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International Conference on Machine Design 2023

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Welcome to the web site of the 2nd International Conference on Machine Design (MD2023).


The MD2023 will take place in Porto, Portugal, 7-8 September, 2023. The conference venue is the campus of the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto (FEUP), which offers excellent facilities for high quality scientific interactions. FEUP is located in the town of Porto in the Northern region of Portugal. Porto is a beautiful and lively city, steeped in history and rich in great experiences. With its magnificent location by the Atlantic coast, Porto is the city of the world famous Port Wine and the River Douro.

The conference is chaired by António M. Lopes and co-chaired by Lucas F. M. da Silva and Carlos M. da Silva (Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Portugal).


Machine design involves the conception, design and development of machines. It requires the knowledge of basic sciences and multiple engineering topics, such as physics, mathematics, mechanical drawing, mechanics, machine theory, materials, metallurgy, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, manufacturing processes, computation, sensors, actuators, mechatronics, automation and control.

As the industry evolves and becomes more demanding, it is worth focusing on the new directions and the most promising achievements in machine design, able to develop machines that meet the industry requirements.

The conference is an opportunity for researchers and scientists in the area of machine design to present their most recent results, to discuss together new solutions, and to establish new contacts and find out common interests for further cooperation. The conference will focus on original and new research results on machine design. Contributions addressing novel theoretical issues, as well as specific applications, are welcome. The topics include, but are not limited to:

  • design theory and methodology

  • design of machine elements

  • design of mechanisms

  • design optimization

  • design management

  • CAD/CAM/CAE technology for design

  • sustainability and renewable energy in design

  • reliability of mechanical systems in design

  • expert systems in design

  • theoretical and experimental analyses in design engineering

  • kinematics and dynamics of mechanisms and machines

  • nonlinear phenomena in mechanisms, machines and mechanical systems

  • rapid prototyping

  • modelling and Simulation

  • experimental testing techniques

  • intelligent sensors

  • micro electro - mechanical systems (MEMS)

  • electric, hydraulic and pneumatic systems

  • automation, robotic systems, CNC machines, mechatronics

  • micromachines

  • automatic and intelligent control systems

  • machine learning algorithms

  • human-machine interfaces, haptic systems

  • digital twins

  • internet of things

Deadline for Submission of Abstracts:

8 May 2023


Notification of Acceptance to Authors:

31 May 2023


Submission of Full Length Papers (not compulsory to submit a paper):

8 September 2023



Abstract template

Abstracts should be sent electronically to António M. Lopes at Please, indicate in the email if you want oral or poster presentation.




To register for the Conference, please fill in the electronic registration form. Each participant, including authors, is expected to pay the corresponding registration fee.


REGISTRATION FEE:             Until 31 May 2023                From 31 May 2023


Regular delegate                           550 EUR                                    650 EUR

Student (MSc or PhD)                    450 EUR                                    550 EUR

Online participation                       300 EUR                                    400 EUR


The conference fee includes MD2023 proceedings with the accepted abstracts, lunches, conference dinner, coffee-breaks and reception first day.


Cancellation Policy

In case of cancellation, a written notification should be sent to the conference chairman. If it is received prior to April 29th, 2023, registration fees will be refunded with a deduction of €75. No refund can be made after April 30th, 2023.


Payment of Conference Fee

Payments are accepted by bank transfer or credit card.







Ms. Lurdes Catalino


Tel.: +351 222 043 573

Fax.: +351 222 043 693

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António M. Lopes
Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto, Portugal


Lucas F. M. da Silva
Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto, Portugal


Carlos M. da Silva
Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto, Portugal



International Scientific Committee


A. Fuentes-Aznar, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York, USA​

Ahmed Shabana, The University of Illinois at Chicago, USA

Caishan Liu, Peking University, Beijing, China

Corina Sandu, Virginia Tech, VA, USA

Dan Negrut, University of Wisconsin-Madison, WI, USA

Domenico Mundo, University of Calabria, Rende, Italy

Eduardo Marques, INEGI Portugal

Eurico Seabra, University of Minho, Portugal

Francisco Silva, Polytechnic Institute of Porto, Portugal

Gordon Pennock, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA

Hamid Lankarani, National Institute for Aviation Research, Wichita State University, USA

Ignacio González-Pérez, Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena, Cartagena, Spain

J.B. Jonker, University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands

Janusz Fraczek, Warsaw University of Technology, Warsaw, Poland

Javier Cuadrado, Universidade da Coruna, Ferrol, Spain

Jinyang Xu, School of Mechanical Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China

João Pombo, University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, UK

John McPhee, University of Waterloo, Canada

Jörg Wallaschek, Leibniz University Hanover, Hannover, Germany

Jorge Ferreira, University of Aveiro, Portugal

Jorge Seabra, University of Porto, Portugal

Kai Cheng, Brunel University London, UK

M.R.Mitchell, Mechanics & Materials Consulting, Flagstaff, AZ, USA

Parviz Nikravesh, University of Arizona, Tucson, USA

Raul Campilho, Polytechnic Institute of Porto, Portugal

Raffaele Di Gregorio, University of Ferrara, Ferrara, Italy

Ricardo Carbas, INEGI, Portugal

Sandipan Bandyopadhyay, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai, India

Siyu Gao, School of Mechatronics Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, China

Stijn Derammelaere, University of Antwerp, Belgium 

Zbynek Sika, Czech Technical University, Prague, Czech Republic


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Conference proceedings with the accepted abstracts will be available (ISBN).

Full papers should be sent to the e-mail before the 8th of September 2023.

The text should be in single column format and double line spacing.

Full papers will be considered for publication in:


Special issues of the journals (TO BE UPDATED):

Regular issues of the journal:



Book series:


  • Proceedings in Engineering Mechanics - Research, Technology and Education (SPRINGER)

All full papers submitted to journals will go through another round of reviews, according to the journals' criteria.



The poster size must be maximun A0 (841 mm x 1189 mm) in portrait. The text and illustrations shoukld be readable from a distance of 2 meters. Tacks and tecnichal equipment for the hanging od posters will be available. Please check the conference final program for the poster board number assigned to you. Your poster should be displayed as a per the number in the program.

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Conference venue

Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto (FEUP)
Rua Dr. Roberto Frias, 4200-465 Porto, Portugal
If you are arriving by subway (Metro), you should exit at IPO station (walking distance to FEUP).
Note that when travelling from Sá Carneiro airport and from the main train station (Campanhã), there is a SUBWAY/METRO connection, with transboarding in Trindade (Trindade Station) to the IPO station. Information on Metro.

FEUP is located in Portugal, on the northern edge of the city of Porto, near the Circunvalação ring road (EN12) and next to Hospital de São João.

Coordinates: 41.1780, -8.5980 (41o 10’ 40.8’’ N, 8o 35’ 52.8’’ W)


Please consult the list of hotels with special rates. To benefit from this, please access the registration area using online facilities

 For further information about travel and hotels, please contact:


Ms. Lurdes Catalino


Tel.: +351 222 043 573

Fax.: +351 222 043 693




The best oral and the best poster presentation will be awarded with a certificate and a free registration for the 3rd International Conference on Machine Design 2025 (MD2025)​