The 16th IFAC Symposium on Information Control Problems in Manufacturing (INCOM 2018) was held on June 11-13, 2018 in the beautiful venue of the campus of University of Bergamo, a former monastery complex of Sant’Agostino, in the upper town of Bergamo, Italy. The Symposium was jointly organised by Politecnico di Milano and University of Bergamo, and sponsored by the Technical Committees of IFAC Coordinating Committee on Manufacturing and Logistics Systems (IFAC CC 5). The technical co-sponsors were four other IFAC TCs (TC 1.3, TC 4.2, TC 4.3, and TC 9.2), the IEEE Italy Section and its affiliated chapters, as well as IFIP, IFORS, AIDI (Italian Association of Industrial Systems Engineering Professors) and GDR MACS/CNRS (French National Council for Scientific Research). Chaired by Prof. Sergio Cavalieri (University of Bergamo) and Prof. Marco Macchi (Politecnico di Milano), the Symposium could count on the scientific support of an International Program Committee composed by 106 members and chaired by Prof. László Monostori (MTA Sztaki Budapest) with 28 Associated Editors in charge of the peer review process. The technical program of INCOM 2018 was organized around the following main topics: Advanced manufacturing technologies and systems, Advanced reliability, maintenance and safety engineering and technologies, Enterprise modelling and information systems, Modelling and optimization for complex engineered systems, Simulation, control and monitoring of evolutionary and adaptive production systems, Robotics and autonomous systems, Operations management in production systems and logistics, Human and social factors in production systems, Lifecycle management and product-service systems (PSSs), Industry 4.0: strategies, models and technologies for next-generation production systems.

During INCOM 2018, POLIMI organized a special session on Advanced Simulation for CPS-based production systems, where two works related to the MAYA project outcomes have been presented:

  • Using Open Standards for Behavior ModelsUsing Open Standards for Behavior Modelsto gain performance in the VirtualCommisioning Simulation, by Torben Meyer (VW)
  • Exploiring the role of Digital Twin for Asset Lifecycle Management, by Marco Macchi (POLIMI)
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Some distinctive figures of the Symposium: 371 papers were submitted from 46 countries from all over the world, 297 papers from 928 contributors were finally selected for presentation in regular, invited and special sessions – with a total of 403 participants at the conference.