Prof. Dr. Zoran Miljković received the Plaque at the celebration of the Faculty Day

October 31, 2021

"The future of mechanical engineering is no longer based on design and production of flywheels and rotors; it is based on the artificial intelligence, whose ultimate consequences on humanity, I am not able to see. Previous means that sociology and ethics will be necessary for students' future education because we are entering the dimensions of something much wider than factory halls and machines. Today, you (staff and students of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering) determine the paths of civilization in many ways."

"Today, we are in the fourth phase of the industrial revolution, which is characterized by nanotechnologies, robotics, autonomous vehicles, and, maybe most important, the development of artificial intelligence. Although we cannot see its limits, what we can see is that our common interest is that this technology does not lead to dehumanization. In order to tackle these challenges, in March 2021, the Government of the Republic of Serbia decided to establish the Institute for Artificial Intelligence Research and Development of Serbia, which will deal with researches related to the application of artificial intelligence in various fields."

These were the words of the President of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Professor Dr. Vladimir Kostić, and the Minister of Education, Science and Technological Development of the Republic of Serbia, h.e. Branko Ružić, at the celebration of the Faculty Day, held on October 30, 2021, at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering. Although the presentations of the mentioned speakers unambiguously pointed out the importance of artificial intelligence for both mechanical engineering and society, the general impression of the audience is that almost every speaker considered this scientific discipline in some context.

Certainly, one of the best indicators that artificial intelligence has been successfully studied for many years at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Belgrade, is the MISSION4.0 project, the first Faculty of Mechanical Engineering project supported by the Science Fund of the Republic of Serbia. The project's goals are directly related to applying artificial intelligence techniques within the cyber- physical systems of Industry 4.0 and researches which should answer the ethical questions that the implementation of this technology brings. In other words, the project deals with topics that the speakers pointed out would be necessary in the near future.

Because of the MISSION4.0 project and achieved long-term excellence in teaching and scientific work, the dean of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Prof. Dr. Vladimir Popović, awarded Prof. Dr. Zoran Miljković, the Principal Investigator of the MISSION4.0 project, the Plaque for his contribution to the development and strengthening of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering reputation.