The goal of the strategic research area Intelligent Industry is to co-produce knowledge and innovation enabling a competitive and sustainable industry, which is characterized by (a) low resource consumption and environmental impact, (b) high flexibility, responsiveness, and resilience and (c) high innovation capability, and is achieved by intelligent management, design, planning, and development of industrial organizations, systems, processes and flows with the help of advanced technology in interaction with people.
This means that the environment targets the societal challenge of sustainable production, including sub-challenges like green and digital transformation, and enhanced innovation capability. Ongoing technological development in automation and digitalization is fundamentally changing the possibilities for developing sustainable production systems and this requires joint efforts in the energy, production, and transport/logistics sectors.
The research is conducted in close cooperation with industry and aims to contribute both to industrial innovation and knowledge development. Interdisciplinary research is crucial for developing the required knowledge and the environment form a virtual arena for interdisciplinary collaboration between different research groups in industrial management, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, energy systems, environmental science, business administration and computer science. The direction of the environment is developed and continuously revised in close collaboration with strategic industrial partners.