Participate online in the transformation of aerospace
14 September 2020
Munich/Taufkirchen – Aerospace drives technological transformation while being subjected to profound changes through digitalisation. The new online course “Digitalisation in Aeronautics and Space” allows an insight into this changing world as well as highlighting the impact on working conditions in engineering. The free Munich Aerospace Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) brings together lecturers from various research institutions and leading-edge companies aiming at professionals, students and all parties interested in technology.
How is artificial intelligence utilised in satellite research? What influence does automation have on production processes in the aviation industry? How do robotics and digitalisation change business processes in the industry? The Munich Aerospace research network and Technical University of Munich (TUM) have produced an English language online course addressing those and many other questions with regard to changing technology in aerospace. The MOOC has been launched today on the Coursera teaching platform. Scientists from TUM, Bundeswehr University Munich (UniBwM), German Aerospace Center (DLR) and Bauhaus Luftfahrt, as well as lecturers from companies such as Airbus and IABG, the analysis and testing provider, explain the influence of digitalisation in production, maintenance and certification processes in the aerospace industry. In her opening remarks, the Bavarian State Minister
for Digital Affairs, Judith Gerlach, emphasises the important role of aerospace research for Bavaria’s digitalisation strategy.
The MOOC consists of three parts comprising altogether ten modules complete with videos and interactive elements. In order to provide the best learning conditions to all online participants, international students taking part in the e-learning programme Global Aerospace Campus had been testing and optimising the course series for six months. “The course is not meant to be attractive through the involvement of renowned experts from various disciplines only; for us it has always been equally important to provide for true learning success”, explains Prof. Klaus Drechsler, Dean of Studies at TUM Department of Aerospace and Geodesy and Munich Aerospace Executive Board member. Participants may for instance validate their knowledge with the help of tests and tasks relevant to their occupation as well as using discussion forums for scientific exchange across borders.