Distributed Collaboration using Multi-Agent System Architectures (DiCoMas)

There is an undeniable trend towards collaborative business processes involving different business units. One prototypical example in the domain of logistics is supply chain management. Another example is collaborative health care institutions. Privacy and security issues are typically involved in such distributed collaborative systems.

Whereas many initiatives (both in industry and research) aim at enabling communicating business applications, this project targets the development of distributed collaborative applications. The long-term goal of this project is to establish a knowledge platform on distributed collaboration in Flanders; the concrete objective of the project is to provide a reusable software architecture that supports the development of applications for automated collaboration between business processes.

To achieve this goal, we acknowledge three related research tracks: (1) collaboration modelling, (2) middleware, and (3) issues of trust, security and
privacy.

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