In February we posted our open letter about the sad fact that we could not organize and host this year's MCPC conference due to capacity constraints. Many of you have contacted me about alternative ways to keep the MCPC alive and today I am glad to announce that the Mass Customization Research Group at Aalborg University has commited to hosting the conference in 2014.
Below please find soem extracts from their announcement letter, including a call to feedback for everybody interested in actively participating in the shaping of this conference.
We are really glad that there is so much dedication to the project within the MC community and hope that MCPC will continue to be a corner stone of the international MC family.
Dear MC Community,
It was with some regret that we received the message from our good colleague Frank Piller and his hardworking team, that he and his organization for different reasons will not be able to arrange and host MCPC in 2013.
We, the Mass Customization Group at Aalborg University, have decided to get more engaged in the current process under certain conditions; therefore we address this formal letter to the MCPC community with support from Frank Piller and Mitchell Tseng.
First of all, Aalborg would be able, willing, and delighted to host the MCPC 2014 in Denmark on Feb 4-7, 2014 to offer the MC community a continuous place to meet and exchange ideas.
We believe that the biannual MCPC conference still has great value for MC researchers and practitioners and we owe our friends a lot of credit for the work done in previous MCPC conferences.
But changes are needed and we believe that this is also what Frank & Co are expressing with their message last week. ...
We will suggest a very simple way of organizing the future MCPC event, by forming 2 committees: (self-nominating):
The International Organizing Committee has the obligation to arrange each conference. This committee has at least 6 members, where 3 members are from the organization/research group hosting the upcoming event, 1 member from past organizer organization, and 1 member coming from the organization to be in charge of the next upcoming event. The members of The Organizing Committee are presented in the closing session of each MCPC conference as well as the location of next conference. The chair of the Organizer Committee is held by one of the 3 "hosting" members.
The International Scientific Committee has a minimum of 9 members, of who 2 members are from the hosting organization and the rest are representatives from the general MCPC community. The Scientific Committee is expected as advisory partner for the hosting organization in selections of topics, keynote speakers and themes for the upcoming MCPC, as well as the members will be asked as needed to assist as chair for sessions, reviewing, chair group of reviewers etc.And we ask you to become involved:
RESPONSE DEADLINE: 19th of APRIL
- Let us know whether you believe in a future global MCPC and the plan sketched above.
- If you would be interested in being a member of the Scientific Committee please let us know.
- If your organization would be interested in hosting the MCPC 2015 conference, please let us know.
Please send your response to: email@example.com
In case we are getting enough thumbs up, positive feedback, and candidates for the Scientific Committee, we will immediately start organizing the next MCPC and keep you informedMass Customization RESEARCH group
Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, Aalborg University, Denmark, Kaj A. Joergensen, Thomas D. Brunoe, Stig B. Taps and Kjeld Nielsen