Advanced Intelligent Control and Automation in Industrial 4.0 Era

A special issue of Electronics (ISSN 2079-9292). This special issue belongs to the section "Industrial Electronics".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 January 2025 | Viewed by 60

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College of Information Science and Engineering, Northeastern University, Shenyang 110819, China
Interests: intelligent manufacturing, logistics and supply chain management; evolutionary computation; reinforcement learning
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Shenyang Institute of Automation (SIA), Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shenyang 110169, China
Interests: Intelligent manufacturing; Additive manufacturing; Robot manufacturing; Path planning; Intelligent assembly

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

“Human-centricity” has emerged as a defining feature of the next stage of Industry 4.0, which means that intelligent manufacturing has entered a new transformation stage: from focusing on reducing the physical labor of operators to reducing their mental labor, from prioritizing shareholders to stakeholders, and the rise in value-driven manufacturing relative to technology-driven manufacturing. Two technological advancements play a crucial role in advanced manufacturing: intelligent control and automation. The ways to achieve the goals of Industry 4.0 include creating and implementing advanced automation technologies that are related to the design of control systems in a broader sense. In addition, intelligent control will further elevate automation technology, replacing operators with artificial intelligence for decision-making.

Advanced intelligent control and automation have demonstrated their enormous potential through successful implementation in various fields of the industry. They can be argued to have a considerable impact on the progress of the global promotion of Industry 4.0. Therefore, this Special Issue places importance on advanced intelligent control and automation. We would like to invite submissions of high-quality manuscripts from researchers, engineers, and industry professionals for publication in this Special Issue. The manuscripts should be unpublished and report significant research progress. The key criteria for paper acceptance will be novelty. Manuscripts reporting experimental proofs, results, and lessons learned are strongly encouraged. Review papers on the state of the art of different topics related to advanced intelligent control and automation are also welcome. The main topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Automation control systems;
  • Manufacturing execution system;
  • Advanced manufacturing technologies;
  • Digital twins and the industrial metaverse;
  • Enterprise resource planning;
  • Artificial intelligence;
  • Intelligent industrial robotics;
  • Robot and computer-integrated manufacturing.

Prof. Dr. Hongfeng Wang
Dr. Bo Zhou
Guest Editors

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  • intelligent manufacturing
  • advanced intelligent control
  • automation
  • industry 4.0
  • robotics
  • manufacturing execution system

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