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  • Summer Course 2018
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In 2050 

Customer: Good morning, I would like a Tesla Roadster.
Seller: Take away or not?
Customer: Take away, please. I am on a hurry…
Seller: Ok sir, it will be ready in 5 minutes!

This will be a typical conversation in a few years since the application of the Digital Technologies to the Automotive Industry will not only decrease the required production time, but at the same time it will improve flexibility and quality of services.

So, are you ready to spend 10 unforgettable days in Patras, experiencing first hand the digital technologies that are transforming the manufacturing paradigm, using a Virtual Reality Cave to design, 3D printing and human-robot symbiotics to manufacture, Augmented Reality tools to assemble the Cyber-Physical Car of Tomorrow and simultaneously enjoy a lot of tzatziki nearby the sea under the Greek sun? If your answer is YES, don’t be shy, just apply to our awesome BEST Summer Course in Patras!

We are waiting for you back from the future!



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Department of Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautics
University of Patras



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Academic Stuff

Associate Professor:
Mourtzis Dimitris


Dr. Panagiotis Stavropoulos

Dr. Alexios Papacharalampopoulos

Dr. George Michalos

Ms. Nikoletta Boli

Mr. Harry Bikas

Mr. Vassilis Zogopoulos

Ms. Anna Karvouniari

Ms. Niki Kousi

Mr. Panagis Foteinopoulos

Mr. George Dimitrakopoulos



Academic Materials







Formula Student

UoP Racing is the Formula Student team of the University of Patras. Founded in 2002, and supported throughout the years by the Laboratory for Manufacturing Systems & Automation,  we develop, design and manufacture a racing car that competes at the Formula Student series around the globe, alongside with hundreds of teams from all over the world. For more information click here.

With the support of University of Patras

The University of Patras was founded in the city of Patras in 1964 and it began functioning in the academic year 1966-67. Its creation contributed vastly to the decentralization of academic education in Greece. The University of Patras is the third largest University in Greece concerning the size of students potential, the faculty members, administrative personnel, number of departments, and accredited students titles. It includes 22 Departments, with a large number of sectors and consequently a great range of disciplines, which operate 112 laboratories and 14 clinics fully equipped. The University has 30,254 undergraduate and 3,825 postgraduate students. It enumerates 164 of faculty members, 238 of teaching staff, and 372 administrative personnel.


European Participants


 Judit Bogár , Hungary   

 Irene Castell, Spain   

Ahmnet Demirci, Turkey   

David Marques, Portugal  

Veronica Di Pratola, Italy  

 Raul Ghisa , Romania 

 Tatiana Kovaleva, Russia  

Laura Llobet Genaro, Spain  

Tuukka Löytynoja, Finland  

Petr Machac, Czech Republic  

Nora Pap, Hungary 

Elena Pérez , Spain 

Guilherme Pires, Portugal  

Vojtech Poriz, Czech Republic  

João Prata, Portugal 

Victor Rodshteyn, Russia  

Javier Ruiz Fernández, Spain  

Adina-Maria Rus, Romania 

Sara Stanczyk , Poland

Aleksandra Stanojevic, Serbia  

Sriram Venkatachalam, Slovakia  

Melike Sengün, Turkey 

Local Participants


Alexandros  Alevizopoulos, Greece

Elena  Altani, Greece

Antigoni  Mamaloukou, Greece

George  Papadimitriou, Greece

Magdalini Papanaoum, Greece

Efstathios  Topaloglou, Greece

Orestis Konstantinos  Triantopoulos, Greece

Spyridon Tsekouras, Greece

Aristeidis  Tsiligiannis, Greece

Dimitrios-Angelos  Tzouvelekis, Greece


Moving towards a digitalization era, it is highly important to adapt to the changes to come. Internet of Things and Cloud technologies applications become part of our everyday life, shaping how products are made and the Smart Cities they operate in. This era has also expanded into various fields such as the Automotive Industry.

Are you studying Engineering or Natural Science in the University of Patras?
Do you want to adapt to this new digitalization era too? 
Would you like to acquire hands-on experience of novel digital technologies?
Are you interested in expanding your knowledge of car manufacturing?
Would you like to combine education and fun, but you do not know how?
Are you fascinated by meeting and collaborating with students from all around Europe?
Do you want to explore the city of Patras from a different perspective?

Summer Course 2018

If your answer is YES to all the questions above, we might have an interesting suggestion for you!

BEST Patras for 27th consecutive year organises a Summer Course in order to provide complementary education to students. This year, the Summer Course with title “The Teaching Factory Concept: Making the Car of Tomorrow” is carried out from 14th until 23th of July in cooperation with the Laboratory for Manufacturing Systems and Automation (LMS) of Department of Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautics of University of Patras.

This Summer Course revolves around a Teaching Factory that will give the participants hands-on experience on how novel digital technologies will shape the manufacturing of Car of Tomorrow. The course comprises academic lectures, labs and workshops as well as a company visit, aiming at providing a broad picture of the technologies, challenges and research topics for the factories of the future, while maintaining a balance between theory and practice. Through these activities, participants will experience how Digitization and Virtual Reality offer new ways of product design and validation through digital mock-ups. At the same time they will acquire hands-on experience of novel manufacturing concepts and technologies, including 3D printing that will enable mass customization and Human-Robot symbiotics supported by Augmented Reality instructions that will offer new ways of assembling complex parts, on the road towards manufacturing the Cyber-Physical Car of tomorrow.

The academic schedule has been supervised by Associate Professor Mourtzis Dimitris and his Corporates. Besides the academic part (Lectures, Laboratories, Workshop, Company Visit), you can participate to the social & cultural activities that will take place during the Summer Course and have the opportunity to meet students from all around Europe and build strong friendships beyond borders and stereotypes.

The fee is 30€ and covers coffee breaks during academic part and the social activities. Your participation to the last ones is recommended, but not obligatory in contrast with the academic activities, which you must attend in order to obtain the Certificate and the Course Information Form (CIF). 

So, hesitate no more and apply to Summer Course 2018 “The Teaching Factory Concept: Making the Car of Tomorrow” as Local Participant through this


until 22th of June. The results will be announced at 25th of June respectively! The selection criteria are the Motivational Letter of each applicant and his/her Interest of Topic.

The number of Local Participants is limited, so do not miss this unforgettable experience, while receiving 1.0 ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credit and working into a multicultural environment.

The Team

Local BEST Group of Patras

LBG Patras was born in 1990 and is one of the first members of the organization. Later, in chronological order, LBG Chania (TUC), LBG Athens (NTUA) and LBG Thessaloniki (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki) joined.

So the story of LBG Patras starts at the beginning of the last decade. Since then, our course has been continuous and increasing. This year, we celebrate 24 years in BEST and an equal number of seminars that have been organized. Also cultural exchanges, seminars and the highlight of course, the General Assembly (General Assembly, GA) in 1995 with 150 participants.

At the same time there has been an excellent cooperation with the University and all the technical faculties. More than 1500 students from Patras had the opportunity to participate in the BEST events around Europe, to learn what we call “BEST spirit” and make new friends. Thousands respectively were the ones who were hosted in Patras until now.


Core Team

Sofia Tsoupra

Academic Responsible

Angeliki Tsoupra

Main Organizer

Afroditi Stamatopoulou

Participant Responsible

Nikos Chrysovitsanos

Logistics Responsible

Vasilis Koufopanos

Transportation Responsible

Thomas Perifanos

Social Responsible

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