Call for Papers : Scientific Base for Enterprise Interoperability Workshop in iESA 2010

Workshop Description

Interoperability is recognized as a high-impact productivity factor both within the private and the public sector, affecting the overall quality, yield time and cost of transactions, design and manufacturing operations or digital public services. Up to now, the principal tools for targeting the above challenges appear as the various standards that try to govern information systems development and operation. Such standards are usually linked with specific market sectors, application areas or technology trends, thus having a limited time span, a static nature and quite often different interpretations by technology vendors.From the State of the art, open research questions of interest for the establishment of Enterprise Interoperability as a science are:
  • Why is there so much effort wasted in the development of dedicated technical solutions for interoperability problems ?
  • How can we predict and guarantee the long-term knowledge and behavior of interoperability in engineering systems ?
  • Why do certain interoperability problems appear to be very complex at first, but are actually not complex at all once we find a dedicated solution for them ?
  • How can these solution be generalized and formalized ?
    Is complexity in engineering any different from complexity in natural science or social science ?
  • How do we reduce complexity in systems interoperability?

The workshop aims to address the issues of scientific formalisation of Enterprise Interoperability, as a multidisciplinary research domain. Following on the works of European Commission Enterprise Interoperabilty Task Force (EITF) and relevant work by INTEROP-Vlab, the workshop aims at capitalising recent developments in the domain and set the agenda for further coordinated research activities in the enterprise interoperability community.

The main topics of the workshop include:

  • Basic research and foundational principles on interoperability
  • Formal methods to describe interoperability problems and solutions
  • State of the art in scientific methods for interoperability
  • Populations of formal descriptions, generalization of approaches for enterprise interoperability
  • Scientific methods for interoperability in specific sectors and vertical domains
  • Impact assessment, simulation methods and tools
  • Proposals academic curricula on interoperability
  • Proposals on marketing of the scientific offerings for enterprise interoperability

Workshop chairs and organizers

Yannis Charalabidis
National Technical University of Athens – Greek Interoperability Centre, Greece
Phone number:+30 210 7723555
Ricardo Goncalves, UNINOVA, Portugal
Keith Popplewell, Coventry University, UK

Submission Process
Full papers may be submitted, via e-mail, to the workshop co-chairs. Papers will be peer-reviewed using a double-blind review system and published in the post conference proceedings book. Formatting rules should be according to those described in the conference portal.

Extended versions of selected papers presented in the workshop will be submitted to a special issue for a recognised WoS IF international journal.

Key Dates
• Full Papers Due: March 1, 2010
• Notification of Acceptance: March 8, 2010
• Camera Ready Copy Due: After the workshop