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Document title:

Product Design and Manufacturing Work Plan

Document number:

f-wp-000009

Document source:

FIPA PD&M WG

Document status:

Approved

Date of this status:

2000/08/01

Change history:

2000/07/21

Initial draft

2000/08/01

Approved by the FAB

 

Nina Berry Nenad Ivezic

<nmberry@sandia.gov> <nivezic@nist.gov>

 

This work plan addresses the yearly activities of the product design & manufacturing working group. Including their objectives and vision for how manufacturing applications can be used to test the application domain.

 

Problem Statement:

FIPA has produced a collection of specifications that were initially developed around a set of application domains. Now that several FIPA platforms have been release there is a need to extensively testing the FIPA specifications in other domains. The large and encompassing manufacturing domain provides numerous possibilities for agent-based applications.

 

Objective:

The objective of this work is to promote and support the development of agent applications within the manufacturing domain. The product design and manufacturing WG has members interested in the following domain areas including: workflow management, enterprise integration, supply chain management, information management, scheduling, e-commerce, and control of transportation (air traffic, car, etc.)

 

Technology:

No new standards are being generated as part of this WG, we are only interested in promoting and evaluating manufacturing implementations that use FIPA technology. We will however generate informative documents and register related items (content languages, interaction protocols, services, etc.).

We will provide input to the working plans of other TCs with suggested modifications to their specifications when appropriate.

 

Specifications Generated:

This WG will generate informative documents for the process of using FIPA platforms to generate applications for the manufacturing domain. We envisage creating the following documents this year:

         FIPA manufacturing scenarios: This document will highlight 2-3 scenarios in the manufacturing domain that use agents within a FIPA platform.

         Agents and manufacturing: This document will be a green/white paper that discusses the question of where and how agents can be applied to the manufacturing domain.

         AUML and manufacturing: This document will cover issues uncovered during the evaluation of AUML for describing agent-manufacturing systems.

 

Plan for Work:

The PD&M WG will use the following method of working: Regular meetings will correlate with the FIPA meetings, providing the chair or appointed temporary chair can attend the meetings.

Interim meetings will be used to supplement the regular meeting schedule of FIPA to accommodate the meeting schedule of the PD&M WG. Current interim meetings are set for the following time frames:

         2000/09/07 London, UK, and,

         2000/09/?? Burlingame, CA.

 

Pursue working relationships with other manufacturing groups, such as:

         Holonic manufacturing consortium

o        Hold interim meeting with them, to help them migrate their ideas into an agent system using a FIPA platform

o        Use reflector to discuss the issues and concerns they have for using FIPA technology

         OMG Manufacturing task force

o        Attend joint meeting with them in Sept 2000 to talk about the PDM.

         AAAI Manufacturing SIG

o        Determine the next USA meet and propose a joint meeting possible workshop in this area.

 

Milestones:

The PD&M WG will work on the following items this year:

         2000/09. Sponsor two interim meetings with the HMC in London on to discuss future potential liaison activities with the software side of the consortium.

         2000/09. The PD&M WG will be having an interim meeting in 2000/09/07 in conjunction with the OMG Agent working group.

         2000/10. The PD&M WG will release an informative document of manufacturing scenarios on the usage of FIPA technology for these applications.

         2000/10. Pursue potential liaison relationship with the holonic-manufacturing consortium HMC. This milestone will be reassessed after the 2000/09/07 meeting.

         2001/07. The PD&M WG will investigate and develop an initial informative document of how AUML can be used as a modeling technique for designing agent-based manufacturing applications.

         2001/01. Produce a white paper on the usage of agents in the manufacturing domain.

 

Future Work:

The PD&M WG would like to encourage its members to write joint proposals to fund a larger project in the manufacturing domain.

 

Dependencies:

At this time we do not plan on directly impacting any known specification, but potential impact by future application development could provide feedback to the following specifications.

         [FIPAacl] FIPA ACL specification

         [FIPA00006] FIPA Ontology Service specification

         [FIPA00007] FIPA Content Language specification

 

Support:

         Francios Arlabosse

         Nina Berry, Sandia National Labs

         Nenad Ivenic, National Institute of Standards

         Jim Odell, Odell Associates

         John Shepherdson, BT

Potential Participants:

         Jim Christensen, Rockwell International

         David Flater, NIST

         Evan Wallace, NIST

         Goutam Satapathy, Intelligent Automation, Inc.

         Renato Levy, Intelligent Automation, Inc.

         Brent Langley, CMU

         Don Sweetall, HCFA

         David Levine, IBM

 

FAB Comments:

This work plan has been approved and has been assigned to the Product Design and Manufacturing Working Group.