Jul 14

SPECIAL ISSUE in Computers & Industrial Engineering Human factors in industrial and logistic system design

03608352Aims and Scope

Despite the opportunities the automation of industrial and logistic systems offers, many companies still rely on human work and manual materials handling in many areas. Most decision support models that were proposed in the past to assist managers in designing industrial and logistic systems have neglected the specific characteristics of human workers, which often led to unrealistic outcomes. To guarantee a high level of productivity and efficiency and to make sure that decision support models better reflect reality in daily operations, an interdisciplinary perspective is necessary that considers human factors in addition to economic aspects in designing industrial and logistic systems.

There seems to be a large gap in the literature concerning the integration of human factors into decision support models for industrial and logistic systems design. In addition, the impact of systems design parameters on the human operators has not been sufficiently analyzed. In general, human factors (perceptual, mental, physical and psychosocial) determine the performance of  industrial and logistic systems to a large extent if human operators are employed. This aspect becomes more challenging in light of demographic changes such as the aging workforce and international differences amongst system operators in a global supply chain environment. These trends will put human factors‐related issues in logistics – such as the risk of developing musculoskeletal disorders in labor‐intensive work environments – on top of the agendas in many  companies. In addition, the consequences of using innovative technical solutions to support the design of high reliability industrial and logistics processes is not yet fully understood in light of human performance and errors.

This special issue aims to publish innovative approaches for the integration of human factors into  industrial and logistic systems design. Submissions should develop and analyze analytical models,  present case studies on the integration of human factors into decision support models, or apply  simulation approaches for designing and coordinating industrial and logistic systems to gain insights into the interaction of human factors and logistic systems design. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Human Factors in operations and logistics management
  • Ergonomics methods for industrial systems design
  • Quantitative assessment of injury risks in material handling operations
  • The impact of demographic changes on industrial and logistic systems
  • Human performance and error reduction in industrial systems design and management
  • New technologies for increasing human performance and reducing human errors
  • Social sustainability aspects in operations and logistics management

The editors of the special issue intend to publish a range of different topics and reserve the right
to limit the number of papers included in any one topic.


Manuscripts should be submitted via Elsevier Editorial System http://ees.elsevier.com/caie/. Please indicate in the Article Type “SI: Human Factors”. Manuscripts should not have been  previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. For Guide for Authors, please refer to the webpage:



The submission deadline is February 29, 2016. The Special Issue is scheduled for publication in
early 2017.

Special Issue Editors:

Prof. Christoph H. Glock, TU Darmstadt, Germany. Managing Guest Editor
Prof. W. Patrick Neumann, Ryerson University, Canada
Prof. Fabio Sgarbossa, University of Padua, Italy
Dr. Eric Grosse, TU Darmstadt, Germany

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Jun 29

Third International Workshop on Successful Strategies in Supply Chain Management (IWSSSCM3)


Third International Workshop on
Successful Strategies in Supply Chain Management

7th – 8th January, 2016

Hong Kong


The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong


To provide a forum for academics and practitioners, from Hong Kong, Mainland China, and other Southeast Asian countries as well as those from other parts of the world, to share their experiences and latest developments in the area of supply chain management and its applications.

Important Dates

1st October, 2015, Deadline for submission of Abstract

15th November, 2015, Deadline for submission of Full Paper

1st December, 2015, Early registration due


The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong



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Jun 08

ISIR WORKSHOP on Sustainable Logistics and Supply Chain Management

October 7th -9th 2015 at EMLYON Business School and the DISP Lab, France



The Workshop will be a special meeting of both economists and operational analysts, thereby attempting to bring together two streams of research within the ISIR Community.

The theme is ‘Sustainable Logistics and Supply Chain Management’, reflecting the key challenges for future in manufacturing and service sector with the particular goal to assess the real costs involved in many supply chains that today still remain invisible and therefore prohibit the transition towards a more sustainable future.

Illustrative example of these invisible costs: today massive amounts of wood are imported by China, from France. In China, this wood is used for manufacturing furniture, which for a significant amount is exported … to France. Local French furniture manufacturers cannot compete with this practice, due to still low wages in Chinese furniture manufacturing but also since environmental costs (e.g. carbon emission) of both production and supply (forth and backwards) are still not calculated.

Papers on all topics related to the theme are invited, however preference will be given first of all to papers focusing on inventory related issues of sustainability and  to the following topics:

  • Analysis of hidden costs impact on sustainable supply chains’ decisions
  • Resource-efficient production, inventory and routing decisions
  • Sustainable design of production and supply chain networks
  • Measurement of supply chain environmental footprint
  • Performance measures, metrics, and impact of sustainable supply chain
  • Reverse logistics and green considerations
  • Sustainability issues in manufacturing and services sector
  • Lean management and its relationship with the sustainable supply chain
  • Information systems for sustainable supply chain
  • Socially responsible supply chains
  • Reference models for green production and supply chains
  • Strategies and decision making for resource efficient supply chains
  • The impact of e-commerce on logistics
  • Urban Logistics


The workshop is intended as a forum for presenting innovative and transformational ideas in the field. Contributions addressing contemporary and future practical challenges in the transition towards sustainable and resource-efficient supply chains are strongly encouraged.

Presenting at the workshop is not mandatory, however it is highly encouraged, especially for students who may have little previous experience or who wish to present in a relaxed environment among peers.

A collection of the extended abstracts will be published after the workshop, supplemented with a set of conclusions and suggestions based on the workshop discussions.

Important Dates

Registration opening: 5 June 2015
Submission of extended abstract deadline: 15 August 2015
Notification of Acceptance: 10 September 2015
Registration deadline: 20 September 2015
Workshop: 7-9 October 2015 in Lyon, France


Registration Fee:

The workshop is sponsored by ISIR and EMLYON Business School, and only 50 euros administration fee will be charged for registration and attendance.

The invitation covers all meals (three days’ lunches, one gastronomic dinner, coffee breaks) during the workshop and the social programs. Travel and accommodation should be arranged and paid by the participants.

The workshop will take place in the French Capital of Gastronomy, Lyon, which is also known for its historical and architectural landmarks and which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Lyon is also a major centre for banking as well as for chemical, pharmaceutical, and biotech industries

Instruction for contributors:

An extended abstract (minimum 600 and maximum 1000 words) should be submitted by email to Yacine Rekik (email: rekik@em-lyon.com) and by cceing ISIR (email: isir@isir.hu) before the deadline – 15 August 2015.

Author(s) of the accepted abstract (at least one person) must register, attend the workshop and present the paper. For registering, authors can send an email with their details (Name, Affiliation and email address) to Yacine Rekik (rekik@em-lyon.com) and by cceing ISIR (isir@isir.hu). Please note that in case of cancellation after September 20 or no-show, no refunds of the administration fee will be made.

Organizing team:

Dr. Yacine Rekik, Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management, EMLYON Business School, DISP Lab

Phone: +33 4 78338678

E-mail: rekik@em-lyon.com


Prof. Dr. Henk Zijm, Professor of Production and Supply Chain Management, University of Twente

Phone: +31 53 489 3912

E-mail: w.h.m.zijm@utwente.nl


Professor Attila Chikán, Director, Competitiveness Research Centre, Corvinus University of Budapest

Executive Vice President of ISIR

Phone: + 36 1 267 8740

E-mail: isir@isir.hu


For further information please visit the official website:




About EMLYON Business School:

EMLYON is a European Business School devoted to lifelong learning for entrepreneurial and international management. Its entrepreneurial and educational project consists in stimulating the social responsibility of its participants, thus giving them all the support needed to achieve business success in the various cultural and economic systems around the world. Its know-how in training is based both on theory and on day-to-day company management.  Its distinctive quality is founded on teaching innovation and an entrepreneurial approach to management education.


About the DISP Lab:

The DISP (Decision & Information Sciences for Production Systems) laboratory research deals with the design and application of decision-making methods and information systems in order to improve the performance of systems producing goods and services, networked companies and global supply chains. The originality of this laboratory is its skills both in Industrial Engineering and Computer Science for companies.

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