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Submissions are now CLOSED

  Important Dates

Abstract Submission Deadline: Feb 21
Abstract Notification: Mar 26
Speaker Registration Deadline: Sept 20
Final Presentation Submitted: Oct 1

The Symposium Planning Team invites you to submit an abstract for presentation at the 2024 IIOM International Symposium: Driving obsolescence resiliency with robust product designs, mindful sustainment practices, and stronger supply chain relationships. The general rules for submitting abstracts are listed here.

You may submit your abstract as an oral or poster presentation. Please click on the track topics listed below to thoroughly review the requirements of each track, and determine which track the abstract best fits.Abstract submissions will not be accepted outside of the submission link. Submitted abstracts will be rated based on clarity, value added to the IIOM Symposium, and how well the topic fits within the symposium program. Abstracts should be public releasable and contain no proprietary information.

Upon acceptance of your presentation, you will be requested to submit final presentation materials to ARCTOS in electronic format (PowerPoint preferred method) no later than October 1, 2024. Minor revisions submitted after that date will be considered but may not be included in the Symposium materials. This will facilitate the preparation of Symposium proceedings. Once you receive an acceptance letter you will be provided with additional instructions for your presentation preparation and additional information for speakers. Please make sure you read and understand the rules before submission.

Abstract Session Topics

Do not attempt to Submit Abstract - CLOSEDs through any other means. Abstracts should be public-releasable and contain no proprietary information. Please note that the symposium planning team may determine that an abstract or panel/training proposal best fits in a session or workshop other that what was originally selected by the author. Government, industry, and academia are encouraged to participate. Be sure to Submit Abstract - CLOSEDs within the appropriate session that most fits your topic using the links on this page. Abstracts should be 250-400 words in length.

Listed below are the sessions topics for more detailed information.

  • Proactive Obsolescence Management and DMSMS Case Studies

    This session focuses on real-world application and implementation of proactive obsolescence management.

    • Case studies showing innovative approaches to obsolescence management

    • Success stories in performing obsolescence management earlier in the life cycle

    • Sustainment success case studies

    • Innovative approaches to delivering obsolescence solutions that prevent reactive re-designs

    • Innovative case studies from non-Defense and Aerospace sectors

  • Advances in IEC 62402 Implementation

    This session focuses on innovative advances of implementing the IEC 62402 standard using novel processes.

    • Incorporating machine learning into obsolescence management activities

    • Integration of hardware and software obsolescence dependencies in analysis and resolution decision making

    • Controlling software Bills of Material (SBOM) to enable resilient designs

    • Advances in metrics tracking and reporting

    • Forecasting obsolescence using predictive analysis for all types of items (not just electrical)

    • Obsolescence monitoring and treatment as a component of life cycle cost

  • Partnerships

    This session focuses on building and sustaining partnerships with suppliers and clients/customers to reduce the impacts from obsolescence and material shortages.

    • Best practices establishing partnerships through mutual understanding and agreements

    • Relationship success stories

    • Novel improvements in contracted obsolescence management

    • Supply chain resilience planning, illumination, and execution

    • Supply chain risk management methods and applications to obsolescence management

  • Obsolescence Resilient Designs and Parts/Material Management

    This session focuses on incorporating life cycle impacts and part/material management to create a more robust obsolescence resilient design.

    • Consideration of life cycle impacts in designs, product selections, and resolutions

    • Designing a system for successful obsolescence management

    • Legislation restricting material use, and its impact on sustainability

    • Restricted material compliance and obsolescence management

    • Parts and materials management review boards

    • Synergy of systems engineering and parts and materials management

  • Business Case Studies

    This session focuses on incorporating life cycle cost and impact analysis within our obsolescence management decision making and how do we better justify the need for proactive obsolescence management.

    • Obsolescence management as a strategy of business development

    • Case studies where obsolescence was not managed, and the consequences

    • Business case analysis (BCA) justification and return on investment (ROI) calculations for technology refresh

    • Life Cycle Cost calculations incorporating obsolescence management resolutions

    • Impact calculations to schedule and reputation for justifying proactive obsolescence management

General Rules

IIOM seeks to promote and ensure a high standard of presentations. Therefore, you are gently requested to follow the following recommendations for the preparation of your abstracts. As you are addressing the community of obsolescence experts, there is no need to include any definition of very general concepts such as obsolescence, DMSMS, obsolescence management, etc.

  Please ensure that you are approved to participate in the symposium (approved for travel and registration costs) before submitting an abstract

  Abstracts should include a concise description of the content, conclusions, and significance of the proposed presentation. If the author has presented similar information at previous conferences, then the abstract should clearly state what new results or information will be presented.

  Please limit the abstract to approximately 250-400 words and do not include the abstract title, authors, or any other information other than the abstract in the area labeled "Abstract" on the online submission form.

Presentation Selection

Submitted abstracts will be rated based on clarity, value added to the symposium, and how well the topic fits within the themes of the symposium.
Please try to address the following points in your abstract to provide the evaluators a better idea of what you will present:


a. What problem does this work attempt to solve, to explain, to show, etc.

b. What is the scope of the project and the main arguments?

Reason for Writing

a. What is the importance of this work/our solution/our project/etc.?

b. Why would an attendee be interested?

Implications, Conclusions, and Perspectives

a. How does this work add to the body of knowledge on Obsolescence management?

b. Main findings, practical/theoretical applications, and implications for future research.

If your abstract is selected for presentation at IIOM Symposium 2024, you will be requested to submit presentation materials to ARCTOS in electronic format no later than October 1, 2024. Upon acceptance of your abstract, specific instructions for technical preparation will be provided. PLEASE NOTE: Only one author can be identified as the presenter and make the presentation.

Requirements if Your Presentation is Selected

  • 50-100 word biography
  • Presentation received by Due Date
  • Presentation for loading onto session computers
  • Each presenter must not exceed 22 minutes (allowing time for Q&A).
  • Some presentations may be selected to be featured presentations with an extended presentation timeslot not to exceed 32 minutes (allowing time for Q&A). You will have the opportunity to accept or decline the featured presentation timeslot
  • Presentations that are accepted must participate at the time scheduled by the Symposium Committee.
  • If your abstract is selected and you accept, you will be considered as an attending participant to the symposium and will be required to pay the presenter registration. Please make note of this when submitting your abstract.

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