ÉTS Launches the First Academic Hub on Industry 4.0 and the Siemens Chair on Industry 4.0 Technology Integration

From left to right: Charles Despins (Director of Research and Partnerships, ÉTS), Faisal Kazi, (CEO, Siemens Canada), Hany Moustapha (Sector Director and Siemens Chair), Claire Samson (Dean of Research , ÉTS), Marie-Josée Blais (Assistant Deputy Minister, MEI), Thomas Scarinci (Senior Vice President, Siemens AGT), Zafirios Gazidis (Director of Business Development, Siemens Canada), Patrick Suter (Assistant Director, Corporate Partnerships) research, NSERC)

“Ensuring that our industries are at the cutting edge of technology in order to increase our productivity is a priority for our government. The Innovation Hub will meet the challenges of the Québec business sector and recruit the finest talents to ensure that Industry 4.0 is on the lookout for business opportunities and is able to realize its full potential. This program will stimulate innovation and ensure positive spinoffs for Quebec,”

 Pierre Fitzgibbon, Minister of Economy and Innovation 


“The fourth industrial revolution (Industry 4.0), with its automation and digitization, is creating waves of disruptive technologies across the industry and will drive a major change in tomorrow’s workforce.

The ÉTS Innovation 4.0 Hub will mobilize and combine the expertise of more than 50 professors in five ÉTS departments in order to address the future needs of Industry 4.0 in five key industrial sectors: aerospace, energy, health and safety, construction and ground transportation. In addition to establishing integrated research and development (R&D) projects and national and international partnerships, the hub will develop courses and programs that will help prepare the next generation of highly qualified personnel to face the future technology challenges of Industry 4.0. We are proud to have the Siemens Chair on Industry 4.0 as the first major Hub 4.0 project.

The Hub will build on the success of AÉROÉTS (created in 2010) and Aerospace 4.0  (created in 2016). Professor Hany Moustapha, holder of the Siemens Chair on Industry 4.0, will be the Director of the Hub 4.0.

Pierre Dumouchel, Director General of ÉTS


Hany Moustapha presented the seven key research areas covered by the Hub. “The Innovation 4.0 Hub will include the Internet of Things, Data Analytics, System Integration, Smart and Additive Manufacturing, Augmented and Virtual Reality, Autonomous Systems, as well as Cyber Security,” stated the distinguished professor. He also reminded guests that the Siemens Chair, co-financed by NSERC and MITACS, is the first industrial chair in Canada on Industry 4.0 which combines the expertise of 20 professors from ÉTS, Concordia and McGill Universities. The three major projects are included in the Chair are: Digital Multidisciplinary Analysis and Design Optimization (led by McGill Prof. Michael Kokkolaras), a Digital Technology Platform for Supply Chain (led by Concordia Prof. Nadia Bhuiyan) and Advanced Manufacturing Automation, Digitization and Optimization (led by ÉTS Prof. Antoine Tahan). 

Hany Moustapha, Director of the Hub 4.0


  • More than 300 professors across the 8 universities

  • 9 main research areas

  • 10 business sectors

  • About 70 industrial partners

  • Several national and international partners