Call for Papers

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We welcome both survey and original articles. Accepted papers will be submitted for inclusion into the IEEE Xplore Database which is indexed by EI. Authors of selected papers will be invited to submit an extended version to top international journals in these areas.

Given the fact that technology advancement in these areas is so fast, we also welcome 4-page short papers to present valuable and latest progresses of ongoing projects. Note, all manuscripts shall be written in English, using the IEEE conference template (double column, size 10). The limits of length for different type of papers are: 8 pages for long paper aiming for journal publication, 6 pages for full paper, and 4 pages for work-in-progress papers.


The theme of ES2017 is Made in China 2025 and Industry 4.0. We welcome original and survey articles about the latest advances of technology. The f results can be state-of-the-art, requirements, fundamental theories, models, frameworks, algorithms, methodologies, platforms, protocols, prototypes, testbeds, field trials, case studies/stories, field experiences, standardization efforts, regulatory activities, education and training innovations, etc. The application areas include aeronautics and astronautics, agriculture, automotive, building, construction, energy, finance, healthcare, logistics, manufacturing, process industry, power, transportation, etc.

The topics of interest include but are not limited to:

Topic 1: Enterprise Systems for Industry 4.0

  • Business-IT Alignment and IT Agility
  • Enterprise Modelling & Integration
  • Decision Support Systems
  • Enterprise Knowledge Engineering and Knowledge Management
  • Enterprise Systems for Business Process Management
  • Enterprise Systems for Case Management
  • Information integration and interoperability
  • Cross-organizational collaboration and virtual enterprise
  • Integration of (legacy) enterprise applications and information
  • Information Governance
  • Enterprise Architecture & Engineering
  • Service Oriented Architecture (SOA)

Topic 2: Cyber Physical Systems for Industry 4.0

  • Artificial intelligence and autonomous systems
  • Smart agents and systems
  • Cloud computing techniques for industrial systems
  • Cloud robotics
  • Cloud-based automation and control systems
  • Model based development for CPS
  • Semantic technologies for CPS
  • Formal methods for industrial and enterprise applications
  • Smart logistics for complex services
  • Intelligent Transportation Systems
  • E-Health Systems
  • Smart Grid Systems
  • Smart Homes, Buildings, Communities, and Cities

Topic 3: Internet of Things for Industry 4.0

  • Internet of Things, Services, and People
  • Industrial internet and tactile internet
  • Wireless sensor and actuator network
  • Automation networks, field buses, and Time Sensitive Networks
  • Green communications and computing
  • Ultra-reliable and ultra-low latency networks
  • Super dense networks
  • Automotive networks and Internet-of-Vehicles
  • New PHY/MAC design and signal processing techniques
  • Next generation networks e.g. 5G for industries
  • IP-fication and interoperability of communication technologies

Topic 4: Big Data for Industry 4.0

  • Innovative approaches for data collection (e.g., sensor-based wearable devices, location-based mobile devices)
  • Data analysis (e.g., new econometrics, machine learning, decision science models) of big data
  • New methods to extract business intelligence from structured and unstructured business data (e.g. data in the form of text, video, audio, link structure, etc.)
  • New methods for the creation, sharing and reuse of big data
  • Tools and technologies for deploying and managing big data
  • Cloud-based data storage and exchange
  • New approaches to combine multiple methods of research on big data
  • New methods introduced from reference disciplines (e.g. statistics, biology, medical science, computer science, physics, etc.) for the business analysis of big data

Topic 5: Security and Privacy Protection for Industry 4.0

  • Security in industrial networks
  • Smart device information leaks
  • Trusted and trustworthy computing and cloud services
  • Security in cloud-based enterprise infrastructure
  • Cloud and cyber security
  • Privacy preservation in data release
  • Cryptography, key distribution, and security management
  • Asymmetric encryption for low capacity devices
  • Privacy and data governance

Topic 6: System Engineering and Human Factors for Industry 4.0

  • System-of-systems methodology and practices
  • Social networks and social computing
  • Service design and engineering
  • Management of innovation in complex enterprise environment
  • Human-in-the-loop automation, control, operation, and optimization
  • Advanced human-machine/computer/robot/facility-interaction
  • Wearable technologies and human centric sensing
  • User centric design of industrial and enterprise systems
  • Collaboration between human workers and robots
  • Social-industry information exchange
  • Enablers, drivers, and use cases of the Social Sensing

Topic 7: IoT-enabled Smart Manufacturing

  • Cloud based innovation of business models and manufacturing eco-systems
  • Cloud manufacturing, mass-customization, and flexible manufacturing
  • Networked manufacturing infrastructure and services
  • Flexible and rapid recombination and reconfiguration of workshop floors
  • Task modelling, decomposition, and composition
  • Sharing of distributed manufacturing facilities and fine grain scheduling
  • Holistic optimization of manufacturing efficiency
  • Interaction and integration of Cyber Factory and Physical Factory
  • Evolution and integration of Manufacturing Execution Systems
  • Product life cycle management
  • Manufacturing Facility-as-a-Service

Topic 8: Made in China 2025 and Heathy China 2030

  • Industrial Integration and Industrial Information Integration
  • IoT-enabled transformation and upgrading of real economy
  • The “Made in China 2025 Strategy” and its impact, demand, and enabling technologies
  • The “Healthy China 2030 Strategy” and its impact, demand, and enabling technologies
  • The “Internet Plus Strategy” and its impact, demand, and enabling technologies
  • The “Supply-side Reform Strategy” and its impact, demand, and enabling technologies
  • The “Mass Entrepreneurship and Innovation” and its impact, demand, and enabling technologies
  • Collaborative innovation between government, industry, and academia
  • Enabling technologies and case studies for the Sharing Economy
  • Enabling technologies and case studies for the Crowd Sourcing
  • Enabling technologies and case studies for the Recycling Economy
  • Other emerging technologies, services, and business models

Special Sessions

Approved special sessions:

  • Special Session on Big Data in Smart Grid
  • Special Session on Industry4.0 for healthcare and aging population
  • Special Session on The Advanced Informatization of Railway Industry
  • Special Session on Big Data and IIoT for the Ocean
  • Special Session on Cloud Manufacturing and Industrial 4.0
  • Special Session on Sensing and Data Analytics for Precision Medicine
  • Special Session on IT Operations Management (ITOM) – Challenges & opportunities
  • Special Session on Industrial IoT and Smart City
  • Special Session on Intelligent Equipment Modeling, Informatics and Control
  • Special Session on Human Factors and Ergonomics in Systems
  • Special Session on Indoor Localization and Navigation
  • Special Session on Industrial Internet of Things for Smart Manufacturing

We are calling for more special sessions to provide a focused discussion of new or innovative topics. Special Session organizers consist of at least five papers. All Special Session papers will be reviewed with the same criteria as Regular Session papers. Please submit your proposal by Mar 31, 2017 to Special Session Chair, Prof. Jiafu Wan, South China University of Technology,



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