APMS 2010

APMS 2010

Dear Colleagues,

welcome to the website of the International Conference on Advances in Production Management Systems (APMS 2010), held from 11th to 13th October 2010 in Cernobbio, Lake Como, Italy. The conference was co-organised by three Italian universities, Politecnico di Milano, University of Bergamo and University of Florence. In particular, the conference was supported by the research group on Operations and Service Management and the research group on Sustainability Management of the Department of Management, Economics and Industrial Engineering of Politecnico di Milano.


Since several decades, APMS is the official conference of the IFIP Working Group (WG) 5.7 on Advances in Production Management Systems. In the years, thank to its members, IFIP WG 5.7 has highlighted, underlined and often anticipated the most relevant topics for the Industrial Engineering community. APMS2010 continued such tradition, with its title “Competitive and Sustainable Manufacturing, Products and Services”. Such a title synthesizes the most relevant trends of the modern industrial and production engineering: the need for a more sustainable growth, which might be obtained through manufacturing approaches that able to support global competitiveness and relying on the paradigm of servitization.

APMS 2010 has attracted more than 320 submissions, which have been selected by 110 international reviewers. The selected papers were 216, presented by authors from 32 countries, in 54 parallel sessions. Also, the third edition of the APMS Doctoral Workshop was organized jointly with the Conference, backed up by 33 research plans, 20 of which have been selected to be presented on 9th and 10th of October.

Conference proceedings have been published (by PoliScript, Politecnico di Milano, Italy) in two forms: as Full Electronic Pre-Proceedings (with ISBN: 9788864930077) and as a Book of Abstracts (with ISBN: 9788864930053), attached.

 Hereafter the official Partners of APMS 2010.


For the first time in APMS history, the IFIP WG 5.7 Associates Group supported APMS, providing a valuable network for APMS young researchers, authors and phd candidates.

We are really grateful and owe our heartfelt thanks to all the people who have made APMS2010 possible: a special thank is due to the authors and presenters (especially the keynote presenters), to all the International Reviewers that diligently reviewed all the submissions, to the Conference Chairs and Co-Chairs, to the Scientific Committee members for their support, and to the Local Organizing Committee for its hard work. We hope you were able to join us in Cernobbio-Como and that we have met your expectations. It was our pleisure and honor to assign the traditional awards of APMS, for the best contribution to the APMS Doctoral Workshop, as well as the Best Paper and the Best Presentation at the APMS International Conference (Burbidge Awards).

The awards for the the Doctoral Workshop (with an economic prize) were assigned to Ms Anita Romsdal and to Ms Gillian Hatcher. The winners of the Burbidge awards at APMS 2010 were Dr. Antonella Meneghetti (Best Paper) and Mr Juan Josè Zulaika (Best Presentation).

Finally, please have a look (and download easily) at the pictures taken during the conference. You can also see and dowload the introductive video, presented at the opening cerimony for celebrating APMS and the IFIP WG 5.7.

Thank again for your participation!

Marco Garetti, Marco Taisch (Politecnico di Milano), Sergio Cavalieri, Sergio Terzi (University of Bergamo), Mario Tucci (University of Florence)


Advances in Production Management Systems