13th IFAC Workshop on
Intelligent Manufacturing Systems
Oshawa, Ontario, Canada, 12-14 August 2019

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National Organizing Committee

Ahmad Barari
University of Ontario Institute of Technology

Marcos Tsuzuki
Universidade de São Paulo

International Program Committee

Benoit Iung
Lorraine University

Marco Macchi
Politecnico di Milano

Ahmad Barari, Canada
Alexander Kühl, Germany
Amir Monjazeb, Canada
Andrew Kusiak, United State
Armand Baboli, France
Benoit Iung, France
Christos Emmanouilidis, United Kingdom
Damien Trentesaux, France
David Romero, Mexico
Dmitry Ivanov, France
Edmont Hajrizi, Kosovo
Evgueni Bordatchev, Canada
Franz-Josef Villmer, Germany
Frederic Vanderhagen, France
Hind Bril el Haouzi, France
Hossam Kishawy, Canada
Jana Abou Ziki, Canada
Janusz Szpytko, Poland
Jay Lee, Unite State
Jose Reinaldo Silva, Brazil
Jill Urbanic, Canada
Jurek Sasiadek, Canada
Marco Macchi, Italy
Marcos Tsuzuki, Brazil
M. T. Ahmadian, Iran
Marek Zaremba, Canada
Paul Valckenaers, Belgium
Paulo Jorge Pinto Leitao, Potugal
Peter Kopacek, Austria
Remus Tutunea-Fatan, Canada
Rajkumar Roy, United Kingdom
Sayyed Ali Hosseini, Canada
Sergio Cavalieri, Italy
Shimon Y. Nof, United State
Yuval Cohen, Israel
Zbigniew Banaszak, Poland





Industrial Asset and Maintenance Management in the Smart Factory Challenges and Opportunities Brought by Digitalization

Speaker: Professor Marco Macchi
Politecnico di Milano
Manufacturing Group @ School of Management
Department of Management, Economics and Industrial Engineering


The Fourth Industrial Revolution (aka Industry 4.0) is changing the way manufacturing is performed at global level. A blend of technologies is opening the door to new applications, leading the companies to think of benefits of higher productivity and competitiveness, while relying on digitalization in order to develop new methods and practices in different business process areas. Concerning maintenance management of assets in a factory, Industry 4.0 enhances what past visions, such as E-maintenance and Intelligent Maintenance Systems, have achieved. Furthermore, combining with the evolution of knowledge due to the “young” discipline of industrial asset management, Industry 4.0 enables to think of an extended management scope aimed to address the requirements of complex industrial facilities’ construction and management along the lifecycle. Overall, it is evident that the technology enablers of business change are promising plenty of opportunities to upgrading the capabilities for industrial management, including asset and maintenance management problems. Joined with the opportunities, new challenges are emerging, requiring a close collaboration between researchers and practitioners to be effectively met. The key purpose of this presentation is then to look into the opportunities and challenges brought by Industry 4.0, thus reflecting on extant theories and current needs in industrial settings as a stimulus to address future topics in the research agenda.


Prof. Marco Macchi is currently Full Professor at Department of Management, Economics and Industrial Engineering of Politecnico di Milano. His teaching and research activities regard industrial technologies, asset lifecycle management, operations and maintenance management. Serving the scientific community, he is currently Vice-chair of the technical committee IFAC TC 5.1 Manufacturing Plant Control, and Chair of the IFAC Working Group A-MEST (Advanced Maintenance Engineering, Services and Technology), WG affiliated to the IFAC TC 5.1; he is Member of the IFIP WG 5.7 Advances in Production Management Systems and the IFAC TC 5.3 Enterprise Integration and Networking; besides, he is Book Reviews Editor and Editorial Board Member of the International Journal Production Planning & Control: The Management of Operations, Taylor & Francis.


Imperative foundations toward Intelligent Manufacturing: Matching up the Technology with the Business Value

Speaker: Mohsen Tayefeh
Regional Manager, SimuTech Group
ANSYS Elite Channel Partner, Ontario, Canada


The Intelligent Manufacturing will improve industrial efficiency through Big Data analytics. But how will this happen quickly? It will require vast improvements in electronic systems to increase speed, optimize power consumption, reduce electromagnetic interference, Artificial Intelligence and ensure physical as well as software reliability and security. The complexity of this task is enormous and can only be overcome with proper foundations. Engineered IOT provides the platform to enable these key factors and it will permit new ways of production execution and service excellence. Proper IoT platforms require reliable connectivity and sophisticated analyses to avoid adverse effects of newly introduced technologies. Proper integration is vital to evaluate and constantly monitor numerous scenarios and complicated coupled physics by computer simulation. This will then improve the efficiency, cost-effectiveness and flexibility of production. Industry is immensely craving for all these 3 effects. Therefore nearly 12 billion devices in the manufacturing world are anticipated to be connected via advanced machine- to-machine–based technology in 2020. This will be achieved by including embedded software (smart electronics) in all devices to promote mobility, connectivity and interoperability. Mobility and connectivity are the new normal. Most things produced will need to support mobility and offer connectivity, from airplanes to airbags; these two trends are increasingly making their presence felt across all industry verticals. Connectivity and mobility in new products exert a significant impact on the nature of design, engineering and production. The surge in communication standards, from Wifi, Bluetooth® and ZigBee® to industrial standards such as WirelessHART®, ISA 100.11a, etc., has catalyzed radical transformations of device or product functionality at the design stage as well as manufacturing stages. However, business competition of today is about microns & milliseconds, one can claim that the distinguishers are even smaller, therefore there is no room for unpredictability, and trial and error is less and less welcome. There is only one way to tackle this issue by simulating the big picture including all contributing physics. When engineering simulation software made its debut nearly 50 years ago, early adopters quickly distinguished themselves from those companies who were slower to recognize and embrace its potential. Tomorrow, it will be the same story for intelligent manufacturing, operation and prescriptive maintenance. In this talk, successful examples of implementation of digital twin and IOT will be presented by matching up the technology with the business values.


Mohsen has 20 years of extensive experience in various industries and during past 9 years he has helped major companies in North America to implement advanced technologies. He has higher education degree in engineering from AUT and he had been research associate at University of Montreal working on complex industrial systems, moreover he has accredited studies in business, advanced management, and competitive intelligence at Desautels Faculty of Management McGill University and University of Toronto. These solid foundations along with his long history in major industries turns him into an excellent visionary in implementation of new technologies specifically to consider holistic impacts and providing roadmaps toward both feasible and successful solutions. He is the invited speaker in IMS 2019 because of his abilities to connect the dots and provide creative new solutions.