FOUNDATION FOR INTELLIGENT PHYSICAL AGENTS

 

Document title:

FIPA Organisational Structure

Document number

f-out-00071

Document source:

Board of Directors

Document status:

Preliminary

Date of this status:

2000/10/26

Change history:

2000/10/26

Initial draft

 

 

FIPA organisation

 

 

 

Board of Directors

 

Geoff Arnold

SUN Microsystems

US

Director

Term expires: 2001/10

Bernard Burg

Hewlett-Packard Company

US

Secretary

Term expires: 2001/10

Rob Hadingham

Nortel Networks

UK

Director

Term expires: 2001/10

Kyoshi Kogure

NTT

JP

Director

Term expires: 2001/10

Heimo Laamanen

Sonera

FI

Director

Term expires: 2002/10

Frank McCabe

Fujitsu Laboratories of America

US

Vice-President,
Treasurer

Term expires: 2002/10

Donald Steiner

WebV2, Inc.

US

President

Term expires: 2002/10

 

 

 

Advisor to the Board

 

Ebrahim Mamdani

Imperial College

UK

 

 
 
 
Advisory Committees

 

Finance and Audit

 

Rob Hadingham

Nortel Networks

UK

Chairman

David Levine

IBM

US

Member

Hiroki Suguri

ComTec

JP

Member

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Membership and Nomination

 

Geoff Arnold

Sun

US

Chairman

<members to be determined>

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMAGE Committee

 

Title:

Image

Scope:

The FIPA Image Committee is responsible for coordinating publicity activities relating to FIPA. This involves producing the FIPA Inform! quarterly news letter, issuing press releases and promoting FIPA standards and activities.

Chairman

Rob Hadingham - Nortel Networks -UK

Member

Bernard Burg - Hewlett-Packard Company - US

Member

Jonathan Dale - Fujisu Labs of America - JP

Member

David Evans - Simplex Technology

 

 

 

FIPA Architecture Board (FAB)

 

Title:

Architecture Board

Scope:

The purpose of the Architecture Board is to ensure that the technical work of FIPA is appropriate and that any official standards documents that are produced achieve the high level of quality demanded by FIPA and its membership. The Architecture Board has the following remit:

- To ensure that FIPA specifications exhibit: consistency, coherence, integrity and merit.

- To approve the advancement of FIPA specifications through the standard's life cycle.

- To oversee the technical direction of FIPA and influence it where necessary.

- To maintain a registry of FIPA specifications and work plans.

An archived e-mail reflector, fab@fipa.org, shall be created, comprising the members of the Architecture Board.

Chairman

David Levine - IBM

Member

Fabio Bellifemine - CSELT IT

Member

Thierry Bouron - France Telecom - FR

Member

Phil Buckle - Nortel Networks -UK

Member

Jonathan Dale - Fujitsu Labs of America - US

Member

Hiroki Suguri ComTec - JP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Technical Committees

 

TC Architecture

 

Title:

Architecture

Scope:

The mission of the Architecture Technical Committee is to construct abstract architectural specifications that provide a framework in which services necessary to support the end-to-end interoperability of agents. In particular, this means that this TC has responsibility for maintaining the FIPA Abstract Architecture. In addition, current activities revolve around policies and domains.

TC Architecture's brief is to identify those architectural elements and services needed to support the specification of policies in a machine-readable declarative manner and the application of policies in the context of services.

Chairman

Francis McCabe - Fujitsu Labs of America - US

 

 

 
TC Agreements Management

 

Title:

Agreements Management

Scope:

The Technical Committee for Agreements Management is concerned with unifying the three following work plans of into one co-ordinated activity:

Agent Configuration Management Work Plan [f-wp-00004]. The management of large constellations of agents and agent platforms,

Agreements Work Plan [f-wp-00008]. The specification of contracts and agreements between agents, and,

Agent Description Ontology Work Plan [f-wp-00010]. The specification of ontologies to explicitly and formally describe agent services.

This TC will produce three closely related specifications:

Agent Configuration Management Specification. This addresses the area of agent configuration management which allows FIPA platforms to manage and maintain large populations of platforms and agents, to define the configurations and dependency links between these entities and to provide management and configuration methods for federated platforms and communities of agents.

Agreements Specification. This is concerned with creating a specification of agreements, or contracts, between agents and a specification of the services specified within those agreements. An agreement to provide a service of some kind is the goal of a process of negotiation between agents and the basis for their collaborative activity.

Service Description Ontology. This is to specify ontologies to explicitly and formally describe agent services. In particular, to apply it to the services already defined in the FIPA Agent Management [FIPA00023], FIPA Nomadic Application Support [FIPA00066] and FIPA Agent Service Integration [FIPA00079] specifications. This ontology needs to be extensible to embed application specific services.

Chairman

Bernard Burg - Hewlett-Packard Company - US

 

 

 

TC Gateways

 

Title:

Gateways

Scope:

Almost any application in the FIPA environment can be a nomadic application. The nomadic application environment consists of two clearly separate domains: a wireless and a wireline network environment. Current FIPA specifications do not define how interoperability can be achieved between agents operating in these two domains, thus implementation specific and propriety solutions are required at present.

TC Gateway will produce FIPA specifications covering high-level interoperability between agents platforms in wireless and wireline domains.

Chairman

John Shepherdson - BT - UK

 

 

Working Groups

 

AgentCities WG

 

Title:

AgentCities

Scope:

The objective of The AgentCities Working Group is to encourage and support the development of a continually available, publicly accessible network of deployed FIPA agent services. This network is to serve as an experimental testbed for interoperability testing, application development and as a showcase for FIPA technology. The working group supports the development of the network by engaging in coordination activities such as holding regular meetings and producing informative guidelines for the application of FIPA specifications.

Chairman

Steve Willmott EPFL CH , Jonathan Dale - Fujitsu Labs of America - US

 

 

Product Design and Manufacturing WG

 

Title:

Product Design and manufacturing

Scope:

The objective of the Product Design and Manufacturing (PD&M) Working Group is to explore and promote using pre-existing FIPA agent platforms for developing applications for the product design and manufacturing This WG will provide FIPA with value-added opinions on the accuracy of existing specification documentation for the PD&M domain.

This WG will produce informative documents on the issues of using FIPA agent platforms to develop applications for manufacturing.

Chairman

Nina Berry, Sandia Laboratories, US

 
 

 

 
Special Interest Groups

 

 

Title:

Liaison

Scope

 

Chairman

Robert Hadingham - Nortel Networks

 

 

 

Title:

Ontology

Scope

The immediate task for the Ontology SIG is to develop a strategy for bringing Ontology technology into FIPA's overall framework. For example, FIPA Spec 12 (Ontology Services) may represent an excellent starting point for this. However, this specification raises many questions, which now need to be answered. In the future, we expect that FIPA may adopt a revised Ontology Services specification and other Ontology related specifications. The Ontology SIG is to is a forum in which to discuss this and other Ontology related issues.

Chairman

Francis McCabe Fujitsu Laboratories of America - US

 

 

 

Title:

Peer-to-Peer (PtP)

Scope

The Peer-to-Peer SIG addresses the relationship with the Peer-to-Peer Working Group as recently initiated by Intel and with the peer-to-peer community at large.

Chairman

Donald Steiner - WebV2 - US

 

 

Title:

Security

Scope

 

Chairman

Geoff Arnold Sun Microsystems