In-factory learning – Qualification for the factory of the future

Fabian Quint, Katharina Mura, Dominic Gorecky

In: International Conference on Manufacturing Science and Education. International Conference on Manufacturing Science and Education (MSE-2015) June 3-6 Romania Sibiu 2015.


The Industry 4.0 vision anticipates that internet technologies will find their way into future factories replacing traditional components by dynamic and intelligent cyber-physical systems (CPS) that combine the physical objects with their digital representation. Reducing the gap between the real and digital world makes the factory environment more flexible, more adaptive, but also more complex for the human workers. Future workers require interdisciplinary competencies from engineering, information technology, and computer science in order to understand and manage the diverse interrelations between physical objects and their digital counterpart. This paper proposes a mixed-reality based learning environment, which combines physical objects and visualisation of digital content via Augmented Reality. It uses reality-based interaction in order to make the dynamic interrelations between real and digital factory visible and tangible. We argue that our learning system does not work as a stand-alone solution, but should fit into existing academic and advanced training curricula.

Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz
German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence