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:

September 21, 2018

Ass.-Prof. Dr. Poti Chaopaisarn has arrived at the University of Leoben for his secondment (1/2 in 2018) in the course of the SME 4.0 project. We are looking forward to a fruitful research cooperation in the area of Smart Logistics.