Two summer schools will be held, for up to 30 PhD student and recent graduates per school,  Delegates will be required to apply to attend this fully-funded activity which will include external speakers, student-led seminars and workshops, during which they will develop a video diary for dissemination.

Due to logistical challenges, the 2018 Summer School now take place in January 2019.  Hosted by Nottingham Trent University, the “Smart Industry Workshop – Recent Advances in Industrial Digitalisation, Robotics and Automation” event will take place on 09 – 11 January 2019.  A website supporting this event has been launched [] and details of how to apply for a place on the winter workshop will be circulated in the next few weeks.

The 2017 Summer School “The Machine Learning in Manufacturing Summer School: Addressing the Challenges of Industry 4.0”, which took place from 12-15 September 2017 at Warwick Manufacturing Group, University of Warwick, was a collaboration between Professor Darek Ceglarek from Warwick Manufacturing Group and Dr Rajesh Ransing from Swansea University. The Summer School was also kindly sponsored by Natural Computing Applications Forum (NCAF) and Neural Computing and Applications (NC&A) Journal.  Amongst the topics explored were Predictive Analytics and Data Visualisation in Manufacturing; Supply Chain Management and Connected Enterprise; Automated Inspection and Image Processing; and Human-Robot and Robot-Robot Interactions.

Funding will also be provided to support 8 short-term placements in industry open to PhD students, post-doctoral researchers, early career researchers and academic staff.