Our 2021 edition of the Summer School on AI Technologies for Trust, Interoperability and Autonomy in Industry 4.0 will take place July 26th – 30th!

As a hybrid format the Summer School will be held online and on site at three locations: Saint-Étienne (France), Waischenfeld (Germany), St. Gallen (Switzerland).


The current process of digitization undertaken in all parts of society, business and technology is transforming industry in all its facets and processes. Data, smart services, Internet of Things, Robotics, Artificial Intelligence are changing the way humans and companies work together.In this strongly dynamic context, the current data revolution and increasing automation of cognitive tasks are raising challenging issues related to:

  • interoperability of data, things and services in the increasingly open and geographically distributed industrial ecosystems;
  • efficient processing of the big amount of data generated by distributed production and business processes supported by IoT;
  • consistent and coordinated autonomous decisions and activities undertaken by fine-grained (machines, robots, humans) to coarse-grained (workshops, enterprises) entities in decentralized and open ecosystems.

In order to build a trustful intelligent open infrastructure to support this industry of the future, it is important to enhance the set of methods and to increase research in the domain of Artificial Intelligence on the one hand, and to foster education, development and cross-fertilization efforts with the actors of Industry 4.0 on the other hand.

For us it is of first importance to share experiences and expertise between academia and industrial partners from France, Germany as well as other European countries with regard to Industry of the Future and AI.

Goal of the Summer School

The Summer School aims at investigating how Artificial Intelligence technologies can tackle the challenging issues of the industry of the future with respect to interoperability, data processing and autonomy, thus contributing to a trustful and responsible intelligent infrastructure. The key objective is to prototype and review solution approaches to actual problems.
We are gathering young talents and train them on common theoretical and practical basis by experts from industry and academia, inspired by the visions and the experience of keynote speakers. Participants will also work towards executable proof-of-concept solutions addressing requirements stemming from the industry and building on cutting-edge Artificial Intelligence, Autonomous Agents, Linked Data and Big Data Technology.

This year’s format and topics

The summer school will take place as a hybrid format online and on site. We will limit the number of participants on site to 40 people. Online participation is unlimited, as long as applicants meet the criteria under „Expected candidates”.

We will address various aspects of AI in Industry 4.0 with a particular focus on:

  • the Web of Things
  • Knowledge Graphs
  • Multi-Agent Systems
  • Responsible AI

Each of these topics will be covered in lectures and the hackathon. Several pieces of software have been integrated for the purpose of the hackathon, providing tools and implementations of theoretical principles in these four domains.

Expected candidates

We welcome applications from PhD students and early stage researchers that have already some knowledge in at least one of the topics above, but want to broaden their perspective and have a chance to apply their skills on concrete problems. We also welcome researchers who want to get in touch with a new research community and industry partners who want to get updated on recent advances in AI.

How to apply

To apply, submit a résumé and a cover letter using the form at:

https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=ai4industry2021 (Please submit them in a single file!)

Registration fees are 150€ including meals, coffee breaks, lunches and accommodation, for those participating on site. Thanks to our sponsorships, some fees may be waived. If you need a fee waiver, please send us a motivation letter, and we will consider your request in the limit of our budget.


  • Opening of application for participation: 06 April 2021
  • Notification of acceptance: within 2 weeks
  • End of application: 06 June 2021
  • Deadline for registration: 20 June 2021
  • Summer school: 26-30 July 2021


Website: https://ai4industry2021.sciencesconf.org/

Email: contact-ai4industry@listes.emse.fr