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Special Issue "The Role of Engineering Education in Industry 4.0 Era"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Education and Approaches".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Patrick Dallasega

Faculty of Science and Technology, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Piazza Università 5, 39100 Bolzano, Italy
Interests: Industry 4.0; Operator 4.0; Learning factories

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The “fourth industrial revolution” also called “Industry 4.0” is transforming a wide range of industrial sectors from design to manufacturing to construction, including both of their connected supply chains. This will create an increased technical and organizational complexity of industrial processes and therefore an increase in demand for qualified staff at all organizational levels. The entailing increased degree of digitization and automation requires a dramatic change for engineering education. The required competencies of future engineers consist of advanced hard skills consisting of an integration of industrial engineering with mechatronics and informatics engineering competencies. Such skills are needed to re-engineer processes with the support of information technology and automation to increase interconnection and collaboration among machines and human operators. Moreover, future engineers require soft skills like teamwork ability, problem analysis abilities, structuring capabilities, data analysis and interpretation skills.

This Special Issue represents a collection of pioneering first applications of learning factories in the era of Industry 4.0 as well as innovative ideas for future engineering education.  

Submissions to the Special Issue could relate, but are not limited, to the following topics:

  • Learning factories
  • Virtual learning environments
  • Engineering education in the era of Industry 4.0
  • Hands-on engineering education
  • Operator 4.0
  • Competence development
  • Active learning.


  • Coskun, S., Kayikci, Y., & Gencay, E. (2017). Adapting Engineering Education to Industrie 4.0 Vision. arXiv preprint arXiv:1710.08806.
  • Erol, S., Jäger, A., Hold, P., Ott, K., & Sihn, W. (2016). Tangible Industry 4.0: a scenario-based approach to learning for the future of production. Procedia CIRP, 54, 13-18.
  • Frerich, S., Meisen, T., Richert, A., Petermann, M., Jeschke, S., Wilkesmann, U., & Tekkaya, A. E. (Eds.). (2017). Engineering Education 4.0: Excellent Teaching and Learning in Engineering Sciences. Springer.
  • Matt, D. T., Orzes, G., Rauch, E., & Dallasega, P. (2018). Urban Production–a Socially Sustainable Factory Concept to overcome Shortcomings of Qualified Workers in Smart SMEs. Computers & Industrial Engineering. Article In Press.
  • Matt, D. T., Rauch, E., & Dallasega, P. (2014). Mini-factory–a learning factory concept for students and small and medium sized enterprises. Procedia CiRP, 17, 178-183.
  • Schuster, K., Groß, K., Vossen, R., Richert, A., & Jeschke, S. (2016). Preparing for industry 4.0–collaborative virtual learning environments in engineering education. In Engineering Education 4.0(pp. 477-487). Springer, Cham.

Dr.-Ing. Patrick Dallasega
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1400 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Learning factories
  • Operator 4.0
  • Engineering education
  • Active learning

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