SIMS 2018 2nd International Symposium on Small-scale Intelligent Manufacturing Systems

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SIMS 2018

16th-18th April 2018

Farnham Estate Spa and Golf Resort, Cavan, Ireland

First Announcement and Call for Papers

SIMS – International Symposium on Small-scale Intelligent Manufacturing Systems – is the leading international forum for academic and industrial experts to disseminate information on the most recent theories, practices and research results in the field of Small-scale Intelligent Manufacturing Systems.

Small-scale Intelligent Manufacturing System (SIMS) is an emerging concept and it is of paramount importance for improving and enhancing the competitiveness and sustainability of manufacturers, especially small and medium-sized manufacturers, in order to survive in today’s rapid changing market. SIMS aims to incorporate state-of-the-art technologies with leading edge management methods for achieving continuous improvement on flexibility, reliability, productivity and sustainability of manufacturing systems, in order to provide customers with highly customized products, at reasonable price, and with rapid delivery.

The SIMS Symposium aims to provide a common platform for academics, researchers and practitioners to interact and discuss the trends and advances. 

Symposium Topics

The main topics of SIMS 2018 include, but are not limited to:

• Robotics and Automation • Augmented Reality • Lean and Agile Manufacturing • Virtual and Grid Manufacturing  

• Innovative Product Design and Optimization • Integration of CAD/CAPP/CAM/CIMS • Operations Management

• Quality Control and Management • Sustainable Supply Chain Management • Industry 4.0 

• Flexible manufacturing system • Logistics and Life-cycle Management • Intelligent Decision Making

• Big Data and Internet of Things • Intelligent Manufacturing • Human Factors • Production planning and control

• Safety, Security and Risk Management

Submission of papers

Authors are invited to submit their papers presenting the results of original research or innovative practical applications relevant to the symposium. The papers should be 6 pages, in English according to the IEEE template, which can be downloaded from symposium website. Pages over 6 will be charged. Each presentation at the symposium will be given 20 minutes timeslot.

Abstracts of papers can be submitted through the conference paper management system.

Each paper will be peer-reviewed by at least three experts and all accepted papers will be published in IEEE Xplore.  

Registration and fees

In advance IEEE Members: 450 € In advance – Non-IEEE members: 500 € In advance – reduced: 300 € On-site – IEEE Member: 600 € On-site – Non-IEEE members: 700 € On-site – reduced: 475 € Accompanying person: 150 € Extra page: 70 € Additional paper: 125 €

Regular registration fees include: • Admission to all sessions • Workshop kit • Refreshment in coffee breaks • Lunches and dinners • Social itinerary

Reduced rate does not include dinners.


If requested, our workshop secretariat will provide an invitation letter to the participants to present together with the visa request at the Irish embassy in Dublin so as to make the visa procedure simpler and faster.


The symposium will take place at Farnham Estate Golf & Spa Resort Cavan, Ireland.  

Accommodation & travel information

Attendees are advised to stay in the Farnham Estate Hotel. Alternative budget accommodation will be provided for students/details available from the conference secretariat. International visitors will arrive at Dublin airport- further details on transport options to the symposium venue will be provided later.

Important Dates

  • First announcement 01.07 2017 
  • Paper submission deadline 01.01 2018 
  • Acceptance notification 01.02 2018 
  • Final camera ready paper submission 15.03 2018 
  • Advance registration deadline  15.03.2018
  • Preliminary program  01.04.2018
  • Registration at site  16.04.2018

Honorary Chairs

Anthony Pipe, UK;  Bjørn Solvang, Norway;  Hideki Hashimoto, Japan

General Chair

Péter Korondi, Hungary

General Co-Chairs

Wei Deng Solvang, Norway; Géza Husi, Hungary; Yasuharu Kunii, Japan

Track Chairs

Péter Szemes, Hungary; Asa Ericson, Sweden; Keshang Wang, Norway

Program Committee Chairs

Mihoko Niitsuma, Japan; Gabor Sziebig, Norway  

Publicity Chairs

Várkonyiné Kóczy Annamária, Hungary; Sousuke Nakamura, Japan

Industrial Chair

Trygve Thomessen, Norway  

Programme Committee

Krisztian Samu, Hungary; Knut Sørby, Norway; Johan Lugnet, Sweden; Takeshi Sasaki, Japan; Noriaki Ando, Japan; Primož Podržaj, Slovenia; Fetah Kolonic, Croatia; Ivan Petrovic, Croatia; Péter Tamás, Hungary; Petra Aradi, Hungary; Szilveszter Kovacs, Hungary; Rita Kiss, Hungary; Sakari Pieskä, Finland; Lasse Jansson, Finland; Radu-Emil Precup, Romania; Simo Jokanovic, Bosnia and Herczegovina  

Local Organizing Committee

Vincent Reynolds, Cavan Innovation and Technology Centre

John Moore, South West College

Marcella Rudden, Local Enterprise Office, Cavan


Cavan Innovation & Technology Centre

The First Announcement and First Call For Papers can be downloadedhere

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Farnham Estate

The Farnham Estate Spa and Golf Resort, Cavan, Ireland