Industry 4.0 at METU

METU-BILTIR Center Industry 4.0 Platform

Middle East Technical University, founded in 1956, is an international research university which seeks excellence in serving the country, region and the world. It is the first and only university in Turkey to enter the top 100 in The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2014 list.

METU – as an international research-intensive university – has also been the leading university in Turkey in terms of depth and breadth of international research projects and the amount of funds generated from research activities. 30-35% of total revenues of METU is derived from competitive research funds. As of December 31, 2015, METU has completed 230 international projects with a total budget of about 492M€ and METU’s share is nearly 30M€. At any given time, METU has approximately 400 R&D projects nationally funded and 60 R&D projects internationally sponsored, mainly by the EU Research and Innovation Framework Programmes. This track record translates into METU bringing in about 9% of the FP-sourced research funds acquired by Turkey till now.

METU-BILTIR Industry 4.0 Platform is formed by faculty members of the below listed disciplines, relevant Research and Development Centers and Institutes of METU. Faculty members from other disciplines joins the activities as needed by the ongoing projects.

  • METU-BILTIR Center
  • Center for Image Analysis (OGAM)
  • TAF Modeling and Simulation R&D Center (MODSİMMER)
  • Science and Technology Policy Studies (TEKPOL)
  • Center for STEM Education (BİLTEMM)
  • Informatics Institute
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Metallurgical and Materials Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Business Administration
  • Economics
  • Statistics
  • Industrial Design
  • Architecture
  • Computer Education and Instructional Technology

Our platform members has the expertise to support the 4th industrial revolution through the main driving technologies listed below.

  •           Big Data
  •           Internet of Things
  •           Augmented Reality
  •           Cloud Computing
  •           Horizontal-Vertical Software Integration
  •           Cyber Security
  •           Intelligent Robots
  •           Additive Manufacturing
  •           Simulation

In addition to these main themes of Industry 4.0, we are also offering solutions through our experties in the following areas supporting the industrial revolution.

  •           Artificial Intelligence – Learning Systems
  •           Sensing and Detection Systems
  •           Computer Vision
  •           Design
  •           CAD/CAM/CAE
  •           Manufacturing
  •           Energy
  •           Supply and Value Chain Management
  •           Technology and Innovation Management
  •           Management and Social Sciences
  •           Education

As METU-BILTIR Industry 4.0 platform, on one hand we offer solutions for improving effectiveness in manufacturing; on the other hand we also provide our expertise through the application of smart systems, system of systems, information and communication technologies and other Industry 4.0 technologies on different sectors such as automotive, defense-security, energy and retail. Our platform has the ability to implement all these technologies on different sectors through a combined perspective including science and technology policies.

Please bear in mind that METU-BILTIR is also in close contact with METU's technopark. Being the first and the most innovative technopark of Turkey, ODTU TEKNOKENT’s goal is to provide contemporary infrastructure and superstructure to the researchers and companies that develop and produce the technologies which will elevate the international competitiveness of the country. With its activities to facilitate university-industry collaboration, ODTU TEKNOKENT is the catalyst for synergy between the parties.

With its 300 tenant companies, 60% of which were initiated in its premises and employ more than 5000 personnel, 90% of which have bachelor, master of PhD degrees and with the 120.000 square meters of closed area reserved for R&D operations, ODTU TEKNOKENT has undersigned exemplary success stories to serve as a model for other technoparks in Turkey.

Owing to the aforementioned services and its activities, ODTU TEKNOKENT ranked FIRST for three years in a row, according to the Technology Development Zones Performance Index for 2011, 2012 and 2013.