The 25th International Conference on Transdisciplinary Engineering (TE2018)

is an international forum to disseminate the most recent and relevant research, theories and practices on the new frontiers of engineering, evolving the paradigm of Concurrent Engineering and Collaborative Engineering. If you're here and think over a question "Whom could I ask to write my research proposal?", you're in a right place. At many projects are published as examples, which is helpful.

TE2018 conference will take place in Modena (Italy), from July 3 to 6, 2018. Modena is located into the Emilia region, which is famous for Advanced Manufacturing, Automotive and Food industries. In particular, Modena is the beating heart of the “Motor Valley” (which includes companies like Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati, CHN Industrial, Ducati, Pagani).

The conference will link researchers and practitioners from industry and academia specialising in design and engineering disciplines from around the world. On July 2, a set of pre-conference interactive workshops will bring together students, researchers, professors and experts discussing crucial topics of Transdisciplinary Engineering. After the conference, on July 6, technical tour and industrial visit will make conference delegates know more about local initiatives, joint research between industry and University, and the most promising industrial innovations.

Why Transdisciplinary Engineering?

Transdisciplinary Engineering is an emerging field that extends and evolves the initial basic concepts known as Concurrent Engineering (CE). CE has matured and has become the foundations of many new ideas, methodologies, initiatives, approaches and tools. Generally, CE concentrates on enterprise collaboration and its many different elements; from integrating people and processes to very specific complete multi/inter/trans-disciplinary solutions, taking the user into account. Current research on CE is driven by many factors like increased customer demands, globalization, (international) collaboration and environmental strategies. The successful application of CE in the past opens also the perspective for future applications like overcoming natural catastrophes, sustainable mobility concepts with electrical vehicles, and intensive, integrated, data processing, with an increasing importance of Transdisciplinarity. User and application environments are more and more included into design and development to customize new products and implement solutions that are really needed and wanted. Research incorporates then also social science methodologies to acquire the necessary knowledge about users and context and to better implement solutions in their context. Engineering needs these approaches to be more successful with their innovation efforts.

Transdisciplinarity is characterising modern research areas, in which natural sciences are integrated with social sciences, requiring mixed methodologies for achieving the work. It is expected to be a significant basis for future evolution, especially in all Engineering areas.


TE2018 proceedings will be published by IOSpress in OPEN ACCESS BOOK and fully indexed by Thomson Reuters/SCI, Scopus, Compendex/Ei and others.

Authors of distinguished papers will be invited to submit extended versions of their work to one of the following international journals:

  • Advanced Engineering Informatics
  • International Journal of Agile Systems and Management
  • Journal of Aerospace Operations
  • Journal of Industrial Information Integration


The TE2018 conference theme is
“Transdisciplinary Engineering Methods for Social Innovation of Industry 4.0”

and focuses on the multidisciplinarity and transdisciplinarity that drive future innovation in the context of Intelligent Factories and Industry 4.0. The concept of Industry 4.0 outlines the vision of a smart factory characterised by the complete networking of all production parts and processes: real time control via cyber-physical systems, increased use of robots, intelligent and adaptable production systems, which should contribute to greater productivity through resource efficiency. Convergence of production and interaction, work and communication requires increasingly transdisciplinary competencies for staying economically competitive. In addition to expert knowledge, flexibility, creativity and innovation, these are critical success factors for companies and their employees. However, Industry 4.0 is not just about machines but people. The Internet of things, data and services are merging the physical and digital world. This is where knowledge-based services have a huge task ahead. People are the bearers of this knowledge and the drivers of innovation.

In this context, Industry 4.0 also needs to be promoted through appropriate innovation and engineering approaches. A special attention should be also paid to human aspects and social reflections: sustainable development, resource-efficient production system, innovative and successful economy, active participatory and collaborative processes, impact of technologies oh human beings and societies. Social innovation is a targeted reconfiguration of human-focused practices with the aim of better solving problems or satisfying needs by makes a contribution to human and social progress.

The topics include but are not limited to:

  • Engineering Methods for Industry 4.0
  • Sustainable Manufacturing Engineering
  • Ergonomics, Human Factors and Social Sustainability
  • Digital manufacturing, Modelling and Simulation
  • Virtual Training and X-in-the-Loop Virtual Prototyping
  • Cost Modeling, Analysis and Engineering
  • Decision Supporting Tools and Methods
  • Concurrent Engineering
  • Agent-based modelling
  • Additive and Subtractive Manufacturing
  • New methods for Smart Factories and Industrial IoT
  • Big Data Analytics in Manufacturing and Services

  • Design of Personalized Products and Services
  • Lean Thinking and Agile Manufacturing
  • Health and Safety Engineering
  • Enterprise Knowledge Management
  • Multidisciplinary Design Optimization
  • Complex Systems Engineering
  • Value Engineering and Risk analysis
  • Maintenance and Through-life Engineering
  • Engineering methods for smart manufacturing Operations, Supply Chain and Logistics
  • Advanced Robotics for Smart Manufacturing
  • Human-robot collaboration

Important Dates:

December 23, 2017
Abstract submission and workshop proposal deadline
December 31, 2017
February 10, 2018
EXTENDED Full paper submission deadline
March 15, 2018
Notification of paper acceptance
April 1, 2018
Registration Opening
April 10, 2018
Final Paper submission


Conference Chair

Margherita Peruzzini, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (IT)

Conference Co-Chair

Marcello Pellicciari, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (IT)

Program Co-Chairs

Josip Stjepandic, PROSTEP AG (DE)
Nel Wognum, Delft University of Technology (NL)
Cees Bil, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (AUS)





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