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Following a competitive process, we are proud to announce that the 2018 Network Plus Summer School will be hosted by Nottingham Trent University.  The Summer School, titled “Smart Industry – Recent Advances in Industrial Digitalisation, Robotics and Automation”, will take place between 12th – 14th September 2018 at Nottingham Trent University. The summer school is funded by Connected Everything.

Computing and communication systems are advancing at an incredible pace with recent advances achieving effective and ubiquitous results at all levels of modern society. The current stage of globalisation, a.k.a Globalisation 3.0 means that science, scientists, manufacturing and operators are even more distributed across a global geographical span rather than locally.

As industrial systems and processes evolve, research students and early career researchers in computer science, engineering and manufacturing must keep up to date with how computational intelligence, machine learning and connected devices are helping to shape the future of our smart industry.

The aim of this summer school is to present rigorous scientific advances accompanied by real world applications in the areas of Industrial Digitisation, Robotics and Automation. This will include presentations of recent advances in tools and techniques for the design and development of embodiments for smart industry. In a smart industry, devices not only react to events through sensing, interpretation and service provision, but also learn and adapt their operation and services over time. These embodiments employ contextual information when available, as well as offering unobtrusive and intuitive interfaces.

We bring key academic and industry experienced speakers to inform and inspire the future generations of roboticists and cybernetic experts. This summer school will bring a multidisciplinary audience interested in understanding Computational Intelligence and Cognitive Robotics by considering ideas and topics presented by our prestige set of speakers.