5th International Summer School on Industrial Agents

1st to 5th of July 2019, Polytechnic Institute of Bragança, Bragança


It is our pleasure to invite you to participate in the 5th International Summer School on Industrial Agents, which will be held in Bragança, Portugal, on 1-5th of July 2019. The Summer School is technically co-sponsored by the IEEE Technical Committee on Industrial Agents, and CeDRI - Research Centre in Digitalization and Intelligent Robotics from Polytechnic Institute of Bragança (Portugal). This event is designed to provide advanced training for PhD students and practitioners on the advanced and smart automation technologies that will be the basis for Industry 4.0, aiming to promote the discussion on how to use multi-agent systems to design, develop and implement the next generation of intelligent production system based on their cyber-physical formulation.


The summer course aims to enhance the participants' knowledge in the field of multi-agent systems (MAS) applied to industrial environments, particularly providing hands-on knowledge to develop industrial cyber-physical systems (e.g. production systems, smart grids, etc.) In particular, the main objectives of the course are:

- Introduce MAS principles as a suitable paradigm to develop industrial distributed collaborative systems.

- Provide practical competences in developing MAS applications for industrial automation applications.

- Deployment of agent-based solutions for industrial environments.

The summer course will provide a good opportunity to know people working in the field, to meet prominent researchers, share best practices and to establish contacts through social interactions that may lead to research collaborations in the future. In fact, participants will attend lecture and tutorials held by well-known experts in the field, coming from industry and academia, which will provide their experience of developing/applying agent-based solutions for industry context.

At the end, the participants will be able to gain a range of theoretical and practical skills necessary to develop complex, real industrial agent based applications, particularly using these technologies to develop industrial cyber-physical systems.

Methodology and Structure

The topics will be lectured by international, well-known researchers in the respective fields. State of the art and cutting edge research is presented; theory and applications are described. After the lecture, topics will be practically exercised on real automation hardware. The summer school lasts for 5 days, mainly comprising modules of 3,5 hours, each one organized in the following manner:

- Theoretical part: 1 hour to provide theory and basics in the topic

- Practical part: 2,5 hours to exercise the practical development (30 minutes for introducing the practice, 2 hours to exercise the practice).

The summer school promotes a project-based learning practice to complement and consolidate the acquired knowledge and hands-on competences. The preliminary structure of the course is as follows:

Summer school plan


The summer school will take place at 1st to 5th of July 2019 at Instituto Politecnico de Bragança, Portugal with the following program:

Time Slot Description
1st of July -
8h30 Check-in -
9h00 Paulo Leitão Fundamentals in agent-orientation and holonic paradigm CeDRI - Research Centre in Digitalization and Intelligent Robotics
Polytechnic Institute of Bragança
The objective of this module is to provide an introduction to the main concepts of agent-based systems and holonic systems, as well as the available technologies and frameworks to develop such systems, in the cyber-physical systems (CPS) context. A special attention is devoted to the development of practical agent-based applications using the JADE framework. In detail, topics of this course comprise:
- Introduction to MAS: definition of agent and MAS, agent architectures, holonic principles, modelling individual behaviors, interaction protocols and ontologies.
- MAS to develop CPS solutions: agents to implement cyber parts, distribution of intelligence among edge, fog and cloud computing layers.
- Frameworks to develop agent-based solutions: functionalities of agent-based frameworks, existing frameworks, introduction to the JADE framework.
12h30 Lunch
14h00 José Barbosa Practical Exercises (Implementation agent-based solutions) CeDRI - Research Centre in Digitalization and Intelligent Robotics
Polytechnic Institute of Bragança
The objective of this module is to provide hands-on skills on the development of practical agent-based applications using the JADE framework following a project-based learning, namely the step by step learning with guidance of students, and implementation of advanced functionalities.
2nd of July -
09h00 Luis Ribeiro Architectural Design, Depleoyment and Assessment Linköping University The objective of this module was to provide an introduction to the design, deployment and assessment of agent-based architectures for cyber-physical production systems. The module focused on characterizing the different strategies to design agent based architectures and on the importance of proper design of agent architectures in a self-organization context. In detail, topics of this course comprised:
- Introduction to the design of multi-agent based architectures for CPS: design trends, advantages, limitations and tradeoffs, and strategies for the deployment of cyber-physical production systems.
- Assessment of MAS at architecture and system levels.
- Experimenting practically with different interaction patterns in JADE and assessing the scalability limits.
- Deployment of robust agent-based systems with JADE.
12h30 Lunch
14h00 Birgit Vogel-Heuser Model-driven Engineering and implementation of field level agents with IEC 61131-3 Technical University of Munich This module focuses on the model-driven engineering of intelligent field level agents for automated production systems which can operate on IEC 61131-3 control hardware. In detail, topics of this course comprised:
- Fundamentals in model-driven engineering of automated production systems and implementing field level software in IEC 61131.
- Implementation of field level MAS for IEC 61131 environments.
- Model-based development of field level agents and their knowledge bases.
- Automatic generation of field level agents’ executable field level code.
3rd of July -
09h00 Arndt Lüder AutomationML for data modelling Otto-von-Guericke University at Magdeburg The content of the AutomationML lectures can be the use of AutomationML for production system and product representation in agent systems usable within negotiation scenarios. Therefore the lectures shall include:
- Requirements, basic concept and integration of AutomationML in the production system life cycle
- Semantic explicit modelling of production system and their included types of networks
- Semantic explicit modelling of products and production processes within production systems
- Modelling of different behaviour types and their integration in the product, process and resource models
- Basic concept for data integration within the agent system life cycle based on data exchange technologies like OPC UA
12h30 Lunch
14h00 Gisela Garcia Industry 4.0 in Volkswagen Autoeuropa Volkswagen Autoeuropa, Lda.
14h45 Armando W. Colombo Keynote: Industrial Agents in Industry 4.0 University of Applied Sciences Emden-Leer After presenting the scientific and technical background behind Industry 4.0 and Industrial Cyber-Physical Systems (ICPS), their relationship to other frameworks like Systems-of-Cyber-Physical Systems, Industrial Internet-of-Things (IIoT) and associated technology standardization/normalization initiatives, the audience/participants of the module will get a deep view about:
- How to engineer and operate Smart ICPS with the utilization of the MAS-paradigm and related technologies?
- Which is the minimal necessary pre-existing Know-How for students, technologist and industrialists in order to work with Smart ICPS?
15h30 Christoph Hanisch Why you need to look beyond technology Independent consultant - Opportunities provided by new technologies like agent technology
- The necessity to learn more than mere programming automatic devices
- Understanding your role in an organization to support your and your colleagues sustainability
16h15 R&D poster session Session where participants can make a pitch poster presentation of R&D work plans, including a reference of how agents can be involved in their works, sharing knowledge and receiving feedback of their work.
4th of July -
09h00 José Barbosa Agents and IoT technologies CeDRI - Research Centre in Digitalization and Intelligent Robotics
Polytechnic Institute of Bragança
The objective of this module is to provide insights and pratical examples of the application of MAS in the context of IoT. During this session the students will be able to develop a MAS that will interface with a set of distributed IoT nodes in order to collect and process data using a different set of protocols, namely MQTT (Message Queuing Telemetry Transport) and OPC-UA (OPC Unified Architecture).
12h30 Lunch
14h00 Stamatis Karnouskos Cyber-security in agent-based systems SAP Agent developers often focus on providing the needed functionality but do not sufficiently consider security and do not embed it in their agent development or operational context. While this might have been tolerated in the past, due to highly-isolated infrastructures where the agent applications were running, today, such practices are no longer contemporary nor acceptable due to the high level of interconnectivity of applications and services in industrial environments. Utilization of agent technology in industry environments needs to adhere to the organization's security policies, utilize state of the art security in the development and follow best practices for the configuration and operation of secure systems. In this module, a general introduction to security, as well as relevant for industrial agents aspects will be presented. A threat analysis, potential vulnerabilities, and countermeasures will be discussed for configuration, development, operation, risk analysis etc. that pertains to agents, agent platforms, as well as their interactions and the overall infrastructure.
5h of July -
09h00 Thomas Strasser Designing and Implementing field level agents with IEC61499 Austrian Institute of Technology This lecture deals with the introduction of the basics of the IEC 61499 standard for distributed automation, as well as the usage of the open source package 4DIAC for modelling IEC 61499 applications in industrial systems.
12h30 Lunch
14h00 Practical Development of Secured IoT Applications for Automation Conclusion of the practical development work, namely integrating the gathered concepts about agents, IoT, security and automationML applied to a distributed and modular conveyor system in order to build an Industrial-CPS.
Second Week - Hackathon -
Hackathon Hackathon challenge: optionally, the participants are invited to attend the 2nd week of the summer school, which is dedicated to an hackathon period where more complex practical problem challenges will be proposed to be solved by participants.


  • Paulo Leitão

    Paulo Leitão @pleitao

    Paulo Leitão received the MSc and PhD degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering, both from the University of Porto, in 1997 and 2004, respectively. He joined the Polytechnic Institute of Braganca in 1995, where he is Professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering. His research interests are in the field of intelligent and reconfigurable systems, cyber-physical systems, Internet of Things, multi-agent systems and self-organized systems. He participated in several R&D projects (e.g., EU GO0DMAN, PERFoRM, ARUM and GRACE) and Networks of Excellence (e.g. IMS and CONET), served as general co-chair of several international conferences, namely IFAC IMS'10, HoloMAS'11, IEEE ICARSC'16 and SOHOMA'16, and published more than 200 papers in international scientific journals and conference proceedings. He is co-author of three patents and received four paper awards at INCOM'06, BASYS'06, INDIN'10 and INFOCOMP'13 conferences. Dr. Leitão is Senior member of IEEE Industrial Electronics Society (IES) and Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society (SMCS), past Chair of the IEEE IES Technical Committee on Industrial Agents and member at-large of the IEEE IES Administrative Committee (AdCom). Currently he is chair of the IEEE Standards Association P2660.1 Working Group.

  • José Barbosa

    José Barbosa @jbarbosa

    José Barbosa has a PhD in Automation and Computer Science from the University of Valenciennes and Hainaut-Cambresis (France). He is a senior researcher at Polytechnic Institute of Braganca, Portugal, participating in several European funded projects, namely in the EU FP7 ARUM, in the EU FP7 GRACE project and in the EU H2020 ERASMUS+ DA.RE, EU H2020 GO0DMAN, EU H2020 PERFoRM. He is also an invited professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering of the Polytechnic Institute of Braganca. José Barbosa has more than 40 papers published at international journals and proceedings of international conferences. His main research topics focus on the development of self-organizing and evolvable manufacturing control architectures following the holonic and multi-agent system paradigms enriched with biological inspired mechanisms, particularly applied into Cyber-Physical Systems. He is also member of several IEEE and IFAC Technical Committees.

  • Luis Ribeiro

    Luis Ribeiro @lribeiro

    Luis Ribeiro is an Associate Professor in Manufacturing Engineering at The Division of Manufacturing Engineering from the Department of Management and Engineering of Linköping University, Sweden. He holds a Swedish Docent degree in Manufacturing Engineering from Linköping University and a PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering with Specialization in Robotics and Computer Integrated Manufacturing from Universidade Nova de Lisboa. He has been involved, in different roles, in several international research projects from the 6th, 7th and H2020 European Research Programmes, and several Portuguese and Swedish national projects. These projects have focused on smart automation and plug and produce systems, for various industries including automotive, white goods and aerospace, and have explored and developed many concepts and technologies that are now considered some of the foundational ideas of the so called 4th Industrial Revolution His main research areas include: design, development and implementation of intelligent manufacturing systems based in cyber-physical components, distributed architectures to support intelligent systems and self-organization and emergence in manufacturing. His interests in these areas are in control, reconfiguration and monitoring/diagnosis. He is involved in several technical communities that are actively engaged in this research area for example the IEEE Technical Committees on: Industrial Agents, Cybernetics for Intelligent Industrial Systems and Industrial Cyber-Physical Systems. He is also a member of the expert group on flexible processes of the Swedish Production 2030 initiative and one of the leaders of the expert group in Virtual Production of the same initiative.

  • Birgit Vogel-Heuser

    Birgit Vogel-Heuser @bvheuser

    Professor Vogel-Heuser (b. 1961) conducts research on the development and system evolution of distributed intelligent embedded systems in mechatronic products and production systems, with the aim of improving product quality, the efficiency and consistency of engineering activities and operational availability. She develops methods, descriptive aids and tools for integrating the various perspectives of mechatronic systems (mechanical, electrical/electronic and software) and phases in the life cycle and their interactions. Key non-functional requirements are real-time behavior, modularity, availability and usability. Her research projects range from fundamental research in automation technology to the derivation of requirements from industrial applications and the development of prototype tools. After graduating in electrical engineering from the Technical University of Aachen (RWTH), Prof. Vogel-Heuser earned her doctorate degree there (1990) in the area of robot programming in mechanical engineering. She acquired industrial experience over a ten year period, including a position as Engineering Director for the Siempelkamp Group (systems engineering). After various professorships (Hagen 1996; Wuppertal 2000; Kassel 2006), she assumed a professorship in the Department of Automation and Information Systems (formerly: Department of Information Technology) at TUM (2009). She is chairwomen of the German agents in automation working group of the GMA (NMO of IFAC) and heads the agents group in IFAC TC 3.1. More information http://www.professoren.tum.de/en/vogel-heuser-birgit/

  • Arndt Lüder

    Arndt Lüder @aluder

    Arndt Lüder, attended the Otto-von-Guericke University at Magdeburg, Germany, and completed his diploma degree in mathematics in 1995 and in mathematics-economics in 1997. From 1995 to 2000 he worked as research engineer at Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg and Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg where he finished his PhD in 2000. Since 2001 he has been working at the IAF. Since January 2006 he has been working as head of center of Distributed Systems at the IAF. He was promoted to professor in 2007 on "Distributed Control Systems". End of 2011 he was bestowed the title "Associate Professor" in the field of research and teaching "Factory Automation".

  • Gisela Garcia

    Gisela Garcia @ggarcia

    Gisela Garcia (Female) has been working in the automotive industry since 2005 as lean manufacturing specialist and as project manager. Her current main activities are related with R&D and Innovation project management, Government Incentives management and Industry 4.0 activities coordinator. Her past main activities were related with shop floor management, KPIs system management, and product change management. Gisela achieved a degree in Environmental Engineering from Technical Superior Institute of the Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal, and a post-graduation in Industrial Engineering from Faculty of Science and Technology of New University of Lisbon, Portugal.

  • Armando W. Colombo

    Armando W. Colombo @awcolombo

    Prof. Dr.-Ing. Armando Walter Colombo (Fellow IEEE) joined the Department of Electrotechnical and Industrial Informatics at the University of Applied Sciences Emden- Leer, Germany, became Full Professor in August 2010 and Director of the Institute for Industrial Informatics, Automation and Robotics (I2AR) in 2012. He worked during the last 17 years as Manager for Collaborative Projects and also as Edison Level 2 Group Senior Expert at Schneider Electric, Industrial Business Unit. His research interests are in the fields of industrial cyber-physical systems, industrial digitalization and system-of-systems engineering, Internet-of-Services, Industry 4.0-compliant solutions. Prof. Colombo has over 30 industrial patents and more than 300 per-review publications in journals, books, chapters of books and conference proceedings (see https://scholar.google.de/citations?user=FgFDTMEAAAAJ&hl=en). He has extensive experience in managing multi-cultural research teams in multi-regional projects and has participated in leading positions in many international research and innovation projects in the last 16 years. With his contributions, he has performed scientific and technical seminal contributions that are nowadays being used as one of the basis of what is recognized as “The 4th Industrial Revolution”: networked collaborative smart cyber-physical systems that are penetrating the daily life, producing visible societal changes and impacting all levels of the society. He is co-founder of the IEEE IES TC on Industrial Agents and TC on Industrial Informatics. He is founder and currently Chairman of the IEEE IES TC on Industrial Cyber- Physical Systems, member of the IEEE IES Administrative Committee (AdCom) and of the IEEE Systems Engineering Council. Prof. Colombo is listed in Who’s Who in the World /Engineering 99-00/01 and in Outstanding People of the XX Century (Bibliographic Centre Cambridge, UK).

  • Christoph Hanisch

    Christoph Hanisch @chanisch

    Christoph Hanisch, studied Mathematics and Physics at the University of Düsseldorf finishing with a Diplom in Pure Mathematics and a phd in Applied Physics. He did research in the field of micro magnetism, of magnetic methods for non destructive testing and of hydrogen technology. This laid the basis for his work in the research department of Festo AG & Co. KG in sensor and MEMS technology. Besides these technical topics his education comprised studies in philosophy and education and in music at the Conservatory of Music in Düsseldorf. Towards the end of his professional career at Festo before retiring he focussed on how to strengthen the human aspect in technology development and company organization. Automation needs to be rethought. He insisted that we need a change of direction as technology is only one aspect of any innovation process. We need to understand the drivers behind in order to be better prepared to use technology and its development in a context that sustains people. He worked for these ideas participating in European raodmapping exercises and developing a research strategy by the European Technology platform ManuFuture. After retiring at the end of 2015 he continued working as an independent consultant. Topic Social sustainability.

  • Stamatis Karnouskos

    Stamatis Karnouskos @skarnouskos

    Stamatis Karnouskos (https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=WkLswkoAAAAJ) is with SAP, dealing with emerging industrial technologies related to the Internet of Things and Enterprise systems. He investigates the added value of integrating networked embedded devices and enterprise systems. For more than 20 years Stamatis leads efforts in several European Commission and industry-funded projects related to industrial automation, smart grids, Internet/cloud-based services and architectures, software agents, security, and mobility. Stamatis is the current chair of the IEEE IES Technical Committee on Industrial Agents (http://tcia.ieee-ies.org).

  • Thomas Strasser

    Thomas Strasser @tstrasser

    Thomas Strasser received a master's and a PhD degree from Vienna University of Technology and was awarded with the venia docendi (habiliation) in the field of automation from the same university. For several years, he has been a senior scientist in the Center for Energy of the AIT Austrian Institute of Technology. His main responsibilities involve strategic development of smart grid automation and validation research projects and mentoring/supervising junior scientist and PhD candidates. Before joining AIT, Dr. Strasser spent more than 6 years as senior researcher investigating advanced and reconfigurable automation and control systems at PROFACTOR research. He is active as a senior lecturer (Privatdozent) at the Vienna University of Technology.

Technical Sponsors


Campus de Santa Apolonia. Bragança, Bragança


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Early registration fee: 275€ (before 17th May 2019)

Regular registration fee: 325€

Discounted registration fee: 175€ (for the second participant from the same institution)

Steering Committee

The members of the steering Committee of ISSIA are:

Stamatis Karnouskos (SAP, Germany)

Paulo Leitão (Polytechnic Institute of Bragança, Portugal)

Luis Ribeiro (Linköping University, Sweden)

Birgit Vogel-Heuser (Technical University of Munich, Germany)


CeDRI - Researche Centre in Digitalization and Intelligent Robotics

Campus de Santa Apolónia

5300-253 Bragança

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