IWEI 2011 - The International IFIP Working Conference on Enterprise Interoperability

Interoperability and Future Internet for next-generation enterprises

  1. Workshop registration, see registration page

  2. Call for workshops is closed

Four workshops (W1 – W4) will take place on March 22, 2011 and will focus on interop-erability related to research topics as well as be devoted to application or standardization issues or roadmapping activities.

The workshops intend to address areas, complementary to that of the main conference. They will explore new interoperability issues, problems and solutions in the areas of end-user software and applications like Energy and resources for sustainability, Social net-works for enterprise management as well as Internet services and Architecture for EI management.

The workshops are aiming to facilitate the exchange of ideas and experiences between researchers and with practitioners. They should stimulate discussions on emerging is-sues related to interoperability. The workshops will allow time for discussions and brain-storming between the attendees to conclude with new research directions and collaboration projects.

You are invited to participate or to propose a short-paper contribution to a workshop of the IWEI 2011. For more information contact the workshop organisers.


Morning workshops (9.30-12.30)

W1: Enterprise 2.0: Using Internet 2.0 technologies in the Enterprise Management (Ei2M)

  1. Organiser: Ricardo Chalmeta, University Jaume 1, Spain, rchalmet@uji.es

  2. Co-organiser Veronica Pazos, ESTIA II, Spain, vpazos@lsi.uji.

  3. Workshop website: https://sites.google.com/site/ei2emworkshop/

  4. Link to presentation slides: http://www.ics.kth.se/iwei/EI2EM.pdf

Enterprise 2.0 is the use of emergent social software platforms within companies, or between companies and their partners or customers. The use of social software has become an effective tool to improve enterprise competitiveness with an excellent cost-results ratio. The possibilities that it offers for making relationships among the different enterprise stakeholders (customers, employees, suppliers, public administrations, banks, etc), by means of sharing information and knowledge, is going to produce a radical change in the way that business are made. To adapt to this new situation, enterprises not only should be prepared to incorporate technological 2.0 tools, but also should trans-form its corporate culture, process, structure, and, definitely, its business model. The EI2EM workshop aims to explore the results, experiences and potential value of the En-terprise 2.0 with industry practitioners and members of the academic community.

Main Topics by group:

  1. Enterprise 2.0 Techniques: Agents, Knowledge Monitoring, Intermediation, Emergence, Feedback, Tagging, Voting, Social Networks/Analysis, Social Computing, Social Software, Asynchronous Communication, Collaboration.

  2. Enterprise 2.0 Technologies: Wikis, Blogs, Really Simple Syndication (RSS), Mashups, Podcasting, Social Voting/Ranking, Social Bookmarking, Social Networking.

  3. Enterprise 2.0 Project Management: Methodologies, business strategy, ROI, Risks, change management, culture changes.

W2: Semantic Interoperability in the scope of future Energy Smart Grids

  1. Organiser: Mathias Uslar , uslar@offis.de, OFFIS, Germany and the team Ulrike Steffens, Matthias Postina and Sebastian Rohjans

  2. Workshop website: http://iwei.offis.de

  3. Link to presentation slides: http://www.ics.kth.se/iwei/SG.pdf

The objective of the workshop is to elaborate topics of enterprise architecture and semantic interoperability in the scope of the future energy smart grid. European researchers have shown that there is a strong need for semantic and syntactic data integration from the various new sensors or from distributed energy generation. Further, there is a need for an Enterprise Architecture for Utilities taking into account new requirements of communication and data management. The workshop will explore two slots of Enterprise Architecture Management of Utilities focusing on smart grid and the semantic integration of smart grids layers data models and transport technologies.

Topics: energy generation, distribution and resources for sustainability, the smart grids concept. Domain related enterprise architecture management, power generation infrastructure, telecommunication systems and ICT system and data management, semantic integration

Workshop Programme

  1. Interoperability between temporal domains in real-time control of active distribution networks”, Lars Nordström, KTH – Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, SWEDEN

  2. Link to slides

  3. Abstract: This position paper describes ongoing work focused on the interoperability between systems for distributed control of power systems using industry standard automation and protection devices. The background to the work is the assumption that the interface to the power system will be a fail-safe layer of automation and protection functions optimised for safe operation of the power system in order to minimise the risk to injury to people of equipment. Above this layer, however resides information systems layers with the task of optimising different aspects of the power system. The paper presents a layered model of the problem domain, that illustrates and discusses the interfaces between the layers from an interoperability standpoint. In addition, examples of ongoing activities related to these interfaces are presented.

  4. Solving the Mismatches between the Electric System Ontologies”, R. Santodomingo, J.A. Rodríguez-Mondéjar, M.A. Sanz-Bobi, Comillas Pontifical University. ICAI School of Engineering. Institute for Research in Technology (IIT), Madrid, SPAIN

  5. Link to slides

  6. Abstract: The heterogeneity between CIM and IEC 61850 ontologies is an important barrier for the semantic integration in the electric system domain. This paper proposes a new classification for the mismatches existing between those ontologies. This classification is based on the reasons that explain the existence of the mismatches rather than on their location in the ontologies. Moreover, solutions for all the types of mismatches identified are proposed. The interaction between these solutions will make it possible to achieve the harmonization without losing information and without modifying the original standards.

  7. Dynamic Virtual Enterprises - The Challenges of the Utility Industry for Enterprise Ar- chitecture Management”, Sabine Buckl1, Rolf Marliani2, Florian Matthes1, and Christian M. Schweda1

  8. 1Chair for Software Engineering for Business Information Systems - Technische Universität München, Garching, GERMANY 2E.ON IT GmbH, Hannover , GERMANY

  9. Link to slides

  10. Abstract: Driven by the rapidly changing markets conditions, organizations from the utility and energy industry sector have to cope with increasing demand for change. This demand for change does not only arise from external forces as legal regulations and emerging innovations but also originates from strategic objectives within the company. Thereto, organizations from the industry sector strive for a flexible enterprise architecture (EA) that provides a holistic overview on the overall makeup of the organization and fosters adaptation to changing situations. In this paper, we present characteristics of the energy industry sector and the resulting challenges with respect to enterprise transformation, discuss how prevalent approaches could contribute to a solution, and propose future research areas and topics.

  11. Coping with Smart Grid - Standardization and Enterprise Architecture at your Service”, Matthias Postina, Mathias Uslar, Sebastian Rohjans, and Ulrike Steffens, OFFIS - Insti- tute for Information Technology, Oldenburg, GERMANY

  12. Link to slides

  13. Abstract: This position paper shows how beneficial a close collaboration between Standardization and Enterprise Architecture can be in terms of the future Smart Grid IT architecture. We motivate the current trends in ICT for Smart Grids and bring in existing EA approaches and architectures from other domains. Starting with the IEC 62357 Seamless Integration Architecture, we identify five key issues to cope with Smart Grid challenges.

  14. A standards-based Security approach with interoperable interfaces for the Smart Grid”, Sven Abels, Petra Beenken, Mathias Uslar, Ascora Gmbh, OFFIS, GERMANY

  15. Link to slides

  16. Abstract: Within this contribution, we outline the need for a end-to-end vertical solution for smart grid security. With the upcoming new devices and interfaces , both interoperability and security issues arise. The data needed and gathered from the flied devices and metering devices impose new problems in terms of general data security and privacy. Therefore, a reference architecture for the new Smart grid, e.g. the one suggested by standardization bodies or national regulators has to address this non-functional requirement. We introduce the so called GridWatcher framework which copes with this problem and shows possible solutions and restrictions for the new ICT infrastructure.

Afternoon workshops (13.30 - 17.30)

W3: Advanced results in MDI / SOA innovation

  1. Organiser: Guy Doumeingts, I-VLab, Belgium, guy.doumeingts@interop-vlab.eu

The workshop objective is to present the latest results in the domain of MDI/SOA con-cerning research projects and the transfer towards industry. The workshop is the following after I-ESA 10 in Coventry ( April 2010)

Topics: MDI, SOA, Enterprise Modelling, Model Transformation, Interoperability Service Utility (ISU), Orchestration and Mediation between services, Business-IT alignment, Reference Ontology and Mapping mechanism , Semantic annotations for information interoperability, Case studies and experience reports in MDI-SOA

Workshop Programme

  1. Presentation of the MDI Workshop”, Guy Doumeingts, INTEROP-VLab

  1. Reference ontologies for manufacturing eco-systems”, R Young1, N Chungoora1, Z Usman1, N Anjum1, G. Gunendran1, C. Palmer1,  J Harding1, K Case1 and A-F Cutting-Decelle2

  2. 1 Loughborough University-Wolfson School of Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering, Loughborough, Leicestershire, UK  ,  2 Laboratoire de Génie Industriel de Lille, Ecole Centrale de Lille,

  3. Abstract: There is a clear need for improved semantic communication to support infor-mation sharing across engineering groups and their systems in manufacturing industry. This work presents the progress towards the development of a reference ontology for a manufacturing eco-system, focusing particularly on the design and manufacture of aero-space parts. A case study will be presented which illustrates how knowledge, captured from the manufacturing engineer's perspective, can be shared back into the product design process through the use of reference ontologies and appropriate mapping mechanisms.

  1. Interoperability problem solving using enterprise modelling in the domain of Aeronautical Industry sub-contracting”, Nabila Zouggar, Yves Ducq, Guy Doumeingts (University Bordeaux 1, IMS laboratory)

  2. Abstract: The aeronautic industry that includes the design, manufacturing and marketing is growing and we expect even strong growth rates but it is also a fragile and highly competitive sector. As a result, all aeronautic enterprises both, companies and sub-contractors, must become more flexible and competitive by optimizing their cooperation. Thus there are relationships between different partners of the aeronautic sector that are implemented by various IT services. To ensure flexibility and competitiveness, these services must be interoperable. This paper presents the advanced work conducted un-der the ISTA3 project that aims to develop ISU (Interoperability Services Utilities) for air-craft sub-contractors. In a first part, the project objectives will be reminded. Then, the modelling principles of the MDI model will be presented and then the I3G model and in-dustrial TO BE model will be presented. In the last part, the principles to measure in-teroperability will be explained and applied to the case study. Conclusions and further works will be expressed at the end of the paper.

  3. Model-morphisms and the sustainability of enterprise interoperability”, R. Goncalves, Carlos Agostinho (UNINOVA)

  4. Abstract: MoMo is an attempt to formalize model based operations. These generic func-tion descriptions deal with the specificities of the multiple information models used by the enterprise systems of today’s business networks. This presentation analysis and dis-cusses how MoMo can assist in the sustainability of interoperability of enterprise sys-tems and applications.

  5. Model-driven Service Interoperability”, Dumitru Roman, Brice Morin and Arne J. Berre, SINTEF

  6. Abstract: Model transformations to a platform independent modeling layer can separate technical interoperability from semantic interoperability in the context of service interop-erability.  The presentation will present the initial support for model-driven service in-teroperability from the two European projects EMPOWER and REMICS, and discuss how the two different approaches can bring synergy to each other.

  7. "Model-Driven Interoperability for Service-Oriented Information System design in Cri-sis management situation", Anne-Marie Barthe, Wenxin Mu, Frédérick Bénaben, Hervé Pingaud (Ecole des Mines Albi-Carmaux (F)) Jean-Pierre Lorré,  Nicolas Boissel-Dallier (PETALS Link)

  8. Abstract : The paper aims at presenting a whole approach of Information Systems in-teroperability management in a crisis management cell. The main objective is to introduce model-driven steps (and tools) dedicated to provide business model (CIM for Computer Independent Model), logical model (PIM for Platform Independent Model) and technical model (PSM for Platform Specific Model) of the interoperable structure in charge of or-chestrating the collaborative behaviour inside the crisis management cell. Due to the fact that this work is articulated in two phases (phase 1 is over and phase 2 is still running) for each step of the model-driven approach, MDI results and tools are presented (from phase 1), as well as improvements targeted, current and future work (from phase 2).

W4: Standards ensuring Enterprise Interoperability and Collaboration, the state of art and the perspectives.

  1. Organiser: Piero De Sabbata, ENEA,  Italy, piero.desabbata@enea.it

  2. Co-organiser: Martin Zelm, INTEROP-VLab, martin.zelm@t-online.de

Workshop objective is to increase awareness of interoperability standards enabling real life collaboration of enterprises and to identify elements of the potential evolution of standards in the Future Internet perspective.

Topics: Standards for Enterprise Interoperability and the Future Internet perspective – a common overview of I-VLab and COIN,  ISO Framework and Maturity Model for Enterprise Interoperability, Enterprise Collaboration Maturity Model (ECMM) - a candidate for standardisation, Standards for the Future Internet – a high level view , Standardised ser-vices in the SOA frame, Potential contribution of applicative level standards to Enterprise Interoperability, Implementation of standards in SMEs networks in industry sectors

Workshop Programme

  1. Short Presentation of the COIN project, Sergio Gusmeroli, TXT

  1. Standards and Initiatives for Service Modeling - The Case of OMG SoaML”,  Dumitru Roman, Arne Berre, SINTEF

  2. Abstract: Service modeling is a key element of any service-oriented system. It is the foundation on which core service-related tasks such as service discovery, composition, and mediation rely. During the past years standardization bodies such as W3C, OMG and OASIS have been working on standardizing various aspects of services such as service functionalities, behavior, quality of services, etc. At the same time, initiatives from academia focused on developing ontologies and formal languages for specifying services. In this paper we give a brief overview of relevant initiatives and standardization activities in the area of service modeling, and, as an example of the use of such stand-ards, guide the reader through the use of the OMG Service oriented modeling language (SoaML) in a concrete service-oriented scenario in the manufacturing domain

  3. Standards for eBusiness in SMEs networks: the increasing role of customisation rules and conformance testing tools to achieve interoperability”, Arianna Brutti, ENEA

  4. Abstract: The adoption of public standards at application domain level enables systems to interoperate, with a positive impact for eBusiness adoption, especially towards SME networks. Nevertheless conformance to standard specification is not enough to guaran-tee interoperability due to different implementations. If we consider interoperability as based on three levels (technical, semantic and organisational) not all the specifications cover all the three levels. On the other side, one of the key enablers of a 'service based economy' is in the interchangeability of the service providers that requires that all the three levels of interoperability are effectively achieved. This paper analyses the critical factors in adopting technical standardised specifications for data exchanges in eBusi-ness; then analyses one of the possible countermeasure:  domain specific use profiling and related conformance testing tools based on customisation rules."

  1. CEN/ISO 11354 – Framework and Maturity Model for Enterprise Interoperability”, David Chen, University of Bordeaux

  2. Abstract: The paper presents the CEN/ISO 11354 standard which is an on-going interna-tional standardisation initiative jointly carried out by CEN TC310/WG1 and ISO TC184 SC5/WG1. It aims at defining a standard Framework for Enterprise Interoperability (FEI) and a Maturity Model for Enterprise Interoperability (MMEI). The standard provides a common understanding of the enterprise interoperability and defines metrics for measur-ing enterprise interoperability matuity

  3. Standards ensuring Enterprise Interoperability and Collaboration, Challenges and Alternative Approaches”, Martin Forsberg, ECRU Consulting

  4. Abstract: This article describes how standards for electronic business from particularly UN/CEFACT and OASIS Universal Business Language address different levels of interoperability. It is often underestimated how much effort is needed to make the standards implementable by end users and software providers. The process of detailing and refining a standard is called contextualization - to customize it to meet requirements for a particular context. There are many ways to communicate and document the refinements. Words like superset, subset and core are used to describe different 

Important dates:

  1. Call for papers: paper submission, review and notification as well as the schedule for camera-ready paper delivery are to be handled by the organizers of accepted workshops

  2. Workshops Venue: Tuesday, March 22, 2011

  3. Camera-ready papers due: April 26, 2011

  4. The papers of each workshop will be published by ISTE Ltd, UK by end of May 2011

Submission Guidelines

Authors submitting workshop or position papers (around 4 pages, using the HERMES eng-guidelines) should describe original results or ideas, or new insights gained from cases studies or applications. The papers should not be submitted or accepted for publication elsewhere.



Stockholm, Sweden

March 23-24, 2011