Ubiquitous Manufacturing (UbiM)

in Special Issue   Posted on August 28, 2015 

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Special Issue Call for Papers:


Ubiquitous computing is a concept in software engineering and computer science where computing is made to appear everywhere and anywhere. As an application of ubiquitous computing in the manufacturing sector, ubiquitous manufacturing (UbiM) provides an environment in which manufacturing is done everywhere and anywhere. UbiM enables ubiquitous, convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable manufacturing resources (e.g., software tools, equipments, and manufacturing capabilities). The emergence of some advanced manufacturing technologies, such as lean manufacturing (LM), cloud manufacturing (CMfg), manufacturing grid (MGrid), global manufacturing (GM), virtual manufacturing (VM), agile manufacturing (AgM), internet manufacturing (IM), and additive manufacturing (AdM), have contributed to UbiM. However, unlike cloud manufacturing, in UbiM the mobility and dispersion of manufacturing resources or users are emphasized. Some examples of UbiM are given as follows.

In the past studies, UbiM implies that products can be supplied ubiquitously. However, with the advances in IT, ubiquitous technologies such as RFID, GPS, and autonomous industrial mobile robots have been widely used in logistics. Converting recipes or manufacturing execution systems (MES) helps transfer the production of orders, and is considered as an essential step to UbiM. Recently, distant operation and virtual control of robotic arms or CNC machines have provided several opportunities to UbiM. The prevalence of additive manufacturing resources is also conducive to the formation of an UbiM network. Wearable device can be used in factories to detect an operator’s fatigue, assist in the training of operators, and instantly alert an operator to the operation error.

This special issue is intended to provide technical details of the development of UbiM technologies, and the corresponding applications. These details will hold great interest for researchers in manufacturing, mechanic engineering, operations management, production control, ubiquitous computing, and sensor technology, as well as for practicing managers and engineers. This special issue features a balance between state-of-the-art research and practical applications. This special issue also provides a forum for researchers and practitioners to review and disseminate quality research work on UbiM and the critical issues for further development.


Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

Additive manufacturing
AI and applications, mathematical methods, visualisation
Cloudlet architecture
Digital factory, design, manufacturing, machining, services, recycling
Digital/extended enterprise, service optimisation, SME information services
E-technology, networked virtual/digital equipment, internet/web applications
Equipment fault diagnosis, remote maintenance, advanced engineering analysis
GPS applications
High performance computing, real-time information tracking, sensor networks
Knowledge engineering, remote management, networked MES
Micro/nano-design/manufacturing, tissue engineering, bio-MEMS/manufacturing
Networked hardware units/systems, internet/web infrastructure, semantic web
Ubiquitous assembly cell
Ubiquitous computing applications in manufacturing
Ubiquitous supply of products
UbiM network
RFID applications
Virtual capacity network
Wearable device applications
Web-based product LCE, product development/families design/platforms
Wireless manufacturing, RFID, remote online production, data management
Workflow modelling/scheduling/management, process modelling/simulation
Other related topics

Target Dates

Submission Deadline: September 30, 2015

Notification of the Initial Decision: December 31, 2016

Notification of Acceptance: June 30, 2016

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