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Resolutions from the London, UK Meeting, November 2003

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Date as: 2003/11/21

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Initial draft, Mike Kerstetter




Resolutions of the 30th FIPA meeting in London, England
November 19-21, 2003.


1.      FIPA activities:

§         A call for nominations for four Board positions was issued in advance of the GAAM.

§         The FIPA Board proposes the following changes effective from the beginning of the next fiscal year (July 2004 / June 2005):

§         By June 2004 the board will submit the revised statutes eliminating references to dual levels of membership.








Approx. March, 2004



Expressions of interest have been received from members located in Spain and Italy.  These are being pursued in more detail and a decision will be announced as soon as possible.

32 (tent.)

14-16 July, 2004

Washington DC


Renato Levy, Intelligent Automation


27 Sep.-1 Oct., 2004



In conjunction with MATES 2004 conference, Dr. Rainer Unland, Organizing Chair.  Jim Odell will coordinate on behalf of FIPA.

2.      FIPA requests that the Secretariat update Board-related mailing lists as appropriate and remind all committee chairs to update their relevant sections of the FIPA website with current information.

3.      The board will continue to work on the strategic positioning of FIPA and its activities with respect to other relevant standardization bodies.

4.   Resolutions and Statements of Technical Committees, Working Groups, and Special Interest Groups:

TC Ad-hoc Resolutions 

TC Ad-Hoc had discussions about current specification draft. The following decisions were taken:

·        Extend the current FIPA Agent Management specification in order to meet the requirements of yellow page services in ad hoc networks

·        Approve the need for a standard way of advertising FIPA agent services in JXTA technology

·        Further editing of the FIPA Agent Management specification and fipa00096 is needed and will be completed by FIPA31

·        Open points to discuss at the next meeting:

o       Profile of the DF capabilities

o       Finalisation of changes to FIPA Agent Management specification

o       Finalisation of fipa00096

TC Ad hoc thanks: Fabio Bellifemine, Michael Berger, David Cabanillas, Monique Calisti, Giancario Fortino, Xuan Huang, Ben Mankin, John Shepherdson, Rainer Unland, Juan Jim Tan, Yanmin Xi.

TC Modeling

The Modelling TC would like to express its appreciation to those individuals who participated in both Modeling TC meetings.

TC Semantics Resolutions

 The outline of the TC Semantics meeting is as follows:

TC Semantics resolves to:

TC Semantics would like to express its appreciate to those individuals who participated in both meetings and particularly Alexander Artikis for his participation.

Image Committee Resolutions

Activities since last meeting:

At this meeting the following issues were discussed:

·        Circulate call for paper in the FIPA chat mailing list and encourage publication

Many thanks to Fabio Bellifemine, Michael Berger and Stefan Poslad.

TC Security

The main achievements at the meeting were discussions related to:

·        Part 1 of the meeting: the presentations made at the Security TC meeting

·        Part 2 of the meeting:  discussion of the FIPA f-in-00095 proposal. Need to add:

·        Scenarios and requirements

·        Clarification of attributes in the frame-based ontology for message security:

o       Which are optional

o       How to specify list of reserved values extensible

o       Etc.

·        Add technical note for MTP-MTP security vs. Agent-Agent messaging security

·        Requirement and syntax for specifying sequences vs. trees vs. nesting of security wrappers

·        Use of existing specs. or notation such as PKCS-7 – any others.

o       Add a technical note to say how this related or our criticism of / differentiators from existing specs?

·        Impact on existing spec.s such as FIPA MTS spec (No. 23)

·        Namespace for terms

·        Discuss specification representation: S-expression, ASN.1,

·        Need for an XML syntax

·        Discuss how to relate this to a more general abstract security model

o       Use of an Ontology for terms, or not


The FIPA Security TC proposes the following resolutions:


1.      To progress with its work to complete its current work-plan

a.       Specification (f-in-00095) on a concrete per-message-based security specification (Giosue, TiLab) will act as editor) via email discussions and teleconference

b.      Abstract security architecture specification

c.       Analysis of current security review (synchronise this to  the completion of a preliminary specification  of a per-message based concrete security model as the review gives some of the discussions  for designing this in a certain way.

2.      That the following be thanked for their presentations at this TC Meeting: Ben Mankin (formalism for distributed authorization), Alois Reitbauer (distributed application security requirements), Jim Juan Tan (Syntax for per-message-based security) and Giosue Vitaglion (per-message security proposal).

3.      That the following be thanked for their active input at this meeting: Thierry Bouron (France Telcom, Monique Calisti (Whitestein), Sergi Robles (Univ. AB), Jim Juan Tan (QMUL), Alois Reitbauer (Profactor), Giosue Vitaglione (TiLab), Raphael Mankin (Solvfield Ltd) Ben Mankin (Univ. Bath), Rainer Unland (Uni, Duisburg-Essen) and Stefan Poslad (QMUL). Apologies are offered to anyone whose name was omitted.

TC Methodology Resolutions

TC Methodology proposed that FIPA adopts the following resolutions:

TC Methodologies gratefully thanks all people attending the meeting and the others contributing offline

TC Interaction Protocols Resolutions

The Interaction Protocols TC began with presentations on differing views on Interaction Protocols. These presentations presented alternative perspectives and made clearer some further work that needs to be done on the current AUML interaction diagrams. The Interaction Protocols  TC thanks the following presenters:

·        Shamima Paurobally from Southampton University for her presentation, “Developing Agent Interaction Protocols Using Graphical and Logical Methodologies”, based on work by herself as well as Jim Cunningham and Hywel Dunn-Davies from Imperial College.

·        Juan Manuel Serranofrom University Rey Juan Carlos for his presentation, “Interaction Protocols -- An Organisational State-Based Approach”.

·        James Odell and Marc-Philippe Huget for their presentation on the representation of existing interaction protocols in UML2-based AUML.

The Interaction Protocols TC agreed that the current workplan is insufficient, and resolves to develop via the email discussion a new workplan to be presented to the FAB before the next meeting. As a result of our discussion, we agreed that the workplan would span a period of two years, and include the following:

·        Collect usage scenarios from real agent systems and examining the types of interactions that they would use, but do not fit well into the current AUML or conform to any of the existing standard IPs. Examples of these include discussion threads, chats, and voting protocols.

·        Collect requirements for modelling and representing interaction protocols.

·        Work in conjunction with the TC modelling to develop a model for agent interaction that supports the types of interactions that are derived from the usage scenarios.

·        Develop a representation that can be presented (a) to humans so they can understand the interaction protocol, including detailed semantics and the assumptions that the interaction protocol places on the involved agents, (b) to agents in a machine-understandable manner, so the agents can learn the interaction protocols as needed. This representation should also support the validation of the protocols for terminating soundly, being deadlock-free, etc.

The Interaction Protocols TC thanks the participants meetings and for their contributions. This was a good meeting and we made some very good progress.

FIPA Architecture Board Resolutions

The FAB resolves:

TC Ontology Resolutions

TC Ontology did not meet.

TC Services Resolutions

TC Services did not meet.

5.   FIPA thanks Alexander Artikis, Imperial College for his informative presentation to TC Semantics at the 30th FIPA GAAM.

6.   FIPA thanks the management and staff of The Hilton on Park Lane for their excellent meeting facilities and friendly support in London, and Jim Odell of James Odell Associates, Kevin Loughry of OMG and their entire team for arranging for the collocation of the 29th meeting of FIPA and the FIPA Secretariat, Jacquie Kelly.

7.      FIPA invites its membership and contributors to the FIPA process to its 31th meeting, dates and location to be confirmed shortly.