The 6th Doctoral Conference on Computing, Electrical and Industrial Systems (DoCEIS’15) will reflect on the growing interests in research, development and application of Cloud-based Engineering Systems. These systems leverage the emerging “network effect” and rely on the access to large pools of computational resources that are available in the “cloud” to overcome the limitations of environments with scarce processing and information storage capability. Potential benefits can be found in all engineering fields and at all levels, e.g. supporting management and services provision in SMEs, facilitating high-level sensorial perception based on sensor networks with limited local intelligence, supporting monitoring and diagnosis of a machine with limited computer power, etc.
This approach can change the way engineering systems are designed while leading to exciting challenges for researchers and industrial practitioners. Instead of trying to increase local computational resources at the level of each component / sub-system, which in some cases might be technically difficult, the efforts can be channeled to give connectivity communication capabilities to such components, connecting them to “the cloud”. As a result, not only elasticity and more robust security mechanisms may be acquired, but also wider access to larger pools of resources available on Internet, opening the opportunity for the development of higher value-added services. However, it also requires systems engineers to pay attention to the underlying business models, security concerns, and user acceptability aspects. Therefore, prospective contributors to DoCEIS’15 are challenged to identify in which ways their research topics can benefit from, or contribute to cloud-based solutions.