20th IEEE International Conference on
Emerging Technologies and
Factory Automation

September 8-11, 2015, Luxembourg


SS08 Collaborative Automation Components and Systems

Special Session Organizers:

Valeriy Vyatkin, Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland
Jerker Delsing, Luleå University of Technology, Sweden
Arash Mousavi, Luleå University of Technology, Sweden
Cheng Pang, Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland

Aim: Modern automation systems are highly software and communication intensive but suffer from insufficient extensibility and flexibility: it is difficult to extend functionalities or enable intelligent control for those systems due to proprietarity of ICT solutions and their layered hierarchical organisation. Future automation systems should be able to collaborate with other counterparts in a peer to peer way and reconfigure themselves automatically. The emerging concepts of the Internet of Things and Service-oriented Architecture promise breakthrough in achieving interoperability and flexibility of devices and systems, so that future automation systems will be capable of seamless reconfiguration without disrupting operations, being also more efficient in productivity and energy consumption.

Topics: This special session will be focusing on (but not limited to) the following topics:

  • New concepts, trends and approaches for interoperability between automation components and systems;
  • Applications of collaborative automation in manufacturing systems, process control, building automation, large datacenters, energy and smart grid and wireless sensor networks.
  • Advanced techniques for verification and validation of collaborative automation systems, including simulation in the loop, model-checking and automated testing;
  • Software design support and architecture for intelligent automation systems (object-oriented, component-based design, service-oriented architecture, etc.);
  • Self-discovery, self-organisation and self-reconfiguration (cognitive and multi-agent systems, knowledge engineering);
  • Standardisation of software architectures and communication protocols for interoperability, portability and configurability;

The program of the special session can be found here.

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