Smart Manufacturing Networks (SMN) is a community of experts addressing the design and management of a new emerging manufacturing paradigm to fundamentally change how products are manufactured, customized and delivered. SMN is a collaborative arrangement in which production is dispersed to a dynamic agglomeration of production facilities that belong to diverse organizations. These organizations conduct joint manufacturing activities as part of a shared value-chain. This value-chain is enabled by the Internet, Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) and Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) technologies to provide the means for utilizing value-added production services.
Emerging from the rapid digitization of all branches of technology, economy and society, a more recent research topic we took in focus are Smart Data Systems and Applications.