IWAMA – International Workshop of Advanced Manufacturing and Automation –aims at providing a common platform for academics, researchers, practicing professionals and experts from industries to interact, discuss trends and advances, and share ideas and perspectives in the areas of manufacturing and automation.
IWAMA began in Shanghai University 2010. In 2012 and 2013 it was held at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, in 2014 at Shanghai University again and 2015 at Shanhai Polytecnic University. The sponsors organizing the IWAMA series has expanded to many universities throughout the world; including Manchester University, Shanghai University, Shanghai Polytechnic University, Xiamen University of Science and Technology, Tongji University, University of Malaga, University of Firenze, Stavanger University, Narvik University College, Shandong Agriculture, University, China University of Mining and Technology, Indian National Institute of Technology, Donghua University, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Changshu Institute of Technology, Dalian Univeristy, St. Petersburg Polytechnic University, and Hong Kong Polytecnic University. As IWAMA becomes an annual event, we are expecting that more sponsors from universities and industries will participate the international workshop as co-organizers.
Manufacturing and automation have assumed paramount importance and are vital factors for the economy of a nation and the quality of life. The field of manufacturing and automation is advancing at a rapid pace and new technologies are also emerging in the field. The challenges faced by today’s engineers are forcing them to keep on top of the emerging trends through continuous research and development.
IWAMA 2016 takes place in Manchester, UK, 10-11th November 2016, organized by The University of Manchester, Norwegian University of Science and Technology and Shanghai Polytechnic University. The program is designed to improve manufacturing and automation technologies for the next generation through discussion of the most recent advances and future perspectives, and to engage the worldwide community in a collective effort to solve problems in manufacturing and automation.
Manufacturing research includes a focus on the transformation of present factories, towards re-usable, flexible, modular, intelligent, digital, virtual, affordable, easy-to-adapt, easy-to-operate, easy-to-maintain and highly reliable “smart factories”. Therefore, IWAMA 2016 has mainly covered 6 chapters in manufacturing engineering:
1. Industry 4.0
2. Logistics 4.0
3. Manufacturing Systems
4. Manufacturing Technologies
5. Production Management
6. Fashion Management
All papers submitted to the workshop have been subjected to strict peer-review by at least 2 expert referees. Finally, 61 papers have been selected to be included in the proceedings after a revision process. We hope that the proceedings will not only give the readers a broad overview of the latest advances, and a summary of the event, but also provide researchers with a valuable reference in this field.
On behalf of the organization committee and the international scientific committee of IWAMA 2016, I would like to take this opportunity to express my appreciation for all the kind support, from the contributors of high-quality keynotes and papers, and all the participants. My thanks are extended to all the workshop organizers and paper reviewers, to SHU, NTNU and SFI Norman for the financial support, and to co-sponsors for their generous contribution. Thanks are also given to Shewei Wang, Haishu Ma, Zhe Li, Natalia Swahn and Jinghui Yang for their hard editorial work of the proceedings and arrangement of the workshop.
Yi Wang, PhD. Lecturer
Chair of IWAMA 2016
The University of Manchester, UK