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International Journal of Automation and Logistics
International Journal of Automation and Logistics


Special Issue on: "Intelligent and Expert Methods for Sustainable Industrial Systems"

Guest Editors:
Prof. Tsan Sheng (Adam) Ng and Prof. Chee Khiang (Justin) Pang, National University of Singapore, Singapore

The challenges faced by modern industry systems in this era of continued intense competition and increasing concerns of environmental sustainability include maximising productivity and ensuring high product quality, as well as simultaneously reducing production waste, costs and undesirable environmental impacts. Many important industrial design and planning problems are plagued with conflicting objectives and uncertainties. It is thus of paramount importance to develop effective decision support and capabilities to assist managers and stakeholders in various critical phases of data collection, problem analysis, clarification and solution processes.

An intelligent systems approach can be defined as one that synthesises the tools and methods of control theory, operations research and artificial intelligence (AI) to support the modelling, analysis and design of complex systems. Expert systems methodologies further enrich the approach by synthesising state-of-the-art computational techniques with the requisite knowledge bases distilled from human expertise. Such a holistic and synergistic approach provides the necessary arsenal and capability to cope with the increasing complexities of the systems that we work and live in, including manufacturing, services and socio-economic systems. The theoretical development and advancement of intelligent and expert system methodologies and technologies and the realisation of their added value through real-world applications continues to be an important and thriving research area.

This special issue aims to bring together a showcase of top research developments in the area of intelligent and expert systems for sustainable industrial applications.

Subject Coverage
Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Development of intelligent and expert system techniques (artificial intelligence, data analytics, control theory, operations research, evolutionary computation, etc.) for sustainable industrial systems, with emphasis on environmental issues such as energy efficiency, recycled manufacturing, carbon emissions, etc.
  • Industrial case studies and practices in intelligent and expert control systems are especially encouraged
  • Roadmaps and frameworks for developing decision support systems and sustainable industry systems

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. (N.B. Conference papers may only be submitted if the paper has been completely re-written and if appropriate written permissions have been obtained from any copyright holders of the original paper).

All papers are refereed through a peer review process.

All papers must be submitted online. To submit a paper, please read our Submitting articles page.

Important Dates

Manuscripts due by: 31 January, 2015

Notification to authors: 1 April, 2015

Final versions due by: 1 June, 2015