Research Line C
Collaborative Networks and Distributed Industrial Systems (CoDIS)

The CoDIS group aims to continue its activities combining fundamental research - understanding (principles and models) - and applied research (methods, tools, and technologies) in the area of collaborative networks (CN) and distributed architectures and systems applied to industry and services.

This objective includes addressing:
Questions related to the theoretical foundation for CNs:

  • TQ1: What are the base principles and mechanisms of collaboration? Namely focusing on current challenges:
    • Which models best capture behavioral patterns in CNs?
    • How to model the interplay among multiple evolving networks?
    • Can we elaborate more formal models for an area that although promising, since in its infancy, still has a quite ad-hoc nature?
  • TQ2: What is a proper performance assessment model for CNs?
  • TQ3: Which approach to CN can improve the agility and ease the re-configurability in industrial systems?

Questions related to the applied research in CNs:

  • AQ1: Which system architecture for tool-independent technological ICT infrastructures for CNs, namely when considering the interwoven of the physical and cyber worlds?
  • AQ2: Which are adequate ecosystem-support infrastructure development approaches and corresponding management functionalities?
  • AQ3: How to reduce risks in collaborative networks? Being this a critical challenge, it is likely to support PhD thesis on different aspects, e.g. managing collective emotions in CNs, supporting more effective partners' selection and negotiation during consortia formation, etc.
  • AQ4: Which pilot demonstrations provide good representatives for creating scientific and industrial impact in this area? Continuing the ongoing research activities and the acquired funding, initial pilot developments are foreseen in the areas of ICT and Ageing / Ambient Assisted Living, Service-enhanced products in solar energy plants, and transportation logistics.

At a more strategic level, and considering the role already played by the group in the international community of CNs, the following objectives are pursued:

  • Re-enforcing our activity and leadership role in the area, namely through communities such as SOCOLNET, IFIP WG5.5, and IEEE Technical Committees on CSCWD, for which a stronger emphasis on the scientific / theoretical foundation of CNs is needed.
  • Re-enforcing our international network of contacts in order to be successful in acquiring HORIZON 2020 funding. A stronger collaboration with other groups of CTS, namely through the proposed project, is an important part of this strategy.
  • Increase our visibility in IEEE, namely in the Industrial Electronics and Systems, Man and Cybernetics societies.
  • Pursue a pro-active strategy to attract more foreign PhD students.
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