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As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to be a global issue, ASME is monitoring developments on a daily basis including recommended guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).  Our primary concern is the health and safety of those who attend our conferences and meetings.  We have decided to cancel the in-person 2020 ASME International Symposium on Flexible Automation Conference scheduled on July 5-8, 2020, at the Embassy Suites Chicago Downtown Hotel in Chicago, IL and transition to a Virtual Conference.

 ASME regrets having to make this change, but the safety of our participants is our utmost priority. 

 In addition to our informative Virtual Conference program, we will offer the opportunity for each paper presentation to be uploaded to our virtual site, for viewing either during the virtual program or on-demand following the event.  In order to ensure that we have the widest dissemination possible of the conference proceedings, at least one author per paper must register to attend the Virtual Conference.  This is similar to ASME’s “no show” policy with our regular conferences, so papers without an author attending the virtual conference will be pulled from the official proceedings.  As with our physical conferences, registrants of the virtual conference will receive full access to the conference proceedings. Virtual Conference registration fees will be sharply discounted from the regular conference fees. 

 We encourage you to check this website regularly for further news.  Thank you for your understanding.  We hope you will join us at the Virtual Conference.


The Conference Organizing Committee and ASME


The ISFA conference, a biennial summit on manufacturing automation and related technologies, was initiated in 1986 under co-sponsorship of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the Institute of Systems, Control and Information Engineers (ISCIE) in Japan.  It provides a focused and intimate setting for dissemination and discussion of advanced manufacturing technologies and other related fields such as dynamical systems and control, logistics and informatics, and design and optimization.  It features synergistic blend of topics encompassing various aspects of manufacturing such as sensing and control, mechatronics, material design and synthesis, process modeling, lean manufacturing, diagnosis and prognosis, and emerging concepts including artificial intelligence, Internet-of-Things (IoT), cloud computing, and environmental sustainability, etc.     


The theme of ISFA 2020 is “Flexible Automation: Intelligent and Transformative” and aims to inspire research on empowering manufacturing system with intelligence and on transformative ideas.

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