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About the Workshop


The WFCS workshop is the largest IEEE technical event specially dedicated to industrial communication systems. The aim of the workshop 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. Previous workshops were held in Leysin, Switzerland, in Oct. 1995, Barcelona, Spain, in Oct. 1997, Porto, Portugal, in Sept. 2000. Västerås, Sweden, in Aug. 2002, Vienna, Austria, in Sept. 2004, in Turin, Italy, in June 2006, Dresden, Germany in May 2008 and in Nancy, France in May 2010.


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.
Information and Communication Technology in Automation: system design; component-based systems, web frameworks; mobile computing; modelling and specification techniques; formal methods.
Recent advances in research domains with similar technical requirements: networked control systems; wireless sensor networks; building automation networks; automotive and train-control networks; distributed real-time embedded systems.


Workshop topics:

Fieldbus networks
Industrial Ethernet networks
IP-based networks
Industrial wireless networks
Networked embedded systems
Sensor networks
Building automation networks
Automotive and train-control networks
Factory and Process automation networks

Real-time communication and applications
Web-based communications and applications
Distributed application platforms
Safety and security in industrial communications
Fault-tolerance in industrial communications
Configuration tools & network manegement
Internetworking & interoperability
System aspects
Case studies


Workshop format:

The workshop 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; work-in-progress (WIP) sessions; two panel discussions on the state-of-the-art and emerging trends, involving leading experts from industry and academia; and a public discussion moderated by a leading expert in the field of industrial communication systems.


Submission of Papers:

The WFCS workshop is seeking submissions of 8 to 10 double-column pages, 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 workshop proceedings. WIP submissions (not exceeding 4 double-column pages) must be submitted through the WFCS submission system.