International Symposium on Scheduling 2013 (ISS2013)

July 18-20, 2013 in Tokyo

Tokyo International Exchange Center
Tokyo Academic Park, 2-2-1 Aomi, Koto-ku, Tokyo 135-8630 Japan

Time Table (PDF File),   Program (PDF File),   Updated on October 18, 2013

Update (October 18, 2013): The information about Special Issue of Journal is updated.

Update (July 1, 2013): Tentative program has been updated. PDF File

Update (July 1, 2013): Early Registration has been closed. Late registration is open until July 20, the last day of the conference.

Update (June 21, 2013): Early Registration has been extended to June 30, 2013.

Update (June 13, 2013): Program at a glance has been updated. PDF File

Update (May 30, 2013): Early Registration has been extended to June 20, 2013.

Update (May 21, 2013): Registration is open. Please complete the registration form and e-mail us at

Update (January 31, 2013): The submission deadline has been extended to Feburary 28, 2013.

Special Issue of Journal: Special issue will be planned in "Journal of Advanced Mechanical Design, Systems, and Manufacturing", the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers (JSME). Please refer to the following web page. The first half of the page is written in Japanese, and the second half in English.

Registration Form: Registration Form for Overseas Participants   Registration Form for Domestic Participants
Registration Fees:
Member1) & Overseas Participants (Early registration: Until June 7  June 30, 2013: Closed)
JPY 45,000
Member1) & Overseas Participants (Normal registration: Until the days of ISS2013)
JPY 50,000
Non-member in Japan2) (Until the days of ISS2013)
JPY 60,000
Student2) (Until the days of ISS2013)
JPY 20,000
The registration fees include: one copy of proceedings, banquet, reception, lunch, coffee breaks.
1) participants belonging to at least one of the following Sponsors or Co-Sponsors
2) We welcome non-members and students to register until June 20, 2013, although the fee is not discounted.

Sponsored by
Scheduling Society of Japan and The Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers (Manufacturing Systems Division)

The Japan Society for Precision Engineering, The Institute of Systems, Control and Information Engineers, The Robotics Society of Japan, Japan Industrial Management Association, Japan Machine Tool Builders' Association, Advanced Planning and Scheduling Organization for Manufacturing, The Operations Research Society of Japan, Japan Society for Design Engineering, The Japan Society for Abrasive Technology, Manufacturing Science and Technology Center, Society of Automotive Engineers of Japan, Japan Society for Artificial Intelligence, The Institute of Electrical Engineers of Japan, The Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers, The Society of Chemical Engineers, Japan

Financial Support:
Mazak Foundation

Objectives: Scheduling researches have been evolving in their theoretical aspects and practical applications in the last several decades. The area of the researches is widely spreading from industries for tangible products such as manufacturing systems, project management, logistics and transportation, to services for intangible products such as health care, education, sports management, and so on. For several organizations, scheduling is one of the key technologies to improve the quality of service and to survive in the fierce competition. This international symposium has aimed to give opportunities for researchers and practitioners to exchange innovative ideas on various topics of scheduling and related areas. Commencing in Sizuoka 2002, and continued in Hyogo 2004, Tokyo 2006, Aichi 2009, and Osaka 2011. In those symposiums, not only domestic researchers but also foreign researchers gathered and contributed to enhancing communication networks. In order to expand the scheduling theories and applications, the sixth International Symposium on Scheduling will be planned to hold at a seaside area of Tokyo in 2013. Through the symposium, it is expected that knowledge and technology of the latest scheduling methodology will be communicated, and some seeds/ ideas for future researches and practices will be discovered. We are preparing keynote speeches/ tutorial session, best paper awards, and a special issue of JSME journal for the selected papers. We are earnestly looking forward to meeting you in the symposium.

Topics of Interest: Whole themes on scheduling, which include Scheduling Theory, Scheduling Technologies, Case Studies, Scheduling of Manufacturing/ Production/ Distribution/ Transportation/ Health Care/ Education/ Service etc., Optimization Method, Evaluation Method, CAD/CAM, TOC, APS, SCM, ERP, CIM, JIT, BCP, etc.

Keynote Speech:
  1. Disassembly: A Comprehensive Overview
    Prof. Surendra M. Gupta   PDF
    Mechanical and Industrial Engineering and the Director of the Laboratory for Responsible Manufacturing
    Northeastern University

  2. Workforce Scheduling: Models, Methods and Future Challenges
    Prof. Janny M.Y. Leung   PDF
    Systems Engineering and Engineering Management Department
    The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Invited Talk:
    Development of Dynamic Exchange Dissassembly Order Algorithm for the Purpose of Fast Automatic Generation of Assembly Animation and 3D Work Instruction Sheets
    Atsuko Enomoto, Daisuke Tsutsumi, Qiqige Bayasi (Hitachi Ltd., Yokohama Reaserch Laboratory),  Kiichiro Iida (Hitachi, Ltd., Power Systems Company),  Toshiaki Shibata (Hitachi, Ltd., Infrastructure Systems Company)

    Abstract: As manufacturing activities have been getting globalized and product models have become more and more diversified, animated work instructions for assembly sequence have been increasingly employed to assure product quality. However, assembly sequence planning and subsequent animation editing time drastically increases and becomes unacceptably time consuming in the order of factorial as the number of assembly parts grows. To address this problem, a fast assembly sequence and assembly motion generation method have been developed based on assembly constraints and locations of parts in 3D-CAD assembly models. Generated assembly sequences have been automatically translated into animation scripts and eventually employed as animated work instructions in actual manufacturing sites.

    Cyclic re-entrant flow shop scheduling problem: approach from mathematical programming
    Rei Hino (Nagoya University)

    Abstract: The technique involving cyclic scheduling for mono-product with re-entrant processes can be adopted to low volume productions in low cost. In this tutorial talk, an industrial background of this problem will be addressed as an introduction, and the fundamental knowledge for mixed integer programming of the conventional job shop scheduling problem adopting the commercially available optimization software is explained. As the main topics, the structure of this scheduling problem is explained from the viewpoint of mathematical programming.

Paper submission:
The submission deadline is Feburary 28, 2013. Proceedings must be formatted according to the templates given below and submitted electronically by e-mail to the following address: staff (at mark)
  1. Language
    English is the working language of ISS 2013.

  2. Requirements for electronic files
    Complete works are to be submitted electronically in PDF file. Accepted and presented papers will be published in the conference proceedings.
    The most important issue is to make sure that all fonts used in the paper are EMBEDDED, especially for papers from Asia and Europe.

  3. Formatting rules
    The manuscripts should be less than 6,000 words, and they are to be prepared as a PDF file within 2-6 pages in A4 sized sheets. File size is limited to 3 MB in PDF. Submissions exceeding 6 pages will be rejected. Do NOT insert any headers, footers, or page numbers.
    Templates for papers will be available in DOC, LaTeX and PDF formats.
    Microsoft Word format (DOC), LaTeX, Adobe PDF

  4. Guidelines
    Please check your paper for scientific structure and quality, especially you have:
    • 10-20 good references
    • Citation and discussion of related works
    • Clear problem statement
    • Critical discussion of results

Important Dates:
Submission deadline of papers:
Feburary 28, 2013(January 31, 2013)
Notification of acceptance:
April 30 through May 10  May 11, 2013  Review process has been completed.
Final camera-ready manuscripts due:
May 31, 2013

Special Issue of Journal:
Special issue will be planned in "Journal of Advanced Mechanical Design, Systems, and Manufacturing", the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers (JSME).

Organizing Committee Chair:
Dr. Keiichi Shiotani
Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
Organizing Committee Chair:
Prof. Hisashi Tamaki
Kobe University
International Program Committee Chair:
Mr. Kazuo Nakano
Kozo Keikaku Engineering Inc
Executive Committee Chair:
Prof. Kenji Yura
University of Electro-Communications

E-mail: staff (at mark)