CPSL  2024

Conference on Production Systems and Logistics


Hawaii – USA



Conference on Production Systems and Logistics

The aim of the Conference on Production Systems and Logistics (CPSL) is to promote exchange on current topics and knowledge on production systems and logistics and to create an innovative environment for the generation of scientific ideas. Therfore, the CPSL is partnering with renowned research institutions, publishers and scientific societies. Leading scientific experts are invited to present their research results and studies after a comprehensive review process and to discuss them with other participants. The subsequent dissemination of the reviewed papers will provide a wide scope and support for future research.


Business Administration
Digitalisation / Industry 4.0
Factory Planning
Knowledge / Change Management
Lean & Operational Excellence
Machine Learning & Data Mining
Production Planning & Control
Process Management
Supply Chain Management
Technology Driver

Why Hawaii?

Why did we choose Hawaii? Hawaii has two good universities for Industrial Engineering (University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and Hawaii Pacific University). We were able to win the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa as co-host and venue of the CPSL 2024 so that we are very pleased to promote the exchange with local researchers and to get an overview of the current research topics of our colleagues from Hawaii. Hawaii is also an attractive conference destination for our research colleagues from the US and Canada. As we are actively working to increase the share of international researchers at the CPSL, we have strategically and consciously chosen this conference destination and look very much forward to an interesting and overwhelming conference.

Why Stellenbosch?

Stellenbosch – the most famous wine region in South Africa is only about 30 minutes by car from Cape Town. Stellenbosch University is one of the world’s most prestigious universities for mechanical engineering and already represented in all proceedings of the CPSL since the very first conference. The former Dutch colony, shows its charm through an appealing city center, a beautiful countryside, stunning vineyards, friendly inhabitants, numerous students and a high level of security. We have already attended conferences in Stellenbosch ourselves and we also hosted the first CPSL in 2020 in Stellenbosch. We are certain, anyone who has been to Stellenbosch once will appreciate the benefits and is already looking forward to the next visit.

Open Access

All accepted papers are published with open access by publish-Ing. in cooperation with the Leibniz Information Center for Engineering and Information Technology and University Library (TIB), the world’s largest library for engineering and natural sciences. For a clear assignability, all contributions will be provided with an ISSN and an individual DOI for each paper. In addition, the proceedings are archived for an unlimited period of time and can be accessed worldwide with open access at any time. This means that all publications are accessible without financial, legal or technical barriers, i.e. anyone can read, download, copy, distribute, print, search and research the information or use it in education or in any other way within the legal agreements.

Indexing on scopus

All papers published as part of the conference and the corresponding proccedings are now indexed on Scopus! Scopus is one of the most comprehensive databases of academic research, indexing papers from a wide range of fields and disciplines. By having our papers listed on Scopus, we can increase the visibility and impact of your research, making it more accessible to other researchers and potential collaborators.

Keynote Speakers 2024: Coming soon!

Keynote Speakers 2024:

Simon Voss, M.Sc.

Managing Director E-Mobility Lab of RWTH Aachen University & Head of E-Mobility Office of RWTH Aachen University

Research – Industry Collaboration: Joining Forces for the Acceleration of E-Mobility Production

The current dynamics of e-mobility innovation are without example; technological challenges meet promising potential with a market craving for solutions. Hence, time to market is the critical key enabler to commercial success. For this, the driving forces are fast transitions of innovation from the laboratory environment into industrial operation. Systematization of this “Innovation Chain” offers decisive advantages, here showcased for the innovation of battery production technologies 

Sebastian Thiede, Prof. Dr.-Ing.

Full Professor, Chair Of Manufacturing Systems at University of Twente

Sustainability of future manufacturing systems

Technological advancements over the last decades lead to significant changes in the design and operation of manufacturing systems and those developments are likely to continue in the future. The introduction of advanced manufacturing approaches such as flexible (matrix) manufacturing systems, additive manufacturing, stronger robotization/automation as well as the introduction of digital support solutions certainly incorporate promising potentials in terms of productivity and flexibility. But the question remains to which extend those approaches can also contribute to an improved sustainability of manufacturing systems – are there inherent advantages or also potentially challenges and conflicts of goals?

Sekhar Rakurty, PhD

The M. K. Morse Company

Providing a Roadmap for Small and Medium Sizes Industries Towards Sustainable Manufacturing Processes

Due to the current growth rate of the world’s consumption and supply chain challenges, developing and implementing a sustainable manufacturing process is essential. The US Environmental Protection Agency states, “A sustainable manufacturing process makes products using methods that reduce environmental impacts while concurrently conserving energy and natural resources.” Sustainable manufacturing process implementation in small and medium size industries has been challenging and met with limited success. This presentation will focus on implementing the principles of the sustainable manufacturing process, such as the 6Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Recovery, Redesign, and Remanufacture) in a (small/medium scale) cutting tool company. The presentation will focus on case studies such as reducing cutting fluid usage, improving manufacturing efficiency through automation, recycling cemented carbide, revamping the manufacturing process to reduce the supply chain impact, etc. Through academic and industrial collaboration, the presentation will propose a roadmap for sustainable manufacturing processes for small and medium size industries.

More Keynote Speakers will be announced soon

Professor I. S. Jawahir, Ph.D.

Professor and James F. Hardymon Chair in Manufacturing Systems & Director of Institute for Sustainable Manufacturing at University of Kentucky

Sustainable Manufacturing for Circular Economy

New opportunities for sustainable value creation in all involved technological elements of Circular Economy (CE) through Sustainable Manufacturing (SM) principles will be presented. A systematic metrics-based approach for new product/process development for sustainable manufacturing including the 6Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Recover, Redesign and Remanufacture) with closed-loop total life cycle (Pre-manufacturing, Manufacturing, Use and Post-use) considerations to facilitate SM will be presented. Sustainable value creation in closed-loop SM will be shown as the basis for achieving and advancing CE, with digital technologies to serve all stakeholders (manufacturers, users, and the society at large).

Digital Leadership to Master the Twin-Transition

Hardly any other question is currently occupying corporate executives more than the question of how you can lead your company into a completely new future against the backdrop of globally recognized climate targets and the potentials of digital transformation. The associated challenges summarized under the title of so-called twin Transition are occupying companies with the highest intensity and at a rapid pace. While some companies are achieving trailblazer status, others are finding it difficult to change and therefore lag behind. Digitization is considered a key factor in this context: It can be used to develop data-based, new business models and thus reshape entire value chains – and this will make it possible to realize concepts such as the circular economy. Digital leaders play a pivotal role in this transition because they can increase the confidence of their organizations behind often risky and disruptive initiatives needed to achieve the change. Thus, building trust in the entire organization is becoming a key element. Before this background, it is not enough to adapt existing leadership concepts; a completely new understanding of leadership must be implemented in many areas. We present the practice of digitally developing and digitally mature organizations―particularly those of their leaders, and we present specific trust-building actions of leaders. In addition, we present results from our international study with leaders of successful companies and show what new leadership qualities are driving their success in this highly transformative process we are all in.

Dr. Gerhard Gudergan, FIR at RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany
Dr. Haroon Abbu, Business Analytics Initiative, Poole College of Management, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, USA
Prof. Paul Mugge, Business Analytics Initiative, Poole College of Management, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, US

The podium discussion will be part of the program for this years conference 

Podium Discussion – How to close the Gap between Science and Industry?

Renowned representatives of the research and business sector will discuss how the gap between science and industry in production engineering can be closed and how we can contribute.

Conference Program 2023

Please find the new conference program for the CPSL 2023 with many interesting presentations and keynote speeches via this Link or using the QR code on the left hand side. You can also download the latest print-version there.

Peer-Review Process

In order to ensure a high scientific quality the CPSL uses a new Peer-Review System, which has the benefits that all researchers can have an impact on the contributions while a baseline standard is set by an established institution.
All submitted papers will be reviewed in a two-stage peer review process by experienced scientists of cooperating research institutes (level 1) as well as authors of other submitted papers (level 2). This ensures a consistent quality of the papers and reviews according to demanding standards through the first step as well as an influence of all participants on the quality of the papers through the second step. Therefore, each participants commits himself to review a paper by another author according to defined criteria and to form an expert opinion. All reviews are monitored by the editors to ensure the high quality of the papers and reviews.

Pre Review
Double Peer Review

For the 4th CPSL we have thought of something special. The conference is organized in cooperation with the Institute for Industrial Management at RWTH Aachen University (FIR e.V.) and aims to establish an exchange on the idea of bridging the gap between science and industry. In addition to cutting‐edge topics in the field of production systems and logistics this event will feature practical sessions and discussions with local and international industry.

Program & Key-Dates

The program includes presentations of the submitted and reviewed papers as well as interesting keynote speeches by representatives from the scientific community. In addition, joint discussion rounds after the lectures will create a forum for exchange and the formation of new research cooperations. During the welcome registration and a joint dinner, the participating scientists will also have the opportunity to get to know each other and to strengthen the international scientific exchange by discussing specialist topics.


What is CPSL?

The Conference on Production Systems and Logistics (CPSL) is an international forum for scientific exchange in the field of production systems and logistics. The annual conference brings scientists from all over the world together to discuss current research results and share experiences.

How do I submit a paper?

After you have created an account under Login, you can upload an abstract and, after positive feedback, a full paper. You will receive the feedback on the abstract and paper as well as the reviews via e-mail to the address that you have provided. In the login area you also have access to a paper template and a review template.

Why do I have to create a review if I want to submit a paper?

To ensure high scientific quality, the quality assurance processes of the Conference on Production Systems and Logistics (CPLS) are based on high standards that are continuously reviewed and can be influenced by all participants.

How does the Peer-Review-Process work?

All submitted contributions will be reviewed in a two-stage peer review process by experienced scientists from cooperating research institutes (level 1) as well as authors of other submitted contributions (level 2). This ensures, through the first step, a constant quality of the contributions and reviews according to demanding standards as well as, through the second step, an influence of all participants on the quality of the contributions. Each participant therefore undertakes to examine a contribution by another author according to defined criteria and to prepare an expert opinion. All reviews will be reviewed by third parties to ensure the high quality of the contributions and the related event.

How can I register for the conference?

In order to register for the conference it is necessary that you create an account under “Login" and then log in with your data. In the area accessible to you, you can upload your contribution and register for the conference.

Are other researchers able to find my paper via google scholar?

Yes! All papers published by the CPSL (or publish-Ing.) are found and listed by Google Scholar. To do this, Google Scholar searches the Internet for research papers published on recognized publishers. However, this process may take some time. The delay depends on how often Google Scholar updates its index and how much time Google Scholar needs to process the collected data. Unfortunately, we have no control over how quickly papers are listed. However, authors can speed up the process by manually adding their paper to their profile on Google Scholar so that Google knows what to look for.

Which advantages do I have by having my paper listed on Scopus?

Listing your paper on Scopus offers benefits such as increased visibility among researchers, enhanced reputation, citation tracking for measuring impact, potential collaboration opportunities, improved prospects for funding and career advancement, access to metrics and insights, and international exposure to a global audience. These advantages contribute to the recognition and impact of your research within the academic community.

What is the dress code for the event?

The CPSL breaks with traditional standards for stiff dress codes. For a pleasant atmosphere and collegial exchange, the dress code for the event is Smart Casual.

Do I have to upload a revised version for the "revised paper submission deadline" even if I have successfully passed both reviews directly?

No, if you have successfully passed both reviews with your first upload, you are not obliged to upload a revised version for the “revised paper submission deadline". Only for the “camera ready deadline" we recommend that you incorporate the reviewers’ comments and fine-tune your paper.

Where can I find the presentation template and guidelines?

You can download the presentation template from your profile (“Presentation" section) on the homepage. The guidelines and rules for the presentation are included in the template.

By when do I have to upload my presentation? Can I also bring it on a USB stick?

In order to ensure a smooth flow of the conference, we ask you to upload your final presentation to your profile no later than the last Friday before the conference. We will only accept your presentation on a USB stick in justified exceptional cases, as this would disrupt the conference flow (final changes and adjustments are not justified exceptions – the deadline for presentations is the Friday before the conference).

When will the final conference program be published?

The conference program will be published a few days after the registration deadline. We cannot publish any information about the conference program before that time, as it will surely change.

Are there recommended hotels?

Yes, for each conference we try to reserve contingents with nice hotels nearby. You will find our recommendations, as soon as they are available, under the “Event" tab on the homepage.

Can I bring someone to the Gala Dinner?

Yes, of course you can book an additional seat for your “+1" at the Gala Dinner during your registration. If you have missed to book an additional seat during your registration but still want to bring someone, please contact us as soon as possible.

Can I give you preferences for my presentation slot?

No, unfortunately it is not possible for us to consider wishes regarding presentation times. For this reason, we treat everyone equally and cannot take any wishes into account.

When will the conference proceedings be published?

The conference proceedings will be published shortly after the conference on publish.Ing.com and via the University Library of TIB – Leibniz Information Centre for Science and Technology.

About the Conference

The Conference on Production Systems and Logistics (CPSL) was founded in 2019 to create an international forum for scientific exchange in the field of production systems and logistics. The annual conference brings scientists from all over the world together to discuss current research findings and to share knowledge and experience.