December 7, 2018

On Thursday, December 6th 2018, Asst. Prof. Dr. Warisa Wisittipanich was invited by the Chair of Industrial Logistics to holt a speech on her current research topics in industrial engineering. Thereby, Dr. Wisittipanich focused on optimization in production (scheduling) and logistics (warehousing, crane scheduling, network/distribution problems, and vehicle routing problems).

December 7, 2018

A few days ago, the research period of the doctoral student Luca Gualtieri ended who was visiting for 1 month the "Excellence Center in Logistics and Supply Chain Management Laboratory" of the Industrial Engineering faculty of Chiang Mai University (CMU), Thailand. In the photo the second international workshop on logistics and industry 4.0 "PostgradXchange", in which the doctorates of the host group and Luca Gualtieri discussed about their research exposing their works. In addition Dr. Erwin Rauch and Luca Gualtieri visited together with Dr. Korrakot Tippayawong and Dr. Sakgasem Ramingwong the Northern Science Park which will be the location for the Annual Meeting in 2019 in Chiang Mai.

November 29, 2018

Early stay researcher Robert Poklemba from Technical University of Kosice, Slovakia starts his secondment in SACS Engineering College in Madurai, India. He already had interactive lesson with students of SACS Engineering College . During the lesson he presented recent events and future plans about project research. He also visited few local companies, where he could talk with managers about readiness and opportunities of industries how to become smart rentabile industry.

November 25, 2018

Omar Bottesi, research assistant, and Luca Gualtieri, PhD student from the Free University of Bolzano spent a month at the "Excellence Center in Logistics and Supply Chain Management Laboratory" where they had the opportunity to share ideas, moments of discussion, to do research and learn new techniques. They had the opportunity to participate in the open day of the department of mechanical engineering on 5-8 November and to visit the "Motion and Control Laboratory" of Professor Theeraphong Wongratanaphisan. In the pictures, part of the group of the "Excellence Center in Logistics and Supply Chain Management Laboratory" and Dr. Omar Bottesi, who presented his research. In the other image, a moment of discussion of researchers and PhD students at the Department of Mechanics who built a robot for collecting mango from the tree.

October 23, 2018

On  the 22nd October 2018   Dr. Sakgasem Ramingwong  from Universitiy of  Chiang Mai  (Thailand) and Prof. Sudharaka Pandian from SACS MAVMM Engineering  college (India) and Mr. Robert Poklemba, PhD Student of Techincal University of Kosice visited our partnered comapany  Elcom situated in Presov , Slovakia. The purpose of the visit is to share knowledge about how to implement Smart manufacturing in SMEs in European region and compare the situation with that of other countries like Thailand, India. There was a discussion with Mr. Karafa and Mr. Lapoš of ELCOM about the merits and demerits of implementing smart manufacturing is SMEs. Mr. Karafa explained the things how to overcome the demrits during implementation. The visit and discussion were really useful for our future collaboration in implementing of smart elements into Indsutries across the world.

October 12, 2018

From 9-12 October 2018 the 12th International Conference on Axiomatic Design (ICAD 2018) took place in Reykjavik (Iceland). Every year, experts in Axiomatic Design meet at the conference to exchange their knowledge about design and complexity. This year, a delegation from the SME 4.0 project took part at the ICAD and presented several papers. In addition, the conference offered the opportunity to exchange information on the content and upcoming activities of the research project in the form of workshops. The participants from the SME 4.0 team were Prof. Chris Brown (Worcester Polytechnic Institute), Prof. Vladimir Modrak (Technical University of Kosice), Dr. Erwin Rauch (Free University of Bolzano) and phd-student Luca Gualtieri (Free University of Bolzano).

October 5, 2018

On the 03rd October 2018 a visit to the NOI Techpark Südtirol / Alto Adige was done by the research group from Chiang Mai University (CMU) Korrakot Yaibuathet Tippayawong, Nakorn Tippayawong, Nilubon Chonsawat and organized by Patrick Dallasega from the Free University of Bolzano (FUB). The visit was organized in two parts, first the research institute Fraunhofer Italia and then the laboratories of the research area Energy Resources and Energy Efficiency of the FUB.

September 29, 2018

Dr. Patrick Dallasega from the Free University of Bolzano is guest editing a special issue on the international journal “Sustainability” entitled "The Role of Engineering Education in Industry 4.0 Era". Industry 4.0 will create an increased technical and organizational complexity of industrial processes and therefore an increase in demand for qualified staff at all organizational levels. The entailing increased degree of digitization and automation requires a dramatic change for engineering education. This Special Issue represents a collection of pioneering first applications of learning factories in the era of Industry 4.0 as well as innovative ideas for future engineering education. Submissions to the Special Issue could relate, but are not limited, to the following topics:
  • Learning factories
  • Virtual learning environments
  • Engineering education in the era of Industry 4.0
  • Hands-on engineering education
  • Operator 4.0
  • Competence development
  • Active learning
Deadline for manuscript submissions is the 30.06.2019. More information about the call for paper can be found at this link:

September 26, 2018

Dr. Orzes (Free University of Bozen-Bolzano) is guest editing a special issue on the International Journal of Operations and Production Management (IJOPM) entitled "Fourth Industrial Revolution (Industry 4.0): Technologies' Disruption on Operations and Supply Chain Management". This Special Issue intends to advance the O&PM field through expanding the understanding of Industry 4.0 technologies’ disruption on operations and supply chain management evolution and revolution. This Special Issue investigates these challenges across multiple sectors and across different industries. The Industry 4.0 technological developments for operations and supply chain management to be considered (not limited to these) may include:
  • Cyber-physical systems (‘digital twin’)
  • Internet-of-Things (IoTs)
  • Machine learning and Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • Advanced robotics (collaborative and adaptive robots)
  • Big data analytics
  • Cloud computing (software-as-a-service, platform-as-a-service, infrastructure-as-a-service)
  • Blockchain technology
  • Additive manufacturing, hybrid manufacturing, and 3d printing
  • Smart manufacturing
  • Autonomy (e.g. autonomous vehicles) and drones
  • Augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR) and mixed reality (MR) immersive technologies
Submitted papers should clearly demonstrate the relevance to operations management or supply chain management theory development. The deadline for submitting the papers is 31/12/2018. More information about the call for paper can be found at this link: