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  • Description

    Research on factory communications has gained increasing relevance in recent years, with communication playing a fundamental role in automation systems. Advanced communication/networking technologies and paradigms such as 5G/6G, WiFi6/WiFi7, Ethernet TSN, OPC UA, network softwarization, IIoT, have opened up a multitude of application possibilities in the industrial scenario. However, the availability of a variety of communication solutions, often employed in combination to meet the needs of different applications, have led to highly complex and heterogeneous factory communication systems. This complexity gives rise to new challenges that must be addressed to fully exploit the potential of these advancements towards a new generation of smart, autonomous, flexible and efficient automation systems.

    The 20th edition of the WFCS conference aims to focus on all forms of communication solutions to support automation within factories and other contexts, with special consideration given to recent developments, new trends and research insights and future perspectives. As the largest IEEE conference dedicated to communication for automation, WFCS is the elected forum for researchers, developers, and practitioners to review and discuss the latest advances in the field.

    The conference, supported by the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society (IEEE-IES) and led by the IEEE-IES Technical Committee on Factory Automation (IEEE-IES TCFA), will be hosted by ISAE-SUPAERO / University of Toulouse, (France) and organized in collaboration with the University of Porto (Portugal).
  • Focus

    The conference primarily focuses on (but is not limited to) the following areas:
    • Wired and  Wireless Industrial Communication Systems and Technologies
    • Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)
    • Cloud/Fog/Edge Computing  Architectures and Applications in Industrial Automation
    • Machine Learning and Data Analytics for Communication in Industry 4.0
    • Security and Safety of Industrial Communication Systems
    • Communication Protocols and Standards for Real-Time and Networked Embedded Systems (TSN, IEC, etc)
    • Communication in Cyber-Physical Systems and Distributed Control Systems
    • Communication Challenges in Collaborative Robotics and Automation
    • Sustainability in Smart Factories
    • Case Studies, Industry Practices and Lesson Learned in Factory Communication
    • Recent advances in communications in research domains with similar requirements/characteristics (smart cities/transportation/living/grids/health, etc.)
  • Paper format

    Regular/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.

  • Dates

  • Special Session Proposals

    Deadline: December 17th, 2023
    Notifications: December 24th, 2023
  • Regular and Special Session paper submissions

    Deadline: January 12th, 2024 January 26th, 2024 (firm deadline)
    Notifications: February 21st, 2024
    Final versions: March 1st, 2024
  • Work in Progress submissions

    Deadline: February 27th, 2024
    Notifications: March 12th, 2024
    Final versions: March 17th, 2024
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