STSM WG3 (Alex Carmine Olivieri)

Start Date: 2012-02-27

End Date: 2012-03-15

Host Institution: U of Applied Science Western Switzerland

Host Country: Switzerland

Home Institution: U Bolonia

Home Country: Italy


In the context of Multi-agent Systems (MAS), coordination models and languages based on syntactic mechanisms pose serious limitations on the interoperability that is required in open and dynamic applications (e.g. pervasive applications). Such systems often deal with heterogenous elements designed by different parties, thus often rely on different knowledge representations of conceptually equivalent concepts.
To overcome these limitations, we aim to use a coordination environment where information is exchanged using semantic tuples in a black-board-like system called TuCSoN. We aim at extending TuCSoN with a semantic component to enable heterogenous elements to exchange knowledge and coordinate with one another without prior knowledge of their names, spacial location, temporal existence or their specific vocabulary. Additional features will be created in TuCSoN by exploiting the Description Logics and its reasoning abilities to enable inference of new knowledge.
This work will be applied to a document exchange scenario where different e-health environments are involved. In these environments, the heterogeneity of the data is a major challenge. We plan to use to semantic TuCSoN to coordinate the discovery and exchange of documents that are generated in the different e-health systems.

The work can be decomposed in the following activities:
1.analyse the existing literature and technologies regarding semantic approaches for coordination; and develop a framework for semantic coordination based on the tuple centre coordination model;
3.experiment and validate the framework developed on the specific case of eHealth in the Swiss community, following the standards adopted in this particular field.

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