Venue: University of Belgrade, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering

Location: Belgrade, Serbia, Other

Event Date/Time: Oct 15, 2009 End Date/Time: Oct 16, 2009
Registration Date: Sep 18, 2009
Early Registration Date: Sep 11, 2009
Abstract Submission Date: Mar 31, 2009
Paper Submission Date: Jul 10, 2009
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Department of Material Handling, Constructions and Logistics (Katedra za mehanizaciju, http://www.mehanizacija.com) – University of Belgrade (Univerzitet u Beogradu, http://www.bg.ac.yu), Faculty of Mechanical Engineering (http://www.mas.bg.ac.yu), Republic of Serbia (http://www.srbija.gov.rs), with the support of Serbian Ministry for Science and Technological Development (http://www.mntr.sr.gov.yu/eng/) are going to organize the XIX International Conference on Material Handling, Constructions and Logistics, MHCL’2009, which will be held in Belgrade 15-16 (Thursday and Friday) October 2009. The first Conference was established 33 years ago, in 1976 by Professor Đorđe Zrnić (http://www.rcub.bg.ac.yu/~nds/t-z.html#Djorzrn), and up to now it gathered together scientists and researchers from all republics (now independent states) of former SFR Yugoslavia (Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Croatia, Slovenia, and Republic of Macedonia), as well as from Austria, Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, Germany, Greece, Holland, Hungary, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, South Korea, Switzerland and USA, working in the field of Material and Mechanical Handling, Constructions and Construction/Mining Machinery, and Technical and Transport Logistics. Conference proceedings are currently located at several academic libraries in Europe and worldwide. This Conference is corresponding with the celebration of the following event:

50 years of establishing the modern conception of our Department, still existing under the Serbian name “Katedra za Mehanizaciju” (Department of MHCL) since 1959, as one of the oldest in the field in South-Eastern Europe (Department was initially established in 1932).

The main goal of the Conference is to make the scientific/research exchange between similar academic Departments and Institutes from different countries, as well as individual researcher in the field, in order for possible professional cooperation or to apply for international programs or bilateral research and scientific projects offered by EU or other institutions.
The area of Material Handling, Constructions and Logistics (MHCL) is gaining a new momentum at the beginning of 21st century. Today more then ever before there is a need to readdress many aspects of design, modeling and controlling of complex material handling facilities and systems, construction and earthmoving machinery, and logistic systems in engineering and transport. Modern material handling systems and machinery employ today advanced technologies that require deep interdisciplinary expertise for successful implementation. At the same time successful integration of technologies and functions require technical and functional breadth. The conference will host a variety of contributed, invited plenary papers and keynote papers. The Conference is to address various interdisciplinary aspects of MHCL areas. Furthermore an emphasis of real applications will be given. Conference MHCL offers a unique opportunity for experts to meet people from different parts of the world and exchange ideas in this highly relevant and exciting field.
Papers are invited on the topics outlined below and others failing within the scope of the Conference. The major topics of the conference are:

1. Material Handling Facilities and Systems
2. Hoisting and Transport Machinery and Equipment
3. Conveyor Technique and Conveyor Machines
4. Elevators and Escalators
5. Ropeways and Ropeway Technology
6. Bulk and Powdered Material Handling Technology
7. Pneumatic, Hydraulic and Capsule Conveying
8. Industrial Vehicles, AGVS
9. Inspection, Modification and Maintenance of Equipment
10. Safety in Handling
11. Container Units and Container Equipment
12. Industrial Robots and Manipulators
13. Assembly and Assembly Systems
14. Modeling, Optimization and Simulations
15. Control Techniques and Control Systems
16. Mechatronics and Information Technologies
17. Dynamics of machines and mechanisms
18. Design and Analysis of Supporting Steel Structures
19. Material Flow and Facilities Layout
20. Intelligent Material Handling Systems and Machines
21. History of Machinery and Equipment
22. Building and Urban Machinery
23. Construction Machinery and Equipment
24. Mining Machinery and Equipment
25. Failure Analysis and Prevention
26. Automation in Construction and of Earthmoving
27. Logistics and Supply Chains
28. Distribution Centers and Automation in Warehousing
29. Ports and Logistics
30. Intermodal Transport Systems and Logistics
31. Supply Chain Management
32. Educational aspects of MHCL
33. Eco Design
For each proposed paper authors must send an abstract about 400 words in ONE A4 size format, which includes title of the paper, affiliation, address, fax number and E-mail address of authors. The name of the speaker should be underlined. The whole text is to be written SINGLE-COLUMN. The body of your abstract should start with a short description of the problem and the state-of-the art in treating/solving it. Further, you should describe what is new in your approach or method. From this description one should see in which respect your paper will be of interest to colleagues interested in one or the other aspect of conference topics. You should add a few relevant references (which are usually available at University libraries) and - if appropriate - also one or two figures.

Abstracts should be submitted by E-mail as an attached Microsoft Word document file (Word 2003 for Windows or earlier versions), or preferably as a PDF file, as soon as possible and no later than 31st March. Any delay concerning deadlines has to be approved by the Organizing Committee. Notification of acceptance for papers will be noticed by April 30th. No person may appear as author (first author or coauthor) on more than two papers. All abstracts and full papers must be written in ENGLISH (English or American spelling). If English is not your native language, please consult whenever appropriate, a colleague who’s English can be regarded as excellent. If the quality of the language is too poor, this can prevent your abstract/paper from being included in the Proceedings.
Four keynote papers will be selected by the Scientific Committee (the first – leading paper in each of four main sections in the Proceedings: A-Hoisting and Conveying Machinery and Equipment; B-Construction and Mining Machinery and Equipment; C-Logistics and Warehousing; D-Constructions and Applications), depending on the authenticity and quality of submitted abstracts.

The number of pages must be even! The maximum acceptable length of regular full papers is 4 or exceptionally maximum 6 double-columned camera ready pages, for 4 keynote papers selected by the Scientific Committee maximum is 8 double-columned camera ready pages, and for invited keynote papers in plenary session maximum is 10 (can be 12) double-columned camera ready pages (Section Invited papers in the Proceedings). Specific details on format and template file will be sent with the abstract acceptance notification. Please note that an online submission is required for submissions to be considered. Sorry, POSTAL or FAX submissions will not be accepted!
A special session or a mini-symposium is welcome and devoted to a specific field within the scope of the MHCL’09 conference. Such a session should consist of 4 - 6 papers with not more than two of them coming from the session organizer’s working group. Choice of authors and papers is up to the session organizer - we trust that she/he will accept only papers of good quality. Proposals for a special session or mini-symposium must be submitted by email to nzrnic@mas.bg.ac.yu

The proposal must contain the following information:
• Title of session;
• Name and affiliation of session organizer;
• Short description of aims and scope of the session (80 – 150 words);
• Expected number of contributions and preliminary list of contributors.

All papers accepted by the session organizer will be also accepted for presen¬ta¬tion during the symposium and will be included in the Conference Proceedings.
Contributors to special sessions are treated as every participant of the conference. Hence, they are expected to pay the same conference fees as other participants. Session organizers are kindly asked to send a priori information - such as session (working) title, number of papers and preliminary list of authors - as soon as possible.
Moreover, the complete final list of all papers to be presented during their session(s) is needed by May 1, 2009 at latest. This will allow us to inform contributors in due course. This list must contain

• complete names and titles of authors,
• complete email addresses of authors - in case one paper has several authors, please indicate the corresponding author i.e. to whom typing instructions etc. are to be sent and
• who will present the paper,
• if possible – also mailing address, phone and fax number of the authors,
• (Tentative) titles of papers (if available).
Papers must be written and presented in English. The official language of the Conference is English. Simultaneous translation will not be provided.
All papers reviewed by a Scientific Committee and accepted for presentation will appear in the Conference Proceedings which carries an ISBN number and will be distributed to participants at the Conference. Publication of an accepted paper in the Proceedings is on the basis that at least one of the authors must register. Each registration entitles one copy of Proceedings. It is an understanding that authors of accepted papers have to attend the Conference to present their papers, or in his/her absence, a co-author may represent him/her. The material submitted for presentation at the Conference must be original, not published or being considered elsewhere. Papers duly presented will be further screened for possible publication (about 10 papers, possible requirement for extended version of the paper), in issues of leading Serbian journals in the field of Mechanical Engineering, published in English and having international editorial board, like FME TRANSACTIONS (http://www.mas.bg.ac.yu/transactions/index.html) and Journal of Mechanical Engineering Design (Konstruisanje Mašina) (http://www.ftn.ns.ac.yu/journal/). Also, full papers dealing with problems of structural integrity will be under consideration for publishing in the scientific journal Structural Integrity and Life (http://www.divk.org.yu/ivk).


Additional Information

The registration fee is expected to be 160 ЕUR (all taxes included). The registration fee includes Conference material with one set of the hard copy of Conference Proceedings, refreshment and coffee during breaks, welcoming reception and the Conference Dinner. The method of payment will be given later. Confirmation of registration will be mailed to you upon its receipt. There will be reduced fees under individual request to the Organizing Committee for e.g. PhD students, etc.