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About the Workshop

It is our pleasure to invite you to participate in the SOHOMA’14 Workshop on Service Orientation in Holonic and Multi-Agent Manufacturing, organized by the University of Lorraine in collaboration with University Politehnica of Bucharest (the CIMR Research Centre in Computer Integrated Manufacturing) and University of Valenciennes and Hainaut-Cambrésis (the TEMPO Research Lab).

The main objective of the SOHOMA’14 Workshop, organized in conjunction with the International Conference on Modelling, Optimization, and SIMulation MOSIM’14 is to foster innovation in sustainable manufacturing and in this context to promote concepts, methods and frameworks addressing trends in the service orientation of control technology and management applied to manufacturing enterprises.

The Workshop's Theme

The theme of the SOHOMA’14 Workshop is “Intelligent Information Technologies for sustainable, service-oriented manufacturing value chain”.

Service orientation of technology and management applied to enterprise have gained attention in the past years, promising a way to create the basis for enterprise agility so that companies can deliver new, more flexible business processes that harness the value of service approach from a customer's perspective. Service-oriented approaches are used nowadays for developing applications and software-as-a-service that can be sourced as virtual hardware resources, including on-demand computing, interoperability across enterprise platforms and dynamic choreography of technologic and business processes.

Service-oriented Enterprise Architectures (SOEA) for the production business management and manufacturing shop floor engineering, planning, control and maintenance are not limited to just Web services, or technology and technical infrastructure either. Instead, they reflect a new way of thinking about processes that reinforce the value of commoditization, reuse, semantics and information, and create business value in a sustainable way.

The purpose of the SOHOMA'14 international workshop, which is the fourth one in the series of SOHOMA scientific events, is to shed light on multiple issues associated with service-oriented technologies, integration frames and distribution of intelligence in manufacturing enterprises with robotized processes, for sustainable and agile production considering the complete lifecycle of products.

The workshop also analyses how Multi-agent Systems (MAS) and Holonic Manufacturing Execution Systems (HMES) contribute together to global sustainable manufacturing by help of service orientation. SOA represents the basis for describing service access models of resources in distributed manufacturing control for batch planning, scheduling and operations control. MAS represent the main technology used to set up and maintain such a service model at shop floor level. This model, judiciously defined and used in real-time by the (holonic) manufacturing control system, may solve myopia in resource allocation from the point of view of both production cost and energy efficiency, thus contributing to sustainable manufacturing. On the other hand, HMES use detailed information about resource behaviour, performances and service capabilities to optimize production globally (at batch level) or locally.

Efficient HMES switch between the hierarchical control mode - to provide optimality and the heterarchical control mode - to provide agility and fault-tolerance, triggered by a diversity of changes: (i) resource status or performance change (failure / recovery); (ii) local / central storage depletion; (iii) occurrence of rush orders; (iv) exceeding the allocated power ratio. Manufacturing sustainability will be addressed in the workshop with respect to: fault-tolerance to disturbances; energy efficiency at shop floor level; balancing resource usage; robot services; makespan / cost efficiency; vision-based quality control of products.

This SOHOMA 2014 Workshop also aims at gathering scientific contributions to service orientation in robotics, reflected in human-robot interaction techniques and swarm intelligence technologies and solutions. Applications of robot services are sought for stationary and mobile robot platforms integrated in manufacturing, as well as for outdoor multi-wheeled or multi-legged autonomous robots. Intelligent information technologies used in the development of robot services include collaborative technologies in multi-arm robotic tasks, multiagent robot teams and semi-heterarchical topologies, bio-inspired organization and strategies for holonic motion control and evolutionary robotics. Swarm intelligence in robotics for manufacturing and services addresses papers dealing with emergent collective intelligence, self-organization (stigmergy) and self-adaptation (genetic algorithms, evolutionary strategies and genetic programming) in robot control. Agent-Oriented robot coordination and integration in Holonic Manufacturing Execution are important topics of the Workshop.

Intelligent Information Technologies will be for sure proposed in a number of SOHOMA’14 papers. They will bring into discussion the state-of-the-art and progress for sustainable manufacturing by pursuing a set of research priorities along the following research and innovation lines:

  • Dynamic and Green Infrastructure: Creation of intelligent control infrastructures that reduce costs, are dynamic and secure, and optimize the resource usage for energy and space efficiency (adaptive and smart manufacturing systems)
  • New Intelligence and Smart Work: Efficient data fusion using context-sensitive information processing tools; adapting legacy plant equipment into reconfigurable resource teams in order to increase productivity and agility to business processes changes
  • Industrial Internet and Virtual Factory: Novel management of interconnected supply chains across manufacturing sites, with material flow instrumenting, “intelligent product” technologies, logistics across the product life cycle including field operations

There is also a certain orientation of this 4th SOHOMA edition towards complexity. The first challenge is handling Big Data: to continue achieving high levels of productivity growth, manufacturers will need to leverage large datasets to drive efficiency across the extended enterprise and to design and market higher-quality products. The second challenge includes coping with the heterogeneous nature of industrial systems and their on-line interactive nature in combination with competitive pressures (e.g. off-line plans are known to become invalid within minutes after arriving on the factory floor). Therefore, researchers are looking into matching technologies, which are capable of answering these challenges. Holonic systems are, actually by definition, targeting such challenges. Agent technologies focus on interactive and decentralized aspects. In particular, research developments aim to deliver open systems and system components, as well as infrastructure and infrastructural components rather than closed systems. This open nature implies that developments will not solve industrial problem on their own but rather contribute while avoiding the unnecessary constraining of an overall solution. This creates novel challenges concerning the assessment and validation of such innovative contributions. Hence, there are welcomed, contributions in on-line simulation and benchmarks, accounting for the unpredictable and turbulent industrial contexts.

Workshop Topics

The papers presented at the SOHOMA 2014 Workshop will cover the following topics:

  • Intelligent Manufacturing Systems
  • Holonic Manufacturing Execution Systems
  • Intelligent Product in Supply Chains and Manufacturing
  • Web Services and Wireless Automation for Manufacturing
  • Swarm Intelligence in Robotics and Manufacturing
  • Industrial Internet and Digital Manufacturing
  • Distributed Intelligence and Product Driven Automation
  • Service Robots and Natural-like Human-Robot Interaction
  • Service Oriented Enterprise Architectures
  • Distributed and Multi-Agent Systems for Manufacturing
  • Modelling of Discrete Event Systems in Manufacturing
  • Bio-Inspired Theories for Smart Manufacturing and Evolutionary Robotics
  • Dynamic and Green Infrastructure for Sustainable Manufacturing
  • Operational Research Applications in CAD/CAM/CAE
  • Monitoring, Diagnosis and Maintenance in Manufacturing Systems
  • Advanced Production Planning and Scheduling
  • Supply Chains and Virtual Factory
  • Multi-robot Systems in manufacturing
  • Manufacturing Integration Framework and MSB 2.0
  • Cloud Manufacturing
  • Servitization and Product-Service Extensions

Round Table

A Round Table will be held during the conference, allowing the research groups from different institution to establish future collaboration plans in the perspective of bilateral and European projects.

Publication of Workshop Papers

All papers accepted for presentation will be published in the Preprints Volume (hard copy with ISBN) and will be distributed to the participants at the conference time.

All papers duly presented at the Workshop will be included in the SOHOMA'14 post conference Proceedings publication in special issues of: Springer series "Studies in Computational Intelligence", Journal of Intelligent Manufacturing (Springer) and Computers in Industry (Elsevier).

The Proceedings volumes of SOHOMA’11, SOHOMA’12 and SOHOMA’13 events, published in special issues of the Springer Book series “Studies in Computational Intelligence” have been included in Scopus and in the DBLP Computer Science Bibliography (University of Trier, Germany).

Service Orientation in Holonic and Multi Agent Manufacturing Control
Series: Studies in Computational Intelligence, Vol. 402, 2012
Borangiu, Theodor; Thomas, Andre; Trentesaux, Damien (Eds.)
ISBN: 978-3-642-27448-0 (Print) 978-3-642-27449-7 (Online)

Service Orientation in Holonic and Multi Agent Manufacturing and Robotics
Series: Studies in Computational Intelligence, Vol. 472, 2013
Borangiu, Theodor; Thomas, Andre; Trentesaux, Damien (Eds.)
ISBN: 978-3-642-35851-7 (Print) 978-3-642-35852-4 (Online)

Service Orientation in Holonic and Multi Agent Manufacturing and Robotics
Series: Studies in Computational Intelligence, Vol. 544, 2014
Borangiu, Theodor; Thomas, Andre; Trentesaux, Damien (Eds.)
ISBN: 978-3-319-04734-8 (Print) 978-3-319-04735-5 (Online)



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Related Events

  • MOSIM’14 Modélisation, Optimisation et Simulation: de l’économie linéaire à l’économie circulaire
  • Sohoma’14 is held in conjunction with the International Conference MOSIM’14 (www.mosim2014.org)

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