1. AIMs:

Under the Industry 4.0, smart factory and manufacturing require holistic integration of smart products, tools, and services throughout the product life cycle.  With the notion of PSS (Product Service System), smart products here refer to smart products, tools, services and integral innovative manufacturing systems. Smart product/service system design is a multidisciplinary research field involving Industrial Design, Service Design, Mechanical Design, Interaction Design, User-Experience Design, Human Factors and Emotional Design to name a few.

Currently, researches into product service  system design are separated into different stages and sub-systems, the research on the integration of smart products/services with intelligent computing and manufacturing is much needed not only to concern product design, manufacturing and customer services but also to take on repurposing, reuse, costing, remanufacturing and recycling in the design stage.

Therefore, this research symposium aims to bring researchers together from different research aspects around the product/Service system design, innovation and system integration to exchange their current research, discuss better research ideas, update the state-of-the-art of the current research status, and encouraged research collaborations.


the potential topics include but not limited to the following research themes and related topics.

Theme 1: Design for circular economy

Topics: smart route to market, smart design, and smart technology

Theme 2: Smart manufacturing with low energy, pollution and overall costs

Topics: Smart factory, smart operation and smart tooling

Theme 3: Smart services

Topics: smart maintenance/upgrades, smart delivery, smart reuse/disposal and management

3.KEY WORDS: the key words for this call incudes (but not limited to):

Smart Marketing, Intelligent Design, Digital Design, smart product, smart tooling, smart Servicing, service Design and Innovation, Smart Management, System Modelling, simulation, Design Ergonomics,  Interaction Design, Cultural-Inspired  Design, Data-Driven Design, UX Design, Affective/Emotional Design, Design for Recycling/Reuse/Repurpose.


Sheng-feng Qin, Professor, Northumbria University, UK (Co-chair)

Dengkai Chen, Professor, Northwestern Polytechnical University, CN (Co-Chair)

John lee, Professor,Edinburgh University,UK

Jayne Wallace, Professor, Northumbria University, UK

John Vines, Professor, Northumbria University, UK

Robert Young, Professor, Northumbria University, UK

Richard Fu,Professor, Northumbria University, UK

Gongbing Shan,Professor, University of Lethbridge, CAN

Ruth Mugge,Professor,Delft University of Technology,NED

Chao Zhao, Professor, Tsinghua University,CN

Suihuai Yu, Professor, Northwestern Polytechnical University,CN

Guofu Ding, Professor, Southwest Jiaotong University,CN

Tek-Jin Nam, Professor,Korean Advanced Institute of Sciences and Technology , KP

Mingxi Tang, Professor,The Hong Kong Polytechnic University,HK

Pablo Prieto, Professor, Universidad Te´cnica Federico Santa Marıa, CL

Shijian Luo, Professor,Zhejiang University,CN

Jianning Su, Professor, Lanzhou University of Technology,CN

Jun Hu, Associate professor,Eindhoven University of Technology, NL

Lee Barron, Associate Professor, Northumbria University, UK

Fei Yu,Associate Professor,University of Southern Denmark,DK

Min Zhao, Associate Professor , Shanghai Jiao Tong University,CN

Jinsheng Kang, Senior Lecturer, Brunel University, UK

Yuanyuan Yin,Lecturer, Southampton University, UK

Colleen Emmenegger, senior researcher,University of California, San Diego, USA


All submissions will be rigorously peer-reviewed. The peer-reviewing process will be coordinated and managed by the international committee. It is envisaged that the final accepted papers after revisions will be in two categories: Full-papers and Short-papers.

Full papers will be published in the Special Issue on “smart products through-life design-Theories, methods and tools” in the SAGE open-access journal of Advances in Mechanical Engineering (SCI-indexed, Impact factors: 0.827).

The short papers will be published in the conference proceedings as an eBook titled “Smart Product Design: Theories, Methods and Tools” with a subtitle “Proceedings of the First International Symposium on Smart Products Through-Life Design: Theories, Methods and Tools “. This eBook is free for publication, and is free for viewing and download to maximise its impact and citations. The eBook ISBN number is ISBN 9781861354761 registered in the UK.


Papers can be submitted through this website. As to the template, authors may follow author guide from the journal “Advances in Mechanical Engineering” at the following link: Special Issue on “smart products through-life design-Theories, methods and tools”. Publication fee is about $2000 per article.

All submissions will go through two stage reviews.

At the stage one, each submission will be initially assessed by at least one of programme committee members and the programme committee will then make a recommendation of the submission to be a full paper to a short paper candidate. The initial assessment result and feedback will be communicated back to authors.

At the stage two, a full paper candidate will be invited to make a journal paper submission to the Special Collection on Smart Products Through-Life Design: Theories, Methods and Tools via the journal’s online submission system. A full paper review for the special issue will be conducted in due course. The accepted papers will be published in the SAGE journal: Advances in Mechanical Engineering.

At the stage two, a short paper candidate will be fully reviewed with coordination from the programme committee and the accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings.


A paper submission deadline:  June 25, 2018

First stage notification:  June 30, 2018

Final Acceptance notification:  July 30, 2018

Camera-ready submission: August 30, 2018.

Registration deadline:  August 15, 2018


This international symposium is hosted by the Joint Design Innovation Lab (DIL) between Northumbria University, UK and Northwestern Polytechnical University of China. The research Laboratory was established in 2018. Both the universities are sponsors for this conference. Any other sponsors are welcome.


The Host city, Xi,AN Xi’an, located in central-northwest China, has recorded the great changes of the country like a living history book. Once the terminus of the Silk Road and

a melting pot of cultures and religions, Xi’an is home to the world-famous Terracotta Army.

Travelling information will be updated soon.

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Important Dates

Deadline for submission:
July 5, 2018
Deadline for registration:
Sept. 15, 2018
Meeting time:
Sept. 18, 2018


Northwestern Polytechnical University,China
Northumbria University,UK
Shaanxi Association for Science and Technology,China
Industrial Design Department of NPU
Sino-British Joint Design Innovation Laboratory of NPU & NU
The Key Laboratory for Industrial design and ergonomics of Ministry of Industry and Information Technology
The Engineering Laboratory for Industrial  Design of Shaanxi Province
Industrial Design Innovation and Development Center of Shaanxi Province
Shaanxi Provincial Youth Science and Technology Exchange Center
Classic Industrial Design Institute Co.,LTD.
Industrial Design Branch of Shaanxi Society of Mechanical Engineering