to model and to implementation).

Approach: in this project, the student will perform a literature study and implement a digital twin prototype for product simulation or emulation. This prototype can be based on a miniature of the Mars Rover or the Electric Superbike.