Web services, Semantic web, and Agent-based solutions to heterogeneous system integration


Workshop chair: Min-Jung Yoo -  Min-Jung.Yoo@unil.ch
HEC - University of Lausanne, Switzerland

CH-1015 Lausanne

Main Topic:
Key topics include intelligent agents (distributed artificial intelligence), enterprise integration, service oriented architecture, web services and service composition, ontologies, semantic web.

Goal: To understand the principles of intelligent agents and multi-agent systems, to review Web service concepts and the semantic web as a emerging approach to enterprise integration, to understand agent-based approaches to service composition and their benefits


Organizer Presentation:

Min-Jung Yoo is an assistant professor at the University of Lausanne - HEC (Hautes Ecoles Commerciales). She received the M.S. and PhD degrees in computer science from the University of Paris 6 (Pierre et Marie Curie) in 1999.

Her research interests include:

            Intelligent agents and multi-agent systems,

            Component-based software engineering,

            E-learning documents on the Internet,

            Semantic web,

            Web services,

            Enterprise application integration.

Some parts of the tutorial will be mainly based on one of her work "Enterprise Integration" - a book chapter (Robin Qiu, co-authors) which is included in the forthcoming book "More CIO Wisdom" (Philip Laplante editor, Prentice Hall 2005). The other parts stemmed from her course which is actually given at HEC - "Intelligent Agents for Collaborative Information Systems"-, which is complemented by advanced discussions.

Program: For this half-day tutorial of 3 hours (180 minutes of face time), I expect to allocate about 40, 30, 40, 40, and 30 minutes respectively to the following sections:

.Introduction to intelligent agents and multi-agent system (40 min)
Brief history
Three principles

.Brief discussion on enterprise integration and service-oriented architecture (30 min)
Taxonomy of Enterprise Application Integration
Service oriented architecture
Motivation for Web Service composition
.Web services (40 min)
Basic concepts
Key elements: WSDL, SOAP, UDDI, Directory services
.Introduction to Semantic web (40 min)
Ontology and Knowledge sharing
Relevant standards: RDF, SDF Schema, OWL
.Discussion: Associating Agent paradigms with Web services and the semantic web (30 min)
Potential benefits
Some approaches and challenges
Recent projects

Duration: 3 hours
Audience: Young CIOs, senior undergraduate and graduate students, advanced developers who want to understand the principles of agent paradigms and their use in the context of Web services and the Semantic Web