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Call For Papers - SDM17

4th International Conference on Sustainable Design and Manufacturing (SDM-17)
26-28 April 2017
Bologna, Italy

We are pleased to invite contributions for SDM17 taking place in
Bologna, Italy organised by KES
International in partnership with Alma Mater University Bologna.

SDM17 will consist of keynote talks, oral presentations, invited
sessions and workshops.
It will cover the theory and applications of sustainable design and
manufacturing, and related areas,
whilst providing an excellent platform for the presentation and
discussion of new data and concepts,
leading to knowledge exchange and the generation of new ideas.

Conference Scope

The conference encompasses a broad spectrum of sustainable design and
manufacturing related subjects.
The following list provides examples of applicable topics; however,
the list is not meant to exclude other applicable areas.

Topics could include (but are not limited to):
-- Generic Topics of Interest --

Sustainable Design, Innovation and Services
Eco-design and eco-innovation; closed-loop design; design for
environment; design for social sustainability;
sustainable innovation; DfX (for lifecycle) - manufacturing, assembly,
testing, use, recycling, etc.;
sustainable product and service modelling; design thinking for
sustainability; design innovation for sustainable city,
transportation, water and food security.

Sustainable Manufacturing Processes and Technology
Environmentally conscious manufacturing processes; energy and resource
efficiency and
effectiveness in advanced manufacturing processes (e.g.,
RP/additive/layered manufacturing, micro and nanomachining,
laser-based manufacturing); sustainable manufacturing processes;
re-manufacturing processes and techniques; technology
for waste recovery.

Sustainable Manufacturing Systems and Enterprises
Product life cycle management; end-of-life strategies; energy
management and efficiency improvement for production systems;
predictive maintenance and service for sustainable manufacturing;
sustainable supply chains and green logistics; sustainable
business models; green factory; societal impact of manufacturing
systems;policy aspects of sustainable manufacturing.

Decision Support for Sustainability
Life cycle assessment and costing; intelligent decision support
methods and tools for sustainable manufacturing; value mapping
and assessment for sustainable manufacturing and society; diagnosis
and prognostics; virtual and collaborative environment for
sustainability; user behaviour models for sustainability;system
thinking for sustainability.

Call for Invited Sessions

An invited session consists of a presentation session of 6 to 12 or
more papers on a specific conference topic, organised as
half or full day mini-conference. We invite senior scientists who have
a special interest in a specific conference topic to take
responsibility for an invited session, gathering papers from a range
of research expertise around the world.
Researchers who would like to organise one or more Invited Sessions on
topics falling within the scope of the conference
are invited to submit a proposal for consideration.


For details of the sessions accepted so far see here:-

IS01: Renewable Energies for Sustainable Manufacturing and Society
IS02: The Learning Supply Chain
IS03: Challenges and Opportunities of Clean Technology in Production Engineering
IS04: Sustainable Materials: Renewable and Eco Materials,
Bio-Polymers, Composites with Natural Fibres
IS05: Business model innovation for sustainable design and manufacturing
IS06: Resource and Energy Efficiency for Sustainability Advances in
Process Industries
IS07: Manufacturing technologies for material sustainability
throughout the product life-cycle
IS08: Sustainability in industrial plant design & management:
applications & experiences from practice
IS09: Sustainability of 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing

Dates and Deadlines

-- General Sessions, Invited Sessions and Workshops --
Submission of papers: 11 November 2016
Notification of acceptance: 20 December 2016
Upload of camera ready publication files: 27 January 2017
Authors and Early registration: 27 January 2017

-- General Tracks and Invited Sessions --
Early / Authors Registration Deadline: 27 January 2017

-- Conference --

26 April 2017: Elective activities - Early registration and welcome

Elective activities:
Visits at some prestigious companies located close to Bologna will be
organized for registered participants.
At the moment of registration, interested participants will have the
opportunity to select one or more companies
in the list, which will be provided, indicating their priority order.
Due to the limited number of people accepted at each
enterprise, the number of visitors will have to be limited on the base
of the criteria “first comes first served”.
The visit to the first indicated priority company is not guaranteed,
depending on the number of participants who
will select it and on the above described criteria.
Participants who will reserve a visit will pay an additional charge
because the cost of the elective activities is
not included in the conference fee.

27 and 28 April 2017: Conference Sessions


The SDM17 conference is being held at the University of Bologna -
School of Architecture and Engineering in Bologna, Italy.

The Alma Mater Studiorum - University of Bologna is considered to be
the oldest university in the Western world, founded in 1088.
Great names of science and literature studied in Bologna and this
Athenaeum is considered a point of reference for European
culture. Nowadays it counts 84.744 students attending 11 Schools
managed by 33 Departments, it includes most disciplines,
from humanities to technologies and from economics to sciences.

Bologna is one of the most significant historical and art cities in
Italy, whose first settlements date back to 1000 BC.
The city in particular flourished during the Middle Ages, becoming a
centre of production and trades. Thanks to the presence
of the university, thousands of students coming from different Italian
territories and from abroad have attended it since
the XII, XIII centuries.
Several Medieval buildings are still well preserved and a walk in the
centre of Bologna is worth it to allow visitors to see
how the city looked like in those times. The architectural richness of
the historical centre is completed by prestigious
buildings of the Renaissance period.
Squares, churches, monasteries, medieval towers such as the highest
Asinelli (97 metres), from which
visitors can enjoy a wonderful view on the whole city, and the leaning
Garisenda (48 m), the celebrated “porticoes”,
fountains, museums and several master pieces make Bologna an important
touristic attraction.

Bologna is located in an important industrial district, particularly
famous for mechanical production: several well-known
brands, such as Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini and Ducati, have their
headquarters and manufacturing plants in this area.
The collaboration with these and other significant companies has been
fundamental for the development of the
School of Engineering of the University of Bologna, which has been
collaborating since its foundation in 1877 with
local institutions and enterprises.

Honorary Chairs: Rossi Setchi, Cardiff University, UK
Guenther Seliger, Technische Universitat Berlin, Germany
General Chair: Giampaolo Campana, University of Bologna, Italy
Executive Chair: Robert Howlett, Bournemouth University, UK
Promotion, and Publicity Chair: Barbara Cimatti, University of Bologna, Italy

Further Information

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