TC5 – Information Technology Applications - Aims and Scopes

est. 1970, rev. 2004


To promote research and the development of fundamental concepts, models, and theories to support applications of Information Technology.


*    Research: To identify and study advanced issues related to the application of techniques and information technologies that automate, integrate, and optimize the processes of innovation, design, production and management, including environmental issues.

*    Communication: To provide an international forum for government, academia, research and industry for the dissemination, publication and peer review of information, research, education and practices.

*    Collaboration: To foster interdisciplinary work and to collaborate with other Technical Committees, Working Groups and global professional organizations with allied interests.


This Technical Committee provides a focus for multi-disciplinary research into the application of information technologies and practices to facilitate information management - that is, to make it easier for people to have up-to-date knowledge, to be flexible, and to adapt. Some non-exclusive examples are:

*    Product Lifecycle Management

*    Digital Engineering / Digital Modeling and Simulation / Digital Manufacturing

*    Computer Aided Product Realization

*    Integrated Manufacturing / Production Management including Data Management for Production, Process Planning and Tools

*    Virtual Product Creation, Visualization and Digital Verification of Product and Process

*    Environmental Information and Decision Support Systems for Environmental Monitoring, Management, Research and Policy, including Risk and Crisis Management

*    Virtual collaboration supporting the interaction between product, production, supply chain management, recycling and end of life disposal

Enterprise integration to facilitate product realization.

WG5.1 – Global Product Development for the whole life-cycle
est. 2006, revised 2009


The aim of the WG is to understand the impact of the whole product life-cycle on product development.

One of the major issues is to analyze and take into account the interaction of products with the

environment which has a strategic importance for the sustainability of future economic development.

The reason is that a product’s life-cycle costs (the total costs and impacts of ownership), which play a

key role in the move toward product-service systems (PSS), become more and more important in the

new economic environment. The objectives are to propose new approaches for product development

taking account of the importance of life-cycle issues, and to develop IT systems supporting product

information in a sustainable way through the product life-cycle. These approaches would include the

consideration of “Green Technology,” so important for our world’s future.



The scope of the WG concerns all aspects of Product Development for the whole life-cycle, including rapid

product development and concept validation, CAD tools for early design, collaborative product development,

capture and reuse of design information, feedback from the supply chain, usage and product recycle

management, etc. More specifically, the following topics are included in the scope of the WG:

*    Global Product Development (global products, global teams, global processes).

*    Product Life-cycle Management (PLM) (product life-cycle phases, PLM systems architecture, distributed PLM systems).

*    Product Life-cycle Engineering concepts and methods (design for the life cycle, life-cycle analysis, through-life aspects – feedback from users and service, knowledge lifecycle management and long-term knowledge sustainment, product-service systems).

*    New organizational issues within Product Life-cycle Engineering (collaboration strategies, business strategies and benefits, infrastructure and environment, support tools, collaboration environments and platforms, virtual and simulation environments, infrastructure and implementation processes, interoperability and security issues).

*    Generic issues (value, risk and cost management, emerging standards and best practices, metrics and benchmarking, performance evaluation, educational and training approaches).

WG5.4 - Computer-Aided Innovation
est. 2005, revised 2008


1.   To contribute to identify the underlying scientific foundation of Computer Aided Innovation and also to evaluate their effectiveness and efficiency.

2.   To identify the state of the art and trends of Computer Aided Innovation Software and its tools and methods by discussing organizational, technological and cognitive aspects of the application of CAI methods and tools.

3.   To promote the development of Computer Aided Innovation Software focusing on end-to-end product creation process with methods and tools to ensure the feasibility and success of innovations.

4.   To address the main motivations of the industrial sector, regarding the engineering innovation activity with computer tools and methods.

5.   To address the main motivations of the academic community regarding theoretical foundations of computer aided innovation.


·       The Working Group will promote regular working conferences, seminars and workshops on Computer Aided Innovation calling for contributions for clarifying the role of computer aided innovation tools.

·       The Working Group will focus in connecting together managers, engineers, scientists and academics interested in pushing forward the development of this new kind of tools and methods.

·       The Working Group will promote that the best papers presented at its conferences, seminars and workshops will be further developed and enhanced for being published in selected journals with high impact.

WG5.5 – COVE: Cooperation Infrastructure for Virtual Enterprises and electronic Business
est. 2001


To promote and encourage the research and technological development on many aspects of business practices, advanced tools and mechanisms, and forthcoming standards, in the areas of virtual organizations, virtual enterprises, and advanced electronic business models.
To contribute to the harmonization and knowledge dissemination of world-wide research results on virtual organizations and collaborative networks, and to foster needed collaborative developments.


·       Reference architectures for virtual organizations including life cycle models

·       Collaboration models in networked organizations

·       Interoperability infrastructures in collaborative web-based environments

·       Safe communications and authentication frameworks

·       Distributed/federated information and knowledge management

·       Assessment of the role of ontology and standards

·       Planning and supervision of distributed business processes

·       New value systems and assessment methods

·       Collaboration coordination and management

·       Supporting functions for the full life cycle of virtual organizations

·       Novel paradigms and methods to support distributed collaborative processes.

WG5.7 Advances in Production Management Systems
est. 1978, revised 1986, 1989, 2000, 2008


The aim of WG 5.7 is to promote and encourage the advancement of knowledge and practice in the field of Integrated Production Management and to maximize global dissemination of this knowledge.
This broad aim is achieved by:

  • Continuous development and refinement of a research agenda.
  • Developing a research culture that nurtures research that addresses industrial need whilst maintaining academic excellence.
  • Disseminating R&D results and best practices globally to both academics and practitioners through the groups annual conference and the activities of its special interest groups.


*    design and implementation of new production planning and control systems taking into account new technology and management philosophy;

*     CAPM in a CIM environment including interfaces to CAD and CAM;

*    project management and cost engineering;

*    knowledge-engineering in CAPM;

*    CAPM for Flexible Manufacturing Systems (FMS) and Flexible Assembly Systems (FAS);

*    methods and concepts in CAPM;

*    economic and social implications of CAPM.

*    Supply Chain Management

*    Operations and manufacturing strategy

*    Enterprise Requirements Planning

*    Simulation

*    Business Process Management

*    Performance Measurement and Benchmarking

*    Knowledge Management

*    Information systems design, modeling and management

*    Implications of e-Manufacturing, e-Business, e-Commerce

*    Production management in virtual and extended enterprises and production networks

WG5.8 Enterprise Interoperability
est. 2006, revised 2008


The purpose of this Working Group is to progress and to disseminate research and development results in the area of Enterprise Interoperability.
The goal of this group is to bring together experts of multiple disciplines that contribute to this field.
The result of this research is to enable enterprises(networked enterprise, extended enterprise, administration, virtual organizations) or organizational units, applications to interoperate seamlessly with each other either inside and enterprise or among independent enterprises.

Specifically, the goals of the WG are:

G1: to identify the scientific foundation of enterprise interoperability and promote its acceptance by the scientific community and all stakeholders;
G2: to identify and to classify the key problems of interoperability to contribute to the elaboration of roadmaps through identifying new research challenges and to facilitate the creation of research projects;
G3: to identify practical tools, methods, architectures and solutions and promote their usage;
G4: to promote the activities and to disseminate the vision of the WG through organizing conferences, workshops and other related activities;
G5: to promote education and to promote the development of the discipline interoperability;
G6: to contribute to the standardization.



Activity 1: to define and characterize “Enterprise Interoperability”

1.1 describe/define enterprise interoperability
1.2 define glossary of terms used in enterprise interoperability
1.3 Review periodically

Activity 2: to identify and characterize key interoperability problems and research issues, deriving them from case studies and practical solution tools and architectures

2.1 to analyze existing project results to identify key interoperability problems, Kai Mertins
2.2 to collect industrial experience scenarios (use cases) using the defined template
2.3 to collect and classify practical tools, methods, architectures and solutions to be used in
the framework

Activity 3: to contribute to the scientific foundation of Enterprise Interoperability

3.1 Use a defined framework for classification of the issues
3.2 to create, maintain and use a conceptual structure of enterprise interoperability issues
3.3 to classify previous research results using the framework to identify open research problems
3.4 to use the template to structure the key interoperability problems
3.5 to identify new theoretical contribution to enterprise interoperability area by other research disciplines
3.6 to develop metrics and maturity model for enterprise interoperability

Activity 4: Provide a roadmap for Enterprise Interoperability

4.1 to identify and analyze the existing roadmaps and other strategic programs on the field of enterprise interoperability
4.2 to provide recommendations on the definition of a new roadmap based on the results of the analysis and the outcome of activities related to goal 1. The roadmap should identify barriers, opportunities and challenges related to the field of enterprise interoperability and a time plan to address topics related to these challenges
4.3 to facilitate the creation of research projects

Activity 5: to identify subjects for standardization and the standardization bodies that (could) cover these subjects

5.1 to propose certain subjects for the standardization to standardization bodies and offer support

Activity 6: Education

6.1 to identify and collect existing courses at Bachelor and Master level, Academic and professional
6.2 to define reference curricula for enterprise interoperability education
6.3 organize and sponsor summer schools for master and doctoral students and for professionals

Activity 7: Dissemination of the results of the WG

7.1 to publish and disseminate all the results of our activities in order to promote the work performed,
7.2 to organize and sponsor conferences, workshops and seminars in the field of enterprise interoperability
7.3 Dissemination of definition and terms

WG5.10 - Computer Graphics and Virtual Worlds
est. 1987, revised 1994, 2012


To promote and encourage the advancement of the field of computer graphics, visualization, and virtual reality in science and technology.
To organize and coordinate the International Conference on Cyberworlds as the workgroup's annual conference.


Computer graphics and web visualization; Geometric and Solid modeling; Computer Animation; Real-time rendering;
Virtual humans and avatars; Shared virtual worlds; Virtual collaborative spaces; Telepresence; Haptic rendering and haptic interaction;
Simulation and training in virtual environments; Augmented and mixed reality; Computer games; Multi-user internet games; Art and heritage in cyberspace;
Cyber-museums; Cyberworlds and their impact on the real worlds; Information visualization; Visual analytics; Interactive techniques; Applications.

WG5.11 - Computers and Environment
est. 1991, revised 1992, 2013


The goal of the WG is to foster the improved application of Information Technology in environmental research, monitoring, assessment, management and policy.

The WG tries to achieve this goal by:

*    establishing a platform/forum amongst and between ICT and environmental professionals,

*    performing knowledge-centric conferences worldwide to exchange information about state-of-the-art technology and prepare the ground for future,

*    providing expert advice to government, multinational organisations and industry,

*    providing strategy and policy makers with intuitive ICT concepts and solutions

WG5.12 - Architectures for Enterprise Integration
est.1995, revised 2008


*    To foster research into enterprise architecture, and in particular enterprise architecture frameworks, enterprise engineering methodologies, enterprise modeling and generic enterprise models / ontologies;

*    To identify theoretically sound and practically viable techniques for the process of change toward the integrated enterprise.

*    The multi-disciplinary perspective of this working group requires the synthesis of relevant results from other disciplines, such as Manufacturing Engineering and Management, Industrial Engineering, Management Science, Information Systems and Systems Engineering as well as can build on results from the Software Engineering discipline.  

*    Active involvement and liaison with relevant standardisation bodies, such as

o   ISO TC184 Industrial Automation Systems and Integration SC5 WG1 on Modeling and Architecture

o   ISO/IEC JTC1/SC7 Software and Systems Engineering WG42 on Architecture


The scope of this working group is intended to foster information exchange and evaluation of Enterprise Architecture Frameworks and associated

Enterprise modeling tools and languages (language specifications, ontological theories, computer-aided enterprise engineering tools);

Enterprise engineering methodologies and meta-methodologies;

Generic building blocks and reference models applicable to EA, such as intra- and inter- enterprise integration, agent-based integration, information integration infrastructure, organisational models, self-similar structures, and reusable industry-specific models.

In particular the WG is mainly involved in the following types of activities:

*    Scholarly evaluation of enterprise architecture frameworks that capture the life-cycle of the enterprise and its constituent entities. This aspect of the WG activity is addressed through the active liaison and co-sponsorship activities with other relevant Working Group and Technical Committees of IFIP, and other organisations conducting research and development in this area, such as IFAC, and the continued organisation of the ICEIMT conference series.

*    Evaluation of the physical and functional architectures of information systems, industrial production – or service systems, as well as EA program architectures (such as Information-, Process-, Applications- and Technical Architecture, as well as models of the Organisation) for complete enterprise live-cycle development and management. This aspect of the WG activity is mainly addressed through liaison and participation in relevant standard bodies.

WG5.13 – Bioinformatics and its Applications
est. 2010, revised 2015


  1. To understand and identify the challenges of Bioinformatics, and its Applications for development of skills, softwares, tools databases and  solving real life problems related to health, food, energy, environment and agriculture etc.
  2. Develop theoretical and technological foundations for meeting the challenges of bioinformatics and its applications
  3. Global integration of biological data and knowledge resources for meeting the challenges of bioinformatics
  4. Create & promote Inter disciplinary teams/groups for developing new educational training programs, technology dissemination, research and development with focus on bioinformatics


-  WG will serve as platform to create expertise and pool of scientists in various areas of bioinformatics

   from institutions all over the world to understand the new challenges and opportunities.

-  Encourage sharing of knowledge and resources like biotech infrastructure, grid computing

   infrastructure, databases, softwares and other electronic resources

-  To develop and enhance excellence through new educational training programs in various areas of


-  It will serve as forum with central focus to improve understanding and R & D on various aspects of


-  To provide a forum for dissemination of Scientific and technological knowledge in the field of

   bioinformatics by organizing seminars, conferences, need based faculty training programs

-  To provide support for research & development and establish linkages with biotech, pharmaceutical

   and IT industry

-  Provide a platform for interaction among scientists from various disciplines like IT, computer science,

mathematics, life sciences, agricultural sciences and medical sciences for research and development of  biological databases, bioinformatics softwares, integration of resources and applications in areas of health, energy , food, environment and agriculture



WG5.14 - Advanced Information Processing for Agriculture
est. 2010 (SIG5.1), rev. 2012, 2013


The IFIP Work Group on Advanced Information Processing for Agriculture (AIPA) encourages the scientific and technological development of IT enhanced agriculture. The specific aims are:

*    to promote the use of knowledge sources and methods offered by computer and computing science in the agriculture.

*    to identify subjects and priorities, stimulating fundamental research for challenging future developments of the agriculture and of the related food industrial, energetic and environmental activities.

*     to disseminate the experiences of farmers, managers and researchers about the profitable technologies and policies in agriculture.

*     to provide business opportunities by communicating with stakeholders, including agriculture researchers, IT professionals, consultants and government officials.

*    to support exchange of knowledge, strategies and experiences between stakeholders.

*    to promote and encourage interactions among agriculture scientists, meteorologists, biologists with IT professionals and other collaborators to develop implement methods, techniques, tools, as well as information and knowledge management systems enhancing agricultural technology.

*    to organize a global advisory group of R&D experts for using IT methods and tools in the agriculture.

*    to develop and enhance excellence through new educational training programs and technology dissemination among faculty members, professionals and students.

*    to establish and strengthen the link between academia, R&D companies, development agencies, governmental organizations, etc. for knowledge based resource utilization.

*    to support teaching and learning process and to develop a platform for the knowledge transfer in agriculture and the related fields between professionals, faculties, students and organizations.

*    to serve as the platform for IT based dissemination of scientific and technological knowledge in the field of agricultural advisory systems.

*    to organize workshops, conferences, symposia and seminars in the various areas of IT applications in agriculture.


The AIPA Work Group will serve as platform to organize a global advisory group of R&D experts for using IT methods and tools in the agriculture in various areas of agricultural and related sciences from institutions all over the world. This information will be provided for online use by various user communities.

*    to develop and enhance excellence through new educational training programs in various areas of crop/soil modeling & other IT applications which can be delivered to agricultural institutions and individuals across the world through standalone and hosted programs.

*    It will serve as a platform to provide information and other resources of professionals, faculty and students for the promotion of agriculture oriented bioinformatics activities

*    to provide a forum for developing teaching and learning processes in different disciplines with the central focus to improve the IT understanding and R&D on various aspect of agricultural and related sciences.

*    to provide a forum for dissemination of scientific and technological knowledge in the field of agricultural and related sciences by organizing seminars/conferences and developing databases, web sites, etc.

*    Organize various, need based faculty training programs in various areas of agricultural and related sciences.

*    Provide a platform for interaction among scientists from various disciplines like IT, computer science, mathematics, life sciences, agricultural sciences, and meteorological sciences for the development of agricultural solutions.

*    Promote and encourage the collaborations among scientists to create inter disciplinary groups for research and development of agricultural databases, bioinformatics software and application in areas of weather, pest/disease and agriculture.

*    Encourage sharing of knowledge and resources like agro-meteorological infrastructure, data communication, grid computing, open (source) software and other electronic resources.