Invited sessions consist of papers of the regular format focusing on targeted subjects and presenting a unifying theme. The invited author(s) should submit their paper(s) by using the specific session code. All corresponding papers will be evaluated as regular submissions. If at least 5 papers are accepted, the session is included in the symposium program. If an invited session is not accepted, accepted papers submitted to this session will be included in regular sessions. Invited session presentations may be in the form of regular papers (6 pages).
Open invited tracks
Open invited tracks consist of papers of the regular format focusing on targeted subjects and have no upper limit on the number of papers; only those tracks having gathered more than 5 papers will be considered. Contributors should submit their paper(s) by using the specific open track code.
Special sessions (Industrial, New Frontiers, Special Projects, etc.)
Special sessions offer a venue for the presentation of topics of special academic, social or industrial interest, such as emerging research areas or most recent trends in manufacturing engineering. The format of special sessions is more flexible as it allows a panel discussion, led by the session chair(s), to motivate the exchange of opinions among presenters and participants. Special session presentations may be in the form of regular papers (6 pages) or extended abstracts (2-3 pages). However, extended abstracts will not appear in the post-conference Proceedings of INCOM 2018 published in IFAC-PapersOnLine.