Visible to the public WFCS 2016

12th IEEE World conference on Factory Communication Systems (WFCS 2016)



WFCS is the largest IEEE technical event specially dedicated to industrial communication systems. The aim of this conference 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.

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; M2M communication, Plug-and-Work and self-mechanisms.

Information and Communication Technology in Automation: system design; component-based systems, web frameworks; cloud computing, service-oriented architectures (SoA); mobile computing; modelling and specification techniques; formal methods; Internet of Things (IoT)/Internet of Services.

Recent advances in research domains with similar technical requirements: networked control systems; wireless sensor networks; smart grid communications and building automation networks; automotive and train-control networks; distributed real-time embedded systems.


  • Fieldbus networks
  • Real-time communication and applications
  • Industrial Ethernet networks
  • Web-based communication and applications
  • IP-based networks
  • Distributed application platforms
  • Industrial wireless networks
  • Safety and security in industrial communications
  • Industrial Applications of Internet of Things (IoT)
  • M2M communication
  • Networked embedded systems
  • Fault tolerance in industrial communications
  • Sensor networks
  • Configuration tools & network management
  • Building automation networks
  • Internetworking & interoperability
  • Automotive and train-control networks
  • System aspects
  • Factory and Process automation networks
  • Case studies

Conference format

WFCS 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 and work-in-progress (WIP) sessions. Similarly it is likely to include panel discussions on the state-of-the-art and emerging trends, involving leading experts from industry and academia; and a public discussion moderated by leading experts in the field of industrial communication systems.

Submission of Regular Papers

The WFCS conference is seeking submissions of up to 8 double-column pages in IEEE format, 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 conference proceedings. WIP submissions (not exceeding 4 double-column pages) must be submitted through the WFCS submission system. 

Author’s Schedule: 

  •  Deadline for submission of regular papers: December, 4, 2015
  •  Notification of acceptance of regular papers: January, 29, 2016
  •  Deadline for submission of work-in-progress papers: February, 5, 2016
  •  Notification of acceptance of work-in-progress papers: April, 1, 2016
  •  Deadline for submission of final manuscripts (regular): March, 4, 2016
  •  Deadline for submission of final manuscripts (WIP): April, 8, 2016

General Co-Chairs

  •  Paulo Pedreiras, University of Aveiro, Portugal
  •  Thilo Sauter, Danube University Krems, Austria

Program Committee Co-Chairs

  •  Lucia Lo Bello, University of Catania, Italy
  • Moris Benham, Mälardalen University, Sweden

WIP Co-Chairs

  •  Julián Proenza, University of the Balearic Islands, Spain
  • Martin Wollschlaeger, TU Dresden, Germany


  • Manuel Barranco, University of the Balearic Islands, Spain    

Local Organizing Committee

  •  Joaquim Ferreira, University of Aveiro, Portugal
  • Pedro Fonseca, University of Aveiro, Portugal
  • Luis Sillva, University of Aveiro, Portugal

Industry Day Co-Chairs

  • José Alberto Fonseca - University of Aveiro, Portugal
  • Rui Lopes - Inova-Ria, Aveiro, Portugal

TII Liaison

  • Kim F Man, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

WFCS Series Steering Committee

  • J-D. Decotignie, CSEM, Switzerland
  • D. Dietrich, Technical Univ. of Vienna, Austria
  • J. Fuertes, Univ. Politecnica de Catalunya, Spain
  • J. Jasperneite, Institut Industrial IT, Germany
  • G. Juanole, LAAS-CNRS, France
  • Z. Mammeri, Toulouse University, France
  • C. Norström, Mälardalen University, Sweden
  • J. Proenza, Univ. of the Balearic Islands, Spain
  • T. Sauter, Danube University Krems, Austria
  • E. Tovar, ISEP-IPP, Porto, Portugal
  • A. Valenzano, IEIIT-CNR, Italy
  • F. Vasques, University of Porto, Portugal
  • M. Wollschläger, TU Dresden, Germany
  • F. Simonot-Lion, LORIA-INPL, Nancy, France
  • R. Zurawski, ISA Group, USA (Chair)
Event Details
Aveiro, Portugal