Special Interest Groups

SIG: Experimental Interactive Learning in Industrial Management

The IFIP WG 5.7 Special Interest Group on Experimental Interactive Learning in Industrial Management develops and researches new methods for knowledge co-creation in socio-techno-economic systems and processes. Among the studied methods for knowledge co-creation are games, simulations, and experimental co-creation workshops.

The SIG was founded in 1994 by Professor Jens Ove Riis, Aalborg University, Department of Production, Denmark. Since 2000, it has been chaired by Professor Riitta Smeds, Aalto University, School of Science, Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, SimLab, Finland.

The SIG organizes annual international workshops together with collaborating universities or associations, and publishes the presented papers in proceedings together with them. In 2011-14 the SIG workshops collaborated with the EU Network of Excellence GALA, and the 2013 and 2014 workshops were held in conjunction with the annual conferences of the International Simulation And Gaming Association ISAGA. The European Academy on Industrial Management supports the SIG.

The report of the SIG’s 18 international workshops and publications can be found here.

For further information contact Professor Riitta Smeds (riitta.smeds@aalto.fi)

SIG: Product and Asset Lifecycle Management

Discussions and exchange that took place among members of the PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) community within IFIP and IFAC arrived to some conclusions presented in a Position Paper (http://www.inderscienceonline.com/doi/abs/10.1504/IJPLM.2010.036489?journalCode=ijplm), where PLM is perceived as a system including methodologies, processes and IT tools to support a “product” along all phases of its lifecycle: BOL, MOL and EOL.

Also, the notion of “product” is extended to what it is called “Extended Product” including the notion of “services” that may be associated to the product.

Additionally, “Asset Lifecycle Management” may also be considered as part of PLM, where the meaning of “asset” is defined by what we could call an Engineering or Physical or Industrial Asset.

On the other hand, the term PLM is actually used by former CADCAM vendors. This topic (CADCAM) used to be traditionally the subject of WG 5.1 However, CADCAM (which became almost a commodity in our days) and relevant topics of PDM with its extensions to Knowledge Management are a central part of the BOL phase of a product’s lifecycle.

In the Position Paper of the PLM-IWG the importance of considering all lifecycle phases of a product (BOL-MOL-EOL) and the closing of the related information loops is largely highlighted and emphasized due the requirements for sustainable development.

Based on the above observations, the Specialist Interest Group PALM (Product and Asset Lifecycle Management) has been created in 2008 in IFIP WG5.7 with contributions and synergies developed with IFIP WG5.1 and IFAC WG A-MEST.

The main activity of this SIG is the organization of the series of PhD workshops PALM which started in 2008 at EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland and the continued in 2009 in Aprica, Italy, in 2011 in Islantilla, Spain, in 2012 in Rosieres, France, in 2013 in Giardini Naxos, Italy and in 2014 in Les Diablerets, Switzerland.

PALM 2015 will be held in Belfort-Montbéliard (FRANCE), in July 2015 at the PEUGEOT Museum:


For further information contact Professor Dimitris Kirirsis (dimitris.kiritsis@epfl.ch)

SIG: Service Systems

Why are some industrial firms more successful in innovating their service business then others? This question is becoming more and more important for industrial firms due to the crucial importance of innovative service based solutions to differentiate from global competition. When transforming into a solution based business, the business objective covers both to innovate and produce new solutions to the customer – as well as to achieve operational performance through cost efficient processes and structures at the same time. Companies, however, face tremendous difficulties when going through the transformation and balance both, innovation capability and operational performance.

The objective of this special interest group is to prepare for a new framework for the transformation of industrial companies and implement a solution based business.


For further information contact: Dr. Gerhard Gudergan (gerhard.gudergan@fir.rwth-aachen.de)

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