AAU logo
PhD defense by Steffen Tram Mortensen

PhD defense by Steffen Tram Mortensen

How education programs and industry can raise awareness about Industry 4.0 using a serious learning game.


29.08.2019 kl. 10.00 - 16.00



This doctoral dissertation firstly exam how education programs and industry can raise awareness about Industry 4.0 using a serious learning game. Secondly, this thesis explores how virtual commissioning qualification (skills and knowledge) can be identified, mapped, and quantified. Lastly, an investigation of how a tool for classification and actions support for the reconfiguration process in-between two configurations of a changeable manufacturing system.


Manufacturers are forced to be flexible and efficient at the same time. Digitalisation initiatives, such as Industry 4.0, and changeable manufacturing systems may enable manufacturers to cope with the fluctuating demand and frequently alteration of product variants.

However, the frequent change and reconfiguration lead to time-consuming and costly commissioning phases, mainly due to software errors. Virtual commissioning enables faster and cheaper commissioning by testing the software in a virtual environment before the physical commissioning.

Despite the benefits, virtual commissioning is not widely used in the industry because of the lack of robust methods and technical qualifications. 

Assessment Committee       

  • Associate Professor Poul Kyvsgaard Hansen (chairman), Aalborg University, Denmark
  • Asscoiate Professor Petter Falkman, Department of Electrical Engineering ,Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Professor Herman Vermaak, Faculty of Engineering and Information, Central University of Technology, Free State South Africa


  • Associate Prof. Ole Madsen, Aalborg University, Denmark

The PhD defense will be hosted by Moderator Professor, Poul Kyvsgaard Hansen. The lecture constitutes a 45 minutes presentation by Steffen Tram Mortensen followed by a short break and a discussion session with questions from the opponents and the auditorium.

After the defense, at approx. 13.00 hours, the Department of Materials and Production will welcome all to a reception in Fibigerstræde 14, Common Room.




Department of Materials and Production


Fibigerstræde 14, Common Room, 9220 Aalborg Øst

Gå til arrangementslisten

Alle arrangementer

Se listen