PRO-VE 2021 | Special Session Collaborative learning networks with industry and academia

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Date(s) - 22/11/2021 - 24/11/2021
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22nd IFIP Working Conference on Virtual Enterprises 2021
22-24 November 2021

PRO-VE 2021 Special Session Collaborative learning networks with industry and academia


Currently,  understanding  the  scope  and  potential  of  digital  technologies  in  the  context  of their application and use in specific businesses and industries is not at all an effortless task. Therefore, and considering the rapid technology evolution, manufacturing personnel and leadership’s skills and competencies must evolve more frequently. Consequently, it is necessary to promote the upskilling and reskilling of their workforce through hands-on experience on industry 4.0 technologies. Thus, new infrastructures need to be developed for technology experience and demonstration based on the living labs, innovation labs, and fab labs concepts.

The collaboration between the different actors involved, academia, applied research centres, technological centres and industry, appears as the effective formula in a dynamic teaching-learning process, evolutive and fundamentally adapted to different contexts of transforming industries. It results in a natural opportunity to explore collaborative networks, involving different actors and covering in a vertical way the whole learning chain, from fundamentals  and  theoretical  concepts  to  experimentation  in  laboratory  environment  and experimentation in real environment (in learning factories and in industrial lines and pilots).

In this special session, we aim to highlight the critical role of collaborative networks to promote a rich learning environment between industry and academia. Moreover, must be explored the types and nature of collaborative learning that can be provided to companies to address the digitization challenges in order i) to reduce the mismatch between the qualification of the available workforce and the changes in industrial demands, ii) to increase the availability of skilled and qualified workforces and engineers, and iii) to improve the awareness of the importance of effective technical education o fall hierarchical levels.

This special session welcomes studies (empirical and theoretical) that advance research on educational frameworks/schemes, supporting tools, and collaborative practices between academia and industry to facilitate collaborative learning. Real application and demonstration cases are also welcome,  describing  the  methodology  used  to  define,  analyse  and  evaluate  the  educational objectives and success.

Topics/ Keywords

-Innovative learning schemes/framework among academia, applied research centres, technological centres and industry
-Collaborative models among academia, applied research centres, technological centres and industry
-Upskilling and Reskilling experiences and best practices in industry 4.0
-Business models for living labs, innovation labs, and fab labs
-Roadmaps for Upskilling and Reskilling of manufacturing personnel
-Leadership’s skills and competencies for digital transformation

Session Organizers

Ana Correia Simões, INESC TEC,

António Almeida, INESC TEC,

Américo Lopes Azevedo, INESC TEC,

Submission procedure

Special sessions are included in the main Conference and follow the same reviewing process.
Short abstracts submission (150 words): March,15th, 2021
Full papers submission: April, 16th, 2021
Acceptance Notice: May, 31st, 2021
Camera Ready Submission: June,20st, 2021
Acceptance of papers is based on the full paper (up to8 pages). Each paper will be evaluated by three members of the International Program Committee.
When submitting on the website, you have to indicate the name of the special session.
Submission procedure available here, with copy by email to the chairs of the special session.

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