Federated Collaborative Networks

Running Research Initiatives


[FP7 / Project No. 285273, 2011-2014]

Collaborating with a network of eight research and industry partners. The project aims at designing, developing, and deploying a virtual organization environment for networks of SMEs, involved in highly customized and service-enhanced product specification and co-development, e.g. supporting the solar energy industry. GLONET’s virtual organization will support end-to-end collaboration with customers, as well as co-creation among regional and remote suppliers. Development of the planned support environment of GlONET adopts a cloud-based approach (applying the CAS OPEN’s cloud-based PaaS and SaaS offerings) so its supporting services dynamically upgrade without influencing the nodes and stakeholders in the environment.


[IFIP TC5, since July 2000]

The focus of COVE project is to assess research results and practices in virtual enterprises and electronic business, leading to the design of a comprehensive reference model, the cooperation infrastructures, and innovative prospects for further collaborative developments.

Completed Research Initiatives


[FP7 / project No. 2484852, 2010-2012]

Collaborating within a network of nine research and academic partners, focused on bridging research in ageing and ICT development. The project aims at development of a consolidated “roadmap” to characterize the key research challenges and to produce a vision for a comprehensive approach in supporting the integration of increasing number of senior professionals in Europe. The technological perspective of the vision for these Virtual Communities (VCs) of elderly professionals will identify the needed R&D in related areas such as the soft computing, affective computing, machine learning, and collaborative networks.


[FP7 / ESFRI – 211372, February 2008 – January 2011]

LifeWatch aims at providing the necessary preparation and foundation through a research roadmap addressing the needed infrastructure for global biodiversity.


[FP7 – 215289, February 2008 – January 2010]

ePAL aims at developing the strategic research roadmap focused on inducing the needed multi-disciplinary infrastructure, mechanisms,
and tools towards a balanced active life for retiring and retired professionals.


[FP6 IP 506958, April 2004 – June 2008]

ECOLEAD aims at creating the necessary strong foundations and mechanisms for establishing an advanced collaborative and network-based industry society in Europe.


[IST 2001-00618, January 2003 – January 2006]

ENBI aims to manage an open network of relevant Biodiversity centers in Europe by bringing together the existing European expertise in biodiversity information and biodiversity informatics.


[IST 2001-32031, Dec 2001 – May 2004]

The aim of VOSTER is to collect, analyse and synthesize the results from a number of leading European research projects on Virtual Organisation (VO), i.e. geographically distributed, functionally and culturally diverse, dynamic and agile organisational entities linked through ICT.


[IST 2001-38379, 2002 – 2003]

VOmap aims to generate a road-map for a multi-disciplinary RTD, e.g. to identify and characterize the key research areas of challenge, required constituency, and implementation models, to be able to develop systems supporting emerging dynamic collaborative networks of organizations.


[IST 2000-27607, May 2001 – Apr 2004]

Project TeleCARE aims to design and develop a framework for tele-supervision following a federated multi-agent approach, including both stationary and mobile agents, and applied to assist elderly people.


[IST 2000-29478, Jul 2001 – Dec 2003]

THINKcreative aims at establishing a working group to act as a European advisory group in the area of smart and emerging organizations in the framework of the “knowledge and skills economy”.


[INCO-DC, project No. 962219, Oct 1997 – Dec 2000]

Research in the area of federated information management for multi-agent systems supporting the agile manufacturing and production scheduling through virtual enterprises.


[ESPRIT IV, project No. 22.647, 1996 – 1999]

Co-working and information sharing infrastructure to support the production planning and management in extended/virtual enterprises.


[Dutch/NWO, October 2001 – December 2003]

The Bio-molecular Informatics BMI-Flexwork project primarily aims at establishing a flexible distributed and Grid-based data integration framework supporting the increased complexity of biological experimentation.


[ESPRIT IV, project No. 22.186, 1996 – 1998]

Federated information system to support the information exchange among nodes involved in distributed control and management of water distribution networks.


[Basic research UvA, 1990 – 1997]

PEER is a federated object-oriented information management system, designed and implemented at the University of Amsterdam, developed to support the sharing and exchange of information among cooperating autonomous and heterogeneous nodes.


[ESPRIT basic research, ECLA 004:76102, 1993 – 1996]

Research in the area of distributed/inter-operable information systems for CIM (Computer Integrated Manufacturing) under the CIMIS.net project, collaborating within a network with five other international academic, and research and development centers.


[ESPRIT, project No. P2256, 1990 – 1993]

Design and development of a federated object-oriented information management system for the ARCHON project, building a framework for cooperation and information sharing in a network of loosely-coupled semi-autonomous systems.


[ESPRIT, project No. 2202, 1990 – 1992]

Design and development of an information system for the CIM-PLATO project to support the coexistence of diverse CIM tools and their exchange of information.


[ESPRIT V, project No. 13015, 2000 – 2002]

Integration of fragmented tourism information systems and their IT-based services into a federation of distributed resources that are presented through a single infrastructure to end users and other service provider enterprises.


[Dutch HPCN project, 1996 – 1998]

Graphic data and service brokerage among autonomous providers and users using heterogeneous platforms.


[Basic research UvA, 1998 – 2002]

The ARCHIPEL project aims to study and analyze the interoperation and collaboration requirements of scientific and complex application domains within the Virtual Laboratory, as well as to develop the necessary innovative architecture and mechanisms to properly support these requirements.


[Dutch SION/NWO project, 1995 – 1997]

Design and development of a system to support the dynamic/virtual integration of Genomic information systems, under the DIGIS project, collaborating with two other European cancer institutes, developing an architecture for the virtual integration of pre-existing huge Genome databases.


[Dutch Bsik]

The VL-E project aims at building an open and configurable Grid-based framework and a variety of generic tools and mechanisms, in order to facilitate scientists with their experimentations.

Virtual Laboratory

[ICES/KIS, 1999 – 2002]

The Virtual Laboratory project aims at the development of a hardware and software reference architecture, and an open, flexible, and configurable laboratory framework to enable scientists and engineers with working on their experimentation problems, while making optimum use of modern information technology approaches.

Expressive: A database for micro-array gene expression studies.

MACS: An information management system for material science experiments.


[Dutch HPCN funded project, 1999 – 2000]

Design and set-up of the necessary database structure and platform architecture for advanced Internet-based services. Mainly focusing on the music application and compact discs products.


[Espirit funded project]

The purpose of the ARCHES project was to bridge the gap for the utilization of existing high speed network technologies (HIC) developed in various EC projects for the emerging standard of Gigabit Ethernet (GE).

Rekening Rijden

[Dutch national funding]

Prior to the introduction of an Automatic Debiting System (ADS) for Road Pricing in the Netherlands, an evaluation project was scheduled to show the technical feasibility of this system. Our group contributed to the construction of the ADS models and the realization of the high-level simulation environment with which the evaluation study.