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2018 ISPE International Conference on Transdisciplinary Engineering

August 15th, 2017

25th International Conference on Transdisciplinary Engineering (TE2018)

The TE2018 conference is organized by ISTE (International Society for Transdisciplinary Engineering) - former ISPE (International Society for Productivity Enhancement) and the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (Italy)
It will take place in Modena (Italy), from July 3 to 6, 2018.

Modena is located into the Emilia region, which is famous for Advanced Manufacturing, Automotive and Food industries. In particular, Modena is the beating heart of the “Motor Valley” (which includes companies like Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati, CHN Industrial, Ducati, Pagani). The conference will link researchers and practitioners from industry and academia specialising in design and engineering disciplines from around the world. On July 2, a set of pre-conference interactive workshops will bring together students, researchers, professors and experts discussing crucial topics of Transdisciplinary Engineering. After the conference, on July 6, technical tour and industrial visit will make conference delegates know more about local initiatives, joint research between local industry and University, and the most promising industrial innovations.

The TE2018 conference theme is “Transdisciplinary Engineering Methods for Social Innovation of Industry 4.0”.
It focuses on the multidisciplinarity and transdisciplinarity that drive future innovation in the context of Intelligent Factories and Industry 4.0. The concept of Industry 4.0 outlines the vision of a smart factory characterised by the complete networking of all production parts and processes: real time control via cyber-physical systems, increased use of robots, intelligent and adaptable production systems, which should contribute to greater productivity through resource efficiency. Industry 4.0 needs to be promoted through appropriate innovation and engineering approaches. A special attention should be also paid to human aspects and social reflections: sustainable development, resource-efficient production system, innovative and successful economy, active participatory and collaborative processes, impact of technologies oh human beings and societies. Social innovation is a targeted reconfiguration of human-focused practices with the aim of better solving problems or satisfying needs by makes a contribution to human and social progress.

Important Dates:
December 23, 2017 - Abstract submission and workshop proposal deadline
January 31, 2018 - Full paper submission deadline
March 5, 2018 - Notification of paper acceptance
April 1, 2018 - Final Paper submission

Detailed instructions for preparation and submission of the scientific papers can be found at
The Call For Papers can be downloaded here

We hope to see you in Modena next year!!

Margherita Peruzzini - Conference Chair
Marcello Pellicciari - Conference Co-Chair
Kazuo Hiekata - Program Chair
Josip Stjepandic - Program Co-Chair
Nel Wognum - Program Co-Chair

Concurrent Engineering in the 21st Century-Foundations, Developments and Challenges

February 9th, 2015

Editors: Josip Stjepandić, Nel Wognum, Wim J.C. Verhagen
ISBN: 978-3-319-13775-9 (Print) 978-3-319-13776-6 (Online)

This newly published book serves as a summary of the achievements and the current challenges of Concurrent Engineering. It presents the gradual evolution of the concept of CE and the many technical and social methods and tools that have been developed, including the many theoretical and practical challenges that still exist. Readers are expected to gain a comprehensive picture of the “common sense” of CE as researched and practiced in different world regions and application fields.

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