Information Systems

Industrial Information Systems, Management and Optimization within Smart Factories and Industry 4.0

Guest Editors

  • Dr. Christian Esposito, University of Naples “Federico II”, Italy

  • Dr. B. B. Gupta, National Institute of Technology, Kurukshetra, India

  • Dr. Chang Choi, Chosun University, Gwangju, South Korea


About the issue

​Industry 4.0 is the trend towards automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies and processes which include cyber-physical systems (CPS), the internet of things (IoT), industrial internet of things (IIOT), cloud computing, cognitive computing and artificial intelligence. The smart factory represents a leap forward from more traditional automation to a fully connected and flexible system. A true smart factory can integrate data from system-wide physical, operational, and human assets to drive manufacturing, maintenance, inventory tracking, digitization of operations through the digital twin, integrating by Internet, increasing the automation, and other types of activities across the entire manufacturing network. An optimized smart factory allows operations to be executed with minimal manual intervention and high reliability. In practice, smart factories lie at the core of both, Industry 4.0 and smart manufacturing. Also, the data captured in the smart factory are transparent. Moreover, industrial information systems management within smart factories and Industry 4.0 is quite important. Reducing the costs, improving the competitiveness and optimizing the environmental effects of the manufacturing processes is also important.


This special issue aims at providing platform for researchers and practitioners to exchange and publish the latest research trends and results, and so in the area related to industrial information systems, management, optimization and Industry 4.0. Main objective of this issue is to encourage researchers to explore key concepts of integration of cloud-fog computing that can be utilized efficiently in IoT and give various benefits to the e-commerce.

Contributions from various engineering, scientific, economic and social fields that exploit data analytics, machine learning, data mining, experimental studies, and other such technologies in real deployment are welcomed.


Topics of interest include, but are not limited to


  • Cloud Services models, architectures, and evaluations related to industries

  • Fog and Edge computing applied to industries

  • Manufacturing processes integrated by the Internet of Cloud

  • Internet of Things within the industries

  • Cloud Manufacturing

  • Digital supply chain network in enterprise systems

  • Big Data platforms for Industrial contexts

  • Manufacturing data analysis and diagnostics for real-time reporting

  • Impacts of the smart factories on manufacturing processes

  • Integration of additive manufacturing in smart factories.

  • Transition to the smart factory

  • Security and Privacy of Cloud-based Information Systems within industries

  • Case studies on deployment of networked-distributed digital manufacturing paradigms.

  • Security and Privacy of Online social networks based Information Systems

  • Cyber-physical systems for the design and operation of smart manufacturing facilities.

  • Dependability of Industrial Internet of Things

  • Novel Industrial Information Systems


Submission instructions


Original papers describing completed and unpublished work not currently under review by any other journal/magazine/conference/workshop are solicited. Previously published conference/ symposia/workshop papers or technical reports MUST be clearly clarified by the authors (at the submission stage) and an explanation should be provided how such papers have been extended to be considered for this special issue.


Prospective authors should submit via the submission site of Enterprise Information Systems. Submitting authors must answer ‘Yes’ to a question of “Is this submission for a special issue?” and then select “Smart Factories & Ind. 4.0” from the drop-down menu.


Important Dates


  • Submission deadline: November 30, 2020

  • Author notification: February 10, 2021

  • Final notification: May 31, 2021

  • Publication: As per the policy of journal




Dr. B. B. Gupta, National Institute of Technology, Kurukshetra, India, E-mail: bbgupta@nitkkr.ac.in