311.745 Intelligent Manufacturing Systems
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2023S, VO, 2.0h, 3.0EC, to be held in blocked form
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  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 3.0
  • Type: VO Lecture
  • Format: Presence

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to understand the actual state in the development of production systems and the basic ideas and concepts of intelligent manufacturing systems and the next generation of production systems.

Subject of course

Fundamentals of the philosophy of technology. Product as the materialisation of an idea. Evolution of the production systems. Development line: classic manufacturing systems - flexible manufacturing systems - intelligent manufacturing systems. Development line of product design. Intelligent manufacturing: system components, architecture and data flow, system operations. Flexible machining and assembly systems. Process planning for flexibel assembly systems. Design of products for automated assembly. Design of parts for automated assembly. Learning and machine learning. Scheduling: philosophy, strategies, models and algorithms. Knowledge - based system. Introduction to Artificial Life. Main characteristics of life (Pattern in spacetime; Self-production; Information storage of a selfrepresentation; A metabolism; Functional interactions with the environment; Interdependence of parts; Stability under perturbations; The ability to evolve.) Biological inspired Manufacturing Systems. Self-organisation. The principle concepts of ALife which are applicable to the engineering field. ALife and automatic evolution of complexity, self-organization. Emergence of intelligence without explicit design. ALife and next (r)evolution of engineering. Emergent processes, and a dynamic embodiment with the environment. Next generation production systems.

Teaching methods

Case study of complex intelligent manufacturing systems.

Mode of examination

Written and oral

Additional information



Course dates

Thu09:00 - 12:0016.03.2023HS O221 Introduction and topic assignment
Wed09:00 - 12:0010.05.2023 - 21.06.2023HS O221 Lecture and presentations
Intelligent Manufacturing Systems - Single appointments
Thu16.03.202309:00 - 12:00HS O221 Introduction and topic assignment
Wed10.05.202309:00 - 12:00HS O221 Lecture and presentations
Wed17.05.202309:00 - 12:00HS O221 Lecture and presentations
Wed24.05.202309:00 - 12:00HS O221 Lecture and presentations
Wed07.06.202309:00 - 12:00HS O221 Lecture and presentations
Wed14.06.202309:00 - 12:00HS O221 Lecture and presentations
Wed21.06.202309:00 - 12:00HS O221 Lecture and presentations
Course is held blocked

Examination modalities

Oral and written. The exam is organised in special student-friendly way. More information about the exam you will get at the first lecture.

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
31.01.2023 00:00 29.06.2023 00:00

Registration modalities




If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Thomas Trautner (trautner@ift.at)

Previous knowledge

No special requirements


  • Attendance Required!