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Call for Papers

Authors from academia and industry are encouraged to join the event & share their research results and empirical insights focusing on one of the following themes:

Extended session proposal deadline: 16th October 2020

Digitalization for Modelling and Controlling Smart Manufacturing Systems and Networks

Modeling, control, and optimization of smart production systems and networks 

Simulation, control, and monitoring of resilient production systems and networks 

Human and social factors in production systems and networks

Operations management in production systems and logistics

Lifecycle management, product-service systems and technologies 

Newest trends in enterprise modeling and information systems 

New advances in robotics and autonomous systems 

Advanced reliability, maintenance and safety engineering and technologies

Sustainable production, circular economy

Biological transformation in production

Human-robot cooperation 

yber-physical production and logistic systems 

AI and machine learning applications in production and logistics

Important dates

Special/Invited Session/Open Tracks proposal
30th September 2020

Draft paper submission
31st October 2020

Notification of acceptance
15th December 2020

Camera-ready final manuscripts
1st February 2021



Regular Sessions

Authors are invited to submit draft papers reporting original research of theoretical or applied nature. Final manuscripts are limited to 6 pages.


Invited Sessions

Invited sessions consist of papers focusing on targeted subjects and presenting a unifying theme. Invited session organizers should
submit an abstract that summarizes the aim and the content of the invited session. If at least 5 papers are accepted, the session is included in the symposium program as an invited session, otherwise, the papers will be included in regular sessions.


Special Sessions

Special sessions offer a venue for the presentation of topics of special academic, social or industrial interest, such as emerging research areas or the most recent trends in manufacturing engineering. The format of special sessions is more flexible; it allows a panel discussion, led by the session chair(s), to motivate the exchange of opinions among presenters and participants.


Open Invited Tracks

Open Invited Tracks consist of regular papers focusing on targeted subjects; they have no upper limit on the number of papers; only those tracks having gathered more than 5 papers will be considered.


Prof. László Monostori (HU),  Prof. Hervé Panetto (FR), Dr. Botond Kádár (HU), Prof. Benoit Iung (FR)     

Invited Sessions

The session list is continuously updated.

Enhancing visibility, traceability and transparency in manufacturing systems and supply chainscode: ensik 
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Proposed by Prof. Dr. Elias Ribeiro da Silva, Prof. Dr. Jannis Angelis and Prof. Dr.-Ing. Enzo Morosini Frazzon.

Human factors in production and logistics systems of the futurecode: 27uc3 
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Proposed by Fabio Sgarbossa, Daria Battini, Christoph H. Glock, Eric H. Grosse and W. Patrick Neumann.

Knowledge and sensing services for the Factory of the Future applicationscode: 12fea 
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Proposed by Mario Lezoche, Diego Torres, Víctor Codocedo and Milan Zdravkovic.

"Ageineering" – Challenges of Engineering, Management and Control in digital transformation of Social infrastructurecode: g278d 
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Proposed by Assist. Prof. Dr David Bogataj, Prof. Dr Vlado Dimovski and Prof. Dr Alenka Temeljotov Salaj.

"Assembly 4.0": Smart, Collaborative, Responsive Assembly Processes & Systems for Industry 4.0 Era - code: ipj56
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Proposed by Yuval Cohen, Francesco Pilati and Maurizio Faccio.

Digital Twins for the control, integration and management of Industrial Systems - code: j3127
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Proposed by William Derigent, Olivier Cardin and Ajith Kumar Parlikad.

Digital Twins for plant control in Cyber Physical Systems  - code: 18m7h
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Proposed by Benoît Iung, Jay Lee, Marco Macchi, Elisa Negri and Georg Weichhart.

Special Sessions

The session list is continuously updated.

Digitalization for sustainable operations in smart manufacturing  code: f336e
Proposed by Giacomo Barbieri, Luca Fumagalli, Andrew Kusiak, Fabiana Pirola and Fabio Sgarbossa.

Open Invited Tracks

The session list is continuously updated.

System Identification for Manufacturing Control Applications  code: 64i22
Proposed by Natalia Bakhtadze, Kirill Chernyshov and Elena Jharko.

Intelligent Methods and Tools supporting Decision Making in Manufacturing Systems and Supply Chainscode: 135cr
Proposed by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Freitag, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Enzo Morosini Frazzon and Prof. Dr.-Ing. Carlos Eduardo Pereira.

Information and Control Systems in the Cyber-Physical Enterprise - code: 14t97
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Proposed by Georg Weichhart, Arturo Molina, and Hervé Panetto.

Paper Submission

All manuscripts as well as Invited/Special Session proposals and Open Tracks must be electronically submitted through the PaperPlaza Conference Manuscript Management System.

Guidelines for the preparation of manuscripts are provided on the IFAC website.

All papers will be accepted with the understanding that they will be presented at the conference. At least one author of each accepted paper will be required to register for INCOM2021 before uploading the final version.

Accepted papers that have been presented at an IFAC meeting will be published in the proceedings of the event using the open-access IFAC-PapersOnLine series hosted on ScienceDirect.

Post-symposiim publications: the IPC of INCOM 2021 may screen presented papers with the purpose of recommending the authors to consider significantly extended versions in one of the IFAC Journals and other high-ranked journals:
Annual Reviews in Control, Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence, International Journal of Computer Integrated Manufacturing, Computers & Industrial Engineering, Journal of Industrial and Intelligent Information, Enterprise Information Systems, Journal of Intelligent Manufacturing Systems, International Journal of Production Research, Production.


All publication material submitted for presentation at an IFAC-sponsored meeting (Congress, Symposium, Conference, Workshop) must be original and hence cannot be already published, nor can it be under review elsewhere. The authors take responsibility for the material that has been submitted. IFAC-sponsored conferences will abide by the highest standard of ethical behavior in the review process as explained on the Elsevier webpage (, and the authors will abide by the IFAC publication ethics guidelines (

Accepted papers that have been presented at an IFAC meeting will be published in the proceedings of the event using the open-access IFAC-PapersOnLine series hosted on ScienceDirect ( To this end, the author(s) must grant exclusive publishing rights to IFAC under a Creative Commons license when they submit the final version of the paper. The copyright belongs to the authors, who have the right to share the paper in the same terms allowed by the end user license, and retain all patent, trademark and other intellectual property rights (including research data).