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2017 ISPE International Conference on Transdisciplinary Engineering

November 1st, 2016

2017 ISPE International Conference on Transdisciplinary Engineering

Singapore, July 10-14, 2017 (TE2017)


Call for Papers


It is a pleasure to invite you to the 2017 ISPE International Conference on Transdisciplinary Engineering (TE2017). The conference is organized by ISPE and the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. It will take place in Singapore from July 10 to 14, 2017, in the Nanyang Executive Centre.

The International Society for Productivity Enhancement (ISPE) was founded in 1984 in the USA with the goal to support and improve the international exchange of ideas and scientific knowledge in the field of technological development and application. ISPE Inc. was registered as a non-profit organization in New York in 2004. It is officially called ISPE Inc. since then. 

The main objective of ISPE, Inc. is to transfer and integrate new knowledge with relevant existing or new technology and improve strategies and resources to enhance productivity and competitiveness of current product and service producers and thereby improve the quality of the life. 

ISPE Inc. has successfully organized 23 international conferences, focusing on the research and industrial application aspects of Concurrent Engineering. From 2016 onwards, the series take the name of “ISPE International Conference on Transdisciplinary Engineering”, to reflect recent achievements and inspiring practices that cross the boundaries of tradicional engineering, in close alignment with the Concurrent Engineering paradigm. 

ISPE Inc. conference proceedings are currently published in the form of an open access book under the Creative Commons license. The 2015 conference proceedings (Transdisciplinary Lifecycle Analysis of Systems, vol. 2) has been downloaded over 2,000 times in just a few weeks, which demonstrates not only high quality of the papers, but also global interest in the covered topics.  

Full papers are peer reviewed and the proceedings is fully indexed by Thomson Reuters/SCI, Scopus, Compendex/Ei and others.

Authors of distinguished papers will be invited for submitting extended versions of their work to one of the following journals:

• Advanced Engineering Informatics
• International Journal of Agile Systems and Management
• Frontiers in Robotics and Artificial Intelligence
• Journal of Aerospace Operations
• Product: Management & Development


Important dates

January 15, 2017                              Abstract and workshop proposals submission deadline
January 21, 2017                              Notification of abstract and workshop acceptance
February 28, 2017                             Full paper submission deadline
April 20, 2017                                   Notification of paper acceptance
May 15, 2017                                    Final paper submission deadline
May 31, 2017                                    Author registration deadline

Guide for authors

The extended deadline to submit abstracts is January 15, 2017.
To submit your abstract, please visit or

Topics of interests

The theme of the 2017 ISPE International Conference on Transdisciplinary Engineering is “Transdisciplinary Engineering Methods for Advanced Design and Manufacturing”.

• Additive Manufacturing
• Data Analytics/ Engineering Informatics
• Cloud Manufacturing, Computing
• Collaborative/ Concurrent Engineering
• Complex Engineering/ Systems
• Comprehensive Industrialization
• Cost Modeling, Analysis and Engineering
• Cyber-Physical Systems
• Decision Support Tools and Methods for
Design and Manufacturing
• Design Automation/ Design Integration/
Multidisciplinary Design Optimization
• Digital Manufacturing/ Digital Mock-up
• Emotional/ Affective Design/ Kansei
• End-of-Life Analysis/ Life Cycle Analysis/
Product Lifecycle Management
• Engineering for Sustainability
• Enterprise Systems Integration, Interoperability,
Traceability and Transparency
• Human Factors in Design/ Manufacturing

• Industrial/ Product Design
• Intellectual Property Management
• Knowledge-Based Engineering/ Knowledge
Sharing/ Knowledge Management
• Lean Thinking for Engineering and
• Maintenance and Through-life Eng.
• Model-based Enterprise Development
• Open Innovation/ Mass Customization
• Operations Optimisation
• Requirements Engineering
• Reverse Engineering
• Risk Analysis
• Safety and Security
• Service Support/ Service Design
• Sociotechnical Systems
• Stochastic Analysis
• Supply Chain Collaboration/ Management
• Systems Engineering
• Value Engineering


Organising committee

Chun-Hsien Chen: General Chair, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Amy Trappey: General Co-Chair, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan
Margherita Peruzzini: Program Chair, University of Modena and e Reggio Emilia, Italy
Seung Ki Moon: Program Co-Chair, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Songlin Chen: Program Co-Chair, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Nel Wognum: Program Co-Chair, Wageningen University, The Netherlands
Josip Stjepandic: Program Co-Chair, PROSTEP AG, Germany

For any enquiries regarding the programme, please contact:
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We look forward to seeing you at the ISPE International Conference on Transdisciplinary Engineering, 2017!


TE2016: The 23rd ISPE International Conference on Transdisciplinary Engineering

March 1st, 2016

TE2015, Curitiba (Brazil)

The 23rd ISPE International Conference on Concurrent Engineering carried the theme "Transdiscplinary Engineering: Crossing Boundaries" was held successfully in October 4-6, 2016. 

The conference proceedings are available from here.

For more information, please visit

CE2015: The 22nd ISPE International Conference on Concurrent Engineering

July 31st, 2015

CE2015, Delft (The Netherlands)

The 22nd ISPE International Conference on Concurrent Engineering carried the theme Transdiscplinary Lifecycle Analysis of System was held successfully in July 20-22, 2015. 

The conference proceedings are available from here.

For more information, please visit

Concurrent Engineering in the 21st Century-Foundations, Developments and Challenges

February 9th, 2015

Editors: Josip Stjepandić, Nel Wognum, Wim J.C. Verhagen
ISBN: 978-3-319-13775-9 (Print) 978-3-319-13776-6 (Online)

This newly published book serves as a summary of the achievements and the current challenges of Concurrent Engineering. It presents the gradual evolution of the concept of CE and the many technical and social methods and tools that have been developed, including the many theoretical and practical challenges that still exist. Readers are expected to gain a comprehensive picture of the “common sense” of CE as researched and practiced in different world regions and application fields.

Download (PDF).

CE2014: The 21st ISPE International Conference on Concurrent Engineering

September 8th, 2014

CE2014, Beijing (China)

The 21st ISPE International Conference on Concurrent Engineering carried the theme Moving Integrated Product Development to Service Clouds in Global Economy was held successfully in September 8-10, 2014. 

For more information, please visit