ISFA 2018 – The International Symposium on Flexible Automation

The International Symposium on Flexible Automation (ISFA) was initiated in 1986 under the co-sponsorship of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the Institute of Systems, Control and Information Engineers (ISCIE) in Japan, and has been held biennially since then. The “Flexible Automation” in the name was selected as a general term to describe automation technologies that are essential to meet the increasing requirements of modern manufacturing and other related fields, such as dynamical systems, robotics, logistics, biomedical systems, and healthcare systems.

While many of these requirements, such as flexibility, artificial intelligence, mechatronics, 3D design and modeling, lead time reduction, and lean manufacturing, have been identified over the past thirty-plus years, they still pose challenges and continue to motivate research in the field. In addition, newly emerging ideas and technologies, such as unmanned vehicle control, the Internet of Things (IoT), direct human-robot collaboration, cloud computing and manufacturing, additive manufacturing, image processing and pattern recognition, cyber-physical systems, security, environmental sustainability, and big data analysis, present both new challenges and opportunities that broaden the scope of research and have impacts on the continued advancement of flexible automation.

This symposium will be held in Kanazawa, Japan on July 15-19, 2018.

Important dates:

  • Dec. 15, 2017 Paper Submission Deadline
  • Jan. 31, 2018 Notification of short paper selection (separated from long papers)
  • Feb. 21, 2018 Review Completed
  • Mar. 31, 2018 Paper Acceptance Notification
  • Apr. 27, 2018 Camera-ready Manuscript Submission Deadline

Organized Session

  • Additive Manufacturing Sensing and Control
  • Cutting and Machine Tools
  • Digital Design and Manufacturing
  • Flexible Automation in Manufacturing Systems
  • Industrial Robotics
  • Manufacturing Controls and Machine Automation
  • Mechatronics and Precision Manufacturing
  • Methodorogy for Manufacturing
  • Nanomanufacturing and Nanoinformatics
  • Precision Manufacturing
  • Sensing and Information Extraction
  • Smart/Sustainable Manufacturing
  • Textile and/or Yarn Process Automation

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