April 27 - 29, 2022 - Pavia, Italy

18th IEEE International Conference on
Factory Communication Systems (WFCS 2022)

For the first time, WFCS is in Pavia, Italy!

The conference, supported by IEEE and IES and led by the Technical Committee on Factory Automation, will be hosted by the University of Pavia in collaboration with 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.

Mark the dates in your calendar, and prepare your submissions!

Overview
Overview

CALLS

>>> Download the call for special sessions

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 18th 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 conferences template.
Work-in-Progress (WiP) Papers: up to 4 double-column pages, following the IEEE conferences template. Accepted WiP papers will be published in the conference proceedings.

>>> See the deadlines

Important dates


Special session proposals:

Deadline: December 17th, 2021
Notifications: January 7th, 2022


Regular and special session submissions:

Deadline: January 14th, 2022
Notifications: February 28th, 2022
Final versions: March 12th, 2022


Work in Progress submissions:

Deadline: March 7th, 2022
Notifications: March 25th, 2022
Final versions: April 4th, 2022

Deadline

Committees


WiP Chairs

Mikael Gidlund
(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

Davide Giuffrida
(University of Pavia, Italy)
Benedikt Lücke
(inIT / TH-OWL, Germany)

Special Sessions Chairs

Manuel Barranco
(University of the Balearic Islands, Spain)
Stefano Scanzio
(CNR-IEIIT, Italy)

Industry Chairs

David Lou
(Huawei Tech. Dusseldorf, Germany)
Sebastian Schriegel
(Fraunhofer IOSB-INA, Germany)
Pang Zhibo
(ABB Corp. Research and KTH, Sweden)

Finance Chair

Francesco Benzi
(University of Pavia, Italy)

Local/Technical Support

Ilaria Cabrini
(University of Pavia, Italy)

Technical Program Committee

The Technical Program Committee includes
65 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.