A digital revolution in industry is underway, characterized by a rapid technological evolution related to production processes. Industries are, consequently, being driven to transform themselves into Factories of the Future, i.e, by being highly flexible to any type of process and product, quickly adaptable to external changes (such as alterations to structural technical specifications of the product), reaching a high degree of sustainability with regard to environmental impact and resource consumption and, at the same time, bring competitive from the economic point of view. These new Factories of the Future must be intelligent and equipped with productive systems with global connectivity, allowing human intervention in repetitive tasks to be replaced by intelligent equipment and the operator's role being fundamental for optimizing the information management of the implemented technological tools, thus generating a highly efficient and effective production process. SmartFoF aims at providing an advanced discussion forum, bringing together the perspective from both Academia and the Industry, on recent and innovative work addressing the transition towards Factories of the Future. Special relevance is indorsed to solutions related to digitization and computing (exploring Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) technologies, cloud computing, digital twin, data analytics, protocol layers and industrial management), cybersecurity, symbiotic Man-Machine and Man-Factory relationship.


Artificial Intelligence; Digital twin, Factories of the Future; Human-Machine Interaction, Industrial Internet of Things


Relevant topics for discussion in this forum include (not limited to):

  • Agent-based approaches for factory management, simulation and control
  • Automation of industrial processes
  • Big Data applications
  • Cloud computing solutions
  • Context-aware systems
  • Cybersecurity in industrial environment
  • Data analytics for factories operation and management
  • Data-Mining approaches
  • Decision Support models for factories management and operation
  • Factory digital twins
  • Industrial digitization
  • Industrial energy management and analysis
  • Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) technologies
  • Intelligent solutions for industrial management
  • Novel communication protocols and standards
  • Predictive and preventive maintenance solutions
  • Production forecasting solutions
  • Robotics and the factory
  • Smart Sensors and Advanced Metering Infrastructure
  • Symbiotic Man-Machine and Man-Factory relationship
  • Virtual assistants
  • Wearable devices in industrial context


Organizing Committee

  • Anabela Ribeiro, Continental Advanced Antenna (Portugal)
  • Armindo Fernandes, Continental Advanced Antenna (Portugal)
  • Arsénio Reis, Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro (Portugal)
  • João Barroso, Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro (Portugal)
  • Paulo Nogueira, Continental Advanced Antenna (Portugal)
  • Ricardo Nunes, Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro (Portugal)
  • Tiago Pinto, Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro (Portugal)


Anabela Ribeiro
Continental Advanced Antenna (Portugal)

Armindo Fernandes
Continental Advanced Antenna (Portugal)

Arsénio Reis
Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro (Portugal)

João Barroso
Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro (Portugal)

Paulo Nogueira
Continental Advanced Antenna (Portugal)

Ricardo Nunes
Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro (Portugal)

Tiago Pinto
Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro (Portugal)