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Special Session Proposals

Special Sessions are events incorporating non-traditional material or methods. Examples of special session include the following:

  • Industrial Sessions are organized by industrial sponsors to draw the attention of the AIM community to topics of industrial relevance and concern. Industrial sessions may also serve as a mechanism for student outreach and recruitment. Industrial sessions are scheduled outside of the normal conference technical tracks, often as a lunchtime or early evening activity. One-day registration is available to encourage conference attendance by industry participants.
  • Frontier Research Forums facilitate the formation of future research areas through presentation and exploration of a grand challenge theme.
  • Education Forums address challenges and issues in mechatronics systems education, including the effective use of new educational technologies and inter-university collaborations and alliances.


Special sessions are a source of great creative energy, and organization of special sessions is highly encouraged. They are up to 2 hours in length and held outside the standard program events, usually during lunch or evening hours. Special session presentations are not accompanied by peer-reviewed papers. Prospective organizers of special sessions should contact Tutorial & Workshops Chair as early as possible.

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