The workshop will cover all topics in discrete event theory and applications, including (but not limited to) the following:

  • Formalisms and modeling methodologies: Petri nets, automata, statecharts, process algebras, max-plus algebra, queuing network;
  • Control of discrete-event systems with emphasis on supervisory control and on real time control;
  • Performance evaluation, optimization and scheduling;
  • Diagnosis, fault detection, test, identification;
  • Discrete approaches for hybrid systems;
  • Event-driven methods in systems and control;
  • Applications including manufacturing systems, transportation systems, power production, distributed systems, software engineering, home automation, workflow, telecommunication systems, biological systems;
  • Automation methods and software tools enabling efficient handling of industrial-sized systems.

Paper Submission and Publication

Prospective participants are invited to electronically submit regular papers following the instructions on the Submission page. The presented papers will be further screened for possible publications in international journals.

Special Session

Special sessions offer a venue for presentations that focus on specific topics, and provide an opportunity to discuss challenging issues or common research problems. The format of special sessions consists of 4 to 6 presentations and allows a panel discussion led by the session chair(s), to motivate the exchange of opinions among presenters and participants. Special sessions papers will follow the reviewing process of regular papers.

Special Session List (Updated to 10/11/2017)

  1. Applications of Discrete Event Systems (code: thmep)
    (Organizer: Kai Cai, Eric Rutten)
  2. Modelling and control with discrete event systems for scheduling problems (code: cm476)
    (Organizers: Dimitri Lefebvre, Pascale Marangé, Gonzalo Mejía)
  3. Observability, Opacity and Liveness in Discrete Event Systems (code: 9nf6d)
    (Organizers: Agostino Marcello Mangini, Maria Pia Fanti)
  4. (Max,+)-algebra and quantitative issues in discrete event systems (code: 6b7p6)
    (Organizer: Jan Komenda)

Demonstrator paper

Among the innovative features of the 14th Workshop on Discrete Event Systems (WODES2018), contributions are most welcome to the special demonstrator paper category associated to an exhibition of demonstrators. The goal of these papers’ category is to promote research or educational-oriented devices, innovative prototypes and attractive transfer of technologies towards high-tech enterprise.

Demonstrator papers are regular papers that will be selected on the same high peer-review standards as other regular papers and are intended to promote the excellence of colleagues involved in practical implementation of state-of-the-art control concepts in Discrete Event Systems. The exhibition will highlight the future applicative trends in the DES area.

Demonstrator papers will be presented either at interactive sessions (for video or software demonstrators) or during one day within the demonstrators’ exhibition. Interactive sessions will take place during 2 hour session slots. A desk will be allocated to each speaker with a TV screen to be connected to a laptop (laptops are not provided by the organization). The presenters will be encouraged to emphasize their contributions by means of videos, simulations, demonstrations of software tools, or in classical slideshow format.

The following non exhaustive list of topics provides examples of aimed demonstrator contributions.

  • DES demonstrators: any experimental device that illustrates recent achievements in DES theory in a relevant way.
  • Educational devices: numerous attractive devices have been developed to improve the learning process in academia or for professional degrees. Didactic methods underlying the proposed experimentation will be particularly emphasized, and direct relationship with research projects are most welcome.
  • Popularization devices: videos and dedicated devices are beneficial to popularize DES research and to help researchers explain their work to non-specialists. Having such devices presented at the congress would be most valuable for the participants and could be part of an exhibition open to the public.
  • Immersive multimedia: numerous aspects of virtual reality and mediated reality can be investigated, including sensory experiences and simulated environment. Multidisciplinary skills are often required for prototype development in many application areas, including military applications, art, archeology, gaming, therapy, etc.
  • Demonstrators for industry: multidisciplinary projects in which DES are at the crossroad of several scientific disciplines and offer original solutions for complex problems are most welcome. Innovative prototypes recently implemented in industrial environments will be emphasized.
  • Software: demonstrators can include software tools for simulation, modeling, control design, etc.

For further details please refer to demonstrators paper chairs Christian Mahulea and Mariagrazia Dotoli.

Copyright conditions

All publication material submitted for presentation at an IFAC-sponsored meeting (Congress, Symposium, Conference, Workshop) must be original and hence cannot be already published, nor can it be under review elsewhere. The authors take responsibility for the material that has been submitted. IFAC-sponsored conferences will abide by the highest standard of ethical behavior in the review process as explained on the Elsevier webpage (, and the authors will abide by the IFAC publication ethics guidelines ( ). Accepted papers that have been presented at an IFAC meeting will be published in the proceedings of the event using the open-access IFAC-PapersOnLine series hosted on ScienceDirect ( To this end, the author(s) must confer the copyright to IFAC when they submit the final version of the paper through the paper submission process. The author(s) retain the right to use a copy of the paper for personal use, internal institutional use at the author(s)’ institution, or scholarly posting at an open web site operated by the author(s) or their institution, limited to noncommercial use. Any other use of the paper requires approval by IFAC.