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Guidelines for Submitting Papers to NAMRC 44

June 27 – July 1, 2016
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia

Dear Manufacturing Colleagues,

To submit your paper to the 44th North American Manufacturing Research Conference (NAMRC) at Virginia Tech in 2016, please select one of six Tracks for submission via the NAMRC web-site:

Due date for submission is December 15, 2015. The NAMRC paper is limited to 16 pages. Additional page may be allocated with the permission from the Scientific Committee Chair.

The Manufacturing Systems Track and Manufacturing Processes Track are for general submission of research papers in manufacturing systems and processes, respectively. More detailed descriptions of each track are listed below. For general questions, please contact the NAMRI Scientific Committee Chair (Albert Shih, or Chair-Elect (Lihui Wang, Please note the 43rd NAMRC papers are available for free, open access at:

Track 1. Manufacturing Systems: General Submission
This track accepts papers in the general areas of manufacturing systems.

Track 2. Manufacturing Processes and Machines: General Submission
This track accepts papers in the general areas of manufacturing processes.

Track 3. Additive Manufacturing
Additive manufacturing (AM) has been adopted in rapidly expanding number of industrial applications, notably in recent years. AM has been demonstrated as a key enabling technology for faster new product development, novel structure realization, new material development, and production of multi-functional structures. As seen in many applications, AM brings a profound change in how a structure is manufactured without compromising performance. Yet, the realization of not only the best but also consistent properties in fabricated materials systems and structures remains as a grand challenge for further adoption and integration of AM in various industrial applications. This technical track aims to bring together scientists, researchers, and engineers from academia, national labs, and industries with common interests in development of new structures and material systems via AM. New design methodologies and new AM process development which facilitate realization of such structures and material systems are also of interest. Specific topics include, but are not limited to:

For more information or questions, please contact Dr. Meisam Salahshoor,, General Electric Global Research Center, Niskayuna, NY, USA.

Track 4. Cyber-Physical Systems in Manufacturing
In recent years, research and applications of Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) have been active in such areas like transportation, smart home, robotic surgery, aviation, defense, critical infrastructure, etc. CPS also positively affected manufacturing in form of Cyber-Physical Production Systems in process automation and control. On the other hand, advancements in Web-/Internet-/Cloud-based systems and applications have opened up the possibility for industries to utilize the cyber workspace to conduct efficient and effective daily collaborations from anywhere in distributed manufacturing environments. Papers addressing advancement and future potentials of CPS in manufacturing are especially welcome to be submitted to this track. Relevant topics include but are not limited to:

For more information, please contact Track Organizer: Dr. Lihui Wang, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, email:

Track 5. Manufacturing Education, Workforce Development, and Outreach
The renaissance in US manufacturing cannot be undertaken and sustained unless it is supported by a skilled workforce at all levels of the manufacturing organization. The goal of this Track is to exchange ideas in order to improve manufacturing education to better meet current and future industry needs. Papers for this Track are welcome from not only the manufacturing community but also outside manufacturing community (such as primary and secondary education). Specific topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

For more information, please contact the organizers: Hitomi Yamaguchi, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA, e-mail: Bryan Dods, GE Energy, Greenville, NC, USA Dean Bartles, Digital Manufacturing & Design Innovation Institute, Chicago, IL, USA

Track 6. Ranga Komanduri Symposium on Advances in Materials Processing and Manufacturing Processes
This symposium is dedicated to the memory of Late Professor Dr. Ranga Komanduri who passed away September 6, 2011 in Stillwater, Oklahoma. We will honor his memory through a presentation of papers in five areas that he has significant contribution: 1) conventional machining and grinding; 2) high-speed and ultraprecision machining; 3) low pressure synthesis of diamond coatings and laser assisted materials processing; 4) chemical-mechanical and magnetic float polishing; and 5) molecular dynamics simulations of nanometric cutting. We will invite speakers as well as solicit papers that review his work, or are inspired by his research. Each area will have a keynote speaker who will summarize Dr. Komanduri’s work in that area, and other solicited research papers. Papers with good review can be fast-tracked to SME Journal of Manufacturing Processes (JMP) and Journal of Manufacturing Systems (JMS). It is our goal to have a Special Issue in JMP or JMS in honor of Professor Komanduri.

Technical Focus:

  1. Cutting: High speed machining; Ultraprecision machining; Machining of difficult to machine materials; Mechanics, thermal aspects and tribology of machining
  2. Grinding: Abrasive finishing; Thermomechanics of grinding; Fine-abrasive processes, and Chemical-mechanical planarization
  3. Atomistic scale computational models: MD/MC simulation of nanometric cutting and polishing; Modeling of interatomic potentials; Simulation of tribological interactions, wear of diamond
  4. Intelligent manufacturing systems: Machine tool monitoring; Sensor fusion; Wireless sensing

For more information, please contact the symposium co-organizers:


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