April 26 - 28, 2023 - Pavia, Italy

19th IEEE International Conference on
Factory Communication Systems (WFCS 2023)

WFCS 2023 is in Pavia, Italy!

After virtually hosting the 2022 edition, Pavia again proposes itself as the venue for the conference, which is supported by IEEE and IES and led by the Technical Committee on Factory Automation. The event is organized by the University of Pavia and by the Institute Industrial IT (inIT) of the Technische Hochschule OWL in Lemgo, Germany.

WFCS is the largest IEEE conference especially dedicated to communications for (industrial) automation systems. Its main aim is to provide a forum for researchers, developers and practitioners to review and discuss most recent trends in the area and share innovative research directions.

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Description

The Factory Communication research area is becoming increasingly relevant in last years, with communication playing a fundamental role in many automation systems. New generation technologies, such as 5G/6G, WiFi6/WiFi7, TSN, or OPC UA, open the door to a variety of application possibilities, from general automation to IIoT. On the other hand, due to the high variety of available communication solutions, and the fact that different technologies have usually to be combined together in order to satisfy application requirements, industrial communication systems become highly complex and heterogenous. This condition creates several new challenges that need to be tackled to fully exploit the potential of available communication solutions (including subjects related to network management, traffic optimization, virtualization, energy efficiency, and many others).

The 19th edition of WFCS will focus on all forms of communication supporting automation within factories and in other contexts, especially considering recent developments. WFCS is the largest IEEE conference that is especially dedicated to communication for (industrial) automation systems and aims to provide a forum for researchers, developers and practitioners to review and discuss recent trends in the area and share innovative research directions.

The conference, supported by the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society (IES) and led by the Technical Committee on Factory Automation (TCFA), will be hosted by the University of Pavia (Italy) in collaboration with the Institute Industrial IT (inIT) of the Technische Hochschule OWL in Lemgo, Germany.

Pavia is located in south-western Lombardy (northern Italy, 35 kilometers - 22 miles - south of Milan). The University of Pavia is one of the world’s oldest academic institutions, with its foundations existing as early as the 9th Century.

Focus

The conference mainly focuses on: Communication Systems and Technologies; Protocols and Standards for Networked Embedded and Cyber-Physical Systems; Real-time, Safety, Security and Maintenance of Automation Systems and Networks; applying Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to enhance and Communication Technologies for Industry 4.0; Low-power and Green Communication in Industry; recent advances in research domains with similar communication requirements.

Paper submission

Regular and Special Session Papers: up to 8 double-column pages, following the IEEE conference template.
Work-in-Progress (WiP) Papers: up to 4 double-column pages, following the IEEE conference template.

All accepted regular, special session, and WiP papers that will be presented at the conference will be published in IEEE proceedings and will appear in IEEE Xplore.

The intructions for paper submission will be available soon.

   (deadlines below)

Important dates


Special session proposals:

Deadline: December 10th, 2022
Notifications: December 17th, 2022


Regular and special session submissions:

Deadline: January 9th, 2023
Notifications: February 10th, 2023
Final versions: March 1st, 2023


Work in Progress submissions:

Deadline: February 24th, 2023
Notifications: March 17th, 2023
Final versions: April 4th, 2023

Deadline

Committees


WiP Chairs

Aamir Mahmood
(Mid Sweden University, Sweden)
Henning Trsek
(inIT / TH-OWL, Germany)

Publication Chairs

Frank Golatowski
(University of Rostock, Germany)
Sampath Kumar Veera Ragavan
(Monash University, Malaysia Campus, Malaysia)

Publicity Chairs

Maxim Friesen
(InIT / TH-OWL, Germany)
Antonino Nocera
(University of Pavia, Italy)

Special Sessions Chairs

Manuel Barranco
(University of the Balearic Islands, Spain)
Luca Leonardi
(University of Catania, Italy)

Industry Chairs

Francesco Benzi
(University of Pavia, Italy)
David Lou
(Huawei Tech. Dusseldorf, Germany)
Pang Zhibo
(ABB Corp. Research and KTH, Sweden)

Finance Chair

Ahlem Mifdaoui
(University of Toulouse, France)

Local/Technical Support

Gianluca Defelici
(University of Pavia, Italy)

Technical Program Committee

The Technical Program Committee will be available soon.
The Technical Program Committee includes
66 highly qualified members

Program

The program is not available yet.

Overview

Venue

Pavia is a town of south-western Lombardy, in northern Italy (35 kilometers - 22 miles - south of Milan).

The University of Pavia is one of the world’s oldest academic institutions, with its foundations existing as early as the 9th Century. Enlarged and renovated by the Duke of Milan, Gian Galeazzo Visconti, it became the University of the Duchy, officially established as a Studium Generale by Emperor Charles IV in 1361.

The conference will be hosted by the Bellisomi-Vistarino Palace, a "villa of delight" (with frescoed rooms) situated in the heart of Pavia and facing the Ticino River. See some photos of the Palace.

CONTACTS

For more information, please contact the general chairs Tullio Facchinetti and Lukasz Wisniewski.

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