ALIVE: a framework for flexible and adaptive service coordination

J. S. C. Lam, W. W. Vasconcelos, F. Guerin, D. Corsar, A. Chorley, T. J. Norman, J. Vázquez-Salceda, S. Panagiotidi, R. Confalonieri, I. Gomez, S. Hidalgo, S. A. Napagao, J. C. Nieves, M. Palau Roig, L. Ceccaroni, H. Aldewereld, V. Dignum, F. Dignum, L. Penserini, J. PadgetM. De Vos, D. Andreou, O. Cliffe, A. Staikopoulos, R. Popescu, S. Clarke, P. Sergeant, C. Reed, T. Quillinan, K. Nieuwenhuis

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    There is a large body of research on software services, but the issues of communication and dynamic reconfiguration have received little attention, as have adaptation to environment and dynamic combination of service building blocks into new applications. Here, we present the approach of the FP7 ALIVE project to the use of formal models of coordination and organisation mechanisms to deliver a flexible, high-level means to describe the structure of interactions between services in the environment. Our aim is to create a framework for services engineering for "live" open systems of active services. We propose to build on the current activities in service-oriented engineering by defining three levels: (i) An organisational level models the organisational structure of executing and interlinked services and the context around them. (ii) A coordination level provides flexible ways to model interaction between the services. (iii) These two levels connect with existing (semantic)Web services, which contain semantic descriptions to make components aware of their social context and of the rules of engagement with other services.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationEngineering Societies in the Agents World X
    Subtitle of host publication10th International Workshop, ESAW 2009 Utrecht, The Netherlands, November 18-20, 2009. Proceedings
    EditorsHuib Aldewereld, Virginia Dignum, Gauthier Picard
    Place of PublicationBerlin
    Number of pages4
    ISBN (Electronic)9783642102035
    ISBN (Print)3642102026, 9783642102028
    Publication statusPublished - 2009
    Event10th Annual International Workshop "Engineering Societies in the Agents' World" - Utrecht, Netherlands
    Duration: 18 Nov 200920 Nov 2009

    Publication series

    NameLecture notes in computer science
    ISSN (Print)0302-9743
    ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


    Workshop10th Annual International Workshop "Engineering Societies in the Agents' World"
    Abbreviated titleESAW 2009
    Internet address


    • Active service
    • Adaptive services
    • Building blocks
    • Coordination levels
    • Dynamic combination
    • Dynamic re-configuration
    • Formal model
    • Model interaction
    • New applications
    • Organisational level
    • Organisational structure
    • Rules of engagements
    • Semantic descriptions
    • Service oriented
    • Services engineering
    • Social context
    • Software services


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