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Call For Papers
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CONCURRENT ENGINEERING: Research and Applications
(CERA) -- An International Journal

SPECIAL ISSUE on: Enterprise Management and Integration

Concurrent engineering is a systematic approach to the integrated, concurrent design of products and their processes, including manufacture and support. This approach leads developers, from the outset, to consider all the stages of the product life cycle, from conceptual through disposal, including quality, cost, schedule, and customer requirements. Early consideration of later phases of the life-cycle leads to minor problems that will occur downstream and, therefore, supports intelligent and informed decision-making throughout the process. Thus, considering packaging and distribution during product design would allow package design to proceed more-or-less concurrently.

We will consider papers that discuss architectures for supporting virtual teams, decision-support tools, and design rationale as well as those that concentrate on more theoretical issues such as specifications of shared languages, constraint-based problem solving, and negotiation. Papers are requested on topics concerned enterprise management and integration. In particular, we are soliciting papers dealing with various aspects of enterprise integration such as assessing an organization's readiness, re- engineering enterprise processes, CE metrics, agile manufacturing, and virtual enterprise. Also, papers related to the following topics are welcome for the special issue:

Manuscripts should be no more than 25 double-spaced pages in length including all figures and references. Papers must not have been previously published or be currently submitted for publication elsewhere. Initial abstracts and manuscripts should have a title page including the authors' full names, affiliations, physical and e-mail addresses. Papers must be double spaced, single-sided, on 8.5" x 11" paper, with 1" margins all around, in a 12 point font. Final manuscripts must meet the guidelines for the CERA Journal set forth by CERA Institute -- these appear inside the back cover of the journal. Papers will be reviewed by at least 3 reviewers. The following is the schedule for the special issue:

 1 to 2 page abstract due before        January 15, 1996       
 Five copies of full manuscript due     February 15, 1996
 Notification of acceptance             March 15, 1996
 Final version of manuscript due        May 15, 1996
 Send to publisher                      June 1, 1996
 Special issue                          September 1996 
Please submit your manuscripts to one of the following co-editors:
Dr. A. Gunasekaran                      Professor M. Sarhadi
School of Computing and Information     Department of Manufacturing and 
Technology,                             Engineering Systems,
Monash University                       Brunel University
Churchill, Victoria 3842                Uxbridge, Middlesex  UB8 3PH
Australia                               United Kingdom

Phone:  +61 51 22 6832                  Phone:  +44 1895 203 300
Fax:    +61 51 22 6842                  Fax:    +44 1895 812 556
E-mail: guna@fcit.monash.edu.au         E-mail: mansoor.sarhadi@brunel.ac.uk

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