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19.07.19 13:23

„Digital Factories & Industry 4.0” @ WI2020

The Chair Application Systems in Business and Administration (IWI-AS) is co-organizing a conference track on Digital Factories and Industry 4.0 at the International Conference on Wirtschaftsinformatik 2020 (WI2020) to be held from March 8-11, 2020, in Potsdam, Germany. The following call is also available on the conference website:  

The potentials of digitization (or digitalization) are transforming manufacturing. Catchwords like Industry 4.0 or Digital Factory have spread in practice and in research. They bring together numerous applications of information technology such as production planning and control (PPS), manufacturing execution (MES), enterprise resource planning (ERP) and supply chain management (SCM) systems. The Digital Factory concept relies on extended information processing within production organization and control as well as on comprehensive communication of multiple systems across entire value chains. With Industry 4.0, automation components deliver relevant data in a suitable form to higher-level systems (MES, ERP, etc.). Cyber-physical systems (CPS) equip production objects with extended capabilities for environment detection and decision making and implement locally managed production plants with intelligent and self-controlling elements. The result is a versatile and resource-efficient factory. In practice, the implementation of this vision turns out to be difficult. Besides the theoretical concepts and generic principles, suitable procedure and configuration models are required that recognize the factory as a socio-technical system. This requires the consideration of human, organizational as well as technological factors. The track addresses these challenges, tasks or action implications and aims at the discussion of theoretical approaches and to further develop their understanding within real organizational manufacturing settings. The track emphasizes the following themes, but is also open to additional topics:

- Digitization/digitalization of manufacturing concepts (e.g. Digital Lean, Digital Supply Chain Management)

- Collaboration in value networks and logistics concepts in the Industry 4.0 context (e.g. ecosystems, platforms, simulations)

- Industry 4.0 from the perspective of business models (e.g. MaaS, B2B2C) and application systems (e.g. ERP)

- Analyses of Industry 4.0 in use cases and applications (e.g. regarding flexibility, benefits, ressource efficiency, maturity models)

- Technologies of Industry 4.0 and integration (e.g. cyber-physical systems, edge computing)

- Architectures and models of Industry 4.0 (e.g. retrofit, digital factory models, digital twin, BIM)

- Application of reference architecture models in digital factories (e.g. IIRA, RAMI4.0)

- Industry 4.0 and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT, secure IoT gateways)

- Industrial analytics and the role of big data for Industry 4.0

- Use of AI and machine learning in the area of Industry 4.0

- User-oriented presentation of information (e.g. assistance systems)

- Man-robot collaboration, augmented and virtual reality

- Data management in Industry 4.0 (e.g. data sovereignty, industrial data ecosystems)

The track is organized by Sander Lass, Barbara Dinter and Rainer Alt. In case you are working in this area they would welcome your submission until August, 16, 2019.

last update: 20.04.2020 


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Leipzig University
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