International Conference on Advanced Research in Virtual and Rapid Prototyping

From: Artur Mateus (
Date: Thu Dec 05 2002 - 20:58:39 EET


Call for papers:
1st International Conference on Advanced Research in Virtual and Rapid
Prototyping(VRAP 2003), Leiria, Portugal

The 1st International Conference on Advanced Research in Virtual and
Rapid Prototyping is going to be
held on 1-4 October 2003 in Leiria, Portugal. The organising committee
of the VRAP International Conference is calling for papers with an
abstract deadline of 20 December 2002.

Please see the information below:

This conference is a consequence of a collaborative research programme
called LRAMP, developed by the School of Technologyand Management of the
Institute Polytechnic of Leiria, Portugal, together with the University
of Reading, UK. It is designed to be a major forum for the Scientific
exchange of multi-disciplinary and inter-organisational aspects of
virtual and physical prototyping and related areas.The conference will
take place at the School of Technology and Management which is at an
important industrial centre and historical city of Portugal, Leiria,
distant around 1 hour from Lisbon. This School provides education in the
sectors of technology and management for more than 5000 students and is
one of the six Schools forming the Institute Polytechnic of Leiria.

Conference Topics
    1. CAD and 3D data acquisition technologies
        ˇ Fast geometrical modelling schemes
    ˇ 3D digitising
        ˇ X-ray tomography
        ˇ Photogrammetry
        ˇ Image-based modelling systems
    2. Materials
        ˇ Advanced rapid prototyping materials
            - ceramics
            - polymer liquid crystals
            - composites, etc.
        ˇ Biomaterials
    3. Virtual environments
        ˇ Virtual engineering and manufacturing
        ˇ Virtual enterprise engineering
        ˇ Internet-based product development
        ˇ Rapid prototyping simulation and optimisation
        ˇ New methods for virtual prototyping
    4. Advanced rapid prototyping technologies and nanofabrication
        ˇ Advances on material removal and addition otechnologies
        ˇ Research on new rapid prototyping otechnologies
        ˇ Micromachining ˇ Nanofabrication
    5. Rapid tooling and manufacturing
        ˇ High speed machine technology
        ˇ Small batch production methods
        ˇ Systems for the direct manufacturing of metallic and ceramic
    6. Concurrent engineering
        ˇ Concurrent engineering in virtual environment
        ˇ Frameworks for information sharing
        ˇ Collaborative decision-making in concurrent engineering
        ˇ Concurrent design and manufacture
    7. Applications
        ˇ Model-making, tool-making and mould-making
        ˇ Automotive industry
        ˇ Medical technology
        ˇ Architecture and art, etc.

Call for Papers
    Simple page abstracts addressing the conference themes are invited
from all interested participants and can be submitted in any of the
following ways:
    1. Online at
    2. By email to:
    3. By diskette and hard copy to the conference secretariat

Abstracts should be no more than 500 words in length and should
summarise the intended content of the paper and the substantive issues
it will rise. All abstracts and full papers will be rigorously refeered.
All papers will be included in conference proceedings published on an
ISBN numbered book - made available to delegates attending the conference.

Important Dates
    Submission of Abstracts: 20 of December 2002
    Notification of acceptance: 17 of January 2003
    Submission of preliminary papers and tutorials: 14 of March 2003
    Acceptance of papers with referee comments: 10 of May 2003
    Submission of revised camera-ready paper: 18 of July 2003

Scientific Committee
    Alain Bernard - Ecole Centrale de Nantes , France Bopaya
    Bidanda - University of Pittsburgh , USA
    Manuel San Juan Blanco - University of Valladolid, Spain
    David Bourell - University of Texas, USA
    Luis M. Camarinha-Matos - Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal
    Ian Campbell - Loughborough University, UK
    Richard Chartoff - University of Arizona, USA
    Michael Cima - MIT, USA
    Stephen Danforth - Rutgers University, USA
    Ian Gibson - University of Hong Kong, China
    Ricardo Gonçalves- Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal
    Joachim Heinzl - Technische Universität München, Germany
    Bernard Hon - University of Liverpool , UK
    Luca Iuliano - Politecnico di Torino, Italy
    Chua Chee Kai - Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
    Hubert Kals - University of Twente, The Netherlands
    Zvi Katz - Rand Afrikaans University, South Africa
    Jean-Pierre Kruth - KU Leuven, Belgium
    Ming Leu - University of Missouri-Rolla, USA
    Lin Li - UMIST, UK
    Harris L. Marcus - Institute of Materials Science, USA
    Yoshinari Miyamoto - Osaka University, Japan
    Duc Pham - Cardiff University, UK
    Fritz Prinz - Stanford University, USA
    Goran Putnik - University of Minho, Portugal
    Marco Scarparo - Unicam, Brazil
    Moshe Shpitalni - Israel Institute of Technology, Israel
    Brent Stucker - Utah State University, USA
    Rui Vilar - IST, Portugal
    Terry Wohlers - Wohlers Associates, USA
    Yongnian Yan - Tsinghua University, China

Conference Chairs
   Paulo Jorge Bártolo Head of the Mechanical Engineering Department
School of Technology and Management
    Morro do Lena, Alto Vieiro
    Aprt. 4163 2401-951 Leiria Portugal
    Tel.: +351 244 820 374
    Fax.: +351 244 820 310

   Geoffrey Mitchell Coordinator of the Polymer Science Centre J. J.
Thompson Physics Laboratory
    P.O. Box 220 Whiteknights Reading RG6 GAF UK
    Tel.: +44(0) 118 931 85 73
    Fax.: +44(0) 118 975 02 03

Organising Committee
    Artur Mateus
    Fernando Batista
    Joel Vasco
    Mário Correia
    Nuno André
    Paulo Bártolo
    Paulo Lima
    Paulo Novo
    Pedro Custódio
    Pedro Martinho

Contacts For further information/details, contact the conference
secretariat at:
    School of Technology and Management
    Morro do Lena, Alto Vieiro Aprt. 4163 2401-951 Leiria Portugal
    Tel.: +351 244 820 300
    Fax.: +351 244 820 310

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