IWMF 2006, 5th International Workshop on Microfactories

Abstract submission deadline has been extended to
April 17, 2006

There is incredible potential in reducing the physical scale of numerous processes related to the manufacture of many forms of future dense "mechatronic" products and the manipulation of microscopic and nanoscopic objects and materials for the benefit of mankind. Small systems capable of these operations can be referred to as "microfactories." A worldwide effort is currently underway to bring such microfactories to fruition.

After the previous successful International Workshops on Microfactories, which took place in Tsukuba, Japan in 1998, in Fribourg, Switzerland in 2000, in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 2002 and in Shangai, China in 2004, the 5th International Workshop on Microfactories (IWMF'06) will be held in Besancon, France on October 25-27, 2006.

Topics to be covered at the workshop included but not limited to the following:

· System Aspects of Microfactories
· Industrial Engineering for Microfactories
· Microassembly & Handling Technologies
· Microsensors & Microactuators
· Micromachining & 3D Microstructuring
· Microfactories for Mechatronical, Chemical, Medical,
  Pharmaceutical & Biotechnological Applications
· Scaling of Manufacturing Systems
· Control and Automation Aspects of Microfactories
· Standardization
· Link to Nanotechnologies
· Innovations, Visions for the Future
· Personal factory
· Self-assembly of mechanical devices for automated production
· Task oriented Microsystem


Dates and Location:
October 25-27, 2006
Maison de l'Economie,
Besancon, France

Important Deadlines:
Electronic abstract submissions due:
April 1, 2006

Authors notified:
June 15, 2006

Full papers due:
September 15, 2006

Download the call for paper
(PDF format)


Previous Workshops:
IWMF 2004, Shangai , China
IWMF 2002, Minneapolis, Minnesota, US
IWMF 2000, Fribourg, Switzerland
IWMF 1998, Tsukuba, Japan

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Secretary IWMF06 - LAB - 24, rue Alain Savary - F-25 000 - Besançon - (France)
Tél. +33 (0)3 81 40 28 01 - Fax +33 (0)3 81 40 28 09 - E-mail : iwmf06@ens2m.fr