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International Journal of Computer Integrated Manufacturing

Current business environments, including production and logistics, are and will be confronted with a great variety of emerging trends, such as growing collaboration of computational entities and networks of entities with the surrounding physical world (seen as Cyber-Physical Systems); creation and exploitation of large amounts of data/information; open hardware and software engineering; societal and business practice shifts such as digital currency (e.g.: Bitcoin, Namecoin, Litecoin), new human-machine interaction paired with advances in sensing and analytics and many more. These trends and technologies separately and together are concurrently challenging and high potential, even to the level of disruptive innovation.

The particular focus of this special issue is on Smart Cyber-Physical Systems in the context of production and logistics. We are soliciting high-quality, original papers and encourage submissions that cover the following topics (but are not limited to):

  • Cyber-physical production systems (CPPS) applications
  • Novel production management and tools for CPS-based production
  • New approaches for the cyber-physical supply chain
  • Industrial strategies for CPS and foresight
  • CPS for transport
  • CPS based smart factory
  • Smart maintenance with CPS
  • Monitoring and analytics in CPPS
  • Use cases and user studies of CPS, ROI of using CPS
  • Approaches for integration of CPS and the IoT
  • CPS safety and security
  • Big data system and data analytics for CPS
  • Cognitive modelling of human users in CPSs
  • Ontology-based models for CPS/Industrial IoT
  • Cyber-physical systems modelling and simulation
  • Cloud-based CPS
  • Industry 4.0
  • Digital twins of cyber-physical systems
  • CPS in autonomous vehicles and unmanned vehicles
  • CPS education (e.g.: curriculum development, on-line and virtual laboratories).


  1. Authors are required to prepare their manuscripts according to the Guide for Authors available on the journal’s website at:
    Only papers describing previously unpublished, original, state-of-the-art research, and not currently under review by a conference or a journal will be considered.
  2. In the submission system, the authors need to indicate that the paper is for the special issue “Smart Cyber-Physical System Applications in Production and Logistics”.
  3. The title of the paper on the system should start with “Smart CPS” (an example title: Smart CPS Digital twins in logistics).

Important Dates

Deadline for manuscript submission: May 15th, 2018
Notification to authors: August 15th, 2018
Submission of revised versions: October 15th, 2018
Final notification of acceptance: November 1st, 2018
Final manuscripts due: November 30th, 2018

Guest Editors

Elisabeth Ilie-Zudor
Budapest, Hungary

Davy Preuveneers
imec-DistriNet-KU Leuven
Leuven, Belgium

Aniko Ekart
Aston University
Birmingham, UK

Eckhard Hohwieler
Fraunhofer IPK
Berlin, Germany

Other information

May 15th, 2018
The invited session "Digital Twins asthe heart of Cyber-Physical manufacturing systems" is being organized in the IFAC INCOM 2018 conference

The EPIC consortium is organizing an invited session at 16th IFAC Symposium on Information Control Problems in Manufacturing (INCOM 2018). The 2018 IFAC Symposium on Information Control Problems in Manufacturing (INCOM 2018) represents the 16th event in the rich tradition of triennial IFAC events in manufacturing sciences and information technologies. The International Programme Committee is chaired by Prof. Monostori while the invited session titled "Digital Twins asthe heart of Cyber-Physical manufacturing systems" is organized by four leading researchers of EPIC CoE. For more details please follow: http://www.incom2018.org/session-proposals/

10-13 June 2018
Bergamo, Italy
The 20th European Conference on Mathematics for Industry to be held in Budapest between 18-20 June, 2018 is sponsored by our Centre of Excellence in Production Informatics and Control (EPIC)

The series of ECMI conferences are devoted to enforce the interaction between academy and industry, leading to innovations in both fields. These events have attracted leading experts from business, science and academia, and have promoted the application of novel mathematical technologies to industry. The ECMI 2018, orginazed among others by the Institute for Computer Science and Control of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (MTA SZTAKI) and sponsored by the Centre of Excellence in Production Informatics and Control (EPIC), is hoped to further enhance multidisciplinary research and development both in academia and industry, leading to the formulation of challenging real-life problems, where mathematics may provide significant new insights and at the same time may be inspired by those interactions.

18-22 June 2018