CONFERENCE CLOSURE AND FAREWELL
Dear Colleagues and Friends,
it is now time to formally close the 6th CIRP Conference on Intelligent Computation in Manufacturing Engineering - CIRP ICME ’08, 23-25 July 2008, Naples, Italy.
This CIRP ICME edition, with focus on Innovative and Cognitive Production Technology and Systems, has been an outstanding success, attracting more than 150 registered delegates from 21 countries and 5 continents across the globe.
The topics dealt with range from manufacturing systems issues (production automation and control, planning and scheduling, production organization and management, life cycle, logistics, supply chain management, assembly systems, etc.) to production aspects (process planning, machining, forming, micro-manufacturing, non traditional manufacturing, advanced production machines, rapid manufacturing, robotics, metrology, non-destructive evaluation, quality assurance, materials characterization) to innovative design subjects (tolerancing, reverse engineering, virtual manufacturing) and to innovative matters such as information technology and communication, e-business, knowledge extraction and management, human factors, and health care.
Many people and organisations have helped make the CIRP ICME ’08 International Conference a reality and a success. Prof. F. Klocke, President of the CIRP; Prof. F. Micari, President of the AITEM; Prof. F. Jovane, Polythecnic of Milan; Prof. R. Neugebauer, Fraunhofer IWU, Chemnitz; Dr. M.S. Packianather, MEC, Cardiff University, are greatfully acknowledged for their Plenary Session addresses, while Prof. E. Cosenza, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, University of Naples “Federico II”, and Prof. R. Santamaria, Dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology, University of Naples “Parthenope” are sincerely thanked for their contributions and wishes during the Opening of the Conference.
I should like to express my deep gratitude to the Members of the International Programme Committee for their support and advice, the Members of the Organizing Committee for their energy and team-work, and all the Authors, Referees and Session Chairmen for their contributions and efforts. A special recognition is owed to the Co-Chairman Prof. Antonio Scamardella, University of Naples “Parthenope”, who made it possible to hold the Conference in the magnificent site of Villa Doria d’Angri.
Particular thanks are due to the International Academy for Production Engineering (CIRP), the main scientific sponsor of the Conference, and to the scientific co-sponsors of the event: Italian Association of Manufacturing Technology (AITEM); EC FP6 Network of Excellence on “Innovative Production Machines and Systems” (I*PROMS), organiser of four Special Sessions; EC FP6 STREP on “Intelligent Robot Swarm for Attendance, Recognition, Cleaning and Delivery” (iWARD) and MiUR PRIN Project “PlanReFlex”, each organiser of one Special Session.
Finally, the main supporting bodies of the Conference: the University of Naples “Federico II”, represented by its Rector Prof. Guido Trombetti, and the University of Naples “Parthenope”, represented by its Rector Prof. Gennaro Ferrara, are gratefully acknowledged for their full organizational sustenance of the CIRP ICME ’08 event activities and location.
Thanks to all of you for your great support in the realisation of this event! I hope you will join us again at the next CIRP ICME edition that will be held in 2010 and whose preliminary Call for Participation will be circulated in January 2009.
See you at the next CIRP ICME in 2010!
Naples, August 2008
CIRP ICME '08 Conference Chairman
NEW: The final list of CIRP ICME '08 participants can be downloaded here.
The 6th edition of the Conference will examine the applications of intelligent computation and related methodologies including expert systems, fuzzy logic, neural networks, multi agents, etc., as well as hybrid systems combining one or more of these techniques as applied to manufacturing engineering problems.
The main scope of the Conference is to provide an international forum for the exchange of the knowledge, information, experience and results as well as the review of progress and discussion on the state-of-the-art and future trends in intelligent computation methods and tools applied to manufacturing processes.
Special sessions will be dedicated to EC FP6 NoE and STREP projects focused on Innovative Production Machines and Systems, Multi-Material Micro Manufacture, and Advanced Cognitive Robots.