Workshop topics for Service-Oriented Computing and Agent-Based Engineering
The upcoming Workshop on Service-Oriented Computing and Agent-Based Engineering (SOCABE'2005) lists the following possible topics:
- Architectures and infrastructure for distributed agent- or service-oriented frameworks;
- Agent-based modelling and design techniques in service oriented system development;
- Multi-agent techniques to describing, organizing, and discovering services;
- Process modelling and planning for service/agent composition, orchestration and coordination;
- Security support for agents and services, and agent-based approaches to service security;
- Intelligent matchmaking, service brokering and service level agreement negotiation;
- Services and the Semantic Web, including initiatives such as OWL-S;
- Deployment, packaging, and distribution of services and software agents;
- Agent-based quality of service management;
- Intelligent services and service agents;
- Agent and service interoperability and integration
- Functional and non-functional aspects of agents and services;
- Agent-based service business models and applications (e.g. in e-Business, e-Science, Enterprise, Telecom etc.)
Service-Oriented Computing (SOC) is a newly emerging paradigm for distributed computing and e-business processing that utilizes services as fundamental elements to enable building agile networks of collaborating business applications distributed within and across organizational boundaries. Services are self-contained, platform-independent computational elements that can be described, published, discovered, orchestrated and deployed for the purpose of developing distributed applications across networks, including the Internet. Service-based approaches include Web services, Semantic Web services, and Grid services.
While a service need not fulfill all characteristics of a strong definition of agency, the SOC approach to building complex software systems bears many similarities to the development of agent-based systems. In particular, large systems are assembled from distributed heterogeneous software components providing specialized services and communicating using agreed-upon protocols. Similarly to certain multi-agent engineering paradigms, the design process of such systems focuses on the declarative characterization of the agents' capabilities and on a message-based paradigm of interoperation. Also similarly to multi-agent systems, management of the service provision processes is dynamic and distributed, and takes into account the requirements both at the individual services and system levels of the composed application. It also needs to be adaptive in response to the changing requirements, services and exceptions in the dynamic Web and Grid environments.
The area of Service Oriented Computing offers much of real interest to the Multi Agent System community, including similarities in system architectures and provision processes, powerful tools, and the focus on issues such as quality of service, security and reliability. Similarly, techniques developed in the MAS research community promise to have a strong impact on this fast growing technology.
The SOCABE workshop is being held at the Fourth International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents & Multi-Agent Systems (AAMAS'2005), 25 - 29 July 2005, Utrecht , The Netherlands.
A list of the currently accepted papers for the workshop can be found on the workshop web page.