Paper submission

Authors are welcomed to submit papers (2 pages) via the online submission system EasyChair by the submission deadline.

Papers should report original research of theoretical or applied nature. All submitted papers will be assigned to at least two referees and will be examined based on their originality, significance, quality, and clarity.

Authors may choose between a presentation during one of the 4 track sessions or a poster presentation. Selected papers will be published in a post-conference Proceedings book. (Springer). Selected abstracts that are presented at the conference will be invited to be considered as chapters or extended papers.


E-submissions in PDF format are highly recommended.

Please submit your papers via EasyChair here.



Special Issue Information

This Special Issue of Applied Sciences is devoted to recent research, current developments, and applications of complex systems planning and scheduling. This includes the principles and practice of the design, implementation, and analysis of exact and approximate optimization methods.

This Special Issue is also devoted to the optimization challenges of modern manufacturing, engineering, and healthcare systems. It also aims to present the most recent developments of operations research models and other applications of intelligent computing techniques used for planning and scheduling in a variety of manufacturing, engineering, and healthcare systems. The topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Heuristic and metaheuristic algorithms for planning and scheduling problems in manufacturing, engineering and healthcare systems;

  • Exact algorithms (brand and bounds, dynamic programming, etc.);

  • Different scheduling applications (timetabling, network routing, crew scheduling, production scheduling, resource-constrained project scheduling, etc.);

  • Energy-efficient planning and scheduling problems;

  • Intelligent optimization approaches for intelligent manufacturing systems;

  • Artificial Intelligence and data analytics (manufacturing, services, healthcare, services and industries of the future, etc.).

Detailed information can be found at:

Manuscript Submission Information :

Manuscripts should be submitted online at by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Applied Sciences is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Keywords :

  • planning

  • scheduling

  • exact and approximate methods

  • intelligent manufacturing systems

  • healthcare systems

  • logistics systems

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2020. This special issue is now open for submission and papers will be processed as they are submitted.

Guest Editors :

Prof. Farouk Yalaoui
Dr. Taha Arbaoui
Dr. Yassine Ouazene