Partners and contributors of the Dynamics & Control Laboratory
EC TEMPUS Program
TEMPUS is the Trans European Mobility Program for University Studies. The Tempus programme was first adopted on May 7th 1990 by the European Council of Ministers of the European Union. Since then, the programme has been renewed four times (Tempus I, Tempus II, Tempus III - 2000-2006, Tempus IV – 2007-2013).
Tempus is the EU programme that supports the modernisation of higher education in the partner countries of the Western Balkans, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, North Africa and the Middle East. It contributes to creating an area of cooperation in the field of higher education between the European Union and partner countries surrounding the EU. Tempus promotes the voluntary convergence with EU developments in higher education deriving from the Lisbon Strategy to create more jobs and growth, and the Bologna Process to establish a European Area of Higher Education
The European Union’s Tempus programme has been designed to stimulate higher education reforming process through financing joint projects between European Universities and higher education institutions in the partner countries in Western Balkans, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, North Africa and the Middle East. TEMPUS supports projects aiming to restructure and develop curricula and teaching materials, upgrade teaching facilities, and/or improve university administration in higher education institutions. TEMPUS does this by providing financial grants for co-operation projects between higher education establishments in the EU and the Partner Countries in priority areas which are defined by the respective partner countries and the European Commission and which are in line with the overall socio-economic reform process of these countries.
Tempus programme is based on a combination of a bottom-up approach targeted at urgent needs of higher education institutions corresponding with national priorities in accordance with general process of higher education reforms in the partner countries.
Tempus is managed by the European Commission's education and culture, enlargement and aid departments. It is financed through three of the European Commission's external assistance instruments: the Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (Western Balkans); the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (Eastern Europe, North Africa and the Middle East); and the Development and Cooperation Instrument (Central Asia).
Kungliga Tekniska Hogskolan (KTH - Sweden)
Kungliga Tekniska Hogskolan was founded in 1827 and is the largest technical university in Sweden with all kinds of engineering disciplines. KTH is an international institution with established research and educational exchange all over the world, especially in Europe, USA, Australia and South-East Asia. KTH is especially strong in the field of computer application in Engineering, which has been in strong development over the last years. Laboratory for Sound and Vibration Research department has today a staff of around 30 persons with 12 senior researchers. KTH is recognized as one of the leading research establishments in the field in Europe and the biggest in Northern Europe. At Laboratory for Sound and Vibration Research, courses in sound and vibration are given for third and fourth year students. KTH participated in the extended pilot project for ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) following the Bologna Process. KTH is now using the ECTS.
The partners, KTH, PdT, TARI have worked together in two joint European projects related to IT training and curriculum development in CAD/CAM/CAE and computer modeling. Because of these European projects, the partners have had a chance to find many common grounds of interest in academics and perspective research. There are now many highly experienced researchers, professors and professionals from partner institutions working together.
The Department of Microelectronics and Information Technology, (IMIT) is one of the biggest departments at KTH. IMIT carries out education and research from fundamental physics, through materials physics and optics, electronic and photonic devices, electronic and computer systems to connectivity systems for both telecommunications and computers.
IMIT carries out long-term cooperation with Stanford University (USA), the world leading educational institution in the field of telecommunications and information technologies. In Europe, IMIT conducts joint activities with University College of London, Technical University of Barcelona, and many others.
KTH is also strong in the field of Mechanical Engineering and its applications and has strong links with the truck manufacturing companies Scania and Volvo and the automobile manufacturing companies SAAB and Volvo.
Computer applications are like a red thread during the whole study time at KTH. The students are trained with the best software available and the teaching processes are adapted to the development all the time.
Tashkent Automotive Road Institute (TARI - Uzbekistan)
Tashkent Automotive Road Institute was established in 1972 by the decree of the Cabinet Ministers of Uzbekistan. The TARI is the only university in Central Asia, where undergraduate and graduate programs in the areas of automotive and road construction engineering. TARI is a main and central university in preparation of curricula in technical subjects for nine technical and polytechnic universities located in Uzbekistan. At TARI, there are five departments, which are Automotive Manufacturing Technologies, Automotive Transportation, Automotive Roads and Automotive Tunnels Construction, automotive organizations economy and management, and Fundamental studies. Four of these departments train mechanical engineers in Automotive, Road and tunnels/bridges engineering in undergraduate and graduate levels in total of 600 students a year. Majority of the graduates of TARI will go to work in automotive and machine manufacturing factories, and road construction and designing institutions. TARI has links with Uzbekistan Auto-manufacturing Association (UzAutosanoat), Uzbekistan Automotive Road Concern, Oil and Gas Transportation Association, Uzbekistan’s and Tashkent city passenger transportation Organizations, who are the major employers of TARI graduates and main customers for research works performed by TARI.
In addition, TARI is a base university for nine polytechnic universities in Uzbekistan in preparation of curricula in Mechanical Engineering in ground vehicle designing specialty.
Currently, at TARI, there are four divisions, who are involved in teaching CAE/CAD/CAM and Engineering Graphics on Computer classes for undergraduate and graduate students in total of 580 students. They are Automotive manufacturing technologies, Engineering graphics, Automotive maintenance, Road and tunnel/bridge construction engineering.
Politecnico di Torino (PdT - Italy)
Politecnico di Torino is one of the leading educational institutions in Italy in technical subjects. It has a long experience in teaching IT disciplines and has one of the most developed IT-based university management systems.
The Faculty of Information Engineering.
The Faculty of Information engineering was created in October 1999 and now offers following curricula:
- 5-year curriculum in Electronic Engineering
- 5-year curriculum in Telecommunications Engineering
- 5-year curriculum in Computer Engineering. This curriculum includes Automation and Control Engineering
- 3-year curriculum in Electronic Engineering
- 3-year curriculum in Telecommunications Engineering
- 3-year curriculum in Computer Engineering.
The educational paths allow the students to acquire knowledge and skills covering all scientific and technological issues related to
- the creation, processing, storage and transmission of information
- the applications of telecommunications
- the applications of computers
- necessary design and manufacture of electronic equipment, to process signals and to manufacture automation equipment.
The Faculty intends to be more flexible in adapting its educational offer to emerging needs. One of its main aims is to reduce the real duration of studies, making it closer to the formal one, keeping the current quality standard unchanged.
The Faculty promotes internationalization of studies by means of student and staff mobility and to increase a large offer of double-degree schemes with top-level European Institutions. Among them, CLUSTER plays a key role.
The Faculty also offers 4 PhD courses in:
- Electronics and Telecommunications
- Computer Engineering and Automation
- Electronic Measurements
- Materials and Devices for Electronics.
KTH and Politecnico di Torino (PdT) have been partners since 1990 in CLUSTER (Consortium Linking Universities of Science and Technology for Education and Research). CLUSTER is a network of leading European Universities of Technology; these institutions are active in advanced research and higher education of engineers, scientists and architects as their fundamental mission.
The Mechatronics Laboratory (Laboratorio Interdipartimentale di Meccatronica, CSPP - LIM) at the Politecnico di Torino is an interdepartmental structure founded in 1993 as a “joint-venture” by a number of people of the Departments of Control and Computer Sciences (DAUIN), Electrical Engineering (DELET), Electronics (DELEN) and Mechanics (DIMEC) of Politecnico di Torino.
CSPP - LIM activities are organized in terms of projects where different disciplinary expertises are integrated to yield the best overall performance. A number of projects concern experimental investigations about the integration of advanced technologies and methodologies and usually lead to the construction of test rig or demonstrators. In several cases these projects start on internal fundings.
A growing number of projects are committed by companies and lead to the design, construction and testing of industrial prototypes. Industrial is explicitly added to mean both a functional and working prototype of an innovative product and a demonstrator of the actual technological components to be used for production.
The technological and scientific relevance of CSPP - LIM activities is documented on a number of international conference proceedings and journals.
IT Training Center
The IT Training Center has been established thanks to funding from the EC TEMPUS programme’s JEP 24167-2003 project. The center’s major goal is to provide hands on intensive training courses in IT and computer technology applications' use in education and research purposes. The main course contents and materials are created in cooperation with the project consortium members who are Tashkent Automotive Road Institute - Uzbekistan, Royal Institute of Technology, KTH - Sweden and Politecnico di Torino - Italy. Besides, the Center is actively involved in IT infrastructure creation and strategy development in IT applications for academics at Tashkent Automotive Road Institute. At the Center, there are highly qualified IT professionals.
In 2006, seven of the Center's full time staff members became MCP (Microsoft Certified Professionals) certified specialists and subsequently, the Center has become Microsoft IT Academy Program and Platinum Member. All of the center staff members are keen to study, update their skills and to be involved in research.
In fact, the center beyond the scope of its training services is involved in research in the area of intelligent computational techniques applications in engineering problems. In addition, IT Training Center actively participates in retraining and updating computer application skills of professors and teachers in CAE/CAD/CAM and computer modeling. The center is well known in Uzbekistan with its highly qualified specialists in IT and e-learning. Already the center has been working on providing open workshops for university faculties in Internet and IT.
IT Training Center keeps very good relationships with a few European universities in IT and Engineering spheres, and a number of IT related Uzbek universities and institutions in the regions.