Practical Learning of Artificial iNtelligence on the Edge for indusTry 4.0


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Project No: 621639-EPP-1-2020-1-IT-EPPKA2-KA

Period of Implementation: 1/11/2020-30/10/2023

Scientific Director: Professor Chrysostomos Stylios

Total Budget: 921.318,00 €

Budget for University of Ioannina: 96.476,00 €

1. Universita di Pisa, Italy
2. Rzeszow University of Technology, Poland
3. Universitat Ramon Llull, Spain
4. University of Ioannina, Greece
5. ValueDo s.r.l., Italy
6. Kaunas Science and Technology Park, Lithuania
7. TOI, Italy
8. BOBST Bielefeld, Germany
9. Elecnor, Spain
10. OHS Engineering GmbH, Germany
11. Exquisite, Romania


Short Description:

The project aims at filling the gap between scientific research on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) and its industrial application as enabling technology for the Industry 4.0 paradigm. AI improves the data acquisition and analysis typical of the 4.0 paradigm, leading to the optimization of the industrial processes through fast, lightweight, and well-performing algorithms. The academic research efforts on AI have followed a trend of development of complex and resource-intensive algorithms that require cloud-centric architectures while the industrial architectures for data acquisition are in most cases distributed, fragmented and resource-constrained. Recent researches have demonstrated the need to move toward a decentralized use of AI where data analysis algorithms are executed directly on the machine side (“on the edge”). As this is the future, it becomes evident that a new generation of AI and ML experts, able to adapt these technologies to the industrial needs and to foster their role as the key players of the 4th industrial revolution, is needed.

The PLANET4 project enables a knowledge transfer between academia and industry by achieving the following objectives:

  1. design and execution of a b-learning course (blended learning) for the integration of AI technologies in I4.0 applications, with particular focus on ML, edge computing and Industrial IOT technologies;
  2. formalization and evaluation of a novel method for the description of industrial digitalization needs and pains aimed at enabling fast identification of the most appropriate AI methodologies;
  3. formalization of a framework of soft skills and related training materials for 4.0 Innovation and Change Management training workshops, aimed at empowering learners with those transversal skills essential to working in the frame of the 4th industrial revolution;
  4. design and development of a portal for the collection and sharing of best practices in the application of AI and ML on the edge for I4.0 applications.


The project approach is cross-disciplinary and focuses on both hard skills in AI and ML technologies and soft competencies needed to manage the changes introduced in the industrial ecosystem. Moreover, the project will give academics the possibility to gather needs and requirements from the industrial world, allowing the adaptation of AI teaching to better fit real-world industrial pains and needs.


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