The Fourth Industrial Engineering and Management Conference IEM4-2018, 7th-8th December 2018

Faculty of Engineering, The University of the West Indies, St Augustine Campus,

Trinidad and Tobago, West Indies


Conference Theme:

Striving for Performance Excellence with Quality Management and IEM practices

In today’s dynamic world, a fundamental principle for leading and operating an organisation is striving for continuous performance improvement over the long term and focusing on customers while addressing the needs of all stakeholders. The bottom line of continuous performance improvement is results-oriented:  increased productivity, efficiency, customer satisfaction, and performance. These principles constitute the core of Industrial Engineering and Management (IEM) that can bring strengths and opportunities to organisations of diverse nature.

The conference provides a forum for academics, researchers and practitioners to exchange ideas and to facilitate a region-wide awareness of IEM competence and the use of various IEM concepts, models and tools that support companies and organisations to become more successful in the emerging CARICOM context. IEM4-2018 invites papers for presentation, and suggested topics of interests fall into two groups of 1) Traditional Industrial Engineering areas and 2) with Quality Management (QM) focus. These include but are not limited to:

  • Applications of Total Quality Tools and Techniques
  • Challenges of Quality Management Practices in Developing Countries
  • Continuous Improvement, Re-engineering and Bench-marking
  • Employee Empowerment and Team Building
  • Ethics for Quality Managers and Practitioners
  • Hoshin Planning and Quality Function Deployment
  • Integrating Quality Management with Knowledge Management
  • International Standards and Quality Management Practices
  • Managing Quality in SMEs vs Large Organisations
  • Quality Management Decision Making and Creativity
  • Quality Culture and Leadership
  • Quality Management Projects Involving Industry Interaction/Collaboration
  • Quality Management Systems and Approaches
  • Risk Management and Quality
  • Six Sigma Quality, Taguchi and Lean
  • Statistical Process Control
  • Team Dynamic, Conflict and Communication
  • Value Analysis, Engineering and Management


Abstract/Paper Submissions and Schedule

Abstracts and papers of originality and relevance to the theme are invited. Extended abstracts (not more than 300 words) and full papers in English should be sent via e-mail <> (Attn: Prof. K.F. Pun). Each submission will be reviewed for technical merit and content. Papers accepted for presentation will appear in the Conference Proceedings provided at least one author registers for the conference. Proposals for special sessions, tutorials or workshops are also welcome. The maximum length for each accepted paper in the Proceedings is of 8 single-spaced pages. A selection of good papers would be recommended for a fast track publication subject to review in The West Indian Journal of Engineering (ISSN 0511-5728) and The Journal of Professional Engineers of Trinidad and Tobago (ISSN 1000 7924).

Important Dates:

  • Submission of Abstract:                                 15 October 2018 (Final Extension)
  • Notification/Acceptance of Abstracts:         August – October 2018
  • Submission of Full Papers:                            5 November 2018
  • Final Decision/Notification:                          19 November 2018
  • Dates of the Conference:                                7th-8th December 2018

Conference Organiser:

Industrial Engineering Office, Department of Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, The University of West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago, West Indies.

Co-organisers and Sponsors:

Society of Caribbean Industrial Engineers (SCIE), American Society for Quality (ASQ)-LMCtt, TEMS and EdS Chapters, IEEE T&T Section, IET Local Network, APETT, BOETT, CCEO and MMERC

For Conference Enquiries and Registration:
Prof. Kit Fai Pun and Dr. Cilla T. Pemberton, c/o Faculty of Engineering,
UWI, St Augustine Campus, Trinidad and Tobago