CALL FOR PAPERS 2024

Dear Colleagues and Partners,

The organizers of the 31st CIMAC World Congress sincerely invite you to submit your proposals in the fields of power, drives, propulsion technology. The topic streams for the event are detailed in the 'Call for Papers' below. 

The Congress takes us this time to Zürich, Switzerland, from Mai 19-23, 2025. Switzerland, with its strong industrial portfolio of engine manufacturers and suppliers, will be an excellent host. 


There is no doubt that our industry continues to face enormous challenges but at the same time it also provides great opportunities. Our industry is well positioned to contribute to a sustainable future and to this end a holistic technical view and the direct exchange on challenges, approaches and solutions is essential. We look forward to your contribution and to welcoming you to the CIMAC Congress 2025 in Zurich, where the congress will once again provide a unique opportunity to meet manufacturers, colleagues and customers from across the industry and from around the world.



Jonas Åkermann

Vice-President Technical Program
Wärtsilä, Finnland

Klaus Heim

Vice-President Technical Program
OMT, Italy

Digitalization
Digitalization is transforming businesses and providing new opportunities to the industry. Inviting new research and technological solutions in topics involving digitalization in marine, power generation and rail. This includes but is not limited to big data, data sharing models, co-simulation and open simulation platforms, Internet of Things (IoT), autonomous and unmanned applications, cyber security and condition-based maintenance, new regulatory challenges, and related topics.
One of the important topics to increase efficiency is system integration and optimizing interaction between components and sub-systems. Inviting papers with new research in the areas of system integration, including but not limited to physical and functional integration of components and sub-systems, developments in hybrid systems, system integration related to hybridization and electrification, challenges (both technical and regulatory) associated with system integration and related areas of work.
Inviting new research and developments relating to new main propulsion systems, hybrid power system architectures through electrification, fuel cells, batteries & energy storage systems, and by extension the potential of hydrogen in fuel cells. This includes, but is not limited to, alternate green transformation options, case studies for integration and lifecycle assessment, technical & operational challenges, infrastructure and legislative challenges, potential applications, and long-term benefits of these technologies.
We welcome papers describing new research and novel approaches to control systems theory including latest developments in mechatronics, control software, autonomous systems, new communication technologies, cyber physical systems, and network-controlled systems. This also includes, but is not limited to, new developments in measuring and monitoring methods and systems, power management systems, electronic control algorithms in order to enable efficient system optimizations among others.
Towards Net Zero
Papers are invited from new research and development that deal with emission reduction technologies with a focus on aftertreatment solutions. This includes but is not limited to after-treatment technologies such as SCR and NOx adsorbers, Diesel Oxidation Catalysts (DOC), diesel and gasoline particulate filters, scrubbers, new and improved substrate technology, challenges associated with new regulations etc.
Following the previous section, here we invite new research for emission reduction technologies with a focus on engine measures and combustion development. Engine control methods such as EGR, in-cylinder control measures and advanced engine tuning, new combustion development and optimization concepts, concepts for methane slip reduction and other new findings leading to inherent clean combustion and reduction of emissions, challenges posed by new and upcoming regulations among others.
Inviting papers describing research and development with a focus on interactions of fuels with engine hardware to improve overall efficiency, reduce emissions and environmental imprint, increase durability, and performance. This includes but is not limited to, the outlook for HSFO and VLSFO after 2020, distillates and residuals, LNG and today’s gas-fuelled solutions, new testing methods and analysis, new blending methods, stability and compatibility, novel projects and case study examples thereof.
Tomorrow's alternative fuel/powering solutions - Inviting new research and findings on new and alternate fuels, power-to-x concepts, with a focus on operation with the engine hardware to reduce emissions and environmental imprint, improve efficiencies, increase durability and performance. This includes, but is not limited to, best practices in handling and utilisation, impact of fuel on emissions, fuel properties assessment, new testing methods and analysis, holistic evaluations and applications suitability, novel projects and case studies examples among others.
Papers describing novel projects and research with a focus on interactions of engine oil and lubricants with engine hardware to reduce emissions, improve efficiency, durability, and performance. This includes, but is not limited to, the present outlook after the 2020 regulations, new environmentally friendly options, properties assessment studies, reliability and efficiency studies, additives including viscosity modifiers, friction modifiers, and balanced engine oil formulations, among others.
Engine Optimazation & Retrofits
We welcome technical papers on new engine developments for conventional diesel, gas and dual fuel engines. Recent trends show mounting pressures on conventional IC engines, as they are expected to meet rising demands to reduce their carbon footprint, the ever increasing engine output demands, minimum fuel consumption requirements and to deliver optimum performances at the same time. The CIMAC Congress offers an ideal platform to present latest technology developments in this area answering these relevant questions. Incremental improvements may be presented in this session. New technical approaches may also consider submitting to the session "new engine concepts & systems".
This session is focused on exploring innovative and emerging engine technologies and systems beyond traditional diesel engines. The emphasis is on exploring new ideas and concepts that have the potential to improve or revolutionize future of engine technology.
Examine retrofit solutions that facilitate the transition to alternative fuels, such as LNG, hydrogen, or ammonia. Discuss the technical aspects, challenges, and benefits associated with adopting new fuel sources in existing marine systems. Explore the economic aspects of retrofitting, including upfront costs, return on investment, and long-term operational savings.  Successful case studies are welcome too. Share success stories and lessons learned from recent retrofit projects. Highlight how retrofitting has positively impacted vessel performance, compliance with regulations, and the economic viability of maritime operations. Delve into the latest eco-friendly retrofit solutions designed to reduce emissions, improve fuel efficiency, and enhance overall environmental sustainability. Presentations may include innovative propulsion systems, exhaust gas cleaning technologies, and energy-efficient upgrades.
Inviting new developments and findings in topics related to engine component developments which includes (but is not limited to) advancements and new approaches in fuel injection and gas admission, new concepts with the different engine components, new components development, tribology and lubrication systems development, turbochargers & air-/exhaust management sytems among others.
Authors are encouraged to submit abstracts that contribute to the advancement of tribological knowledge, address current industry challenges, and propose novel solutions that can revolutionize the field. Join us at the CIMAC Congress and be a part of the dynamic exchange of ideas that will shape the future of tribology in marine and large engines.Whether your research focuses on enhancing the efficiency of machinery, optimizing energy consumption, or improving the durability of components, the Tribology session is the ideal platform to showcase your work and engage with a diverse audience of peers.
Discuss the latest developments on 'Turbochargers, Air Exhaust Management & Waste Heat Recovery' alongside a group of experienced experts. Authors keen on presenting their cutting-edge research and developments in these areas are encouraged to submit their abstracts to this session. Be part of the dialogue driving forward the future of propulsion efficiency and environmental sustainability in the maritime, power generation, and locomotive sectors.
Basic Research and Advanced Engineereing
This session shall focus on new research aspects that have not been discussed before. Small incremental changes are as welcome as significant technological leaps forward. Join the discourse to witness the diverse array of novel concepts that promise to shape the future landscape of basic research and advanced engineering, fostering a nuanced understanding of evolving scientific principles.
Join us at CIMAC for an immersive exploration into the cutting-edge realm of simulation technologies and digital twins! In this session, we'll delve into the transformative power of digital replicas, offering a glimpse into how these virtual counterparts are revolutionizing industries. From simulating complex systems to predicting real-world scenarios, discover how digital twins are reshaping the landscape of innovation. Engage with experts, explore case studies, and unlock the potential of simulation technologies in optimizing processes, predicting outcomes, and driving unprecedented advancements. Don't miss this opportunity to stay at the forefront of technological evolution – CIMAC invites you to envision the future through the lens of simulation and digital twins!
Research into the development of novel materials with enhanced performance attributes, explores the application of advanced coatings for improved durability and efficiency, or delves into the intricacies of mechanical systems within the context of engines, turbines, or related components. Bridge theoretical concepts with real-world applications. We invite papers that showcase improvements of materials, unveil the potential of innovative coatings, and explore the intricate mechanics shaping the future of power and propulsion.
Embark on a journey at the intersection of basic research and advanced engineering as we delve into the transformative power of visualizations. This session will showcase the pivotal role of cutting-edge visualization techniques in translating complex theoretical concepts into practical engineering solutions. Join us for a dynamic exploration of how visualizations bridge the gap between fundamental research and innovative engineering applications, fostering a deeper understanding of intricate scientific principles and propelling advancements across diverse industries.
Operators Perspective
This session is a focal point for authors seeking to explore the critical intersection of human interaction, technology, and safety within the maritime industry. If your research touches upon crew dynamics, human-machine interfaces, training methodologies, or any aspect of human-centered design influencing maritime operations, this session is the ideal platform to share your insights. We welcome papers that shed light on how human factors shape decision-making, performance, and overall operational efficiency in the complex maritime environment.
If your research addresses maintenance to ensure a ship's continual operation or the regulatory frameworks, compliance challenges, or innovative solutions ensuring adherence to industry guidelines for large engines, this is the ideal session to showcase your work. Join us in unraveling the complexities of modern vessels, fostering a dialogue on sustainable practices and compliance strategies.
Exploring areas such as autonomous vessel navigation, unmanned systems, applications of artificial intelligence, and the integration of cutting-edge technologies in maritime operations? This session presents a valuable opportunity to showcase your research findings. Join us in influencing discussions about the future of maritime transportation, navigating the challenges, and uncovering possibilities presented by autonomous and unmanned vessels.
One of the important areas is fundamental research with regards to engine and systems development. Technical papers are invited from basic research & advanced engineering areas such as novel concepts and new findings in engine development, methodologies, engine mechanisms, new systems and environments, new advancements in simulation technologies and model-based development, technical combustion studies, new fuel & emission systems, materials research, new measurement systems and techniques, and related fundamental studies. 
If your research addresses load management strategies, grid stability challenges, or the integration of large engines into power systems, this session provides an ideal platform to showcase your work. Join us as we delve into discussions on optimizing load distribution, enhancing grid stability, and advancing technologies that contribute to the reliable and efficient operation of large engine-based power generation.
Exploring digitalization strategies, implementing smart control systems, or utilizing artificial intelligence to optimize large engine power plants opens up an ideal platform in this session to present groundbreaking work. Engage in the conversation delving into the vast potential of digital solutions, unlocking new dimensions of efficiency, reliability, and sustainability within the dynamic landscape of large engine power generation.

CIMAC will offer traditional 20 minute long presentations which will be complemented by Pecha Kucha presentations to mix up the congress program. Posters including a special timeslot during the breaks to present the poster are going to be part of the congress too. This main programme will be embedded in discussion panels, key note speeches, and plenty of networking opportunities.



Pecha Kucha Presentations

20 slides, each slide is shown for exactly 20 seconds, then the presentation automatically jumps to the next slide! This fast paced format focusses on just a few key points in the presentation and therefore sticks in people's minds particularly well.

The advantage for the author is that no paper has to be written. Presentations can therefore be submitted relatively easily. Only the abstract is enough to get the chance of a presentation slot. In addition, the slide set must be submitted before the congress.

Presentations

Traditional presentations will once more be avaiable. 15 minutes for your presentation and an additional 5min for questions and answers afterwards. This detailed format gives you the opportunity to present new findings in detail.

Posters

The Poster Session will be avaiable to visitors throughout the entire congress. On top of that the programm will feature each poster with a special timeslot, so that the author may present his findings to the interested autdience in detail and can answer upcoming questions.

Due to that physical presence is mandatory for poster authors too.

Operators Perspective

We expressly invite you to submit papers that are of importance to operators. It is our aim to offer some sessions specifically for this target group. In particular, safety issues, ensuring the continuous availability of the systems, maintenance and regulatory issues are of importance here.
Looking at the industry from the customer's point of view will lead to new insights and solutions!

Best submissions and presentations at the 2023 event!

Three authors will again be selected to gain an award for their contribution to the CIMAC congress. Drawing your attention to the Congress 2023 Awards for three outstanding papers presented (Best Paper, President's Award, and Best Poster). Exciting prizes to be won, so here is encouraging all potential authors to put your best foot forward and compete amongst the best from the industry.

Winners at CIMAC Congress 2023, Busan: 
Best Paper Award - Luc Mattheeuws, Anglo Belgian Corporation NV

President's Award - Daniel Chatterjee, Rolls-Royce Power Systems

Best Poster Award - Menghao Ma, Tianjin University

How it works - Submission of Abstracts


We welcome abstract proposals to the proposed topics until Sunday, June 30th, 2024. The abstracts (150 to 500 words) shall outline the major content of the final paper and incorporate new research and findings not previously published. The Congress Technical Program Committee will review all abstracts to assess their suitability for acceptance to the Congress 2025 Technical Program and a presentation at the event.

Abstracts shall answer the following questions:

  1. What is the problem you address?

  2. What method(s) do you use?

  3. What data do you use?

  4. Which (intermediary) findings will you discuss?

For Pecha Kucha Presentations we also kindly ask you to submit an abstract. Pecha Kucha presentations will not require creating a paper.

Special poster sessions will be offered. In case authors are explicitly interested in presenting a poster, this can be indicated during the submission of your abstract proposal.

Upon acceptance to the Congress Technical Program, the instructions for writing a Paper will be sent to all accepted authors. These instructions describe in detail the procedure of writing your paper and its layout with a template, submission of your paper in the Electronic Paper System (EPS), communication with the reviewers, the review process as well as rules regarding publication.

After receiving your acceptance, full-length papers for presentations and posters shall be submitted . Pecha Kucha Presentations are also handled via the EPS system, but do not require creating a paper.

Electronic Paper System (EPS)

The abstract proposals are to be submitted electronically via the ‘Electronic Paper System’ (EPS). Registration to the EPS is open from April 2nd to June 30th 2024, please proceed to do so by clicking on ‘Submit Abstract’ below or by using the following link to the EPS - https://eps.cimaccongress.org.

The abstract usually is around 1/2 of a  DinA4 page long. Papers are usually around 15 pages long using a Word-Ttemplate from CIMAC. The full paper needs to be submitted until Jan 15th, 2025. 

A manual for the Abstract Phase has been published in the EPS for efficient use of the system.

For any questions or clarifications regarding the 'Call for Papers', please write in to us at cfp@cimac.com

We look forward to receiving your abstract proposals and hope to see you at the 31st CIMAC World Congress 2025 in Zürich, Switzerland. 

Note for academic researchers:
We will be able to offer a DOI for papers if required. We are working on a solution for Scopus indexing, but do not have a final solution yet.





Marc Schinke

Project Manager - Technical
Phone: +49 69 6603 1149
cfp@cimac.com

(For Congress Technical Program Topics)

Hatice Altintas

Project Manager
Phone: +49 69 6603 1143
Hatice Altintas@vdma.org

(For Congress Organizational Topics)