Castello del Valentino – Politecnico di Torino

Collaborative Networks and Digital Transformation

– Challenges and Opportunities –

Participation in networks has become a main enabler for any organization that strives to achieve differentiated competitive advantage.
Collaboration became the nucleus for all dimensions of the 4th Industrial Revolution characterized by increasing digitalization and the interconnection among systems, products, value chains, and business models.

The increasing availability of sensors, and smart and mobile devices connected to the Internet, powered by the pervasiveness of Cyber-Physical Systems and Internet of Things with distributed computational power and intelligence, have boosted hyper-connected organizations. The focal points of this revolution span over: vertical integration of smart production systems, horizontal integration of organizations through global value chain networks, adoption of through-engineering across the entire value chain, acceleration in manufacturing and services, digitalization of products and services, and giving rise to new business models and customer intimacy. Further to Industry 4.0, this trend also surfaces in other sectors: Economy 4.0, Health 4.0, Agriculture 4.0, Transportation 4.0, Water 4.0, Tourism 4.0, Logistics 4.0.

This emerging reality challenges the way collaborative networks and systems are designed and operate. Previously proposed solutions e.g. in terms of the organizational structures, applied algorithms and mechanisms, and governance principles and models, need to be revisited and redesigned in order to comply with the speed of the evolving scenarios. Furthermore, the new solutions need to consider a convergence of advanced technologies, addressing CPS, IoT, Linked Data, Data Privacy, Federated Systems, Big Data, Data Mining, Sensing Technologies, etc., and the impact of variables, such as time, location, and population, which suggest a stronger focus on system dynamics.

Contributions are invited from multiple and diverse areas and disciplines, including: computer science, manufacturing, industrial, electrical and computing engineering, social sciences, organization science, and technologies, among others, which are well tuned to the interdisciplinary nature of the research and development in collaborative networks, as well as the spirit of the PRO-VE Working Conferences.


  • Collaborative models, platforms and systems for digital revolution
  • Manufacturing ecosystem and collaboration in Industry 4.0
  • Big data analytics and intelligence
  • Risk, performance, and uncertainty in collaborative networked systems
  • Semantic data/service discovery, retrieval, and composition, in a collaborative
  • Networked world
  • Trust and sustainability analysis in collaborative networks
  • Value creation and social impact of collaborative networks to the digitalrevolution
  • Technology development platforms supporting collaborative systems
  • Collective intelligence and collaboration in advanced/emerging applications
  • Collaborative manufacturing and factories of the future, e-health and care, food and agribusiness, and crisis/disaster management.


The following types of contributions are expected:

General Sessions (Main conference topics)
A. Technological development and case application papers
(Regular papers: up to 8 pages) including:
– a clearly identified problem
– a precise description of an innovation/contribution
– a presentation of the results of related experiments
– a discussion of potential generalization and reuse of the presented results

B. Foundational Research papers
(Full papers: up to 12 pages) including:
– a clearly stated research question and motivation
– a precise description of the chosen research approach/method
– a statement of reusable ICT contribution beyond the state of the art
– a sound validation and discussion of results

These papers are expected to provide truly foundational contributions to the scientific basis of collaborative networks. Accepted papers will be included in the printed book. A low acceptance rate is expected in this category. 

C. Position papers
(By invitation)


Special Sessions (Click in the link to access specific Call texts)

D: Towards Built Environment 4.0

E:  Digital Transformation in Food and Agribusiness Value Chain

F: Education and enabling tools of Industry 4.0 for a connected world

G: Data management to support collaboration in value creation network’s life-cycle

H: Collaborative decision-making for life-cycle management of value creation networks

I: Safe Escape 4.0!

J: Digital Transformation of Supply Chain