Special Sessions / Presentation Only Sessions

Special Session

Please check a list of sessions written below and submit your paper(s) to a session you’re interested by April 30, 2022. The link below will guide you to the submission page. Only ‘FULL PAPERS’ are acceptable for the special sessions. If you have any inquires, please contact to: harrylim@postech.ac.kr, david.romero.diaz@gmail.com.


Development of Circular Business Solutions and Product-Service Systems through Digital Twins

Description: This special session calls for contributions on the latest achievements in the conceptualization, design, development, deployment, and testing of Digital Twins (DTs) for Circular Business Solutions and Product-Service Systems (PSSs). The session aims to encompass papers on theories and principles of DTs in Circular Business Solutions and PSSs; methods, tools, and practices fostering DTs adoption for Circular Business Solutions and PSS Lifecycle empowerment; and case studies, industrial demos or pilot implementations of DTs unveiling innovative best practices for the design of Circular Business Solutions and PSSs.


Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence in Smart Manufacturing for the Operator 5.0

Description: The scope of this session is on advancement in Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HCAI) systems. Such systems view AI as a critical component for augmenting human work and extending human capabilities, thus they can be considered key AI-enablers for the “Operator 5.0” concept. The aim is that AI systems and humans solve problems together to achieve goals that were unreachable by either humans or machines alone. In this context, this special session welcomes research contributions on, but not limited to, research topics like: Design issues for multimodal human-AI interactions in the industrial environment; Digital intelligent assistants, software robots (softbots), and chatbots for production management; Artificial Intelligence for the operator in the Industry 5.0 environment; explainable and transparent AI in smart manufacturing, methods, and tools to manage and monitor HCAI systems; Applications of HCAI systems in smart manufacturing, and business models and processes based on HCAI systems.


Smart Methods and Techniques for Sustainable Supply Chain Management

Description: Nowadays, the spread of innovative digital technologies has been profoundly transforming the way industrial systems are operated. The scope of business activities has been expanded to include their social and environmental performance along with economic/financial ones and has pushed companies, from all industry sectors, toward a radical rethinking of entire supply chains and their operations. The aim of this special session is to gather contributions investigating the role and capabilities of artificial intelligence for sustainable development. Contributions, coming from both researchers and practitioners, may include theoretical approaches as well as successful implementations and applications of these concepts.


“Farm-to-Fork” Production Management in Food Supply Chains

Description: This special session has the main objective of discussing the advancements in systems, processes, and actions applied to the smart production management of food supply chains from a “farm-to-fork” perspective. The session calls for papers exploring strategies for reducing food losses and waste, enhancing food production, improving logistics operations, diminishing environmental impacts, and creating value for all food industry stakeholders: farmers, retailers, and the final consumer. The special session has also the ambitious goal of debating on macro research topics such as national strategies, policy initiatives, and incentives; government regulations and standards; networking and partnerships; technology transfer and innovation opportunities; and corporative governance in the context of smart food supply chains.


Urban Mobility and City Logistics

Description: Life in the cities is changing. Information Technology affected the way we work, study, buy and move inside the cities. Many of these concepts are connected to the idea that cities are seeking to transform into “smart cities”. In this sense, production management and operations management are essential in these processes. Internet, mobile communications, applications, electric vehicles, and devices establish a new paradigm to connect consumers with products and services. Therefore, terms such as last-mile delivery, intelligent transportation systems, Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) among others are connecting consumers to their needs. In this special session, the objective is to discuss the challenges and solutions of transportation systems to move people and cargo in the cities using the technologies available.


Digital Transformation Approaches in Production Management

Description: Digital Transformation and Big Data disrupted every production management domain. This can be observed in the framework of Industry 4.0 or the so-called “smart factories”. Service Transformation as part of it is leading to a change in existing paradigms from goods-dominant to service-dominant logic. It is no longer just the production of physical goods that contributes to value creation but data analytics and customer integration. This special session aims to attract theoretical, practice-oriented papers and case studies trying to answer the questions of (i) What is the reality of digital transformation in today’s manufacturing enterprises? (ii) What approaches, models, methods, technologies, do we have towards digital transformation? and (iii) What are the challenges that manufacturing enterprises face when digitally transforming their value propositions and production processes?


Smart Supply Chain and Production in Society 5.0 era

Description: Recently, with the development of new technologies such as IoT and Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) based on ICT or data science, the roles of supply chain and production are also changing. It is obvious that the traditional business model based on engineering chains has limitations for further growth. In supply chain and production, it is necessary to also consider a value chain for stakeholders in their management and operations. “Smart” is an important keyword to realize a sustainable ecosystem. This special session focuses on theory and practice on smart supply chain and production in Society 5.0 era.


Exploring Design Propositions of Long-horizon Infrastructural Changes via Serious Games and Gamification

Description: This special session aims to discuss the challenges posed by the exploration and early evaluations of ideas for the new infrastructures of the future (e.g., hydrogen-powered energy-intensive industries and hydrogen-powered transportation, new logistic paradigms like the physical Internet, mixed-reality manufacturing, etc.) via serious games or gamification. How the empirical evidence (especially qualitative) resulting from serious gaming can be used effectively to test visionary architectures and scenarios for developing the infrastructures of the future? How the extant knowledge about serious gaming for social developments e.g., the city of the future can be applied in a more traditionally industrial (manufacturing, logistics) setting?


  • Jannicke Baalsrud Hauge, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden / Bremer
  • Institut für Produktion und Logistik (BIBA), Germany (jmbh@kth.se)
  • Nick Szirbik, University of Groningen, The Netherlands (n.b.szirbik@rug.nl)

Service and Operations Management in the Context of Digitally enabled Product-Service Systems

Description: The competition resulting from globalization coupled with the integration of emerging digital technologies has encouraged many manufacturers to focus their efforts on improving their operations and designing new service-based business offerings. Digitally enabled Product-Service Systems (PSS) are a key resource and potential differentiator for firms today. However, it is often unclear how data can be captured, analyzed, and exploited to create value in complex systems. Often the innovations work against existing practices and norms, making adoption difficult in practice. This special session aims to describe innovative tools and methodologies used to investigate digital applications (e.g., digital twin) to extract and use knowledge, improve service operations and business processes, and generate a tangible competitive advantage through theoretical and practical contributions.

The most relevant topics for this call are:

  • Data-enabled and digitally enabled PSS business models
  • Data-enabled service and operations management
  • Integration of digital-enabled solutions into existing PPS offerings
  • Digitally enabled services
  • Digital twins for service and operations management during the middle-of-life
  • Design and engineering of data-enabled services and based on PPS offerings
  • The transformation of data into information, knowledge, and wisdom in service and operations management
  • Capturing of tacit know-how from the operation and management of PSS
  • Relevant industrial case studies


Sustainable and Digital Servitization

Description: Servitization trends can support companies towards potentially more sustainable business models through the systemic management of the whole life cycle solutions. However, robust methods, frameworks, and tools for the sustainable management of product-service systems (PSS) are needed to ensure environmental benefits are delivered. This special session aims to bring scientific insights into the sustainable implementation and life-cycle management of PSS. We invite theoretical contributions and case studies about how sustainable value can be created, captured and delivered across the life cycle of service-based solutions (including circular economy); how these solutions can be assessed to ensure they are sustainable; and how technological development (especially digitalization) can enable smart PSS solutions and/or enhance their sustainability benefits. Data-enabled and digitally enabled PSS business models.


  • Sustainable Servitization
  • Environmental and Sustainability assessment of Product-Service Solutions
  • Sustainable Value Creation through PSS deployment
  • Digital PSS to support the Circular Economy
  • Sustainable life-cycle engineering and management for Product-Service System
  • Sustainability of PSS Business Models


Manufacturing Models and Practices for Eco-Efficient, Circular and Regenerative Industrial Systems

Description: Increasing environmental pressures, such as climate change and natural resource scarcity, are pushing manufacturing organizations to formulate ambitious sustainability goals and strategies. Eco-Efficiency and Circular Economy are promising approaches to reduce and manage our footprint on the planet. However, they are not (yet) applied systematically to achieve impact at scale. This special session invites contributions on eco-efficient and circular solutions aiming to manage the environmental performance of manufacturing activities, and possibly lead to net positive impacts (e.g., climate-positive, and regenerative solutions). We welcome both theoretical and practical studies supporting “systematic” decision-making and actions in line with environmental sustainability principles.


Operations Management in Engineer-to-Order Manufacturing

Description: Engineer-To-Order (ETO) is a manufacturing approach where design and engineering activities are included in the order fulfilment process. ETO manufacturing is used when engineering specifications of products are not known in detail upon receipt of a customer order and is common in mechanical industries, construction, shipbuilding, offshore supplier industries, and other types of project-based manufacturing, industries typically facing several unique challenges as the products are often one-of-a-kind and/or highly customized. This special session welcomes research contributions on operations management enabling effective ETO manufacturing, including Industry 4.0 technologies, supply chain management, lean operations, planning and control, production strategies and product platforms.


Cognitive and Autonomous AI in Manufacturing and Supply Chains

Description: Following a plethora of agent-based propositions in the early 2000s, an area that is receiving renewed attention is the role of autonomous and cognitive AI systems in manufacturing and supply chains. This is partly due to advances in agent-based technology and the fast-paced development of machine learning (ML) methods, providing hybridization opportunities. While these advances offer major performance improvements, issues such as trust, explainability, integration remain unresolved. This special session aims to bring together specialists in cognitive and autonomous manufacturing and supply chain systems to discuss the latest developments and identify future research needs.


Operators 4.0 and Human-Technology Integration in Smart Manufacturing and Logistics Environments

Description: This special session aims at attracting contributions from scholars and practitioners in the research streams about Human-Technology Integration (HTI) in the next-generation manufacturing and logistics systems. Integrating humans into smart manufacturing and logistics environments includes both technological aspects, such as the human-centered development of assisting, collaborative, and augmenting technological applications, workplaces, and human-computer/machine/robot interfaces, and operational aspects, including multidisciplinary approaches for human performance modelling. The special session also aims at exploring human aspects, such as new competencies and skillsets required by the Operators 4.0, addressing the evolution of their roles and the human factors affecting the successful implementations of new smart technologies. Applications with industrial case studies are welcomed.


Cyber-Physical Systems for Smart Assembly and Logistics in Automotive Industry

Description: Nowadays, the efforts for the development of Cyber-Physical Systems (CPSs) in industrial settings continue to grow and there are strong needs for advanced digital twins and their applications, particularly in production lines, towards Cyber-Physical Production Systems (CPPSs). This special session calls for papers on research and technological development efforts and practical applications of CPSs, especially in the automotive industry, including but not limited to integrated CPS platforms, digital twin models, and data analysis and optimization methods aimed to facilitate the monitoring, diagnosis, analysis, prediction, and optimization of shop floor operations.


  • Sang Do Noh, Sungkyunkwan University, South Korea (sdnoh@skku.edu)
  • Yongkuk Jeong, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden (yongkuk@kth.se)
  • Magnus Wiktorsson, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden (magwik@kth.se)

Trends, Challenges and Applications of Digital Lean Paradigm

Description: This special session calls for papers exploring the extension of the Lean philosophy to the digital world towards Digital Lean Manufacturing and Logistics Systems. The special session aims to attract papers exploring the new “digital frontier” for lean principles, methods, and tools in the manufacturing and logistics domains, including warehousing. In this sense, we define the Digital Lean paradigm as the convergence between the principles and practices of lean thinking and the technology-driven vision of Industry 4.0 to support digital transformation initiatives at the shopfloor, combining different digital technologies with lean methods and tools. This special session welcomes research contributions on but not limited to digital waste, cyber-physical waste, digital quality management systems, digital Kanban systems, Jidoka 4.0 systems, Heijunka 4.0 systems, digital poka-yokes, etc.


Product and Asset Life Cycle Management in Smart and Sustainable Manufacturing Systems

Description: In the last decade, Industry 4.0 technologies have represented a breakthrough in the manufacturing industry, revolutionizing systems design, operation, and maintenance. Moreover, given the ever-pressing sustainability requirements, researchers and practitioners are focusing on the potentialities of technology-enhanced lifecycle management on final products and manufacturing assets to support sustainability strategies in manufacturing operations. This special session, promoted by the IFIP WG5.7 SIG on PALM, aims at addressing the key aspects of product and asset life cycle management for smart and sustainable manufacturing systems.
Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Industrial assets and products lifecycle management and the role of advanced technologies
  • Prognostics and Health Management systems to support sustainable operations
  • Industrial big data analytics and cyber-physical systems for product and asset lifecycle management
  • End-of-life management strategies, methods and tools
  • Assessment of operations and maintenance impact on sustainability


Special Session – Proposal

Please use the provided template to prepare proposals for special sessions. Please send your special session proposals to APMS 2022 program committee by March 11, 2022. Please e-mail your proposals to: harrylim@postech.ac.kr, david.romero.diaz@gmail.com.

Presentation Only Sessions

APMS 2022 organizes special sessions for practical applications and industrial participation (called PAIP session). For the active participation of industrialists or academics presenting projects carried out with industry, an extended abstract is only required (one page in length). The submitted abstracts will be handled separately from the regular contributions and compiled in separate proceedings in the form of a booklet. Furthermore, a special registration fee will be offered for those who wish to attend one day of the conference for presentation

Please submit your abstract through the ‘Paper Submission Tool’ on the APMS website. You can find the section named ‘Extended Abstract for PAIP Session’ in ConfTool. If you have any inquiries, please contact to: harrylim@postech.ac.kr


Advances in Production Management Systems