Distributed Manufacturing Systems


Provide a general understanding of the trends, approaches and methods in distributed manufacturing systems.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Luís Manuel Camarinha de Matos


Weekly - 4

Total - 64

Teaching language



Basic programming skills.


- Collaborative networked organizations – A research agenda for emerging business models, L.M. Camarinha-Matos, H. Afsarmanesh, Springer, 2004

- Course handouts: http://www-srmi.dee.fct.unl.pt/leec/sdm/2011_2012/classes/default.html

 - Selected technical papers. Examples:

- R. Dekkers, Distributed Manufacturing as Co-Evolutionary System, Int Journal of Production Research, 2010. http://peer.ccsd.cnrs.fr/docs/00/51/30/44/PDF/PEER_stage2_10.1080%252F00207540802350740.pdf

- M. Koç, J. Ni, J. Lee, P. Bandyopadhyay, Introduction to e-Manufacturing, CRC Press, 2005. http://wumrc.engin.umich.edu/junni/publications/Introductionofe-Manufacturing.pdf

- P. Leitão, Agent-based distributed manufacturing control: A state-of-the-art survey, Journal Distributed Control of Production Systems, Volume 22, Issue 7, 2009, Pages 979–991.

- H. Sundmaeker, P. Guillemin, P. Friess, S. Woelfflé, Vision and Challenges for Realising the Internet of Things, 2010. European Commission.

Teaching method

Theoretical part: Formal lectures.

Practical component: Development of lab assignments, with support by teaching staff.

Evaluation method

Mini-quiz (one per unit) 50% + 5 practical works 50%

Subject matter

1 - Overview of Distributed Manufacturing Systems (DMS)

2 - Sensor Networks in DMS       

3 - Natural User Interfaces in DMS          

4 - Industry 4.0  

5 - Introduction to Roadmapping and Future Planning    

6 - Examples of Roadmapping

7 - Cyber Physical Systems          

8 - Solar Parks Supervision          

9 - 3D printing   

10 - Simulation in DMS


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