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About the Workshop

It is our pleasure to invite you to participate in the SOHOMA’15 Workshop on Service Orientation in Holonic and Multi-Agent Manufacturing, organized by the University of Cambridge (Institute for Manufacturing) 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 the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society Technical Committee on Industrial Agents .

The main objective of the SOHOMA’15 Workshop is to foster innovation in sustainable manufacturing and in this context to promote concepts, methods and solutions addressing trends in the service orientation of agent-based control technologies with distributed intelligence and the integration with enterprise management.

The Workshop's Theme

The theme of the SOHOMA’15 Workshop is “Emerging ICT concepts and solutions for intelligent, safe and sustainable products, services and processes”.

Markets are currently imposing very strong requirements, demanding customized high-quality products with shorter delivery times and shorter lifecycles, forcing companies to adapt their processes by help of flexible, safe 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 and sustainability and long-term performances of their processes, services, products and logistics systems.

In this context, the technological evolution in ICT enabled researchers to develop new emerging concepts that were not even conceivable in the past. They are based on the interaction of a multitude of various, interconnected and even decision-capable smart objects (belonging to the industrial and/or logistic systems), embedded or distant, cyber-physical or purely digital. These “bottom-up” approaches may lead to emerging behaviour that must be controlled and integrated with existing, more “top-down” approaches, being most of the time centralized or hierarchy-based management systems. These emerging ICT concepts may also generate new challenging issues but powerful solutions to problems unsolved by classical approaches. This CFP is intended to put the focus on these challenges and solutions and especially, on the way emerging “bottom-up” behaviours are integrated with “top-down” approaches in an efficient and effective way to constitute a kind of hybrid control system useful to meet the industrial needs.

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 Enterprise Architectures (SOEA) for customer relationship management, supply chain management and 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'15 international workshop, which is the fifth one in the series of SOHOMA scientific events, is to shed light on multiple issues associated with intelligent products, services and processes, distribution of intelligence in production control and integration of business and technical processes at enterprise level through agent orientation, virtualization and service-oriented technologies.

The workshop also analyses how Multi-agent Systems (MAS) and Holonic Manufacturing Execution Systems (HMES) contribute together to safe and sustainable manufacturing. MAS represent the main technology used to set up and maintain an efficient resource service model at shop floor level. This model, updated whenever disturbances occur and used in real-time by the holonic manufacturing control system, may solve myopia in resource allocation for optimized production costs and energy consumption. 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.

Intelligent Information Technologies will be for sure proposed in a number of SOHOMA’15 papers. They will bring into discussion the state-of-the-art and progress for smart, safe and sustainable manufacturing value chain by pursuing a set of research priorities along the following research and innovation lines:

  • Dynamic and Green Infrastructure: Creation of intelligent control infrastructures that are agile, secure, and dynamically reconfigurable, optimizing resource usage for energy and space efficiency (adaptive and smart manufacturing systems)
  • New Intelligence and Smart Work: Efficient data fusion using big data and 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 specific orientation of this 5th SOHOMA edition towards complexity. The first challenge is handling Big Data for the Contextual Enterprise: 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). The third challenge is considering resource virtualization manufacturing integration framework to establish a comprehensive, Internet-scale platform for networked management and production that will encapsulate the right abstractions to link effectively and scalable the various stakeholders (product firms, manufacturing plants, material and component providers, technology providers, key services) to enable the emergence of a feasible and sustainable Internet economy for industrial production.

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 2015 Workshop will cover the following topics:

  • Intelligent, customer-oriented logistics
  • Intelligent Manufacturing Systems
  • Modelling of Discrete Event Systems in Manufacturing
  • Multi-Agent Systems
  • Distributed Intelligence and Product Driven Automation
  • Holonic Manufacturing Execution Systems
  • Intelligent Products: concepts, architecture, implementation, use cases
  • Internet of Things / ambient intelligence in Manufacturing Value Chain
  • Swarm Intelligence in Manufacturing
  • Industrial Internet and Digital Manufacturing
  • 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
  • Predictive resource maintenance
  • Virtual Factory, Supply Chains and Logistics
  • Manufacturing Integration Framework and MSB 2.0
  • Cloud Manufacturing
  • Computing and Service Oriented Manufacturing
  • Servitization and Product-Service Systems (PSS)
  • Multi-robot systems in manufacturing
  • Bio-Inspired Theories for Smart Manufacturing and Evolutionary Robotics
  • Intelligent systems and Industry 4.0

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'15 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, SOHOMA’13 and SOHOMA'14 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)

Service Orientation in Holonic and Multi Agent Manufacturing
Series: Studies in Computational Intelligence, Vol. 594, 2015
Borangiu, Theodor; Thomas, Andre; Trentesaux, Damien (Eds.)
ISBN: 978-3-319-15158-8 (Print) 978-3-319-15159-5 (Online)

Presented Papers


  • Petra Kasmanova (UK)
  • Tel: +44/ (0)1223 764306
    Fax: +44/ (0)1223 464217

  • Iulia Voinescu (Romania)
  • Tel: +40/ (0)21 402 93 14
    Fax: +40/ (0)21 317 09 12


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