Federated Collaborative Networks

Project description

This project aims at the design and development of an open platform and adequate information technology protocols to support virtual industrial enterprises. The project focuses on Small and Medium size Enterprises (SMEs) in order to provide them with means to inter-operate with several value chain networks.

The architecture of PRODNET II will combine advanced technologies for communication, information management and distributed decision making. A main aspect is the flow of orders between nodes (enterprises) in the network, and the monitoring of their evolution. Through the PRODNET-II system, enterprises can quickly respond to market opportunities as they arise, irrespective of the independent heterogeneous systems used by the customers, and therefore, have a significant advantage over their competitors. The envisaged infrastructure supports a production scenario consisting of a network of nodes, in which each node adds some value on the production chain of a product; namely in an industrial virtual enterprise. This infrastructure handles features such as: follow up of orders status, efficiency of orders flow, distributed and dynamic scheduling, incomplete and imprecise order management, and exchange of order information among SME’s, network-wide workload optimization, and open communication of total product data. The network infrastructure will consider Internet as well as private networks (Value Added Networks – VANs) as the information highways between PRODNET nodes.

In this project, UvA designs and implements the Distributed Information Management Subsystem that will handle the management and exchange of information between different autonomous and heterogeneous nodes in the network of enterprises.

Contact person

Hamideh Afsarmanesh

Project Members

University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, e-mail: hamideh@science.uva.nl

CSIN, Portugal, e-mail: csin@mail.telepac.pt

UNINOVA, Portugal. http://www.uninova.pt

UFSC, Brazil. http://www.ufsc.br

ProStep, Germany. http://www.prostep.de

ESTEC, Portugal. e-mail: estec@estec.pt

LICHEN, France. e-mail: illicon@calvanet.calvacom.fr

MIRALAGO, Portugal. miral.sport@mail.telepac.pt

FRED JUNG, Brazil. akros@netville.com.br

UNL, Portugal. http://www.fct.unl.pt


  • H. Afsarmanesh, C. Garita, L.M. Camarinha, C. Lima – Workflow Support for Management of Information in PRODNET II. In the 5th International Workshop on Intelligent Manufacturing Systems, IMS’98, Gramado, Brasil, November 1998.
  • Afsarmanesh, H., Garita, C., Hertzberger, L.O., Virtual Enterprises and Federated Information Sharing. Proceedings of the 9th IEEE International Conference on “Database and Expert Systems Applications”, DEXA’98, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Vienna, Austria, August 1998. (Zipped Postscript)
  • Camarinha-Matos, L. M., Afsarmanesh, H., Garita, C., and Lima, C. Towards an architecture for virtual enterprises. Journal of Intelligent Manufacturing, Volume 9, Number 2, pp 189-199, Chapman & Hall, April 1998.(Zipped Postscript)
  • Camarinha-Matos, L.M., Afsarmanesh, H. Cooperative Systems Challenges in Virtual Enterprises. Proceedings of the 2nd IMACS International Multiconference on Computational Engineering in Systems Applications, CESA’98, Nabeul-Hammamet, Tunisia, April 1998.(Zipped Postscript)
  • Afsarmanesh, H., Garita, C., Hertzberger, L.O., Santos-Silva, Management of Distributed Information in Virtual Enterprises – The Prodnet Approach. Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Concurrent Enterprising, ICE’97, Nottingham, UK, pp 241-255, October 1997. (Zipped Postscript)
  • Afsarmanesh, H., Camarinha-Matos, L.M., Federated Information Management for Cooperative Virtual Organizations. Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on “Database and Expert Systems Applications”, DEXA’97, Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS)1308, pp 561-572, Springer Verlag, Toulouse, France, September 1997.(Zipped Postscript)
  • Camarinha, L; Afsarmanesh, H; Garita, C; Lima, C – Towards an Architecture for Virtual Enterprises; The Second World Congress On Intelligent Manufacturing Processes & Systems, IMP&S ’97, Budapest, Hungary, June 1997 (also in Journal of Intelligent Manufacturing, Volume 9, Number 2, 1998 Zipped Postscript)