Advances 2021

Call for abstracts

Extended submission deadline: 21 May 2021.
Written or video abstracts welcomed.

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What we are looking for

We are seeking contributions in the following areas of interest, and are particularly interested in papers that explore how these areas of digitalisation will impact and are impacted by the conference topics:

Digital foundations

  • Field technologies (including sensors, transmitters, actuators and field networks)
  • Solutions architecture & MLOps
  • AI & ML applications
  • IT/OT integration
  • Interoperability and open standards
  • Data analytics and visualisation
  • Management of change
  • Human-computer interfaces
  • Human factors

Digital training and research

  • Digital competency
  • Lifelong learning
  • Undergraduate curriculum and digital skills

Digital engineering and construction

  • Modelling for design
  • Multi-disciplinary data platforms
  • Asset and equipment digital twins
  • Safety through design
  • Digitally-enabled commercial models and contracts
  • Robotics in process manufacturing

Digital operations

  • Process control
  • Optimisation
  • Process digital twins
  • Modelling for operations support
  • Asset performance monitoring
  • Digitalisation of safety management
  • Supply chain and production planning
  • Accelerating continuous improvement
  • Remote operations

Digital security

  • Cybersecurity
  • Digital ethics and privacy
  • IP rights and protection

Submission guidance

What is expected of a presenter?

If your abstract is accepted, you will be allocated a 30-minute slot in the programme, which includes a recommended ten minutes for Q&A. There will be time allowed for additional questions and further discussion at the end of each session block.

All presentations will be pre-recorded and we will require your video in advance. This will be broadcast as part of a live programme on 20–21 October 2021 (all times will be Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)).

Presenters are expected to attend during their presentation slot, to answer live questions at the end of their pre-recorded presentation, and to be available for further discussion at the end of their allocated session block.

Presenters will benefit from a heavily discounted conference fee.

The submission process

We appreciate that time is precious. To make submitting as easy for you as possible, you can choose to provide:

  • a detailed written abstract of 300–1,000 words; or
  • a verbal abstract via a short video (3–5 minutes long) accompanied by a shorter written summary (approximately 250 words).

Either way, the purpose of the abstract is to help the technical committee assess your proposed content, why you think it will be of interest to the Advances audience and how it will benefit them – not your video production skills!   

If you would like to discuss your proposed topic before submitting an abstract, feel free to contact us

All submissions will be reviewed by our technical committee. The highest quality abstracts considered relevant to the Advances audience will be offered a presenting slot in the programme or the opportunity to display a virtual poster at the conference. You can indicate a preference on the submission form.

How to submit an abstract

If you have something to share we encourage you to submit an abstract. We are accepting both written and video submissions. For more information and to submit an abstract, download the abstract submission form.

  • Call for papers open: 25 February 2021
  • Deadline for abstract submissions: 21 May 2021
  • Authors notified: 21 June 2021
  • Programme published: 25 June 2021