Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne

The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) is one of the two Swiss Institutes of Technology, educating more than 10000 students in all engineering disciplines and participating in numerous national and international research projects in all engineering domains. The group on ICT for Sustainable Manufacturing (ict4sm) of the Institute of Mechanical Engineering of EPFL is involved in various fundamental and applied research projects in the Sustainable Manufacturing in collaboration with Swiss and European industrial partners. To respond to the scientific challenges presented by important research problems, the following activities have been defined within ict4sm: Closed-Loop Lifecycle Management, Semantic Modelling and Reasoning for Lifecycle Engineering Applications including predictive maintenance using smart Product Embedded Information devices, methodologies and algorithms for data, information & knowledge transformation etc.

ICT4SM’s mission is to (i) improve the sustainable development of products, (ii) increase the productivity of manufacturing systems and (iii) optimize the operation of product recovery systems. Accordingly, EPFL-ICT4SM has been involved in several research projects funded by the EC and the European industrial partners such as the H2020 FoF projects bIoTope, FALCON and SatisFactory, the FP7 FoF projects FoFdation, RLW-navigator, IFaCOM, LinkedDesign, PLANTCockpit, the FP7 FoF CSA ActionPlanT, the FP7 NMP project SuPLight, the FP7 ICT project e-SAVE, the FP7 ICT FoF CSA ManuSkills, the FP7 CSA and IMS project IMS 2020, the FP6 and IMS IP project PROMISE, the FP6-NoE project VRL-KCiP, and the FP6 IP projects NEXT and KoBaS. Our relevant challenges for the future: the next generation manufacturing systems will (a) be able to optimize manufacturing according to multiple criteria such as rapidity, accuracy, efficiency and environmental impact, (b) reduce cycle time and thus increase productivity by an order of magnitude, (c) be extremely environmentally friendly and clean, capable to operate in “clean environment”, assuring closed loops for all waste.