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 The 50th International Conference on Computers and Industrial Engineering 

CIE50 | October 30–November 2, 2023

Sustainable Digital Transformation

The 50th International Conference on Computers and Industrial Engineering (CIE 50) will be held in Sharjah-Dubai, United Arab Emirates October 30–November 2, 2023, hosted by American University of Sharjah.

CIE 50 aims to gather researchers to disseminate and discuss state-of-the-art advancements in the areas of industrial engineering, computers, manufacturing management, and other related areas. The conference will witness the participation of distinguished speakers from all over the world in the different disciplines of industrial engineering, with keynote speeches from distinguished scientists in advanced topics.

This is the latest in the series sponsored by Computers & Industrial Engineering: An International Journal, published by Elsevier. Its Impact Factor was 7.18 in 2022, and its Cite Score was 9.7 for the same year, placing it at the 96th percentile among general engineering journals.

The conference theme will be “Sustainable Digital Transformation.”

The CIE 50 program will include guest speakers, peer reviewed technical program, demos, short papers, posters, and invited sessions on the same or related topics, industrial presentations, and exhibitions.

  • Smart Manufacturing Systems
  • Additive Manufacturing and 3D printing
  • Advanced Process Control
  • Industrial Internet of Things
  • Cyber-Physical Systems
  • Humanitarian and Emergency Logistics
  • Modeling and Decision Analysis
  • Discrete Event, Agent Based Simulation
  • Simulation Optimization and Applications
  • Manufacturing Innovation
  • Resilient Smart Factories
  • Reliability Engineering, and Predictive Maintenance
  • Human Factors Engineering and Ergonomics
  • Health and Safety Engineering and Management
  • E-Business and E-Commerce
  • Sustainable and Smart Transportation Systems
  • Quality Control And Management
  • Enterprise Engineering
  • Decision Support Systems
  • Production Planning and Operations Scheduling
  • Technology and Knowledge Management
  • Digital Transformation
  • Big Data Analytics and Applications
  • Resilience Supply Chains and Logistics Model
  • Operations Research and Optimization
  • Facilities Planning and Design
  • Service Innovation and Management
  • Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma
  • Design for X
  • Data Mining and Business Intelligence
  • Organizational Resilience
  • Product Process, Service and Software Design Management
  • Reverse Engineering
  • Smart Cities Management Models
  • Healthcare Management Systems
  • Sustainable Supply Chain Management
  • Project Management and Control
  • Enterprise Resource Planning Systems
  • Urban Air Mobility Models
  • Optimization of Renewable Energy Resources
  • Artificial Intelligence and Machine learning applications

Important Dates

Special Session Submission Deadline: March 30, 2023

Paper Submission Deadline: June 30, 2023

Acceptance Notification: July 15, 2023

Early Bird Registration Deadline: July 30, 2023

Final Paper Submission Deadline: August 15, 2023


Proceedings and Special Issue

Conference proceedings will carry the ISSN identifier of CIE50 for the CD-ROM version and 2164-8689 for the online version. Both will be indexed in Scopus and El Compendex. The proceedings will be published by Curran & Associates and posted here

Extended versions of selected articles will be published in a special issue of Elsevier’s Computers & Industrial Engineering Journal (ISSN 0360-8352). Extended versions of selected papers on maintenance digital transformation can be published as a special issue of Journal of Quality in Maintenance Engineering (ISSN 1355-2511).

Organizing Committee

  • Yasser Dessouky, San Jose State University, United States of America
  • Abdulrahim Shamayleh, American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
  • Adolf Acquaye, Khlaifa University, United Arab Emirates
  • Alexandre Dolgi, IMT Atlantique Bretagne-Pays de Loire Department of Automation CIM, France
  • Ali A. Diabat, New York University - Abu Dhabi Campus, United Arab Emirates
  • Andrew Junfang Yu, The University of Tennessee Knoxville, USA
  • Antonio Costa, University of Catania, Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering, Italy
  • António Grilo, New University of Lisbon, Portugal
  • Branka Dimitrijevic , University of Belgrade, Serbia
  • Chen-Fu Chien, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan
  • Ching-Ter Chang, Chang Gung University, Taiwan
  • Chrissoleon Papadopoulos, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Christoph Glock, TU Darmstadt, Germany
  • D. Sheu, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan
  • David Romero, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Department of Mechatronics, Mexico
  • Dimitris Mourtzis, University of Patras, Patras, Greece
  • Gino J. Lim, University of Houston, USA
  • Imed Kacem, University of Lorraine, France
  • Madjid Tavana, La Salle University, USA
  • Jing Shi, University of Cincinnati, USA
  • M'hand Hifi, University of Picardie Jules Verne, France
  • Manoj Tiwari, National Institute of Industrial Engineering, India
  • Massimiliano Caramia, University of Rome, Italy
  • Mehdi Toloo, VSB-Technical University Ostrava, Czechia
  • Min Xie, City University of Hong Kong College of Science, Hong Kong
  • Mohmed Bendaya, American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
  • Mohamad Jaber, Toronto Metropolitan University, Canada
  • Moncer Hariga, American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
  • Qiuhong Zhao, Beihang University, China
  • Ray Zhong, The University of Hong Kong, Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, Hong Kong
  • Runliang Dou, Tianjin University, China
  • Sergio Cavalieri, University of Bergamo, Department of Engineering & Applied Sciences, Italy
  • Simone Zanoni, University of Brescia, Italy
  • C. E. Cheng, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
  • Turkay Dereli, Gaziantep University, Department of Industrial Engineering, Turkey
  • Theodore Allen, The Ohio State University, Department of Integrated Systems Engineering, USA
  • Zhen He, Tianjin University, College of Management and Economics, China

Competitions and Awards

Library 2021 (17)
  • Best Conference Paper Award Certificate
  • Best Student Paper Award
  • Best Poster Award
  • Best Undergraduate Senior Project Award

Special Sessions

Digital Sustainable and Viable Supply Chains

Organized by:

  • Professor Alexandre Dolgui, IMT atlantique
  • Dr. Malek Masmoudi, University of Sharjah, University of Saint Etienne, France
  • Dr. Arij LAHMAR, Dubai Business School, University of Dubai
  • Dr. Kamar Zekhnini, Moulay Ismail University 

Efficiency and Productivity Analytics in the Era of Uncertainty

Organized by:

  • Professor Adel Hatami Marbini, University of Huddersfield
  • Dr. Aliasghar Arabmaldar, University of Göttingen
  • Dr. Pegah Khoshnevis, University of Sheffield, Sheffield 

Future mobility

Organized by:

  • Dr. Mouna Kchaou Boujelben, College of Business and Economics, UAE University
  • Dr. Adriana Gabor, Mathematics, Khalifa University of Science and Technology 

Maintenance Digital Transformation: Opportunities, Challenges and Future Directions

Organized by:

  • Mohamed Ben Daya, American University of Sharjah
  • Rami As’ad, American University of Sharjah
  • Afef Saihi, American University of Sharjah 

New Advances in Performance and Efficiency Analysis: A Sustainable Development Framework

Organized by:

  • Mehdi Toloo, University of Surrey
  • Babek Erdebili, Ankara Yıldırım Beyazıt University 

Smart ESG Reporting and Investing

Organized by:

  • Dr. Yelin Fu, The University of Hong Kong
  • Professor George Q. Huang, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • Professor Zelong Yi, Shenzhen University 

Blockchain Beyond Cryptocurrency: How This Revolutionary Technology is Transforming Industrial Engineering and Energy Management

Organized by:

  • Mohammad Yaser Mofatteh, Constructor University Bremen
  • Dr. Omid Fatahi Valilai, Constructor University Bremen

Sustainable Logistics Systems and Supply Chains

Organized by:

  • Dr. Malick Ndiaye, Associate professor, Industrial Engineering Department, AUS
  • Dr. Batool Madani, Ph.D. researcher, Engineeing Systems Management, AUS
  • Dr. Iddrisu Awudu, Associate Professor of Management,  Quinnipiac University, USA 

Decision Support Systems for Sustainability (DSSS)

Organized by:

  • Prof Atidel Hadj Alouane, University of Sharjah, College of Engineering, Sharjah, UAE
  • Dr Malek Masmoudi, University of Sharjah, College of Engineering, Sharjah, UAE
  • Dr Ali Cheaitou, University of Sharjah, College of Engineering, Sharjah, UAE
  • Dr Sameh Al Shihabi, University of Sharjah, College of Engineering, Sharjah, UAE

Paper Submission

CIE 50 offers two options for paper submissions and publications at the same registration rate:

  1. Full papers are reviewed for presentation at the conference as well as for publication in the conference proceedings.
  2. Abstracts (only) will be reviewed for presentation at the conference without publishing in the conference proceedings.

Call for Special Sessions

The goal of special sessions is to provide focused discussions on new topics or innovative applications. Each prospective session organizer must submit a proposal, including the title of the session, a short description and the organizer name. Please contact us as soon as possible for assistance in the organization of your special session.


Keynote Speakers

CIRP Fellow, IFAC, IFIP, SME,  ASME, University of Patras, Greece

Dimitris Mourtzis is Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautics at the University of Patras, Greece. He is Vice President of Research and Development Council of the University of Patras and Governing Board Member of the University of Patras at the CLEAN AVIATION Joint Undertaking, representing European Academia. He is also Director of the Laboratory for Manufacturing Systems and Automation (LMS). Additionally, he has been the Vice President of the Technical Council of the University of Patras. He is Coordinator of the Internal Evaluation Team for the evaluation of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautics of the University of Patras and Scientific Officer for the Protection of Personal (GDPR) Data and for the Provision of Quality Management System Certification Services of ISO 9001:2015 Standard in the University of Patras. In addition, he is the Coordinator of the Committee on New Technologies and New Materials of the Technical Chamber of Greece.

He was Vice Chairman of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautics of the University of Patras from 2017 to 2020 and the Director of the Design and Manufacturing Division from 2015 to 2017. He has remarkable teaching experience as he has taught for many years eight undergraduate and four graduate courses at the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautics of University of Patras.

His scientific interests focus on the advanced simulation, design, planning and control of manufacturing systems and networks, robotic systems, automation, augmented, mixed, and virtual reality in manufacturing, manufacturing processes modelling, Blockchain, Industry 4.0, Industry 5.0 and Society 5.0. Furthermore, his research interests are also focused on the design, development and implementation of solutions based on the utilization of technologies, such as cloud technologies, Internet of Things (IoT), the Digital Twin, 5G cellular networks, artificial intelligence, as well as on the development of Product-Service Systems (PSS). He is also actively involved in the digital transformation of manufacturing companies and implementation of Industry 4.0 as well as of the upcoming Industry 5.0 and Society 5.0 practices, both at a national and international level.

He is Fellow of the International Academy for Production Research (CIRP), Fellow of the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC 5.2), Fellow of the International Federation of Information Processing (IFIP WG 5.7), Member of the Scientific Committee of the International Association of Learning Factories (IALF), Member of the European Factories of the Future Association (EFFRA), Member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), Member of the European Manufacturing and Innovation Research Association (EMIRACLE), and Founding Member of the European Aeronautics Science Network/Association (EASN).

He is also author and editor of the book Design and Operation of Production Networks for Mass Personalization in the Era of Cloud Technology published by Elsevier. He is also an editorial board member of at eight international scientific journals and has participated as a guest editor at four international scientific journals with high impact factor. More specifically, he is an editorial board member for International Journal of Production Research – IJPR, International Journal of Computer Integrated Manufacturing – IJCIM, Computers & Industrial Engineering, Associate Editor in Chief of Robotic and Automation of Applied Sciences, in Advances in Manufacturing, in Mathematical Problems in Engineering of Hindawi, in Frontiers in Manufacturing Technology, in Journal of Green Manufacturing Open and in Digital Twin Journal.

He has authored monographs, book chapters, papers, white papers, and research project reports, has published numerous articles in international scientific journals (peer-reviewed). He has published more than 310 scientific papers, of which 107 were at highly regarded international scientific journals, one 156 at international scientific conferences, 36 chapters in books, 10 editorials and 4 white papers. He has won the Burbidge Best Paper Award in APMS 2012, the Commended Paper Award in IFAC MIM 2022, the Best Paper Award in Mechanical Engineering Section in MDPI Applied Sciences (2020) and the Best Presentation Award at the Second Digital Twin Conference 2022.

The unique citations of his published work exceed 11,700 (h-index 56/i-10 index: 178) according to the databases Google Scholar, Scopus and Research Gate.

 China Institute of FTZ Supply Chain,  China

Professor Kannan Govndan is currently a Distinguished Professor with the China Institute of FTZ Supply Chain, Shanghai, China, the head of Intelligent Supply Chain Center and the Chair Professor and Head of Center for Sustainable Supply Chain Engineering with the Department of Technology and Innovation, University of Southern Denmark, Odense. He has been recognized as a Highly Cited Researcher in Engineering for five years in a row (2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022) by Thomson-Reuters/Clarivate Analytics. He has published more than 400 international journal articles (with 45550+ citations and an h-index of 113) in leading journals such as Nature, European Journal of Operational Research, Omega, Decision Sciences, Journal of the Operational Research Society, Journal of Environmental Management, Journal of Cleaner Production, Computers & Industrial Engineering, Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment, European Management Journal, International Journal of Production Economics and International Journal of Production Research. Many of his papers were selected as the ESI top 1% highly cited papers or 0.1% hot papers and highlighted as the key scientific articles contributing to the excellence in engineering and environmental research. He is an executive editor of the Journal of Cleaner Production, associate editor of Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, senior editor of Industrial Management and Data Systems, editor of Annals of Operations Research, an area editor of INFOR: Information Systems and Operational Research, and was a guest editor in journals such as Decision Sciences, European Journal of Operations Research, Computers and OR, Annals of OR, Journal of Cleaner Production, and International Journal of Production Economics. Finally, he is an editorial board member of several international journals. His research interests include digital supply chain, Industry 4.0 on supply chain, sustainable development goals, reverse logistics, closed-loop supply chain, digitalized sustainable circular economy, green supply chain management, and sustainable supply chain management.

University of Southern California, USA

Maged M. Dessouky is Dean's Professor and Chair in the Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at University of Southern California. His research area is transportation system optimization where he has authored over 100  refereed publications.  His paper “Optimal Slack Time for Schedule Based Transit Operations” was awarded the INFORMS Transportation Science and Logistics Best Paper Prize.  He is a Fellow of IISE and serves as Associate Director of METRANS, a center focused on solving important urban transportation problems.  He is currently area/associate editor of Transportation Research Part B: Methodological, IISE Transactions, and Computers and Industrial Engineering, and previously served on the editorial board of Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, as area editor of the ACM Transactions of Modeling and Computer Simulation, and as associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems. He received his PhD in Industrial Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and MS and BS degrees from Purdue University.​

Beihang University, China

Professor Ying Fan received her PhD in System Engineering. She had been involved in the research of energy economics and management at the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) for 25 years before moving to Beijing University in 2015. She is currently a professor and the Dean of the School of Economics and Management at Beihang University, and the director of MOE social science laboratory of low carbon intelligent governance (LLIG) at Beihang University. She was a visiting scholar at Cornell University in the US from 2004 to 2005, and visited KAPSARC in Saudi Arabia in 2015. She was the Vice President for Academic Affairs of the International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE) from 2016 to 2020. She has carried out over 60 research projects, and has published over 300 papers in peer reviewed journals. Now she is leading an innovative research group of NSFC titled “Green Oriented Complex System Management and Decision Making.” Her research and teaching fields include energy economics, energy-environment-economy system modeling, emission trading scheme, climate change, energy and environmental policy.

FASME, FEngNZ, The University of Auckland, New Zealand

Xun W. Xu is a Professor of Smart Manufacturing at the Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering, The University of Auckland. He has been working in the field of intelligent manufacturing solutions for some 30 years. Dr. Xu is an internationally recognized expert in smart manufacturing systems, STEP-NC, cloud-based manufacturing and IoT-enabled manufacturing. He serves as an associate editor and member of the editorial board of a number of international journals and has published over 350 research papers. Dr. Xu is the Director of the Laboratory for Industry 4.0 Smart Manufacturing Systems (LISMS), the only laboratory for Industry 4.0 in New Zealand. His current research focus is on Industry 4.0 technologies, e.g., smart factories, digital twins and cloud manufacturing. Dr. Xu is a Fellow of the American Society for Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and Engineering New Zealand (EngNZ). He was recognized by the Web of Science as a Clarivate™ Highly Cited Researcher in 2020. In the same year, he was named among of the “20 Most Influential Professors in Smart Manufacturing” by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME). Dr. Xu is now on the Board of Directors of the North American Manufacturing Research Institution of SME (NAMRI/SME) and NAMRI Scientific Committee Chair-Elect.

Dr. Al-Assaf had his PhD from Oxford University and leadership training from Cornell University. He is a widely published and academic and senior education management professional with extensive international experience.
He is currently President of Rochester Institute of Technology- Dubai, a leading not for profit international branch of RIT Rochester, New York. RIT Dubai University is established in conjunction with the Dubai Government in Dubai Silicon Oasis. Prior to this he was Dean of the College of Engineering at the American University of Sharjah where he was one of the founding members of the electrical engineering and computer engineering programs.
During his tenure at RIT Dubai, he has ensured that the university plays a major role in the ecosystem of Dubai Silicon Oasis and supporting the achievements of Dubai vision. Introduced a number of new programs, certifications and initiatives to meet the needs of public and technology partners including: Smart City Sciences, Data Analytics, Emerging Technologies, Corporate and Customer Happiness, Future Shaping, Computing Security and Sustainability among others.
Dr. Al-Assaf's research focuses on using soft computing to model and control various industrial, business and medical systems. Applications include materials modeling and classification, prostheses control, industrial quality control and optimization. His industrial experience is in the areas of adaptive and predictive control, soft computing and industrial instrumentation and control


Prospective authors are invited to submit original technical papers to CIE 50 that are not under review for any other conference at the same time.

 All submissions should be written in English with a maximum length of 10 pages. Only PDF files will be accepted for the review process and all submissions must be done through EasyChair.

 Important: Please make sure that the paper title and the list of authors included in the submitted PDF file are the same as those included in the EasyChair paper registration page.

To submit your paper, please click here
To download the Word template, please click here.
To download the Latex template, click here.

 To submit for a special session, please send it to ine@aus.edu.


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The 50th International Conference on Computers & Industrial Engineering (CIE50) will be held at the American University of Sharjah in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.

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