International Journal of Simulation and Process Modelling (IJSPM) - Call for Paper

A Special Issue on .Process Modelling and Simulation for Product Design and Realisation・

It is a well-known fact that a successful product is one having the highest value, the lowest cost, and the shortest time-to-market, i.e. the time interval from product design conceptualisation to product launching.  In order to design such a product, it is necessary to ensure that the product design and manufacturing processes are closely aligned with the product requirements. As a result, in recent years, integrating product and process design in an organisation has been widely advocated in order to realise an efficient and profitable product design and realisation process. 

Apart from the integration aspects, it is equally important to focus on some human-centric concerns, such as understanding the product end users・ behaviour, needs and requirements. A good user model or simulation may facilitate design efficiency and bridge the gap between product end users・ and designers・ mental models.  User modelling is an explicit representation of the activities of individual users or group of users.  As technologies are getting more and more innovative, it has become a big challenge in designing new gadgets, such as mobile system, robots, gaming environment, etc. The contributions of user modelling and simulation may come from researchers and practitioners in the fields of cognitive science, design, engineering, artificial intelligence, education, business and human-computer interaction. 

Subject coverage
This special issue welcomes both academic and practical contributions in all aspects of modelling and simulating product design and realisation processes, especially user modelling and simulation. Relevant topics may include, but are not limited to, the following:

* Modelling and simulation of collaborative product development processes
* Methodologies for integrating design and manufacturing processes
* Design process modelling and simulation
* Modelling and simulation of product realisation processes
* Product performance optimisation through simulation
* Theoretical issues of user modelling for product design and interaction
* User and process modelling for mobile and ubiquitous computing
* User and process modelling for user knowledge, emotion and social factors
* User and process modelling for collaborative work and behaviour
* User and process modelling for human-robot interaction and machine learning
* User and process modelling for adaptive hardware and software design
* Empirical research of user modelling for product design

Full Paper Due  : 30 December 2004
Notification of Acceptance : 30 January 2005
Final Version of Paper Due : 30 April 2005
Special Issue : July 2005

Submission of Paper
Manuscripts should be prepared in accordance with the format and guidelines found at Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. A double-blind review process will be employed for this special issue. 

Manuscripts should be sent as an-e-mail attachment in MS-WORD or PDF format to Dr. Chun-Hsien Chen at [log in to unmask], Dr. Henry Been-Lirn Duh at [log in to unmask] or Dr. Luis G. Occena at [log in to unmask] by the above due date.

Guest Editors:
Dr. Chun-Hsien Chen, Associate Professor
School of Mechanical & Production Engineering
Nanyang Technological University
50 Nanyang Avenue, Singapore 639798
Tel: +65 6790-4888
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Dr. Henry Been-Lirn Duh, Assistant Professor
School of Mechanical & Production Engineering
Nanyang Technological University
50 Nanyang Avenue, Singapore 639798
Tel: +65 6790-5151
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Dr. Luis G. Occena, Associate Professor
Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering
E3437D Engineering Building East
University of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia MO, 65211, USA
Tel: 573-882-9564

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