This specialism aims to develop particular competencies dedicated to agile and reconfigurable factory management. Fundamental approaches for factory design and simulation will be introduced as well as performance assessment. At the conclusion of the course, students should be able to model and simulate production systems, to optimize production systems control strategies and to apply new assessment methods based on simulation and optimization approaches, taking into consideration different kinds of indicators (environmental, social, economical) related to agile factories. There is a strong link with the other specialism - Smart and Connected Enterprise.

Course Content - 1st year - M1 Industrial Engineering

  • Modelling of complex systems
  • Entreprise modelling
  • Optimisation methods
  • Production management
  • Simulation
  • Systems engineering
  • Statistics and data analytics
  • Sociology for industrial engineering
  • Innovation engineering
  • Economics and management for industrial engineering
  • Conferences / Introduction to research
  • Modern languages

Course Content - 2nd year - M2 Agile Factory Management

  • Production management
  • Logistics
  • Operational research tools
  • Shop floor scheduling
  • Performance evaluation and multi-criteria decision
  • Integrated design engineering of production cyber-physical systems (CPS)
  • Bibliography
  • Modern languages
  • Master Thesis

Skills Developed

  • Master modeling and simulation of production systems
  • Master optimisation methods for production system control
  • Master the new concepts and performance indicators of the smart and agile factory

In addition to the above specialism-specific skills, students will also develop more general skills:

  • Identify models, perform simulation and analyse results
  • Communicate comprehensive results in a meaningful way
  • Undertake bibliographic surveys of international research and professional literature
  • Manage or be part of a project

Admission Criteria

Students must hold a first university degree with 180 credits in the European system, after at least three years of studies (Bachelor of Science level or equivalent).

The applicants must be fluent in English, both in writing and speaking. An applicant whose native language is not English is required to pass a recognized international English test such as the TOEFL or other equivalent tests.

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Last updated October 22, 2018
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Sept. 2019
2 years
15,000 EUR
for non-European students: €15,000 / 2 years - from September 2019
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