The TUM and IMT are rolling out a joint network for the industry of the future


The Technical University of Munich (TUM) and Institut Mines Télécom (IMT) Paris have combined their skills to prepare graduates together for the requirements of the digital economy. With this aim, the two institutions are offering joint research projects and summer schools for students. This initiative should also later be extended to other scientific establishments and partner industries. The TUM and IMT will present the new program together during the Franco-German conference on digital technology to be held on 13 December in Berlin.

The main themes of this Franco-German initiative are digital transition in industry, advances in research and applications of Big Data, the Internet of things and study courses in digital technology. Both countries believe that the radical changes in the fields of science, economy and society will only create opportunities if training and research are quickly brought in tune, and if the European economy can become more competitive as a result.

Our primary aim consists in preparing our graduates of excellence together for the demands of the digital economy and in providing them with the weapons they need. Through the Franco-German partnership we will develop research and training in the framework of a French and German Academy for the industry of the future”, explained Hannemor Keidel, Vice President of the TUM and appointed for scientific relations with France by the President.

After a year of planning and preparatory work, more than 30 scientists from the TUM and Institut Mines Télécom IMT have defined 6 priority fields of research to date:

  • Hybrid blockchain architecture for the security of industrial applications, with encrypted files mutually strengthening each other, in which all transactions are recorded;
  • Secure inter-machine communication in Industry 4.0
  • Industry without frontiers: organizational transformation in Industry 4.0
  • Intelligent cyber-physical environments in Industry 4.0, for self-driving vehicles and the Internet of Things
  • Self-driving vehicles and Big Data in vehicle applications
  • “The human factor in the design of collaborative systems”, automates and vehicles developed for and around humans, in production and supply chains.

Joint training courses are planned for summer schools for the students, and well as a “Micro Masters” program using the new online MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) and a joint Executive Master program for graduates with professional experience.

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