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ACTS Programme AC338. M obile I ntelligent A gents for M anaging the Information I nfrastructure. General Project Information. Duration: March 1998 until February 2000 Budget: ~ 400 man-months Web Site: www.fokus.gmd.de/research/cc/ima/miami Contact: Dr. Stefan Covaci
ACTS Programme AC338Mobile Intelligent Agents for Managing the Information InfrastructureGeneral Project Information
  • Duration: March 1998 until February 2000
  • Budget: ~ 400 man-months
  • Web Site: www.fokus.gmd.de/research/cc/ima/miami
  • Contact: Dr. Stefan Covaci
  • Project Manager GMD FOKUS e-mail: covaci@fokus.gmd.deACTS Programme AC338 MIAMI: Mobile Intelligent Agents for Managing the Information InfrastructureMIAMI Project Partners
  • P01 GMD FOKUS, Germany (Prime Contractor)
  • P02 Alcatel Bell, Belgium
  • A02A Alcatel Alsthom Recherche, France
  • P03 University College London, UK
  • A03A Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, UK
  • A03B The University of Surrey
  • P04 Algosystems SA, Greece
  • P05 Centre de Recherche Informatique de Montreal (CRIM), Canada
  • P06 France Telecom CNET, France
  • P07 Hitachi Ltd., Japan
  • ACTS Programme AC338 MIAMI: Mobile Intelligent Agents for Managing the Information InfrastructureMIAMI Main ObjectivesThe MIAMI project focuses on the following objectives:
  • Development and validation of an uniform mobile intelligent agent framework according to the requirements of an open European Information Infrastructure (EII)
  • Convergence of the OMG MASIF and FIPA mobility specifications
  • ACTS Programme AC338 MIAMI: Mobile Intelligent Agents for Managing the Information InfrastructureMIAMI Main Objectives (cont.)
  • Development of agent based solutions for managing the open EII and provision of Advanced Communication and Information (ACI) services
  • Contribution to standardisation
  • Demonstration of results in a pan-European trial
  • ACTS Programme AC338 MIAMI: Mobile Intelligent Agents for Managing the Information InfrastructureMIAMI Key Issues
  • Pan-European cooperative management of advanced telecommunications and information services
  • Interaction between management systems of different management domains in an Electronic Commerce context
  • Business process driven relationship between the service management layer and the network management layer
  • ACTS Programme AC338 MIAMI: Mobile Intelligent Agents for Managing the Information InfrastructureScope of MIAMIThe MIAMI project will focus on:
  • The investigation of benefits gained from the mobility of agent intelligence in the context of telecommunications management and ACI services, and
  • Implementation and validation of the MIAMI framework in a pan-European test-bed with selected network management and ACI service scenarios.
  • ACTS Programme AC338 MIAMI: Mobile Intelligent Agents for Managing the Information InfrastructureOutside the Scope The MIAMI project will not focus on:
  • Developing and validating solutions for interoperability among heterogeneous agents or agent systems
  • Developing and validating an extended agent communication language
  • ACTS Programme AC338 MIAMI: Mobile Intelligent Agents for Managing the Information InfrastructureCurrent State of MIAMI
  • Completed activities:
  • Mobile agent platforms evaluation
  • Selected initial platform: Grasshopper of IKV++
  • Agent platform enhancement requirements analysis
  • Deliverable D1 (August 1998)
  • Activities in progress:
  • Enhanced agent platform specification and design
  • Application case studies
  • Subsequent activities:
  • Platform enhancements implementation (start 11/1998)
  • Applications design and implementation (start 01/1999)
  • ACTS Programme AC338 MIAMI: Mobile Intelligent Agents for Managing the Information InfrastructureMIAMI Deliverables The MIAMI Project will produce the following deliverables:
  • D1 Platform Enhancement Requirements 08/98
  • D2 Platform Enhancement Specification 11/98
  • D3 Case Studies 01/99
  • D4 Case Study Prototypes 09/99
  • ACTS Programme AC338 MIAMI: Mobile Intelligent Agents for Managing the Information InfrastructureTechnical ApproachThe MIAMI project develops:
  • An improved MIA platform and
  • Two trial applications based on it:
  • The Active Virtual Pipe (AVP) and
  • Demonstration of network and service management based on agents
  • The Virtual Enterprise Builder (VEB)
  • Demonstration of agent based applications and communication services
  • ACTS Programme AC338 MIAMI: Mobile Intelligent Agents for Managing the Information InfrastructureActive Virtual Pipe Pro-active component of the MIAMI information and communication infrastructure:
  • Provision of advanced communication and connectivity services in the business context (dynamic “VPN” - resources on demand)
  • Agent based network management:
  • QoS management
  • Fault management
  • Configuration management
  • Use of multiple transport network providers
  • Spot market for network resources
  • Provision of basic VE management services
  • (generic workflow management capabilities)ACTS Programme AC338 MIAMI: Mobile Intelligent Agents for Managing the Information InfrastructureVirtual Enterprise BuilderInteractive tool for creation and administration of a VE with support for:
  • Finding business partners
  • Negotiating among business partners
  • Creating the VE contract
  • Automatically configuring the AVP according to the contract
  • Monitoring and managing VE activities
  • (generic workflow management support)ACTS Programme AC338 MIAMI: Mobile Intelligent Agents for Managing the Information InfrastructureVirtual Market Place Provider VE Initiator Service or Content ProviderService ProviderContent ProviderAVP ProviderConnectivity ProviderMIAMI Enterprise ModelConsumerSubscriberVirtual EnterpriseACTS Programme AC338 MIAMI: Mobile Intelligent Agents for Managing the Information InfrastructureComponents of the MIAMI FrameworkACTS Programme AC338 MIAMI: Mobile Intelligent Agents for Managing the Information InfrastructureApplication of Agents in MIAMIACTS Programme AC338 MIAMI: Mobile Intelligent Agents for Managing the Information InfrastructureApplication Fields of Agents in MIAMI
  • Provision of high level, dynamic, programmable interfaces
  • Agent-based system components
  • Generic Workflow Management
  • Service Management
  • Negotiation
  • Brokering
  • Resource and Network Management
  • ACTS Programme AC338 MIAMI: Mobile Intelligent Agents for Managing the Information InfrastructureMIAMI Trial Scenario
  • Real business scenario
  • Creation and running of a virtual enterprise with distributed participants
  • Demonstration of the graphical Virtual Enterprise Builder
  • Creation and administration of VE
  • Demonstration of the Active Virtual Pipe
  • Provision and dynamic, role-based management of connectivity
  • Support for administration of VE
  • ACTS Programme AC338 MIAMI: Mobile Intelligent Agents for Managing the Information Infrastructure Virtual Euro Consulting company provides:Interactive lectures about the Euro on demand.Access to a video archive.Access to a document archive.Possibility to submit papers independent of its language, which will be translated if necessary, proof-read, marked and stored on the web server.MIAMI Trial Scenario (cont.)ACTS Programme AC338 MIAMI: Mobile Intelligent Agents for Managing the Information InfrastructureExpected AchievementsMIAMI will clarify the potential of MIA technology regarding the:
  • Reduction of management traffic load on and increase of the availability of underlying networks
  • Reduction of prerequisite consumer knowledge for installation and operation of the solutions
  • Increase of efficiency and effectiveness of the provisioning and execution of management procedures
  • ACTS Programme AC338 MIAMI: Mobile Intelligent Agents for Managing the Information InfrastructureSummary
  • The major goal of the MIAMI project is to develop and validate a uniform mobile agent platform with facilities for:
  • Network and service management and
  • Advanced communication and information services
  • within a pan European trial scenario.
  • MIAMI concentrates on OMG MASIF Paradigm but considers also integration with FIPA specifications
  • MIAMI will contribute to the next OMG Agent Standard.
  • ACTS Programme AC338 MIAMI: Mobile Intelligent Agents for Managing the Information Infrastructure
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