It is our pleasure to invite you to participate in the SOHOMA’17 Workshop on Service Orientation in Holonic and Multi-Agent Manufacturing, organized by the LS2N - University of Nantes in collaboration with University Politehnica of Bucharest (the CIMR Research Centre in Computer Integrated Manufacturing and Robotics), University of Valenciennes and Hainaut-Cambrésis (the LAMIH Laboratory of Industrial and Human Automation Control, Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science) and University of Lorraine (the CRAN Research Centre in Automation of Nancy). SOHOMA has the scientific support from GdR-MACS and the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society Technical Committee on Industrial Agents.
The main objective of the SOHOMA’17 Workshop is to foster innovation in smart and sustainable manufacturing and logistics systems and in this context to promote concepts, methods and solutions addressing trends in service orientation of agent-based control technologies with distributed intelligence.
The theme of the SOHOMA’17 Workshop is “Emerging ICT for intelligent and sustainable manufacturing and logistics systems”.
Markets are currently demanding customized high-quality products with shorter delivery times and shorter lifecycles, forcing companies to adapt their processes by help of flexible and reconfigurable production plants and supply chains. This leads to the challenge of designing systems that exhibit better re-configurability, agility, robustness, resilience and responsiveness while ensuring at the same time maintainability, sustainability and long-term performances of their processes, services, resources, products and logistics systems.
Technological evolutions in ICT have enabled researchers to develop new concepts that were inconceivable in the past. They are based on the interaction of a multitude of various, instrumented, interconnected and even decision-capable smart objects (generated within the industrial systems), embedded or distant, agentified or purely digital. Developing solutions via these “bottom-up” approaches may lead to emerging behaviour that must be integrated with existing “top-down” approaches, the latter being most of the time centralized or hierarchy-based management systems.
Similarly, 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.
This 7th edition of the SOHOMA workshop will focus on these challenges and solutions. It will examine the way emerging “bottom-up” behaviours are integrated with “top-down” approaches in an efficient and effective way to constitute hybrid control systems useful to meet industrial needs. It will also foster innovation in sustainable manufacturing and promote concepts, methods, solutions addressing trends in the service orientation of agent-based control technologies with distributed intelligence and the integration with enterprise management.
The scientific event will draw on research developed in the last years in the scientific community SOHOMA as well as from other sources. The main research lines are:
The application space for these types of development is very broad. This edition of SOHOMA will address all aspects of industrial systems management including – for example – applications such as:
The implementing space for these application classes includes the new digital transformation frameworks and technologies, as the one advocated by “Industrie 4.0” or “Industry of the future” concepts. Digitalization relates to the attention paid on the interaction between the physical and informational worlds through data and knowledge management as well as virtualization of products, processes and resources managed as services.
Examples are not limited to these areas. Papers discussing new application areas and the resulting new developments at the interface of information technology and automation are especially welcome. All contributions must indicate alignment with the Workshop’s theme.
The papers presented at the SOHOMA 2017 Workshop will cover the following topics:
All papers accepted for presentation will be included in an electronic Preprints volume (on e-key) and distributed to the participants at the conference time, together with a book of abstracts.
All papers duly presented at the Workshop will be included in the SOHOMA'17 post conference Proceedings published in Springer. Selected papers will be proposed for publication in journals.
The Proceedings volumes of SOHOMA’11-SOHOMA’15 previous events, published in special issues of the Springer Book series “Studies in Computational Intelligence” have been included in Web of Science, Scopus, ISI Proceedings and the DBLP Computer Science Bibliography (University of Trier, Germany).