Summer School on Industry 4.0 

1 - 12 July 2019
CentraleSupélec, Gif-sur-Yvette, France

Picture what Industry might be like in the future. CentraleSupélec and Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris-Saclay will showcase disruptive Industry 4.0 technologies – automated production lines, operations 4.0, additive manufacturing, and collaborative robots – and fire your imagination on how today’s companies must manage their transformation. Aimed at highly motivated, bachelor-level, international students to participate in this exciting summer school! The application should include a dynamic cover letter.


Visit to the BCG Innovation Centre for Operations

ICO is a model facto­ry that aims to accelerate digital trans­formation in leading companies across a wide range of industries. During the visit, students will be able to experiment with cutting-edge tech­nological tools such as advanced ro­botics, data analytics, 3D printing, augmented reality, the industrial Inter­net, and a simulation platform.

Introducing production management methods and stakes through serious gaming

Understanding Industry 4.0 stakes require grasping the basics of production management systems. This is what this lecture aims to do by using Lego serious games. Attendees will design two car assem­bly lines and produce coloured car Lego structures with customized options. Two conventional production management methods will be used – MRP and Kanban – to simulate the production process. But, just like in real life, some defects and incidents can occur. This two-hour experience will teach students the basics of production perfor­mances.

Discovering sophisticated additive manufacturing

Additive Manufacturing (AM) is a technological revolution in the design and ma­nufacture of components and industrial systems. After a presentation of the process and simulation activities, participants will be led into the laser belt mel­ting additive manufacturing cell to observe the production implementation and discover the safety constraints of metal powder-based processes.

Performance of robots and models for digital twin

Despite certain advantages such as the speed of execution, accessibility and manipulability, industrial robots exhibit structural defects resulting in inaccu­rate positioning due to geometrical manufacturing errors, elastic deforma­tions (parts, joints) under kinematic and dynamic loads. Within the context of smart manufacturing, which calls for an integrated pro­duction line solution with short cycle times and compatible with automated production, methods of modelling, identification and control will be proposed to improve the performance of robots and collaborative robots. The practical objective is experimenting several trajectories on a 6-axis ro­bot from Universal Robot and comparing them to simulations from a model to build, based on the rigid multibody theory, in order to predict actuators torques.

Your challenge: Designing a production system for a Martian settlement

In groups of three, you will play the role of pioneers to Mars in a serious game. Picture it – human settlers on Mars. Just a fantasy? Not at all! Companies such as SpaceX are tackling the challenge of constructing a settlement on Mars within the next 20 years. A Mars settlement would exist in a much more highly resource-constrained and dangerous environment than anywhere on Earth. On Mars, everything must be either created – consumables, spare parts, and goods – or imported from Earth, which will take almost a year. Embark on the unique opportunity to design a production system on Mars, supplying the first settlers with what they need to survive. You will learn how to design a system based on key technologies of Industry 4.0 in an exciting new context.


Additional activities

In addition to attending classes and lectures, participants will get the chance to tour Paris with a professional guide and see some of its most renowned tourist spots. They will also visit research and industrial facilities located in the fast-growing Pa­ris-Saclay industrial and technological cluster, dubbed the “French Silicon Valley”.

Cultural Programme: The cultural programme includes: guided visits of the Mu­sée des Arts et Métiers & of the Musée de l’Orangerie, a walking tour in downtown Paris, and a cruise on the Seine, in Paris’s famous Bateaux mouches.


Practical Information

For more information on the programme:

For more information on tuition fees and accommodation: practical-information-campus-life/

For the registration form:

Eligibility: 3rd or 4th year Bachelor’s programme, 1st year Master’s programme in Engineering or Science.

Tuition Fees: €1,800 (Fees include: courses & activities; accommodation; two-week pass for public transportation)

Deadline: 27 May 2019



Student residence Campuséa Paris Palaiseau

Address: 26-28 route de Saclay – 91120 Palaiseau

Participants will live in a modern student residence located in a new eco-neighbourhood Camille Claudel, in the heart of a student area – 40 minutes from Paris.

Included facilities:


CentraleSupélec and Paris Saclay

CentraleSupélec is one of the most prestigious French engineering schools. Its excellence lies in its mix of fundamental and applied sciences and in the importance attached to innovation.

CentraleSupélec is one of the driving forces behind the Université Paris-Saclay project. The project, launched in 2015, aims at creating a research-intensive academic campus and business cluster on the Saclay Plateau, 25 km south of Paris. On our campus, students will find all sport & leisure facilities.

You can reach the Paris-Saclay campus by taking the following buses from three RER B stations (Massy-Palaiseau, Lozère and Le Guichet): 91.06B, 91.06C and 9, get off at the stop called “Moulon”.




Bernard Yannou is a Professor in Design and Industrial Engineering in CentraleSupélec, Univer- sité Paris-Saclay. He is the head of LGI Industrial Engineering research department (Laboratoire Génie Industriel, http://www.

Christophe Tournier is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Manu- facturing in ENSPS (Ecole normale supérieure Paris- Saclay). He is the head of LURPA research department (Laboratoire Universitaire de Recherche en Production Automatisée, http://lurpa.



Marc Alochet, Industry Expert, Renault

Frédéric Amblard, Industry Expert, CEA

Olivier Bruneau, Professor, Université Paris-Sud

Mark Dean, Research Associate, Flinders University

Andreas Hein, Research Associate, CentraleSupélec

Claire Lartigue, Professor, Université Paris-Sud

Sylvain Lavernhe, Associate Professor, ENS Paris-Saclay

Julie Le Cardinal, Professor, CentraleSupélec

Alain Patchong, Industry Expert, Dillygence

Christophe Tournier, Professor, ENS Paris-Saclay

Ludovic-Alexandre Vidal, Assistant Professor, CentraleSupélec

Bernard Yannou, Professor, CentraleSupélec


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