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Working Group: Cost Oriented Automation

This WG addresses cost-oriented automation and control systems design, development and implementation as well as theory and praxis and potential applications domains. Many important advanced systems solutions which are urgently needed in poorer communities and can enhance international stability, are unavailable due to cost-related issues. Delivering lower cost automatic and semi-automatic systems is therefore a priority for science and engineering research and development, especially as we try to promote ethical solutions by making new technologies available to currently marginalised groups and thereby enhance social stability across the world.

Cost-Oriented Automation can deliver much needed solutions in new communities and markets.
For example, industry in many countries – especially in the new transition economies of the European Union - is and will continue to be dominated by „Small and Medium Sized Enterprises – SME’s. These are mostly defined as companies with less than 250-300 employees but also include microenterprises of less than 10 people. Emerging markets, which are now more liberalised as a result of accession to the EU, have created special demands amongst these companies for cost-oriented automation technologies. For such companies automation may be a prerequisite to survive in a large, common market and many have struggled to make the transition. For this market SMEs need the highest flexibility from automated and semi-automated systems but the solutions must also be cost-oriented solutions or deliver cost-oriented automation products and services in areas such as mechatronics and manufacturing systems. Consequently, the engineering of control and automation systems which are specifically developed and delivered using cost-oriented thinking is a more and more important field and can contribute to stabilisation in these transition states, as well as developing regions.

There are also applications (such as service-robots) which are currently produced at costs which are far too high for potential user communities in less developed regions, where the solutions may be most needed. Cost-oriented methods and practices and engineering solutions informed by a cost-oriented approach are of growing relevance.

Indicative Topics:

Manufacturing Plant Control

Process Control

Developing and Transition Countries

Modelling and Control of Energy Systems

Mechatronic Systems

Soft Intelligent Computing Systems

Modelling and Control of Environmental Systems

Cost-Oriented Automation of “New” Technologies

Cost-Oriented Service Engineering

Cost-Oriented Educational Systems