Project wider objective
To combine the emerging Semantic Web, Web Services, Peer-to-Peer, Machine Learning and Agent
technologies for the development of a global and smart maintenance management environment, to
provide Web-based support for the predictive maintenance of industrial devices by utilizing
heterogeneous and interoperable Web resources, services and human experts.
Main research objective
To provide tools and solutions making heterogeneous industrial resources
(files, documents, services, devices, processes, systems, human experts, etc.) web-accessible,
proactive and cooperative in a sense that they will be able to analyze their state independently
from other systems or to order such analysis from remote experts or Web-services to be aware
of own condition and to plan behavior towards effective and predictive maintenance.
Stages of the project research & development
The development of the project's underlying system is divided into yearly stages, which are outlined below.
Each year of the project is based on previous results and delivers more enhanced version of architectural
design for the maintenance environment.
Year 1. Adaptation Stage (2004)
The objective of this project stage is to define Semantic Web-based framework for unification of
maintenance data and interoperability in maintenance system. Its research and development tasks
include development of generic semantic adapter mechanism (General Adaptation Framework) and
supporting ontology (Resource State/Condition Description Framework) for different types of
industrial resources: devices, software components (services) and humans (operators or experts).
Year 2. Proactivity Stage (2005)
The objective of this project stage is the architectural design of agent-based resource management
framework and enabling meaningful resource interaction. Its research and development tasks
include adding software agents (Maintenance Agents) to the industrial resources, enabling
their proactive behavior. For this purpose, Resource Goal/Behavior Description Framework
has to be designed, which will be the basis for making resource's individual behavioral model.
The model is assumed to be processed and executed by the RGBDF engine used by
the Maintenance Agents.
Year 3. Networking Stage (2006)
The objective of this project stage comprises complex behavior/interaction of Smart Resources
(Device, Expert and Service) in the global networked environment. Its research and development
tasks relate to the development of Peer-to-Peer inter-agent communicating system, which will
allow discovery of necessary network components (industrial) using their profiles, and interaction
scenarios "one service - many devices", "one device - many services".
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