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The Fourth International Symposium on Automated Composites Manufacturing

The objective of this ACM4 is to provide a forum for presentation and discussion on the latest development in automated composites.

April 25-26, 2019, Montreal, Canada


The first three International Symposia on Automated Composites Manufacturing were held in Montreal in April 2013, 2015 and 2017. These events were very successful for the composite manufacturing community with participation from many hundreds people from many countries.  The symposia addressed hot topics  in the area of advanced composites manufacturing using automated technologies. They brought together both academia and industrial practitioners and aimed to bridge the gap between academic research and industrial applications. 

At the request of many, and following the trend toward increased use of automated manufacturing of composite structures, the Fourth International Symposium on Automated Composites Manufacturing (ACM4) is being organized to be held in Montreal April 25-26, 2019.       

Objective and topics

The objective of this ACM4 is to provide a forum for presentation and discussion on the latest development in automated composites. The topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Automated manufacturing of thermoset and thermoplastic composite structures
  • Automated dry fiber placement
  • Automated manufacturing of composite structures with complex shape
  • Thermo stamping
  • 4D printing of composite structures
  • Fiber steering and variable stiffness composite structures
  • Advances in materials and equipment suited for automation
  • Process development and optimization
  • Mechanical performance of fiber placed composite structures
  • Quality assurance
  • Virtual manufacturing environments
  • A number of specialists with extensive experience in the field will be invited to present lectures.

Preliminary list of keynote speakers

A number of specialists with extensive experience in the field will be invited to present lectures
Blaise Bergmann

Spirit AeroSystems, Inc.,

Topics: AFP and the Next 10 Year Shift

Jelle Bloemhof

AIRBUS Operations GmbH

Topics: Automated industrial system evolution in composite manufacturing technologies and the need for tomorrow

Giuseppe dell’Anno

National Composites Center

Topics:  Accelerating the implementation of automated composites manufacturing capabilities through concurrent engineering principles

Call for papers

Prospective authors are invited to submit an abstract of 250 - 300 words in English with the corresponding author's email on or before September 30, 2018 to . Abstract will be reviewed and notice of accepted abstracts will be sent by email before October 30, 2018.

Publication of accepted abstracts

Accepted abstracts will be orally presented during the symposium and will be published in the symposium proceedings. 

Publication of full length papers

Destech Publications has agreed to publish hard copy proceedings for papers presented at the workshop. Full length papers (from 6 to 8 pages) of accepted papers should be submitted by January 15, 2019.


Please reserve the room before the cut-off date, all charges are in Canadian dollar:

1. Hotel Bonaventure Montreal

Address: 900 de La Gauchetiere West, Montreal.
Room rate: 239$ per night standard plus taxes
Cut-off date: March 22th 2019
Reservation by call: 514-878-2332, or click online reservation link

2.  Hotel Travelodge Montreal Centre

Address: 50 Boul. Rene-Levesque Ouest, Montreal
Room rate: 99$ per night standard plus taxes, include breakfast
Cut-off date: 15 days before the event
Reservation by: Tel: 514-874-9090 x1, or 1-800-363-6535 x1, or by email; Need to specify the name of the event at the moment of the reservation


For accepted abstract, at least one co-author must register by March 22, 2019 to secure the presentation in the symposium. For a person that appears as co-author of several papers,  that person can make the multiple presentations, as long as each corresponding paper is registered and paid for. In the case where that person is a student, the student registration applies only to one paper, and the other paper(s) needs to be registered as a regular registration.

Registration fees for author and non-author, are list below:  

Early registration: before January 31, 2019:

Full (include lunch, coffee, and banquet): CAD$400
Student (include lunch, coffee, no banquet): CAD$150
Banquet: CAD$100

Regular registration: on/after February 1, 2019:

Full (include lunch, coffee, and banquet): CAD$450
Student (include lunch, coffee, no banquet): CAD$200
Banquet: CAD$100

* Student registration needs to provide proof of student by email copy of proof to .
* Cancellation: before March 1, 2019: handling fee of CAD100 applies;
After March 1, 2019: no refund.

Additional Notes:

- If you require an invitation letter for Visa application, please send an email to to request a letter.
- Questions or problems with registration? Please contact: and use Registration as the subject header.

Important dates

Abstract submission deadline:

September 30, 2018
October 15, 2018

Notice of acceptance deadline:

October 30, 2018

Preliminary program:

December 15, 2018

Full length paper submission:

January 15, 2019
January 31, 2019

Early registration deadline:

January 31, 2019


Organizing committee

Suong V. Hoa, Concordia University, Canada, General chair
Farjad Shadmehri, Concordia University, Technical program chair
Tsz Chen Kwok, Concordia University
Heng Wang, Concordia University

Advisory committee

Mehdi Hojjati, Concordia University, Canada
Wen-feng Xie, Concordia University, Canada
Jihua Chen, National Research Council of Canada
Ali Yousefpour, National Research Council of Canada
Larry Lessard, McGill University , Canada
Sayata Ghose, The Boeing company, USA
Dave Hauber, Automated Dynamics, USA
Kevin Potter, University of Bristol, UK
K. Chauncey Wu, NASA Langley Research Center, USA
Ralph Schledjewski, University of Unileoben, Austria
Arnt Offringa, GKN Fokker Aerostructures, the Netherlands
Sonell Shroff, TU Delft, Netherlands
Pierre Beaulieu, Bell Flight Canada
Jean-Evrard Brunel, Bombardier Aerospace.
Axel Von Hehl, Leibniz Institute for Materials Engineering- IWT University of Bremen, Germany 
Louis Laberge Lebel, Ecole Polytechnique Montreal, Canada
Claude Baril, Stelia Aerospace, Canada

Liability and insurance

The Organizers accept no liability for any personal injury, loss or damage of property or additional expenses incurred to the participants, either during the conference or as result of delays, strikes, or any other circumstances. Participants requested to make their own arrangements with respect to health and travel insurance.



Following the link to view and download all photos taken at the symposium:



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