Fernandes, Ana Cristina;
Pires, António Ramos;
Welcome to the 2nd International Conference on Quality Engineering and Management!
After the successful organization of the 1st International Conference on Quality Engineering and Management in 2014, it is our pleasure to welcome you to the conference 2nd edition at the University of Minho, again in the historic city of Guimarães, Portugal. This event combines two areas that are not usually brought together: Quality Engineering and Quality Management. We hope that the results of our effort will translate into a successful venture, making gradually of this conference an important scientific event in the field of Quality. As was our aim, since the beginning, the conference covers different topics related to Quality Management and Quality Engineering, including Standards, Continuous Improvement, Supply Chain Quality Management, Management Systems, Six Sigma, Quality Tools, Quality Managementin Higher Education, Quality Management in Services and Total Quality Management.
In this 2nd edition the balance between Quality Management papers and Quality Engineering ones is more clear, thus accomplishing one of the fundamental goals of this conference. Approximately 120 papers have been submitted and almost 85 were accepted for presentation, after review from the Conference Scientific Committee. Additionally, some of these papers were selected by the Scientific Committee to be considered for a special issue that will be published by the International Journal of Quality and Reliability Management (SCOPUS indexed journal). Papers accepted correspond to authors from all around the world, with more than 20 countries represented at this level. Therefore, a warm acknowledgment to all speakers and authors is well deserved – Thank You! The success of this second edition derives from their efforts and participation!
We would like to thank all of our four keynote speakers, who will be with us during the two days of the event: Eric Rebentisch, Jiju Antony, Lars Sorqvist and Marco Reis. We have here the chance to listen to their contributions and new research development insights, coming from some of the most influent current Quality Academicians. Many thanks also to all the excellent work carried out by the Scientific Committee during the papers selection process. We must acknowledge as well the institutional support received from the School of Engineering of the University of Minho, University of Coimbra, University of Girona, International University of Catalunya, Portuguese Association for Quality, Algoritmi Research Centre, Luso-American Foundation, American Society for Quality, Portuguese Institute for Quality, Brazilian Association of Production Engineering, Brazilian Society of Quality and Excellence in Management, Quality for Excellence Consultancy, BQualidade, Target and Cempalavras.
Again, let’s take advantage of this great opportunity and make with your contributions an event with Quality, shared and built by such a top level group of participants!
Enjoy your conference! Thank you all!
University of Minho, July 14, 2016.