European Concurrent Engineering Conference 1998
SCIENTIFIC PROGRAM

The SCS European Concurrent Engineering Conference 1998 is structured around nine major topics. There will be parallel lecture sessions and also poster sessions. Papers suitable for poster presentations are those that require interactive discussion; otherwise, poster and lecture presentations carry equal weight.

The conference language is English.

Prospective authors are invited to submit their papers reporting original work in all areas of Concurrent Engineering. Submissions for regular sessions (lecture or poster) include, but not limited to, the following topics:

1 Organisation and management
1.1 Principles of CE
1.2 Multi-disciplined team-working and project team organisation
1.3 Global product development and international collaboration
1.4 Life-cycle cost and quality
1.5 Business process re-engineering and outsourcing
1.6 Supply chain management
1.7 Measurement of profitability by the introduction of CE

2 Formal methods and techniques
2.1 Quality function deployment
2.2 Total quality management
2.3 Global optimization techniques and hybrid approaches

3 Implementation techniques
3.1 Digital mock-up, rapid and virtual prototyping
3.2 Distributed and co-operative product development
3.3 Costs, implications and pitfall of CE
3.4 Synthetic environments and simulation on the factory floor
3.5 Reverse engineering
3.6 Assembly and disassembly
3.7 High precision manufacturing
3.8 Sensor and robot assisted machining

4 Process modeling
4.1 Process planning in continuous, discrete and hybrid processes
4.2 Process modeling, monitoring and control
4.3 Diagnostics and maintenance
4.4 Automated inspection and quality control
4.5 Production planning and control
4.6 Scheduling

5 Engineering data management and information modeling
5.1 Integration of geometrical data and product definition (bills of material)
5.2 Product data interchange (PDI) and standards
5.3 Data handling, distribution and transformation
5.4 Data version control and management
5.5 Corporate technical memory
5.6 Design rationale and intent

6 Engineering process management
6.1 Engineering process modeling
6.2 CE metrics
6.3 CE process planning and scheduling
6.4 CE process simulation
6.5 Workflow-management in CE
6.6 Change-notification
6.7 Project and team co-ordination

7 Collaborative CE environments and virtual design studios
7.1 Cooperative problem solving
7.2 CSCW methods and tools
7.3 Information and application sharing
7.4 Computer-based video and audio conferencing and consulting
7.5 Conflict resolution techniques
7.6 Constraint management
7.7 Negotiation, blackboard and agent-based architecture

8 Networking and distribution in CE
8.1 CORBA based environments and integrated frameworks
8.2 Architectures for building CE systems
8.3 CE languages and tools
8.4 Knowledge based integration
8.5 Distributed computing environments
8.6 WWW based CE systems

9 Practical applications and experiences
9.1 Practical solutions
9.2 Systematic guide-lines
9.3 Pitfalls and success stories
9.4 Case studies, pilot projects and experiments


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