311.745 Intelligent Manufacturing Systems
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2024S, VO, 2.0h, 3.0EC, to be held in blocked form


  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 3.0
  • Type: VO Lecture
  • Format: Presence

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to understand the actual state in the development of production systems and the basic ideas and concepts of intelligent manufacturing systems and the next generation of production systems.

Subject of course

Fundamentals of the philosophy of technology. Product as the materialisation of an idea. Evolution of the production systems. Development line: classic manufacturing systems - flexible manufacturing systems - intelligent manufacturing systems. Development line of product design. Intelligent manufacturing: system components, architecture and data flow, system operations. Flexible machining and assembly systems. Process planning for flexibel assembly systems. Design of products for automated assembly. Design of parts for automated assembly. Learning and machine learning. Scheduling: philosophy, strategies, models and algorithms. Knowledge - based system. Introduction to Artificial Life. Main characteristics of life (Pattern in spacetime; Self-production; Information storage of a selfrepresentation; A metabolism; Functional interactions with the environment; Interdependence of parts; Stability under perturbations; The ability to evolve.) Biological inspired Manufacturing Systems. Self-organisation. The principle concepts of ALife which are applicable to the engineering field. ALife and automatic evolution of complexity, self-organization. Emergence of intelligence without explicit design. ALife and next (r)evolution of engineering. Emergent processes, and a dynamic embodiment with the environment. Next generation production systems.

Teaching methods

Case study of complex intelligent manufacturing systems.

Mode of examination

Written and oral

Additional information



Course dates

Thu09:00 - 12:0021.03.2024HS O221 Introduction and topic assignment
Wed09:00 - 12:0015.05.2024 - 26.06.2024HS O221 Lecture and presentations
Intelligent Manufacturing Systems - Single appointments
Thu21.03.202409:00 - 12:00HS O221 Introduction and topic assignment
Wed15.05.202409:00 - 12:00HS O221 Lecture and presentations
Wed22.05.202409:00 - 12:00HS O221 Lecture and presentations
Wed29.05.202409:00 - 12:00HS O221 Lecture and presentations
Wed05.06.202409:00 - 12:00HS O221 Lecture and presentations
Wed12.06.202409:00 - 12:00HS O221 Lecture and presentations
Wed19.06.202409:00 - 12:00HS O221 Lecture and presentations
Wed26.06.202409:00 - 12:00HS O221 Lecture and presentations
Course is held blocked

Examination modalities

Oral and written. The exam is organised in special student-friendly way. More information about the exam you will get at the first lecture.

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
30.01.2024 00:00 27.06.2024 00:00 27.06.2024 00:00

Registration modalities



Study CodeObligationSemesterPrecon.Info
066 445 Mechanical Engineering Elective
066 482 Mechanical Engineering - Management Elective


If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Thomas Trautner (trautner@ift.at)

Previous knowledge

No special requirements


  • Attendance Required!