12th-13th May 2016- Workshop Technology Forecasting PDF Stampa E-mail

18th workshop of the International Institute of Forecasters: Forecasting New Products and Services - Research and Applications.


DATE: 12th-13th May 2016

LOCATION: Politecnico di Milano, Department of Mechanichal Engineering, Bovisa, Milano

Workshop Leaflet.

Workshop Program.

Authorized presentations of Invited Speakers and authors. (last update: 27th May 2016).

Summary Report (last update 8th June 2016).
We advise also the workshop summary in the following webpage of the Lancaster University website link.

Photogallery. (last update: 27th May 2016).

In collaboration with the International Institute of Forecasters-IIF Politecnico di Milano will organize a workshop on “Forecasting New Products and Services: Research and Applications.”
The workshop is intended to stimulate forecasting research in the area of New Products and Services Forecasting and selected papers will be reviewed for publication in the International Journal of Forecasting.

The call for papers intends to collect contributions discussing academic research aimed at developing and improving forecasting techniques, as well as practitioners’ strategies to tackle this issue. Selected papers will be suggested for publication in the International Journal of Forecasting (IJF). The scientific committee will make the selection based on the quality of the contributions.

Preferred targets for the Workshop are directors of R&D, Marketing and Technical areas (but not limited), entrepreneurs, managers, executives, decision makers and anyone involved in the strategic planning and medium-term definition of products, processes and services in the company.

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Politecnico di Milano – Department of Mechanichal Engineering
Via La Masa 1, 20156 - Bovisa, Milan
Tel. (+39) 02 2399 8463

Detailed information concerning how to reach Bovisa Politecnico and convenient hotels to the Workshop site (link)

General information:

  • How to reach Politecnico di Milano - Department of Mechanichal Engineering (link).
  • Tourist information (link).
  • Accomodations (link).
INVITED SPEAKERS (last update: 17th March 2016)
Marco Cantamessa – Politecnico di Torino – I3P, Turin, Italy
Robert Fildes - Lancaster University Management School  – UK
Paul Goodwin
– University of Bath, School of Management – UK
Emanuele Giovannetti
– Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge Campus, UK
Peter Hingley - European Patent Office, Germany
Marco Mattiuzzi
– Consultant, former innovation leader at Merck Serono and Bracco – Italy
Nigel Meade – Imperial College Business School, London, UK
Larry Vanston - Technology Futures, Inc. Austin, Texas - USA

Additional speakers to be announced soon.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Methods and models for forecasting new product/service requirements
  • Scientific techniques and industrial practices to disclose latent needs
  • Dynamics of customer preferences
  • Anticipatory identification of other stakeholders influential on the innovation diffusion process
  • Management of uncertainties related to future customer requirements
  • Forecasting-based decision-making in industrial settings
  • Successful forecasting strategies to guide innovation initiatives
  • Effect of social and environmental forces in shaping new product/service development
  • Potential technology evolution and technology-pushed product/service innovation
  • Leveraging creativity to anticipate future products/services
  • Fostering vision to guide long-term innovations
  • Prediction of product success in the early design phases

In addition to presentations by invitation, we welcome submissions from academics and practitioners for contributed talks and poster presentations. For submissions click here.

  • 25 March 2016: Extended abstract (500 words) submission deadline
  • 1 April 2016: Notification of abstract acceptance/rejection
  • 3 June 2016: Submission of full papers for journal publication consideration

Scientific Committee:

James Alleman, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, USA
Niccolò Becattini, Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy
Yuri Borgianni, Free University of Bolzano|Bozen, Italy
Marco Cantamessa, Politecnico di Torino – I3P, Italy
Gaetano Cascini, Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy
Robert Fildes, Lancaster Centre for Forecasting, Lancaster, UK
Mohsen Hamoudia, Orange, Paris, France
Gary Madden, Curtin University, Perth, Australia
Nigel Meade, Imperial College Business School, London, UK


- Students: free (Proof required).

- Early registration: within 8th April 2016,

  • 100€ single quote;
  • 300€ corporate quote (Corporate quotes allow participation of two or more attendees from the same affiliation, without
    limit of numer);

- Late registration: after 8th April 2016,

  • 150€ single quote;
  • 450€ corporate quote (Corporate quotes allow participation of two or more attendees from the same affiliation, without
    limit of numer);

Cited quotes are VAT included.
Payment methods: Bank Transfer and Paypal.

BANKERS: Banca Prossima Spa; Branch: Milano Piazza Ferrari 10;
BANK ACCOUNT HOLDER: Fondazione Politecnico di Milano;
IBAN CODE: IT68 E033 5901 6001 0000 0000 879

When transferring funds please ensure your banker quotes details of payment, e.g. 'Company Name/Individual name - 18thIIF
registration fee
'. Please, send a digital copy of the bank transfer to filippo.silipigni[AT]fondazione.polimi.it

Fee includes: registration, proceedings, coffee breaks and two lunches.
Conference dinner will be held on 12 May 2016 at 8:00 pm.
Conference dinner participation is excluded from the registration fee.
More information and registration will be posted soon.

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