About the workshop


The WFCS workshop is the largest IEEE technical event specially dedicated to industrial communication systems. The aim of this workshop is to provide a forum for researchers, practitioners and developers to review current trends in this area and to present and discuss new ideas and new research directions.


Focus on

  • Real-time and Dependability in Industrial Communication Systems: message scheduling; task allocation; fault-tolerant communication; performance analysis; safety and security issues; synchronization.
  • System Integration in Industrial Automation Systems: vertical and life-cycle aspects, web-based setup, maintenance, and configuration; transparency vs. security; data-flow management; internetworking; hybrid wired/wireless industrial infrastructures.
  • Information and Communication Technology in Automation: system design; component-based systems, web frameworks; mobile computing; modeling and specification techniques; formal methods.
  • Recent advances in research domains with similar technical requirements: networked control systems; wireless sensor networks; building automation networks; automotive and train-control networks; distributed real-time embedded systems.


Workshop topics

  • Fieldbus networks
  • Industrial Ethernet networks
  • IP-based networks
  • Industrial wireless networks
  • Networked embedded systems
  • Sensor networks
  • Building automation networks
  • Automotive and train-control networks
  • Factory and Process automation networks
  • Real-time communication and applications
  • Web-based communication and applications
  • Distributed application platforms
  • Safety and security in industrial communications
  • Fault-tolerance in industrial communications
  • Configuration tools and network management
  • Internetworking and interoperability
  • System aspects
  • Case studies


Submission of papers

WFCS workshop is seeking two kinds of submissions. All submitted contributions (in English language) must contain original unpublished work. Papers that have been concurrently submitted to other conferences or journals (double submissions) will be automatically rejected.


Regular papers

Up to 10 double-column pages in IEEE format, reporting on novel and significant contributions to the field of industrial communication systems.


Work in progress papers

Up to 4 double-column pages, describing research that has not yet produced the results required for a regular paper, but that due its novelty and potential impact deserves to be shared with the community at an early stage. 


Author's schedule

  • Deadline for submission of regular papers: December 14, 2013 January 21, 2014 (Last deadline extension)
  • Notification of acceptance of regular papers: February 21, 2014
  • Deadline for submission of WIP papers:   February 28, 2014 March 7, 2014 (Extended deadline)
  • Notification of acceptance of WIP papers: April 4, 2014
  • Deadline for submission of final manuscripts (regular): March 21, 2014
  • Deadline for submission of final manuscripts (WIP): April 11, 2014


Additional information