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International Doctoral Workshop

The International Doctoral Workshop @ISM is a one-day meeting where PhD students from different countries at any stage of their studies and working in subjects falling under the umbrella of Industry 4.0 have the opportunity to present their research projects, get in touch with the Industry 4.0 community and improve their technical/soft skills in an informal atmosphere.

The IDW 2022 will be held fully online on MS Teams. Join the virtual room on Nov 5, 9:00 a.m. by clicking the button below.
The program of the IDW is part of the ISM 2022 Program. Download it here!

IDW Program

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Why to participate?

Enhance your presentation and public speaking skills

Practice your presentation and public speaking skills in an informal session and receive feedback from fellow PhD students and experienced senior scientists active in the I4.0 community.

Learn new technical skills

Join seminars and masterclasses from distinguished professors and professional trainers about popular software tools, useful methodologies and soft skills that are useful for your academic and professional carrier.

Meet the editors and improve your writing skills

Benefit from talks related to manuscript preparation methods and the publication process. At a ‘Meet the editors’ session, journal editors will present their ideas on how to be successful in the publication process.

Enlarge your professional network

Expand your research network, meet new people, make friends and establish good connections for potential visiting periods in other institutions abroad

Get to know business and job opportunities

Non-academic keynote speakers offer a view on the needed skills to work in an Industry 4.0 related non-academic international organisation or company, presenting possible careers opportunities and the selection processes.

Learn while having fun

Enjoy a hands-on, team-based experience during which you will learn concrete academic or business skills while having fun with your fellow PhD students.


Saturday, November 5th, 2022


Hagenberg Campus, University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria, Austria

Join us at the IDW

How it works

Step 1 - Submit your application

PhD students interested in attending the IDW should submit their application by October 9th, 2022. An extended abstract of your research project or other research activities where you are involved individually or with other colleagues (max 1000 characters) and a letter of recommendation from your PhD supervisor have to be submitted via the conference submission system. It is not necessary to bring definitive results. Topics related to assumptions, methodological approaches and execution methods are also welcome.

Step 2 - Review of the projects

The projects submitted to the IDW will be reviewed and the number of accepted proposals for the presentations will be limited. Review criteria include: topical fit with ISM, clarity of research purpose (relevance, objectives and research questions), review of relevant literature and thoughtful discussion of research methods. The proposal should have some level of maturity looking for comments. If it is just an initial idea without plans for execution, there is too little content for our faculty to comment upon. On the other hand, it should not be a project that is nearly finished, because comments would be impractical at that stage. The notification of the acceptance will be emailed by October 10th, 2022.

Step 3 - Finalize your registration

The fee for participation in the Doctoral Workshop is 150€. For additional information on how to finalize your registration, please visit the ISM 2022 Registration page or contact Dr. Letizia Nicoletti,, from the ISM Conference Secretariat.

Step 4 - Discussant assignment

Every participant will be both a presenter and a discussant. Each presenter is associated with a peer discussant. The task of the discussant is to prepare (at least) one question for the presenter in order to start the discussion after the presentation and break the ice.

Step 5 - Show time

The presentations will be held in person on November 5th, 2022, at the Hagenberg Campus of the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria. You don’t have to send the slides beforehand. Each presentation is allotted about 15 minutes for the presentation and about 5 minutes for the discussion. Please, be strict with respect to these times.

Step 6 - Enjoy other activities

Seminars, events and masterclasses will be held during the IDW. Since software tools and case studies will be carried out, we recommend you to bring your laptop in order to get the most from the training sessions with software tools.

Seminars & Masterclasses

Seminars are here! Take a look at the exciting lineup for ISM 2022 International Doctoral Workshop. Seminars will provide PhD students with training opportunities in interdisciplinary fields which will enrich skills at all levels. an introduction to relevant software tools that they might find useful in their academic or professional carriers as well as with lectures on general aspects.
Stefan Wagner
University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria
Andreas Beham
University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria
Application and Analysis of Metaheuristic Algorithms for Simulation-based Optimization with HeuristicLab
HeuristicLab [1, 2] is an open-source environment for heuristic optimization that features several metaheuristic optimization algorithms as well as optimization problems. It is developed by the research group Heuristic and Evolutionary Algorithms Laboratory (HEAL) [3] of the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria and is based on C# and Microsoft .NET. HeuristicLab is used at the Hagenberg Campus and at other universities worldwide as development platform for several research and industry projects (for example the Josef Ressel Centers SymReg [4] and adaptOp [5]) as well as for teaching metaheuristics.
In this seminar we demonstrate how HeuristicLab can be used to solve optimization problems implemented in different applications. HeuristicLab includes a generic protocol that facilitates data exchange with arbitrary applications as well as customized interfaces that exchange data with specific programs. In the seminar a brief overview of HeuristicLab and its concepts will be given after which several concrete use cases will be presented and demonstrated.
Participants will learn different ways to connect arbitrary applications to HeuristicLab such that they can be used for solution evaluation. They will also get to know how to apply metaheuristic optimiza-tion algorithms in HeuristicLab to solve optimization problems defined in HeuristicLab, or in another application.

Biographical Sketch
Stefan Wagner received his MSc in computer science in 2004 and his PhD in technical sciences in 2009, both from Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria. From 2005 to 2009 he worked as associate professor for software project engineering and since 2009 as full professor for complex software systems at the Campus Hagenberg of the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria. From 2011 to 2018 he was also CEO of the FH OÖ IT GmbH, which is the IT service provider of the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria. Dr. Wagner is one of the founders of the research group Heuristic and Evolutionary Algorithms Laboratory (HEAL) and is project manager and head architect of the open-source optimization environment HeuristicLab. He works as project manager and key re-searcher in several R&D projects on production and logistics optimization and his research interests are in the area of combinatorial optimization, evolutionary algorithms, computational intelligence, and parallel and distributed computing.

Andreas Beham received his MSc in computer science in 2007 and his PhD in engineering sciences in 2019, both from Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria. He works as senior researcher at the R&D facility at University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria, Hagenberg Campus and is leading several funded research projects. Dr. Beham is co-architect of the open source software environment Heu-risticLab and member of the Heuristic and Evolutionary Algorithms Laboratory (HEAL) research group led by Dr. Affenzeller. He has published more than 80 documents indexed by SCOPUS and applied evolutionary algorithms, metaheuristics, mathematical optimization, data analysis, and sim-ulation-based optimization in industrial research projects. His research interests include applying dynamic optimization problems, algorithm selection, and simulation-based optimization and inno-vization approaches in practical relevant projects.

Meet the Editors!

Publishing papers might be a crucial part of science, but it can be daunting. Whether you are writing your first draft, or perfecting your 10th, there can still be uncertainties about what the publishing process has in store. In this seminar, you will hear from editors of international journals about the publishing process – from preparation and submission to acceptance. They will also give their top tips for a successful manuscript preparation and structure, and advise on topics including cover letters, responding to criticisms and how to get involved in reviewing and editing. This webinar (40 minutes + 20 minutes Q&A) is aimed at any career level, but will be especially useful for first time writers, PhD students, early career scientists and those with an interest in reviewing and editing for international journals.
Emmanuel Francalanza
University of Malta, Malta
Biographical Sketch
Dr Ing. Emmanuel Francalanza currently holds the role of Head of Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at the University of Malta. His doctoral research involved the investigation of complex issues relating to supporting factory planners during the design of factories and their underlying manufacturing systems. His research interests range from digital manufacturing and simulation in manufacturing processes, to the application of design methods in product development. Dr Ing. Francalanza currently carries out research in the field of digital manufacturing. His research is mainly focused on developing methods and tools to support industry in implementing “Industry 4.0” technologies. This research work involves the design and implementation of digital technologies within industrial automation systems, transforming traditional manufacturing machines into cyber physical systems. Dr Ing. Francalanza is also an associate editor of the Journal of Production & Manufacturing Research. Before joining the University of Malta, he was employed by Methode Electronics Malta Ltd, an automotive switchgear OEM based in Malta, where he worked in the fields of both design and manufacturing. Dr Ing. Emmanuel Francalanza graduated with Honours in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Malta in 2005 and with an MSc in Integrated Product Development in 2008.

Best Presentation Award

The Best Presentation Award is given by the ISM 2022 IDW Organizing Board to the most outstanding presentation based on the score of the secret voting by all discussants. Student presentations will be judged on criteria relating to the academic content and professional presentation. Following the judging, the winning student will be presented with their award at the conference and will receive a certificate.

award winners

Registration and Fee

IDW Registration | 150 €

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The organizing team

International Doctoral Workshop Board

Paolo Scala
Amsterdam School of International Business, The Netherlands
Margarita Bagamanova
Amsterdam School of International Business, The Netherlands
Emmanuel Francalanza
University of Malta, Malta

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

We emphasize that we expect all submissions to the doctoral workshop to be research proposals and projects, not finalized manuscripts, conference papers or journal articles.

All seminars will be recorded, and a copy of the recording (and slides) will be sent to the participants after the event.
The research project or the extended abstract submitted to the IDW will NOT be included in the conference proceedings. As such, it will not be published on Procedia Computer Science. Indeed, this is not a research paper and it will not go under peer review. However, if you are interested to publish a paper, please find additional information at or contact the conference organizers.
You can participate to IDW and also submit a manuscript to ISM. Since you are submitting a paper, the IDW participation fee does not cover the publication costs, therefore when your paper gets accepted, you must pay the ISM Full Registration Fee.