FORA—Fog Computing for Robotics and Industrial Automation is a European Training Network (ETN), which will fund and train 15 PhD candidates in the area of Fog Computing, during the period 2017-2021. Fog Computing, also sometimes called Edge Computing, brings the Cloud “closer to the ground”, to the edge of the network. FORA is an interdisciplinary, international, intersectoral network that will train the next generation of researchers in Fog Computing with applicability to industrial automation and manufacturing.


We are at the beginning of a new industrial revolution, Industry 4.0, which will only become a reality through the convergence of Operational and Information Technologies (OT & IT), and this convergence will be achieved through Fog Computing.

The funding comes from European Union’s Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) European Training Networks (ETN) instrument part of the Horizon 2020 research program. The consortium is formed of 4 universities and 3 companies from Sweden, Denmark, Austria and Germany, and has associated partners also in Silicon Valley, USA.

The training of future researchers is achieved via a research program focusing on: a reference system architecture for Fog Computing; resource management mechanisms and middleware for deploying mixed-criticality applications in the Fog; safety and security assurance; service-oriented application modeling and real-time machine learning.

FORA’s researchers will receive integrated training across key areas (computer science, electrical engineering, control engineering, industrial automation, applied mathematics and data science) necessary to fully realize the potential of Fog Computing for Industry 4.0 and will move between academic and industrial environments to promote interdisciplinary and intersectoral learning.

Please read more about the FORA research objectives, see our vacancies and why you should join FORA.