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Miriam Sonnenbichler
Miriam Sonnenbichler
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Smart Factory@Industry: Add-on Dual Training Program

Take the chance and combine an international Master of Science in Optics and Photonics at one of the best technical universities worldwide with training projects by selected key players in the German industry.

Industry 4.0

The concept of Industry 4.0 defines a new way of organizing factories, also called smart factories. They aim to better serve customers through greater flexibility of production and resource optimization, integrating the internet of things and digitalization into the global production processes.



Key Principles Industry 4.0

  • Flexible Factories
  • Collection and Analysis of Data
  • Use of networks for instant communication
  • More efficiency in terms of energy and resources
  • Heavy utilization of the internet
  • Real time process monitoring
  • Integration of technical processes and business processes
  • Digital image and virtualization of the real world
  • Great potential of combining "intelligent" products and capital goods


About the Program

Optics and Photonics are key enabling technologies in the scope of Smart Factories, which means that students need know-how for the integration and extension of these digitalized factories. In cooperation with industry partners the Karlsruhe School of Optics & Photonics as the first graduate school of the KIT offers the additional industry training Smart Factory@Industry. This dual training program aims to enhance the interdisciplinary profile of our students. Lastly, with this program the students are able to build up networks with potential employers.




"Smart Factory@Industry" is...


... an additional training program with practical phases at the company‘s innovation labs
... includes program-specific block lectures
... voluntary for very commited KSOP students
... offering exclusive insights in aspects of the digitalization of production (Industry 4.0)



The participants will gain...


... hands-on experience
... direct links to key players in the German industry
... knowledge directly from industry experts
... additional management skills
... an advantage for their career start
... intercultural competences
... the opportunity to do the Master thesis with one of the industry partners


  Potential topics of the industry projects

Each industry partner offers a program according to their production’s very specific needs, which are e.g.: