Call for contributions: ERCIM News No. 115 (October 2018)

ERCIM – the European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics – has launched the call for contributions for the next edition of ERCIM News, with the special theme “Digital Twins”. Deadline for contributions is Thursday, 28 August 2018.

The Special Theme and the Research and Innovation sections contain articles presenting a panorama of European research activities. The Special Theme focuses on a sector which has been selected by the editors from a short list of currently “hot” topics whereas the Research and Innovation section contains articles describing scientific activities, research results, and technical transfer endeavours in any sector of Information and Communication Science and Technology (ICST), telecommunications or applied mathematics. Submissions to the Special Theme section are subjected to an external review process coordinated by invited guest editors whereas submissions to the Research and Innovation section are checked and approved by the ERCIM News editorial board.

Special Theme: “Digital Twins”
Guest editors:

  • Benjamin Sanderse (CWI)
  • Edgar Weippl (SBA)

Future developments of industry and society are increasingly complex, and innovation cycles are ever-shorter. Digitization and the Internet of Things have led to a still growing explosion of data and information. Without novel computational tools and paradigms we will not be able to manage these new challenges. The handling of these complex realities, all at the same time, requires holistic approaches combining all these developments, in order to be competitive in the near future. Industrial products and processes, in their entire life cycles, can be modelled virtually by Digital Twins. Digital Twins allow for design optimization, process control, life cycle management, predictive maintenance, risk analysis and more. Digital Twins integrate model- and data-based approaches (see Figure below).

Digital Twins are so important to today’s and tomorrow’s science and society that they were named one of Gartner’s Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2017. Digital Twins are becoming an imperative, covering the entire life cycles of products and processes, and forming the foundation for connected products and services. Companies and institutions that fail to join in will decline. New business and societal opportunities will emerge, benefitting from the cooperation between large companies, SMEs, startups, academia and governmental institutes.

To establish Digital Twins, new cooperations, involving different scientific communities, have to be started and obstacles have to be overcome. In particular, novel mathematical and computer science technologies are required, bridging many different disciplines.

In this ERCIM News special theme, ERCIM ask for contributions from researchers from academia and industry, who work on topics that will impact the development of digital twins in the near future (the relation to “digital twins” should be clear):

  • Model order reduction
  • Machine learning
  • Uncertainty quantification in models and data
  • Data assimilation
  • Real-time data Uanalysis and processing
  • Efficient and accurate computing.


All articles have to be sent to the local editor for your country or to the central editor

Local editor for Luxembourg:

View editors for other countries on the ERCIM website


Style: ERCIM News is read by a large variety of people. Keeping this in mind the article should be descriptive (emphasize more the ‘what’ than the ‘how’) without too much technical detail together with an illustration, if possible.

Contributions in ERCIM News are normally presented without formulas. One can get a long way with careful phrasing, although it is not always wise to avoid formulas altogether. In cases where authors feel that the use of formulas is necessary to clarify matters, this should be done in a separate box (to be treated as an illustration). However, formulas and symbols scattered through the text must be avoided as much as possible.

Length: Keep the article short, i.e. 700-800 words.

Format: Submissions preferably in ASCII text or MS Word. Pictures/Illustrations must be submitted as separate files (not embedded in a MS Word file) in a resolution/quality suitable for printing.

Structure of the article:
The emphasis in ERCIM News is on ‘NEWS’. This should be reflected in both title and lead (‘teaser’).

  • Title
  • Author (full name, max. two or three authors)
  • Teaser:
    a few words about the project/topic. Printed in bold face, this part is intended to raise interest (keep it short).
  • Details describing:
    – what the project/product is
    – which institutions are involved
    – where it takes place
    – why the research is being done
    – when it was started/completed the aim of the project
    – the techniques employed
    – the orientation of the project
    – future activities
    – other institutes involved in this project
    – co-operation with other ERCIM members in this field
  • References:
    • 1 – max. 3 references are mandatory for special theme articles. For articles for the section “Research and Devlopment”, you can give up to three references (not mandatory)
    • Authors should preferably refer important sources only (i.e. journal papers, books) and avoid meaningless references such as article in preparation, unpublished presentations, personal communications, research reports, patents, or local conference publications not listed in the major scientific digital libraries (such as IEEE, ACM, Springer).
    • The selected EN style is the shortened IEEE Citation Style.
    • The references should be as concise as possible and restricted to the minimal information needed. Avoid all unnecessary words (pages x pp., year, editors, location,…). Use acronyms instead of full conference names – OOPSLA x Object-Oriented Programing Systems, abbreviations (e.g. Conf. x Conference, IEEE TPAMI x IEEE Transaction on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence, etc.).
    • Use et al. when three or more names are given.
  • Useful Link(s) (URLs separated from the refrences)
  • Contact address with:
    – full name of the author
    – phone number
    – e-mail address
  • Photos, illustrations:
    ERCIM News is a full color print magazine. Each article should be accompanied by an illustration (photos, graphics), for example of the product, applications mentioned in the article, people working on the project, etc. (avoid as much as possible flow charts and screen dumps).
    Photos should be submitted in jpg or tiff format in a resolution suitable for printing (pictures taken from the web are usually in a quality suitable for printing), graphics in a vector format (svg, eps or ps).

Publishing in ERCIM News offers several advantages:

  • ERCIM News represents an excellent opportunity to present your research to a broad audience, also outside your own research community
  • the printed edition has a circulation of about 5000 copies
  • more than 7500 readers are subscribed to the online edition
  • ERCIM News is widely distributed in the European Commission
  • ERCIM offers a free professional proof-reading service
  • Authors can reuse their articles; the copyright of the articles remains with the authors.
  • Articles of the sections “Special Theme” and “Research and Innovation” are referenced by DBLP and by Web of Science (from issue 104 onwards)
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