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About the Workshop


The WFCS workshop is the largest IEEE technical event specially dedicated to industrial communication systems. The aim of the workshop is to provide a forum for researchers, practitioners and developers to review current trends in this area and to present and discuss new ideas and new research directions. Previous workshops were held in Leysin, Switzerland, in Oct. 1995, Barcelona, Spain, in Oct. 1997, Porto, Portugal, in Sept. 2000. Västerås, Sweden, in Aug. 2002, Vienna, Austria, in Sept. 2004, in Turin, Italy, in June 2006 and in Dresden, Germany in May 2008.

Focus on:

  • Real-time and Dependability in Industrial Communication Systems: message scheduling; task allocation; fault-tolerant communication; performance analysis; safety and security issues; synchronization
  • System Integration in Industrial Automation Systems: vertical and life-cycle aspects, web-based setup, maintenance, and configuration; transparency vs. security; data-flow management; internetworking; hybrid wired/wireless industrial infrastructures.
  • Information and Communication Technology in Automation: system design; component-based systems, web frameworks; mobile computing; modelling and specification techniques; formal methods.
  • Recent advances in research domains with similar technical requirements: networked control systems; wireless sensor networks; building automation networks; automotive and train-control networks; distributed real-time embedded systems.

Workshop topics:

  • Fieldbus networks
  • Industrial Ethernet networks
  • IP-based networks
  • Industrial wireless networks
  • Networked embedded systems
  • Automotive and train-control networks
  • Building automation networks
  • Sensor networks
  • Factory and Process automation networks
  • Real-time communication and applications
  • Web-based communications and applications
  • Distributed application platforms
  • Safety and security in industrial communications
  • Fault-tolerance in industrial communications
  • Configuration tools and network manegement
  • Internetworking and interoperability
  • System aspects
  • Case studies

Workshop format:

The workshop will comprise single-track plenary sessions for regular papers, to present significant and novel research results with a prospect for a tangible impact on the research area and potential implementations; work-in-progress (WIP) sessions; two panel discussions on the state-of-the-art and emerging trends, involving leading experts from industry and academia; and a public discussion moderated by a leading expert in the field of industrial communication systems.

Submission of Papers:

The WFCS workshop is seeking submissions of 8 to 10 double-column pages, reporting on novel and significant contributions to the field of industrial communication systems. Prospective authors are encouraged to submit a pdf version of their papers, through the WFCS submission system. The submitted material (in English language) must be unpublished and not under review elsewhere. Submissions must include s-mail/e-mail addresses and fax/phone numbers of the corresponding author.

Work in Progress (WIP) sessions:

These sessions are intended for representation of recent ideas and on-going work. Accepted papers will be published in the workshop proceedings. WIP submissions (not exceeding 4 double-column pages) must be submitted through the WFCS submission system.

Paper Acceptance:

The final manuscript must be accompanied by a proof of the full registration fee payment (authors representing more than one paper must pay a registration fee per paper). All conference attendees, including authors and session chairpersons, must pay the conerence registration fee.

Best Paper Award:

The best paper of the event will be distinguished at the workshop's banquet dinner with an award. Authors of outstanding papers will be invited to submit a revised version of their papers for publication in a special section in IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics.