Special Issue "Knowledge Engineering in Industry 4.0"

A special issue of Information (ISSN 2078-2489). This special issue belongs to the section "Information Applications".

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Dr. Matteo Cristani
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Dipartimento di Informatica, Università di Verona, Strada Le Grazie 15, 37134 Verona, Italy
Interests: knowledge engineering; non monotonic reasoning; applied intelligence
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Prof. Dr. Gordan Ježić
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Department of Telecommunications, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, University of Zagreb, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia
Interests: multiple agent systems; communication technologies; next generation computers
Prof. Dr. Cecilia Zanni-Merk
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Department of Computer Science at INSA Rouen Normandie, 76800 Saint-Étienne-du-Rouvray, France
Interests: knowledge engineering; conceptualisation; ontologies and formal models; rule-based (crisp, fuzzy, probabilistic; spatio-temporal) reasoning; case‐based reasoning; knowledge and experience capitalisation
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Dr. Carlos Toro
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Vicomtech Research Centre, 20009 San Sebastian, Spain
Interests: industry 4.0; visual computing; smart factories
Dr. Claudio Tomazzoli
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CITERA Interdepartmental Centre, Sapienza University of Rome, 00185 Roma, Italy
Interests: energy management; smart environments; machine learning in Industry 4.0

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Industry 4.0 has been developing as a paradigm of novel industrial revolution and has posed the base for a wider view of the development of many different and, so far, distinct segments of research in computer science and information technology. There is an increasing demand for knowledge-driven approaches to be applied in the fields of interest of the Industry 4.0 concept, for at least three basic reasons: (a) for the strong interaction between the logic/symbolic approach to knowledge engineering and the design patterns methods applied to the development of sophisticated Industry 4.0 solutions; (b) for the increasingly visible trend of integration between information technologies and artificial intelligence, so that we can talk about artificial intelligence and IoT; (c) for the strong background issues of engineering required when searching for real-world solutions to the development of novel methods in Industry 4.0.

For this reason, we have conceived this Special Issue, whose purpose is to gather the many researchers operating in the field to contribute to a collective effort in understanding the trends and future questions in the field. Topics include but are not limited to:

- Interconnection among knowledge-based components of Industry 4.0 solutions;

- Knowledge transparency;

- Interconnectivity of knowledge, software, and hardware components;

- Knowledge-driven technical assistance services on board of industrial plants;

- Knowledge-decentralized decisions;

- Knowledge components of mobile devices;

- IoT knowledge-based platforms;

- Intelligent location detection technologies;

- Intelligent smart sensors;

- Big knowledge analytics;

- Cognitive computing.

Dr. Matteo Cristani
Prof. Dr. Gordan Ježić
Prof. Dr. Cecilia Zanni-Merk
Dr. Carlos Toro
Dr. Claudio Tomazzoli
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Keywords

  • Industry 4.0
  • Knowledge engineering
  • Cognitive robotics
  • Ambient intelligence

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Methodology and Tools to Integrate Industry 4.0 CPS into Process Design and Management: ISA-88 Use Case
Information 2022, 13(5), 226; https://doi.org/10.3390/info13050226 - 28 Apr 2022
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Once an industrial process is designed, the real implementation of the process control is programmed into Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) and Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) devices on the shop floor. These devices are programmed with their low-level coding languages. This presents [...] Read more.
Once an industrial process is designed, the real implementation of the process control is programmed into Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) and Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) devices on the shop floor. These devices are programmed with their low-level coding languages. This presents several drawbacks, such as inconsistencies and naming errors between the design and the implementation steps, or difficulties in integrating new Industry 4.0 functionalities. This paper presents a design and management methodology, and a software architecture to overcome these drawbacks. The objective of the methodology is the interconnectivity of domain knowledge, software, and hardware components to automatically generate Industry 4.0 Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) for industrial processes. The methodology is composed of five main steps: designing the process, programming the PLC, capturing data, managing the process and visualizing it. Based on the methodology and the architecture, a set of tools targeting ISA-88 processes has been implemented and validated. IEC-61512 (also known as ANSI/ISA-88) is a standard addressing batch process control. It follows a design philosophy for describing equipment and procedures, equally applicable to manual processes. The methodology has been validated on a process controlled by a Siemens 1200 PLC. The main advantages of this methodology identified during the validation are: (i) reduction in the time required to design the ISA-88 process, (ii) reduction in the PLC programming time and associated errors, (iii) automatic integration of a CPS with data capture and visualization functionalities, and (iv) remote management of the process. Full article
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A Rule-Based Heuristic Methodology for Su-Field Analysis in Industrial Engineering Design
Information 2022, 13(3), 143; https://doi.org/10.3390/info13030143 - 08 Mar 2022
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Industrial engineering design is a crucial issue in manufacturing. To meet the competitive global market, manufacturers are continuously seeking solutions to design industrial products and systems inventively. Su-Field analysis, which is one of the TRIZ analysis tools for inventive design problems, has been [...] Read more.
Industrial engineering design is a crucial issue in manufacturing. To meet the competitive global market, manufacturers are continuously seeking solutions to design industrial products and systems inventively. Su-Field analysis, which is one of the TRIZ analysis tools for inventive design problems, has been used to effectively improve the performance of industrial systems. However, the inventive standards used for engineering design are summarized and classified according to a large number of patents in different fields. They are built on a highly abstract basis and are independent of specific application fields, making their use require much more technical knowledge than other TRIZ tools. To facilitate the use of invention standards, in particular to capture the uncertainty or imprecision described in the standards, this paper proposes a rule-based heuristic approach. First, Su-Field analysis ontology and fuzzy analysis ontology are constructed to represent precise and fuzzy knowledge in the process of solving inventive problems respectively. Then, SWRL (Semantic Web Rule Language) reasoning and fuzzy reasoning are executed to generate heuristic conceptual solutions. Finally, we develop a software prototype and elaborate the resolution of “Auguste Piccard’s Stratostat ” in the prototype. Full article
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Designing Automated Deployment Strategies of Face Recognition Solutions in Heterogeneous IoT Platforms
Information 2021, 12(12), 532; https://doi.org/10.3390/info12120532 - 20 Dec 2021
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In this paper, we tackle the problem of deploying face recognition (FR) solutions in heterogeneous Internet of Things (IoT) platforms. The main challenges are the optimal deployment of deep neural networks (DNNs) in the high variety of IoT devices (e.g., robots, tablets, smartphones, [...] Read more.
In this paper, we tackle the problem of deploying face recognition (FR) solutions in heterogeneous Internet of Things (IoT) platforms. The main challenges are the optimal deployment of deep neural networks (DNNs) in the high variety of IoT devices (e.g., robots, tablets, smartphones, etc.), the secure management of biometric data while respecting the users’ privacy, and the design of appropriate user interaction with facial verification mechanisms for all kinds of users. We analyze different approaches to solving all these challenges and propose a knowledge-driven methodology for the automated deployment of DNN-based FR solutions in IoT devices, with the secure management of biometric data, and real-time feedback for improved interaction. We provide some practical examples and experimental results with state-of-the-art DNNs for FR in Intel’s and NVIDIA’s hardware platforms as IoT devices. Full article
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An Inspection and Classification System for Automotive Component Remanufacturing Industry Based on Ensemble Learning
Information 2021, 12(12), 489; https://doi.org/10.3390/info12120489 - 23 Nov 2021
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This paper presents an automated inspection and classification system for automotive component remanufacturing industry, based on ensemble learning. The system is based on different stages allowing to classify the components as good, rectifiable or rejection according to the manufacturer criteria. A study of [...] Read more.
This paper presents an automated inspection and classification system for automotive component remanufacturing industry, based on ensemble learning. The system is based on different stages allowing to classify the components as good, rectifiable or rejection according to the manufacturer criteria. A study of two deep learning-based models’ performance when used individually and when using an ensemble of them is carried out, obtaining an improvement of 7% in accuracy in the ensemble. The results of the test set demonstrate the successful performance of the system in terms of component classification. Full article
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SCRO: A Domain Ontology for Describing Steel Cold Rolling Processes towards Industry 4.0
Information 2021, 12(8), 304; https://doi.org/10.3390/info12080304 - 29 Jul 2021
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This paper introduces the Steel Cold Rolling Ontology (SCRO) to model and capture domain knowledge of cold rolling processes and activities within a steel plant. A case study is set up that uses real-world cold rolling data sets to validate the performance and [...] Read more.
This paper introduces the Steel Cold Rolling Ontology (SCRO) to model and capture domain knowledge of cold rolling processes and activities within a steel plant. A case study is set up that uses real-world cold rolling data sets to validate the performance and functionality of SCRO. This includes using the Ontop framework to deploy virtual knowledge graphs for data access, data integration, data querying, and condition-based maintenance purposes. SCRO is evaluated using OOPS!, the ontology pitfall detection system, and feedback from domain experts from Tata Steel. Full article
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