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Developing Skills for Young Engineers in Flexible Design Processes with Applications in Industry

Developing Skills for Young Engineers in Flexible Design Processes with Applications in Industry

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the University of Thessaly and the Institute of Bio-Economy and Agrotechnology of the National Center for Research and Technological Development (IKO / CERTH) co-organize the event "Developing Skills for Young Engineers in Flexible Design Processes with Applications in Industry ". The event will take place in Xenia, Volos, on 27 April 2018, from 11.00 to 13.00. The event is addressed to students of higher education polytechnic schools as well as to companies and industry bodies active in the fields of engineering. Registration will begin at 10.30. The chairman of the Technical Chamber of Magnesia, Mr. Nancy Capoula will officially open the event.

The event takes place within the framework of the LEAP Lean and Agile Practices Linking Engineering Higher Education to Industry. The research project aims to contribute to the harmonization of the skills and knowledge developed in tertiary education in polytechnic faculties with the needs of industry, contributing to the smooth transition of students from the academic to the professional stage.

In particular, the research project aims to expose students to industrial activities of flexible and lean design (agile and lean design). Flexible design aims to better meet the needs and expectations of recipients of a product or service. This is achieved by breaking up the specifications into small targets, recognizing priorities in achieving these goals, and achieving the objectives in cycles, each beginning with a redefinition of specifications and resulting in the implementation of part of the final functionality. Simple design refers to methods that simplify the production process to reduce costs.

The audience will have the opportunity to get acquainted with the concepts of flexible and simple design. In addition, they will be exposed to pedagogical methods based on learning with action that offer significant benefits to higher education engineers by building the ability of students to transfer and use newly-acquired knowledge in future professional activities. The audience will also watch demonstration of digital learning tools developed within the framework of the research project. Digital tools, in the form of "serious" games cause students to experiment with flexible and simple design processes in a way that simulates the implementation of these processes in the industry.

The realization of the research project is coordinated by the University of Thessaly. IBO / CERT participates in the project, as well as universities from Portugal, Spain, Estonia, and the United Kingdom. The research project is being implemented from 2016 until 2018 with funding from the Erasmus + program of the European Commission through the Greek Managing Authority - IKY. The project's scientific coordinator is Om. Prof. Ilias Houstis, Professor of the University of Patras, University of Patras, Greece, while Charilaia Tsalapatas, Scientific Director responsible for IBC / CERTH is Mr. Dionysis Bochtis, Director of the Institute.