C-PALS, a EUREKA SMART project involving Sungkyunkwan university and KTH

Professor Sangdo Noh spent a year as a guest researcher at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH). When the Seoul Office of Science & Innovation meet him at his home department, the department of Industrial Engineering/Systems Management Engineering at Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU), he proves to be an excellent ambassador for Sweden as he constantly relates positive images of his and his family’s stay in Sweden. His doctoral students also show clear signs of being impressed by his positive attitude as they are now preparing for their own visit to Sweden.

Professor Noh and Professor Magnus Wiktorsson at KTH designed the project with several industrial partners and have gained supported by KIAT, Vinnova and EUREKA.

The project is called Cyber-Physical Assembly and Logistics in Global Supply Chains, or C-PALS for short. It started this June and aims at designing the future digital factory. In the era of the 4th Industrial Revolution, researchers and innovation leaders have gathered around the globe to develop and demonstrate CPS technology, platform and applications for data to realise real-time management. KTH and Sungkyunkwan university are leading innovation actors to advance this new manufacturing platform.

Industry participants cover the whole chain of connected assembly and logistics with Ericsson, Scania and H&D Wireless participating on the Swedish side, and Yura and Dexta on the Korean side.

The cooperation between KTH and SKKU is a great example of what can happen when researchers visit to work in another country, and I will not be surprised to see more projects between professors Noh and Wiktorsson.

The coffee robot at the SKKU campus may not be part of the C-PALS Project but it is in several ways an important part of digital production logistics. Picture by author

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