Supporting Collaboration Through Semantic-Based Workflow and Constraint Solving

  • Yun-Heh Chen-Burger
  • Kit-Ying Hui
  • Alun D. Preece
  • Peter M. D. Gray
  • Austin Tate
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3257)

Abstract

This paper describes our efforts to provide a collaborative problem solving architecture driven by semantic-based workflow orchestration and constraint problem solving. These technologies are based on shared ontologies that allows two systems of very different natures to communicate, perform specialised tasks and achieve common goals. We give an account of our approach for the workflow assisted collaboration with constraint solving capabilities. We found that systems built with semantic (web) based technologies is useful for collaboration and flexible to enhance the system with specialised capabilities. However, much care must be exercised before correct semantics may be exchanged and collaborations occur smoothly.

Keywords

Virtual Organisation Constraint Satisfaction Business Process Modelling IDEF3 Ontology NIST PSL Semantic Web Semantic Grid 

References

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    Austin Tate. I-X: Technology for intelligent systems, AIAI, The University of Edinburgh (2002), http://www.i-x.info

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  • Yun-Heh Chen-Burger
    • 1
  • Kit-Ying Hui
    • 2
  • Alun D. Preece
    • 3
  • Peter M. D. Gray
    • 3
  • Austin Tate
    • 1
  1. 1.AIAI, CISA, InformaticsThe University of EdinburghUK
  2. 2.School of ComputingThe Robert Gordon UniversityUK
  3. 3.Computing Science DepartmentUniversity of AberdeenUK

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