Industrial Agent Technologies
  Mihaela Ulieru,
The University of New Brunswick,
Brief Bio
Mihaela Ulieru is a Professor of Computer Science and holds the NSERC Canada Research Chair in Adaptive Information Infrastructures for the e-Society at the University of New Brunswick. She chairs and is on the board of several international R&D initiatives and is on the governing board of the IEEE Industrial Electronic Society, in charge with the emerging area of Industrial Informatics. With a PhD (1995) in computational intelligence applied to systems diagnostics under the illustrious supervision of Professor Rolf Isermann at Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany, Dr. Ulieru started her academic career as Lecturer in Computer Science and Information Systems at Brunel University, London, UK. A postdoctoral fellowship (1997) with Prof. William Gruver in the Intelligent Manufacturing and Robotics Group at Simon Fraser University brought her to Canada where she was awarded the Junior Nortel Chair at the University of Calgary in 1998. In 2001 Dr. Ulieru founded (under NSERC International Opportunity Fund) the Canadian GAIN (Global Agents Integration Network) that joined the research efforts of 19 Universities and Research Institutes across the Country working together with the industry to develop intelligent web services for collaborative virtual organizations. Several international consortia were involved, among which the Intelligent Manufacturing Systems Consortium and the Foundation for Intelligent Physical Agents. In 2002 she founded (under contract of international cooperation with Berkeley Initiative in Soft Computing) the Emergent Information Systems Laboratory at the University of Calgary which she led until she left Calgary for the CRC award at UNB. Her extensive work with the industry earned her the Chairmanship of the 1st IEEE International Conference on Industrial Informatics in 2003 and in the same year she founded the IEEE Technical Sub-Committee on Industrial Agents.
Since July 1, 2005 Dr. Ulieru directs the Adaptive Risk Management Laboratory funded by CFI (Canada Foundation for Innovation) at the University of New Brunswick to support her work related to the Canada Research Chair award. Her current research is focused on distributed intelligent environments (coined as 'ambient intelligence') and their applications to e-Health, emergency response management and intelligent manufacturing.

Industrial Informatics naturally emerged from the development of science and technology in the last two decades. The meaning of the two words "Industrial Informatics", can give just a shallow clarification. Industrial suggests the approach for real-world, complex applications. The term informatics refers to the infrastructure enabling the development and deployment of such complex, real-world applications, and suggests techniques for information analysis, manipulation, transformation and distribution. In particular the distribution aspect emerges into a broader context with the advent of globalization facilitated by the Internet. New, reach applications and sciences emerge based on more powerful paradigms. One of them is the distributed intelligence/multi-agent systems paradigm. Today, new standards for distributed industrial architectures, such as IEC 1499 call for large scale use of the novel agent paradigm in production systems. After a thorough introduction into the essentials of multi-agent systems our tutorial will give an overview of this new standard with examples from several projects completed within the Holonic Manufacturing Systems Consortium.

We will as well introduce new technologies from the Industrial Informatics arena which are being explored by the IEEE-IES Industrial Agents Committee: collaborative / open systems, service oriented architecture and agents, autonomous e-services, e-logistics, intelligent distributed production systems, heterogeneous interoperability. In particular the information infrastructures supporting distributed automation, the extended enterprise and its services and the novel paradigms related to e-Systems design and development will be examined.
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