Conference Theme

The recent financial crisis and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic have uncovered several endemic limitations and fragilizing factors of our modern society and global economy.  Conversely, the increasing frequency of climate-related disasters are posing challenging problems to local and national authorities, with a potentially wider impact. It is becoming essential to comprehend ways in which socio-technical systems respond to uncertainty.  The latter tends to be multi-faceted and involve dynamic and time-dependent phenomena.

Resilience research has mainly focussed on the capacity of a socio-technical system to absorb shocks, perturbations and stressors, and to recover to its pre-disturbance state. Innovation, Technology, and Engineering Management research is needed to progress the body of knowledge in the resilience field, to pave the way to socio-technical systems that learn and improve from their past disturbances, while continuously minimizing the recovery stage. This forms the scope and challenge of the 37th edition of the ICE conference, with a focus on:

  • Internet of Things (IoT) and Cyber Physical Systems
  • Artificial Intelligence, Big Data and Deep Learning
  • Robotics & Autonomous Systems
  • Immersive Technologies: Virtual, Augmented & Mixed Reality
  • Product or Service Prototyping: e.g. 3D printing, virtual and augmented reality and other technologies for rapid prototyping of innovative ideas
  • Cyber Security resilience of Digital Twin data
  • Blockchain
  • Development of new business models incorporating resilience
  • Resilience Education and Training
  • Resilience enabled Services and Software Platforms
  • Revisiting Project Management for resilience of engineering projects

Additionally, a core theme of the conference will cover the management and the practical adoption of these innovative technologies to industrial challenges.

Fields of application can include, but are not limited to:

  • Construction
  • Transportation (including Future and Smart Mobility)
  • Energy Supply and Energy Utilities
  • Manufacturing and Factories of the Future (Industry 4.0)
  • Health Care
  • Energy Distribution / Infrastructure and Smart Grids
  • Additive Manufacturing & 3D Printing
  • Digital Twins of Business Models
  • Digital Supply Chain Management
  • Future Cities / Sustainable Urban Development

Additionally, the following topics are considered in the area of Innovation and Entrepreneurship

  • Digital Innovation Management
  • Responsible Research & Innovation – Socio-Technical Integration Research
  • Technology Transfer: Academic Entrepreneurship and Innovation Systems.
  • Research and Innovation in Creative Industries
  • Sustainability in Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  • Digital Entrepreneurship
  • Intrapreneurship & Corporate Venturing
  • Digital Social Networks: Driving Innovation, improving Working Conditions and improving Agility in Organizations
  • Entrepreneurial Finance
  • Commercializing Technology
  • Women & STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics)
  • Technology & Trend Foresight Management