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WFCS 2000
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. IEEE Industrial Electronics Society Call for Papers
3rd IEEE International Workshop on
Factory Communication Systems
Instituto Politécnico do Porto Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto

WFCS'2000 General Co-Chairmen
Eduardo Tovar
Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto
Rua António Bernardino de Almeida, 431
4000-072 Porto, Portugal
Phone: (+351)228340529 Fax: (+351)228321159

Richard Zurawski
Industrial and Societal Automation Corporation
780 Oak Grove Road, Suite D108
Concord, CA, 94518, U.S.A.
Phone: (+1.925)6099118 Fax: (+1.925)6825517

WFCS'2000 Steering Committee
J-D.Decotignie, EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland
Josep Fuertes, UPC, Barcelona, Spain
Guy Juanole, LAAS, Toulouse, France
Richard Zurawski, JSISA, Concord, USA

WFCS'2000 Program Co-Chairmen
Guy Juanole, LAAS, Toulouse, France
Francisco Vasques, FEUP, Porto, Portugal

Program Committee
L. Almeida, Univ. Aveiro, Portugal
I. Bate, Univ. of York, UK
G. Buttazzo, Univ. Pavia, Italy
S. Cavalieri, Univ. of Catania, Italy
F. Cottet, ENSMA, Poitiers, France
J. Cooling, Univ. of Loughborough, UK
J-D. Decotignie, EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland
D. Dietrich, TU Wien, Austria
G. Fohler, Mälardalen Univ., Sweden
J. Fuertes, UPC, Barcelona, Spain
J-C. Gregoire, INRS-Telecom, Canada
W. Halang, FernUniversität, Germany
H. Hansson, Mälardalen Univ., Sweden
Z. Hanzalek, CTU, Prague, Czech Rep.
H. Kopetz, TU Wien, Austria
S. Koubias, Univ. Patras, Greece
W. H. Kwon, SNU, Seoul, S. Korea
Z. Mammeri, UPS, Toulouse, France
M. Marcos, UPV, Bilbao, Spain
R. Montes, CINVESTA, Guadalajara, Mexico
P. Neumann, IFAK, Barleben, Germany
H. S. Park, Kangwon Univ., S. Korea
C. Pereira, UFRGS, Porto Alegre, Brazil
J. Santos, Univ. del Sur, Argentina
T. Sauter, TU Wien, Austria
V. Sempere, UPV, Valencia, Spain
K. Shin, Univ. of Michigan, USA
J.P. Thomesse, INPL, Nancy, France
E. Tovar, ISEP-IPP, Porto, Portugal
R. Tuokko, Tempere University, Finland
A. Valenzano, Politecnico de Torino, Italy
P. Verissimo, FCUL, Lisbon, Portugal
M. Wollschlaeger, U. Magdeburg, Germany
R. Zurawsky, JSISA, Concord, USA

WFCS'2000 WIP Co-Chairmen
L. Almeida, Univ. Aveiro, Portugal
T. Sauter, TU Wien, Austria

WFCS'2000 Industry Liaison Co-Chairmen
J. Fonseca, Univ. Aveiro, Portugal
E. Tovar, ISEP-IPP, Portugal

WFCS'2000 Organizing Committee
Finance: Luís Ferreira, ISEP-IPP, Portugal
Publications: Miguel Pinho, ISEP-IPP, Portugal
Publicity: Filipe Pacheco, ISEP-IPP, Portugal
Registration: Mário Alves, ISEP-IPP, Portugal
Local Arrangements: Berta Batista, ISEP-IPP, Portugal
Secretariat: Ana Costa, ISEP-IPP, Portugal

September 6-8, 2000
Polytechnic Institute of Porto - ISEP, Porto, Portugal

Sponsored by:
IEEE Industrial Electronics Society and Polytechnic Institute of Porto - ISEP


The aim of the workshop is to provide a forum for researchers and practitioners from industry and academia involved in the area of factory communication systems.


Real-time issues in factory communications: message scheduling, distributed application support; Dependability issues in factory communications: safety, security, availability and reliability; Formal description techniques for the verification, validation and test of factory communication systems; The integration of the emerging information technologies with the factory communication systems.

Workshop topics:

Real-time communication and applicationsFieldbus networks
Dependable communication and applicationsCell networks
Communications and applications modelingHigh speed networks
Multimedia communication supportBuilding automation networks
Distributed application platforms (CORBA, Java/Jini, etc.)Wireless networks
Internetworking, interoperabilityEmbedded networks
Configuration tools and network managementIntranet and internet access
Factory applications and case studies

Submission of Papers

The working language of the conference is English. Prospective authors are encouraged to submit a pdf or postscript version of the full paper by e-mail to:

Francisco Vasques
DEMEGI - FEUP, R. dos Bragas, 4050-123 Porto, Portugal
Tel: (+351) 222041751; Fax: (+351)222074241; Email:

If e-mail submission is not possible, sending five hard copies of the full paper is also acceptable. Additionally, an abstract of up to 150 words must also be sent, to the same e-mail address.

Submissions should be formatted as follows: First page: title, authors, mailing and e-mail addresses, phone and fax numbers and preferred workshop topic. Second and succeeding pages: Paper manuscript limited to 20 pages (at least 1-˝ spaced, in a font no smaller than 11-point).

A special Work in Progress (WIP) session will be organized. This session is mainly intended for presentation of on-going work. Accepted papers will not be included in the workshop proceedings, instead they will be published through the WWW and in specific WIP proceedings. Submissions in the above areas should be sent in the IEEE double column format (not exceeding 4 pages) by e-mail to one of the WIP Session Co-Chairmen: Luís Almeida ( or Thilo Sauter (

Paper Acceptance:

Each accepted paper must be presented at the conference by one of the authors. The final manuscript must be accompanied by the registration form and also by a proof of the registration fee payment. All conference attendees, including authors and session chairpersons, must pay the conference registration fee, and their travel expenses.

Author's Schedule:

Please check out the Important Dates for the new deadlines

Further Informations:

Contact either the General Co-Chairmen (for addresses see top left section of this call for papers), or