From Mechatronics to the Cloud

  • David BradleyEmail author
  • David Russell
  • Peter Hehenberger
  • Jorge Azorin-Lopez
  • Steve Watt
  • Christopher Milne


At its conception mechatronics was viewed purely in terms of the ability to integrate the technologies of mechanical and electrical engineering with computer science to transfer functionality, and hence complexity, from the mechanical domain to the software domain. However, as technologies, and in particular computing technologies, have evolved so the nature of mechatronics has changed from being purely associated with essentially stand-alone systems such as robots to providing the smart objects and systems which are the building blocks for Cyber-Physical Systems, and hence for Internet of Things and Cloud-based systems. With the possible advent of a 4th Industrial Revolution structured around these systems level concepts, mechatronics must again adapt its world view, if not its underlying technologies, to meet this new challenge.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • David Bradley
    • 1
    Email author
  • David Russell
    • 2
  • Peter Hehenberger
    • 3
  • Jorge Azorin-Lopez
    • 4
  • Steve Watt
    • 5
  • Christopher Milne
    • 5
  1. 1.Abertay UniversityDundeeUK
  2. 2.Penn State Great ValleyMalvernUSA
  3. 3.University of Applied Sciences Upper AustriaWelsAustria
  4. 4.University of AlicanteAlicanteSpain
  5. 5.University of St AndrewsSt AndrewsUK

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