2008 Systemics and Informatics World Network (SIWN 2008)

Glasgow, UK, 22-24 July 2008



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** Congratulations! Mr Holger Kasinger has been awarded the Best Student Paper Award of the 2008 SIWN Congress, for his paper entitled "Digital Semiochemical Coordination" (Authors: Holger Kasinger, Jörg Denzinger and Bernhard Bauer). **


Keynote Talks

Towards an Ubiquitous Pragmatic Web, Dr. Adrian Paschke

Implementing intelligent sensor networks for monitoring outdoor spaces, Prof Ian W Marshall

Self-organization and organizational models for holonic multi-agent systems, Prof Sebastian Rodriguez

Abstractions and Models for Developing Distributed and Grid Computing Applications, Prof José C. Cunha

Panel Discussion

Theme: What are the real complexity challenges that distributed systems are facing?


Keynote #1

Title: Towards an Ubiquitous Pragmatic Web

Session Chair: Hans Czap


Invited Speaker:

Dr. Adrian Paschke

Director RuleML Inc., Fredericton, New Bruinswick, Canada


Biotec Center, Tatzberg 47-51, Bioinformatics

Artificial Intelligence Institute, Faculty of Computer Science

Technical University Dresden, Germany



The modern IT infrastructure is rapidly evolving to provide an ambient, ubiquitous, pervasive computing environment where electronic facilities, services, computing power, and information will be everywhere and will be interconnected by a diverse array of networks, from ad-hoc local networks to the global Internet of Services & Things. This will lead to a fundamental change in the way in which information and communication technology applications are developed and used. Instead of building monolithic local IT systems, applications will be assembled to complex enterprise service networks and collaborative agent systems in a flexible way, distributed over the various heterogeneous local and global networks, and will be executed in large highly interconnect and arbitrary complex processes. This has already led to a great variety of new paradigms, e.g. ambient, ubiquitous, pervasive computing and IT technology trends such as complex event processing (CEP), service-oriented computing (SOC) and on-demand computing (autonomic, utility, grid computing). And, we have seen very promising advances in these fields in recent years in many application domains. Ultimately, this new technologies might lead to a ubiquitous Pragmatic Web where information consumers are provided with intelligent computational agents to transform existing information on the Web into relevant information of practical consequences. This talk describes several emerging technology trends and derives future challenges for a future Ubiquitous Pragmatic Web 4.0 of highly interconnected services, things and intelligent agents.


Speaker’s Bio

Dr. Adrian Paschke is director of RuleML Inc. and research officer at the Biotec Innovation Center of Excellence at the Technical University Dresden. He received his PhD in Information Systems at the Technical University Munich (TUM) with a thesis on Rule Based Service Level Agreements. His academic carrier has let him to the Ludwig Maximilian University Munich, the Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen/Nuernberg, the Technical University Munich, the National Research Council in Canada, and recently to the Biotec Centre in Dresden. Adrian was involved in multiple industrial software development und business engineering projects. He has led several knowledge engineering projects in the areas of distributed heterogeneous information systems, distributed Semantic Web applications, agent technologies, supply chain management and monitoring, IT service management, service-oriented computing, as well as rule-based systems and complex event processing. He is steering-committee chair of the RuleML Initiative, Co-Chair of the Reaction RuleML technical group, founding member of the Event Processing Technology Society (EPTS), voting member of OMG, research member of W3C RIF TG and W3C HLCS IG, project leader of several open-source projects such as RBSLA, Rule Responder, Prova, and involved in several international and EU projects such as the EU Network of Excellence Rewerse, or the EU STREP Sealife.


Keynote #2

Title: Implementing intelligent sensor networks for monitoring outdoor spaces

Session Chair: Hong Tang


Invited Speaker:

Prof Ian W Marshall

Director, Centre for Environmental Informatics

Lancaster Environment Centre

Lancaster University


LA1 4YQ, United Kingdom

01524 510273



Abstract: There has recently been widespread interest in sensor networks and their applications.  This has resulted in a considerable body of work simulating network protocols, and a smaller body of work adressing embedded intelligence, network management and real-world deployment.  The group at Lancaster has focused on real world experimentation to test approaches to real world self-management behaviours in sensor networks for environmental monitoring. The talk will describe the needs of environmental monitoring for embedded intelligence in smart sensors, and the pros and cons of a range of possible approaches.  The needs, risks and benefits will be illustrated using the experience gained from a series of sensor network technology trials in marine, urban and upland contexts undertaken by the group.  A brief summary of current activity will be presented together with a view of future possibilities.


Speaker’s Bio:

Ian is Professor and Director of Environmental Informatics in the Environment Centre at Lancaster University where his research focuses on new technologies for environmental monitoring, geo-hazard management and industrial asset condition monitoring. Currently he is leading the EPSRC WINES project PROSEN <http://www.prosen.org.uk/>  (applying intelligent sensor networks to wind farm management), and is a PI in the DIAS <http://www.dcs.gla.ac.uk/dias>  (systems engineering for environmental sensor networks), NEPTUNE <http://www.neptune.ac.uk/>  (sustainable management of water distribution systems) and TRAMSNOD <http://gow.epsrc.ac.uk/ViewGrant.aspx?GrantRef=EP/D053544/1>  (sensor network traffic) projects. He is also a funded participant in the ARC network ISSNIP <http://www.ee.unimelb.edu.au/ISSNIP/> .


He was Technical Director of the DTI funded Envisense <http://www.envisense.org/>  research centre (pervasive technology for natural environments) and, within Envisense, leader of the SECOAS <http://www.lec.lancs.ac.uk/cei/secoas/secoas.htm>  project, which deployed an intelligent sensor network at the Scroby Sands wind farm site off the Norfolk coast. Between 2001 and 2003 he was a Royal Society Industry Fellow at University College London where he led research on self-organising sensor networks using nature inspired decentralised control algorithms, now being further developed in the current projects.


Previously he worked for BT where he led the Eurescom funded project CASPIAN and the FP5 project ANDROID. He was also a PI for the FP4 project COIAS and the ESPRIT project HIPPARCH. Between 1994 and 2002 he led the BT funded Alpine and MMN projects involving 6 major UK universities and UTS in Sydney. All of these projects focused on automated adaptation and management issues. He is the author of over one hundred papers and 17 patents in these areas. He served as a member of council at the Institute of Physics and is a fellow of several institutes. He currently serves on several institute committees and advisory panels, on EPSRC, DTI and European research panels, and on numerous programme committees.


Keynote #3

Title: Self-organization and organizational models for holonic multi-agent systems

Session Chair: Minjie Zhang


Invited Speaker:

Prof Sebastian Rodriguez

System and Transport Laboratory

University of Technology of Belfort-Montbéliard

90010 Belfort cedex, France



Advanced Technologies Research Center of Tucumán

Universidad Tecnológica Nacional

Facultad Regional Tucumán

Rivadavia 1050 - San Miguel de Tucumán

4000 - Tucumán - Argentina



Abstract: Complex systems are often characterized by networks of numerous interactive entities. They are called complex because of the complexity of their exhibited behaviors. These behaviors are the result of the non-linear aggregation of the local behaviors of theirs components. Multi-Agents Systems have become a natural tool for modeling, simulating and programming complex systems. Indeed, Multi-Agents Systems are composed of autonomous, reactive, proactive and interacting entities called agents engaged in the realization of a joint goal. Both types of systems are notably studied by their organization dynamics and by the emergence of organizational structures. However, in Complex Systems we usually find a great number of entities in interaction, acting at different levels of abstraction


Software agents and multi-agents systems (MAS) are recognized as both abstractions and effective technologies for modeling and building complex distributed applications. The current practice of MAS design tends to be limited to individual agents and small face to face groups of agents that operate in closed systems. However, MAS aim large scale systems operating in open environments. Moreover, agents are expected to organize and cooperate in order to fulfill system's goals. It seems improbable that a rigid unscalable organization could handle real world problems that often exhibit most of complex systems characteristics.


Analysis and modeling techniques able to represent several levels of abstraction and computation models that are capable to self-organize and adapt to environmental adversities are needed to overcome this issue. Among the possible solutions, Holonic Multi-Agent Systems (HMAS) seem to be a promising paradigm. HMAS are based upon self-similar entities, called holons, which define an organizational structure called holarchy. HMAS have shown to be a convenient way to engineer complex and open systems in any application domains.


In this talk, after a brief introduction to the history of HMAS, we will compare HMAS with existing MAS practice. We will then present an organizational modeling framework for HMAS and discuss some self-organizing mechanisms using this framework. Finally, some interesting areas for future research will be presented.


Speaker's Bio:

Sebastian Rodriguez is a Full Professor of the Department of Computer Science, National Technology University (NTU), Argentina. He is also the founder and director of the Advanced Technology Research Center of Tucumán, Argentina, and an associate researcher of the Systems and Transportation Laboratory at the University of Technology of Belfort-Montbéliard (UTBM), France. He received a Computer Engineer degree for the National University of Tucumán, Argentina, a M.S. degree in computer science from the University of Franche-Comté and a Ph.D. degree in computer science of the UTBM. He is a consultant and visiting scientist for several high-tech companies. His research interests include distributed systems, multi-agent systems, holonic MAS, complex systems and meta-models and methodologies for MAS.


Keynote #4

Title: Abstractions and Models for Developing Distributed and Grid Computing Applications

Session Chair: Ingo Timm


Invited Speaker:

Prof José C. Cunha

CITI Centre / Dept. Informatics

Fac. Science and Technology

Univ. Nova de Lisboa




Abstract: Parallel and distributed computing systems and applications exhibit increasing levels of interaction among components, new forms of dynamic behavior, due to changes in interaction and behavior, mobility, and increasing scale in system and application components. In the first part of the talk, we present a global overview of programming abstractions and models for the organisation and cooperation paradigms that are required to handle distribution and parallelism, scale, dynamism, and mobility. Illustrations of the above are presented in the remaining of the talk. In the second part, we focus on  abstractions based on design patterns and pattern operators for dynamic composition of Grid applications, and for separating structural and behavioural properties. And how these can be integrated into workflow-based environments. In the third part, we discuss group programming abstractions, and how group models can ease the handling of interaction and coordination in small, medium, or large scale organisations. And how they can be viewed as units of system or application composition to help building and managing complex and dynamic organisations.


Speaker’s Bio:

José C. Cunha Full Professor of Computer Science, and Chair of Computational Systems and Architectures, Department of Informatics, Fac. Science and Technology, Univ. Nova de Lisboa. Director of the CITI Centre for Informatics and IT (2001-2007), and Coordinator of the Parallel and Distributed Processing Group. Graduated in Electrical Engineering from IST-Techn. Univ. of Lisbon, and in Informatics Engineering from Univ. Nova de Lisboa. Ph.D. in Computer Science, and Habilitation in Computer Science, Univ. Nova de Lisboa.


Teaching and Research interests: Computer Architecture, Operating Systems, Parallel and Distributed Computing: Models, Tools and Environments, Problem-Solving Environments, Cluster and Grid Computing Systems. He has a regular activity of publications in international journals, books and conferences. He has recently co-edited the book Grid Computing: Software Environments and Tools, Springer-Verlag (2006).


He has been regularly involved as advisor, coordinator, and participant in national and international projects in Parallel and Distributed Processing. He is in the editorial board of several international journals, and is member of the steering committee of the Euro-Par conference series. He has a regular activity as organiser, chair and program committee member in international conferences and workshops on parallel and distributed computing. He was chair of Euro-Par 2005: the 11th International Conference on Parallel and Distributed Computing, and co-chair of ACM ITiCSE 2005 Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education.


More information: http://asc.di.fct.unl.pt/~jcc


Panel Discussion

Theme: What are the real complexity challenges that distributed systems are facing?

Session Moderator: Prof Minjie Zhang, University of Wollongong, Australia

Panelists: (TBC)

Prof Giuliano Armano, University of Cagliari, Italy

Prof Hans Czap, Universität Trier, Germany

Prof Ian Marshall, Lancaster University, UK

Prof Sebastian Rodriguez, University of Technology of Belfort-Montbéliard, France; Universidad Tecnológica Nacional, Argentina

Prof Ingo Timm, Universität Frankfurt am Main, Germany


Topics for discussion (but not limited to):

(1) Pre-eminent complexity characteristics of future distributed systems

- Distributing / decentralisation of autonomous systems (e.g., agents) à origins for system-of-systems architecture, emergence, micro-macro influence, structural uncertainty

- Emergence, swarming, self-organisation, dynamics, openness

(2) Examples of future complex distributed systems

- Large-scale distributed pervasive embedded systems

- Environmental systems with closed loops from sensor networks to monitoring and decision support

- Large-scale future generation (4G) / autonomic communication/Internet systems

- Biological cellular networks

(3) Potential solutions

- To engineer emergence, swarming, self-organisation

- Multi-scale multi-agent based modelling and simulation

- Service-oriented software architectures