Connected Mechatronics 2020

The Mechatronics Forum conferences are the oldest series of mechatronics conferences still established, bringing together mechatronics experts from all over the world. The conference has acted as a true forum for presenting, discussing and stimulating novel results, trends and paradigms in mechatronics research and design. The 17th edition of the Mechatronics Forum Conference aims to unravel the emerging field of connected mechatronics.

The goal 

The goal of the conference is to debate, discuss and find collaboration within academia and industry to tackle the great challenges mentioned above when implementing connected mechatronics.  This by bringing together international experts to provide an overview of the state-of-the-art of mechatronics,  to position mechatronics within the context of current technical and other developments,  to present recent research results and to share ideas for the future of this multidisciplinary field.  Furthermore, we would like to discuss on how the training of new mechatronic engineers will cope with these challenges.

CONTEXT

Mechatronics is the core of todays automated and autonomous systems, consisting of four basic pillars:

  • Mechanical engineering
  • Electronics
  • Information technology
  • Control systems science

Mechatronic systems of the future (be it components,  machines or complete factories) are ‘smart’, self-learning, self-adaptive and above all connected. They capture data from a  network of physical and virtual sensors, extracting information from the data, and interact with other machines and their operators. The overall aim of the connected mechatronics it to obtain a flexible, self-optimising and configuring mechatronics system, to  increase its flexibility and performance.

Challenges

The interconnectivity and resulting paradigm shift towards distributed control poses  some great challenges:

  • The overall goal of the interconnectedness of the mechatronics in the future is to increase its flexibility and performance.  Optimisation within mechatronic system design and control will hence be of huge importance. Furthermore, optimisation will prove to be a robust and implementable control architecture for the future hugely complex systems.
  • The mechatronic system will be interconnected in two main ways: (i) inter-machine and (ii) machine-human. Connected mechatronic systems will hence need to be human centric, i.e. the role of the operator will shift. 
  • Capturing data from physical and virtual sensors and the extraction of information from it (either model based or by use of data science) will play a key role in future connected mechatronics.
  • As any real life system is inherently uncertain (i.e. system component breakdown, …), the gathered data is uncertain, and the extraction of information from it is even more uncertain, the connected mechatronics system design and control needs to deal with uncertainty. Furthermore, in a realistic system, the uncertainty will be nondeterministic and can be a mixture of discrete and continuous.
  • As machines are interconnected in a distributed way, connected mechatronic safety insurance will be of key importance. 
  • Mechatronic systems will need to be interchangeable and modular whenever the connected networks decides upon it in order to fit the current needs. Connected mechatronics will hence finally require a modular and customizable design from mechanical, electrical, communication and control perspective.
     

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Papers are invited