20th IEEE International Conference on
Emerging Technologies and
Factory Automation

September 8-11, 2015, Luxembourg


SS02 Advanced flexibility Methods in Engineering and Operation of Automated Production Systems

Special Session Organizers:

Birgit Vogel-Heuser, TU Munich, Germany
Paulo Leitão, Polytechnic Institute of Bragança, Portugal
Ulrich Epple, RWTH Aachen, Germany
Michael Weyrich, Stuttgart University, Germany

Aim: The manufacturing industry propagates enhances in the production of highly individualized products created by multiple partners. Smart Automation of the future might potentially deploy new approaches in the management of production resources, products and materials and involve new ways of engineering. In Europe and especially in Germany there is a large scale initiative, “Industrie 4.0”, in academia and the industry realm.

As automated systems are often operated for several decades, they need to be flexible enough to address evolving customer and system requirements or environmental constraints. As a result, flexible automated production systems are complex systems that involve a multitude of discipline parts. In order to handle this complexity, it is therefore inevitable to provide modelling and design approaches as well as corresponding tools that support the engineering of flexible automated production systems. Moreover, to rapidly react to changing customer and system requirements or environmental conditions, appropriate concepts and tools that increase flexibility in operation of automated production systems are necessary.

The aim of this special sessions is to discuss latest trends and developments as well as emerging topics related to increasing flexibility during engineering and/ or operation of (but not limited to) automated production systems. Industry and academia are welcome to discuss the needs and use cases as well as practices and experiences related to flexibility. The results of the discussions may lead to future advances that help in increasing flexibility.

Topics: Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Architectures for flexible industrial automation systems based on Cyber-Physical System and Industrie 4.0 concepts
  • Concepts and tools to increase flexibility of low-level control (IEC 61131-3 and IEC 61499-based control, applications of service-oriented architectures)
  • Concepts and tools to increase flexibility of high-level control (applications of multi-agent systems, service-oriented architectures, etc.)
  • Modelling, design methods, notations and tools for improving the engineering or managing the complexity of flexible intelligent automated production systems
  • Benchmark scenarios for the Smart Factory of intelligent automated production systems
  • Use cases of Industrie 4.0 leading to a formalized methodology or new standards and concepts

The program of the special session can be found here.

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