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Project Approach

Project strategy distinguishes between scientific and technology research activities, which are carried out in parallel. Scientific research is focused on the development of a new framework, techniques, and tools for enabling service interoperation based on interoperation hubs, and research on Knowledge and Action Base (KAB), verification, and process mining. The technology research will take place over three one-year phases. In the first phase, the interoperation hub architecture will be established, prototyped, and tested extending an existing (state-machine based) approach to artifacts. The second phase will incorporate principled methods for designing interoperation hubs, incorporating the outputs of the scientific research available at that time. The final stage will incorporate the remainder of the scientific research output. Each phase will be tested in the context of two real-world domain applications. Both the scientific and technology research will be guided by the requirements revealed by these two scenarios. ACSI goals and specific research and technical innovations will be carried out using a compact structure made of six well coordinated RTD work packages (WPs) and a management work package. The work packages cover all aspects of the three project streams, namely the scientific, technology, and validation streams.

WP1, ACSI artifact paradigm and interoperation hub framework (led by Uniroma1) will focus on development of the interoperation hub framework, based on the end-to-end artifact-centric approach. The framework will include the new semantic layer for artifacts, and “hooks” where the results of the other scientific research work can be incorporated.

WP2, Formal-based techniques and tools (led by Imperial) will concentrate on formal methods and tools for supporting design and realization phases of artifact-centric interoperation hubs. A theory of Knowledge and Action Bases (KABs) will be developed, to facilitate the modeling of the semantics of artifact-centric services together with their possible evolution.

WP3, Observation-based techniques and tools (led by Tartu) will focus on automated extraction and verification of services, artifact types, and interoperation hubs from service execution traces, both in online and offline settings. Also provided in this work package are the means for conformance checking of services against artifact models, and on-the-fly adapter synthesis of adapters for resolving mismatches.

WP4, Development of ACSI Hub System (led by IBM) will be responsible for the development of the ACSI Hub System (mainly the Design Workbench and the Interoperation Hub Engine) along with the integration of the modules developed in WP2 and WP3.

WP5, Validation (led by INDRA) The ACSI Hub System will be validated in the context of two real-world domain applications. The first use case is focused on managing electrical power distribution, while the second is focused on Flanders Research Information Space (FRIS).

WP6, Dissemination, exploitation and communication (led by IBM) will coordinate all the dissemination and exploitation activities related to the project.