Industry and Cities Revolution: Industry 4.0 and Smart Cities

Strategic Materials

Ongoing technology innovations challenge the status quo and may in a few years completely change how the current society interacts in their work environments and social conviviality. Technological innovations such as Artificial Intelligence, 3D printing, autonomous vehicles, the internet of things, machine-assisted processes, biotechnological processes, new technologies for work organization, and the new instruments of environmental sustainability are among the priorities of scientific development. Unlike previous revolutions, there is a change occurring at great speed, breadth, and depth in technological and social terms. Such changes have been the subject of discussion and massive investments in countries such as Germany, United States, China, France, among others. Brazil will have to modernize so that the R&D of a strategic order that will impact all the productive sectors, especially industries and cities, occurs in an integrated and contextualized form with our reality. It is from this conjuncture that the “Revolution in Industries and Cities – Industry 4.0 and Smart Cities” was chosen as a priority area by UFSCar within the context of PrInt. Within this research theme, six sub-themes were listed: (1) Technological development and management for Industry 4.0; (2) Operations management and innovation for Industry 4.0; (3) Dynamics of work and society related to Industry 4.0 and smart cities; (4) Sustainability, institutions and social conflicts related to Industry 4.0 and smart cities; (5) Cities and ruralities in the contemporary world; (6) Management, Planning and Technology in Urban Systems. The diversity of graduate programs and the high capacity demonstrated by their researchers consolidate and validate this proposal, the main focus of which is multidisciplinary. To that end, these PGPs must articulate and interact with institutions from other countries to analyze and plan the fusion of technologies and convergence between physical, digital, biological and management domains, including the impacts of sociological order entailed.


UFSCar PrInt Capes - Industry and Cities Revolution - Industry 4.0 and Smart Cities UFSCar PrInt Capes - Industria 4.0 e Cidades Inteligentes



  1. Technological Development and Management with Industry 4.0 Domain
  2. Management and Innovation Towards Industry 4.0
  3. Works Dynamics and Society
  4. Sustainability, Institutions and Social Conflicts
  5. City and Rural Environments in the Modern Era
  6. Management, Planning and Technology in Urban Systems



Consolidate and expand research networks and increase the visibility of UFSCar’s PGPs in the area "Industry 4.0 and Smart Cities" through mobility and the attraction of international researchers to UFSCar.

The main aim is to promote international scientific research networks from UFSCar's PGPs in "Industry 4.0 and Smart Cities", through the strengthening and expansion of existing collaborations as well as the nucleation of new research networks with international excellence institutions. To that end, this proposal will seek to leverage existing international recognition for UFSCar in this research area, which will be used to expand the mobility and attraction of foreign researchers of recognized ability. With this, the intention is to increase the PGPs visibility and to project UFSCar internationally as a Center of Excellence in the area. The following specific objectives are specified:

  • to study the effect of Industry 4.0 technologies in the management of operations and in the supply and food chains;
  • to study the effect of technologies 4.0 in the management of inclusion/incorporation of food industry residues by means of smart sustainability;
  • to create and evaluate advanced technologies for treating industrial effluents (liquid and gaseous) and to reduce the greenhouse effect, contributing to improve air quality and preserving the environment;
  • to develop and implement innovative processes for the generation of energy from waste (biomass and plastics), contributing to mitigate the environmental impact of materials disposal;
  • to empower researchers at the frontiers of knowledge to lead the Industry 4.0 deployment in Brazil;
  • to use residues from 4.0 food industries in sustainable ways, to minimize unused residues, improving the smart use of waste;
  • to study the effect of Industry 4.0 on the work dynamics and organization;
  • to study relations and effects of Industry 4.0 on the circular economy;
  • to study relations and effects of Industry 4.0 on sustainable production;
  • to study the effect of Industry 4.0 on the sustainable use of food residues.


Involved Graduate Programs

Strategic Countries

Until August 2019
Australia; Austria; Belgium; Canada; China; Cuba; Denmark; Finland; France; Germany; Italy; India; Japan; Netherlands; Norway; Portugal; Russia; Spain; Sweden; United Kingdom (U.K); United States (USA).

From September 2019

Argentina; Australia; Austria; Belgium; Canada; Chile; China; Colombia; Cuba; Czech Republic; Denmark; Finland; France; Germany; India; Ireland; Italy; Japan; Mexico; Netherlands; New Zealand; Norway; Portugal; Russia; South Africa; South Korea; Spain; Sweden; Switzerland; United Kingdom (UK); United States (USA); Uruguay


Piter Gargarella, PhD.


Ricardo Fernandes, PhD.

Teresa Cristina Zangirolami, PhD.