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Marie Jonsson

Associate Professor

The possibility to be a part of transformation of Swedish industry is what drives me. The best way to do that is to do cutting edge research and to equip the future engineers with the tools and knowledge that are relevant for the industry.


I have worked in all parts of the manufacturing company, starting as a press tending operator, to manufacturing engineering and as a project manager for a large-scale Industry 4.0 implementation project. I have worked in all parts of the innovation chain, from company to institute and now at the university. I bring both the industry “bang for buck” perspective, as well as the academic into both my teaching and into my research project. My focus is on Flexibility, Industry 4.0 and Automation as enablers of cost-efficiency in manufacturing.

Flexibility, Industry 4.0 and Automation

Mass customization, shorter life cycles and remanufacturing and repurposing of products are all driving the need for efficient flexibility in manufacturing. The flexibility can be the need to manufacture various products in the same manufacturing cell, or that a company with increasing speed must introduce new products to the market, and therefore must ramp up production fast. Also, companies might want to repurpose or remanufacture an end-of-life product, and therefore must handle a large variety of products in the same production system. Also, companies must do this with as little resources in the form of material, labor, energy etc., as possible, both for sustainability reasons but also to stay competitive. Many companies therefore look towards automation and robotics in their processes, and utilize the data created in the production system to make fact-based decisions, preferable in real time, and to use in prognosis or scenario analyses for the future.

The production system, i.e., the technology, the organization, the people, the processes, and IT must work together in all parts to achieve this flexibility. With cheaper sensors, new standards, more computational power and cheaper storage, novel approaches to automation and collaborative applications, integrated software, and hardware landscapes, can together enable the desired flexibility. In my research I focus on the technical systems and processes but with my background and knowledge in robotic automation, manufacturing systems and processes, I also supports projects with colleagues to work with an integrated, holistic approach. I am especially interested in Industry 4.0, automation, and the possibility to use data created in the production system and processes to increase transparency and support decision making.  In the next generation manufacturing system, data will be key and will need to be considered in the whole lifecycle of the product and production system. 




Kerstin Johansen, Marie Jonsson, Sandra Mattsson (2023) Circularity Impact on Automotive Assembly - What Do We Know? IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology Continue to DOI
Fredrik Henriksson, Marie Jonsson (2023) Repurposing and production - So what's the issue? Reflecting on how the production system can be affected by new circular material flows


Andreas Björnsson, Marie Jonsson, Kerstin Johansen (2018) Automated material handling in compostie manufacturing using pick-and-place systems - a review Robotics and Computer-Integrated Manufacturing, Vol. 51, p. 222-229 Continue to DOI


Andreas Björnsson, Jan Erik Lindbäck, Daniel Eklund, Marie Jonsson (2016) Low-cost Automation for Prepreg Handling - Two Cases from the Aerospace Industry SAE International Journal of Materials & Manufacturing, Vol. 9, p. 68-74 Continue to DOI
Andreas Björnsson, Marie Jonsson, Jan Erik Lindbäck, Malin Åkermo, Kerstin Johansen (2016) Robot-Forming of Prepreg Stacks ‐ Development of Equipment and Methods Proceedings of the 17th European Conference on Composite Materials (ECCM17)

Teaching in production and production systems

Our undergraduate teaching is focused on connecting production technology,
production processes, and engineering tools into a holistic setting with
management practices, software systems and much more.

. The aim is to support the engineer of 2030, which needs a different skillset than previous engineers. He/She must be curious, willing to re-learn, open to collaborating with people from other disciplines, and still have a firm base knowledge and be an expert in all manufacturing related issues. Also, as hardware and software systems integration are growing, the traditional engineering skills must be complemented with understanding in programming, integration, and software systems. I teach courses in production technology and production systems as well as supervising and examining student projects and theses for the Master programs in

  • Mechanical engineering (M),
  • Design and product development (DPU),
  • Industrial engineering and management (I)