The rise of manufacturing intelligence is fuelling innovation in processes and products considering a low environmental impact over the product's life cycle. Sustainable intelligent manufacturing is regarded as a manufacturing paradigm for the 21st century, towards the next generation of manufacturing and processing technologies. 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. There is a huge challenge in using innovative ideas regarding design, materials and products, in using non-polluting processes and technologies to conserve energy and natural resources.
The International Conference on Sustainable Intelligent Manufacturing (SIM 2011) will be held at Leiria by the Center for Rapid and Sustainable Product Development, Polytechnic Institute of Leiria, Leiria, Portugal, from June 29 to July 1, 2011. 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 to identify major trends in the field.
SIM conference is being organized to be a high quality conference with ISBN Conference Proceedings and an outstanding board of Scientific Committee members to ensure a high academic standard of published papers. It will be held at Leiria School of Technology and Management within very good modern facilities and a friendly academic atmosphere. Leiria region has great historic venues, beautiful landscapes, fantastic beaches and good gastronomy.