The Cyber-Physical Systems of Industry 4.0

  in Special Issue   Posted on September 4, 2015

Information for the Special Issue

Submission Deadline: Fri 30 Oct 2015
Journal Impact Factor : 2.691
Journal Name : Computers in Industry
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Special Issue Call for Papers:

Semantically enhanced knowledge-based cyber-physical systems of the industry of the future

The first two industrial revolutions were triggered by the invention of the steam engine and conveyer belt. The third one started with the introduction of industrial automation and Information Technology. The fourth industrial revolution, termed Industry 4.0, is a powerful concept, which promotes full integration of manufacturing IT and control systems with physical objects embedded with electronics, software, sensors and connectivity. The industry of the future is seen as an engineering eco-system, where processes govern themselves, smart products take corrective actions to avoid damages, individual parts are automatically replenished, and raw parts and production machines enter into a dialogue in order to optimise manufacturing processes.The Industry 4.0 concept emerges as the primary determinant of success and survival in this brave and fascinating new world of the future.

Industry 4.0 is a disruptive paradigm, which challenges the ways we think about intelligent knowledge-intensive, semantically and cognitively enhanced industrial enterprises. It has already engaged the imaginations of many enthusiastic scholars and practitioners, and indisputably, merits further extensive academic exploration.

This Special Issue aims to explore and integrate knowledge and engineering principles from a number of ICT areas and engineering disciplines, and develop new knowledge related to the science and technology of Industry 4.0. It invites original, high-quality, application-oriented research papers that explore issues related to Industry 4.0 and the Cyber Physical Systems enabling this concept. All submissions should have clear industrial context and real-life implementation. Papers submitted for consideration should preferably contain a case study or/and experimentation that validates the proposed methodologies. Submissions focusing on individual ICT enabling technology or manufacturing process may be considered out of scope. Smart cities, smart transportation, environmental monitoring, infrastructure monitoring are outside the scope of this issue.

Suitable topics include but are not limited to:

Cyber-physical production systems (CPPS) for improving reconfigurability, adaptability, autonomy, efficiency, functionality, reliability, safety, or usability

Business intelligence for Industry 4.0 demonstrating integration with CPPS

Smart products and systems

Semantic product memories

Product self-awareness


Semantic-based support systems

Context awareness

Human-centred systems for the smart factory of the future

Context-adaptive, AR/VR assistance for fault diagnosis and complex work

Location-based maintenance and planning assistance

Multimodal human machine interaction

Mobile, personalised, situation-adaptive tutoring systems

Adaptive delivery of visualisation to different user profiles and context

Capturing and transferring knowledge between workers


Submission deadline: 30 October 2015
First round decision: 15 December 2015
Re-submission: 28 February 2016
Second round decision and final acceptance: 30 March 2016
Camera ready: 15 April 2016
Expected Publication: autumn 2016

Authors should prepare their manuscript according to the Instructions for Authors available from the online submission page of Computers in Industry.

All the papers will be peer-reviewed following the reviewing procedures.

Guest Editors:

Prof. Rossi Setchi, Cardiff University, UK

Prof. Cecilia Zanni-Merk, ICube / INSA de Strasbourg, France

Prof. Edward Szczerbicki, The University of Newcastle, Australia

Prof Denis Cavallucci, INSA de Strasbourg, France

Prof. Ngoc Thanh Nguyen, The Wroclaw University of Technology, Poland

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