International Conference on Sustainable Intelligent Manufacturing

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The UN defines sustainable development as meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. With sustainable development arises the huge challenge of combining innovative ideas regarding design, materials and products with non-polluting processes and technologies, conserving energy and other natural resources.

The rise of manufacturing intelligence is fuelling innovation in processes and products considering a low environmental impact over the product’s lifecycle. Sustainable intelligent manufacturing is regarded as a manufacturing paradigm for the 21st century, towards the next generation of manufacturing and processing technologies. On one hand, the manufacturing industry is at a turning point of its evolution and new business opportunities are emerging. On the other hand, sustainability has become a key concern for government policies, businesses and general public. Model cities are moving forward towards novel ecosystems, combining environmental, social and economic issues in more inclusive and integrated frameworks.

The International Conference on Sustainable Intelligent Manufacturing (SIM2013) will be conjointly organized by the Centre for Rapid and Sustainable Product Development, Polytechnic Institute of Leiria, and the Faculty of Architecture, Technical University of Lisbon, taking place at Lisbon, Portugal, from June 26 to June 29, 2013. The Conference aims to provide a major international forum for academics, researchers and industrial partners to exchange ideas in the field of sustainable intelligent manufacturing and related topics. The conference expects to foster networking and collaboration among participants to advance the knowledge and identify major trends in the field.

This event will be held at the Faculty of Architecture, University of Lisbon, which has good modern facilities and a friendly academic atmosphere. The city of Lisbon is a vibrant cultural city with plenty of heritage buildings and museums, unique historic venues, white stone pavements, pastel-shaded buildings, picturesque fountains and gardens, a beautiful river Tagus, and wide sandy beaches minutes away from the historical centre. The waterfront is part of the city’s poetry and is essential to Fado, a world heritage music style born in the streets of the Portuguese capital. Lisbon is also noted for the rich and diversified gastronomy offered by its many restaurants. In Lisbon’s surroundings, there are miles of sunny beaches in Cascais, Ericeira and Costa da Caparica, a bit further South, the Arrábida Natural Park and, to the North, the world heritage village of Sintra. Overall, Lisbon offers one of the most varied and beautiful settings in the world.