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Advanced Technologies Internship on Industrial Design Thinking and Mechatronics

Advanced Technologies Internship on Industrial Design Thinking and Mechatronics

Today we encounter a new terminology in Technology, Industry 4.0. What does it mean? Industry 4.0 has been claimed as the fourth revolution of the manufacturing industry. The humankind has already seen three major revolutions in the manufacturing industry.

The 1st Revolution was characterised by the advent of mechanisation and steam which had a significant impact on Manufacturing.

The 2nd revolution took place with the introduction of mass-production assembly lines and electrical energy which brought about an increase in production efficiency.

The 3rd revolution brought automation, computers, and robots into production.

Today we are in the 4th phase of the Industrial Revolution known as Industry 4.0 as depicted in the figure below.

We are witnessing how IoT (Internet of Things) devices and sensors, digitalization, and big data is changing the whole manufacturing industry. The pace is increasing, research is showing new horizons, prototypes are being worked upon, innovative ideas are seeing the light of the day as manufacturing processes undergo rapid change.

We hear different names related to Industry 4.0, such as Smart Factory, Cloud-Based Manufacturing (CBM), Factory of the Future, Smart Manufacturing, and Digital Manufacturing. The scope of this digitalization is clear.

  • Increase production efficiency
  • Reduce waste
  • Decrease manufacturing costs

Industry 4.0 is an interesting topic for those involved in the manufacturing industries because it combines multiple emerging technologies. It requires a combination of talent and expertise. The road to success is paved with multidisciplinary competencies, and it needs more collaboration than ever in manufacturing industries.

The industry 4.0 manufacturing concepts of the future gains benefits from new sensing technologies, big data, cloud computing, artificial intelligence, adaptive robots, smart valves, and autonomous smart control applications for bringing maximum added value in smart processes of the next generation.

As students and professionals stepping into this new era, the prospects are interesting as well as challenging. The opportunities of employment in this new paradigm calls upon a set of skills. Let us look at them. 

1. Networking and IoT

The industry will require a large pool of Networking and IoT experts. Smart factories will relate be connected to their fabrication and material handling equipment in real time. Smart metering and automated infrastructure have already made headway into Power Utilities companies. Similarly, the applications across industries will be infinite.

2. Data Architects and Scientists

 The huge number of networked equipment will generate voluminous data which will need human insights and resourcefulness to make sense. We shall need a lot of Data Architects and Data Scientists to device methods to store, maintain and process this data to make meaningful inferences. We shall need a lot of algorithms and programs to be written and AI codes generated to do the concluding, and even some of the deciding, for us.

3. Development Capabilities

It is envisaged that there will be a need of specialists who are well-versed in real-time operating systems and the programming languages that help build and run them, such as Python, Ruby, C, C++, Java and others.

4. Cybersecurity

The opportunities presented by Industry 4.0 as unprecedented. At the same time, the risks that accompany our wireless and interconnected technologies are significant too. The cyberattacks committed using internet-connected devices have exploded by more than 600 percent since 2017, according to IBM.

5. Design Mindset

Along with technology, the new age organisations will have to bring about a mindset change among its employees. The new recruits will be appreciated if they come equipped with the concepts of Design Thinking. Design thinking aims to discover key insights and define the correct courses of action when developing new innovative products and services. Through design thinking, the correct balance of customer needs, technology enablers, and business models is achieved, even under conditions of extreme uncertainty.

6. Digital Transformation

A bottom up digital transformation needs to be adopted by companies as they proceed on the roadmap of Industry 4.0. It starts from solving needs at the product and business unit levels in the company, rather than taking a top-down approach. Starting small and building quickly permits learning from customer feedback with minimal risk.

Plumule Research works with its clients and partners delivering research pilots in Industrie 4.0. The organization engages with small and medium sized companies as well as students to shape the journeys for industrial innovation and digitalization. The engagement promotes a vibrant ecosystem which brings together Industry professionals and students to work on challenging problems and seek innovative solutions in Industry 4.0.

The Jobs-To-Be-Done framework of Plumule Research coupled with industrial design thinking drives technology pilots using IoT, Artificial Interlligence/Machine Learning, Blockchain, Data Analytics, Cloud Computing and Cybersecurity gives the flexibility to innovate new financially viable business models . It leads to a lean and holistic innovation thriving purely on business outcomes.

Constellation and Plumule Reaserch collaborates in bringing the Industry 4.0 training and business solutions to its customers. It encompasses both students and organisations. We have worked together delivering training to students of Techno India International Kolkata and KIIT Bhubaneswar. We have also conducted learning sessions for India Power, a power utility company in Kolkata.

Plumule Research has conceptualised a unique course encompassing multiple skills necessary for Industry 4.0. It is meant for college students for preparing themselves for the new age and new technology scenarios. Currently these subjects are not part of the course curriculum of most undergradute coureses and students working with us will learn the concepts and spend time deep diving and researching on them to come up with solutions to real life industry problems.

Constellation is responsible for the overall management and smooth conduct of the course. Constellation is taking this course to clients in the IT sector in India who are pursuing the Industry 4.0 technologies to recruit out students. Hence our students will benefit in placements from this wide network of potential recruiters.

Objectives of the Course

The Advanced Technologies Internship on Industrial Design Thinking and Mechatronics course is a one-year internship program where the student is put on a journey of industrial design thinking and prototyping a minimum viable product for the industry.

During the journey, the student will:

  • Learn to build a sample connected system spontaneously by breaking complex industrial scenarios into sub systems and modules.
  • Build on crystallizing ideas to pilots and structures evolving through self-organization and natural instincts.
  • They will learn about systems theory and non-linear dynamics, use of IoT, AI, Machine Learning and Deep Learning.
  • In all it will be an enriching experience through real world projects and context appreciation and change management.

Benefits of the Course

The benefits are summarised as:

  • An end to end knowledge of the components of the Industry 4.0 framework
  • Ability to think independently, ideate and formulate a solution on your own with guidance of an industry mentor
  • Understand business processes at work in industry and appreciate the role of technology as an enabler
  • Work on an industry problem, research on the probable solution, build and test
  • Confidence in pursuing a career in advanced technologies of the future
  • Access to the Constellation placement network of companies across who recruit from the pool of students that we train


The total duration of the course is 1 year. The contact hours are 300 of which there are 60 hours of mentorship and coaching followed by 90 hours of self-learning and organization and 150 hours of group activities and projects.

Who should take the Course?

The course can be taken by professionals and students of pre final year and final year of the mentioned disciplines

  • Industry Professionals who wish to reskill to digital technologies or want to work on strategic innovation and entrepreneurship and build their own teams
  • Students of Engineering both at Bachelors and Masters levels with an interest in computers and programming
  • Students of Computer Application at Bachelors and Masters levels
  • Students pursuing Science in Computers at Bachelors and Masters levels
  • Students of Science with a flair for Computers and programming
  • Students of Commerce with a flair for Computers and programming

Course Content

The course content is given below:




Expected Hours

Focus Methods/Objectives



2 weeks

Guide Contact : 6
Self Study : 9
Group Activity : 15

Understanding Global Citizenship Education: ESG & SDG
Exposure to Code of Business Ethics
Idea Storm: Complex Systems & Self Organization



12 weeks

Guide Contact : 24
Self Study : 36
Group Activity : 60

Technology : Python, IoT, AI/ML, AR/VR, Robotics, Cloud, Cybersecurity, Big Data/ Hadoop, Blockchain, Quantum Computing
Hybrid Microservices architecture
Enterprise Architecture
Industrial Design Thinking
Business Model Innovation, Case Studies
Financials & Legal
Flipped Learning Models



8 weeks

Guide Contact : 8
Self Study : 12
Group Activity : 20

Search for the problem of your choice in a repository
Look for partnerships in the community to build team
Study available industry reference
Proactively look for signals for change to see what’s next in that industry



6 weeks

Guide Contact : 4
Self Study : 6
Group Activity : 10

Creative thinking, use technology to bring new benefits, new consumers, new contexts, new products, new services
Democratizing & building the culture of practising innovation



12 weeks

Guide Contact : 12
Self Study : 18
Group Activity : 30

Gated entry: Minimum 3/5 in each dimension:
1) Rate of learning of business & technology 2) Ecosystem / connected
thinking 3) Hybrid visualization 4)Application of Systems & Standards 5)Power of Imagination & Long Thinking 6)Critical thinking 7) Empathy
Stakeholder / Beneficiary Modelling, Design Principles, Data Leverage & AI, Business & Technology Innovation, Governance



8 weeks

Guide Contact : 4
Self Study : 6
Group Activity : 10

Autonomous testing, instilling robustness and resilience, contextual sensitivity, building capacity for zeitgeist leadership
Building a product or a solution that evolves with time.



4 weeks

Guide Contact : 2
Self Study : 3
Group Activity : 5

Create return on experience, create sustainable outcomes, moving upward in downturns, continue to know from the market, build readiness for disruption, complete retooling, build leadership and psychology for turnarounds, thinking through the impossible to build the Art of the Possible

Contact hours per week: 7

The course will be conducted by Ms. Riti Chatterjee. She is the CEO of Plumule Research and she along with her team has designed the course.

An evangelist of innovation and creativity, she is a recent entrepreneur with several years of experience in planning, architecting and implementing information systems solutions to address business opportunities in commodity trading, energy and utilities, supply chain, retail, logistics and distribution, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, and telecom. She has led large and complex systems integration projects in ubiquitous technologies and pureplay IT systems.

In her 30+ years of corporate journey through the industry giants namely Cognizant, RCOM, IBM, TCS, MN Dasturco and NTPC she experienced the huge gap between academia and industry. In 2017, she took   a break from corporate life to reskill herself in Industry 4.0 architecture and design. Considering the massive shift of jobs to the digital arena, she decided to dedicate her time to grow young engineering students with industry concepts while in parallel learning to innovate and work hands-on in emerging technologies. Her startup Plumule Research LLP  has a joint venture with a Japanese company on building smart healthcare based on IoT, AR, AI, ML, and Blockchain technologies.

She contributed to the definition of EPCglobal standards in ‘ePedigree’ and ISO IEC JTC1 SC7 India Mirror – IT Governance for Cloud Computing. Riti led organizational capability building programs and grew high performing, innovative thought leaders while building winning relationships with customers, business partners, and service providers.

She is passionate about growing people to be thought leaders. She takes pride in pioneering technology-driven business processes and delivering production-ready software in a lean, fast and efficient way.

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