About the Workshop

It is our pleasure to invite you to participate in the SOHOMA’18 International Workshop on Service Orientation in Holonic and Multi-Agent Manufacturing, organized by Universita degli Studi di Bergamo and Politecnico di Milano in collaboration with University Politehnica of Bucharest (the CIMR Research Centre in Computer Integrated Manufacturing and Robotics), University of Valenciennes and Hainaut-Cambrésis (the LAMIH Laboratory of Industrial and Human Automation Control, Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science) and University of Lorraine (the CRAN Research Centre in Automation of Nancy). The SOHOMA’18 workshop has the scientific support from the IEEE-IES Technical Committee on Industrial Agents and from the GdR MACS-IMS2 Research Group on Intelligent Manufacturing Systems and Services.

The main objective of SOHOMA Workshops is to foster innovation in smart and sustainable manufacturing and logistics systems and in this context to promote concepts, methods and solutions for the digital transformation of manufacturing through service orientation and agent-based control with distributed intelligence.

SOHOMA18 is a scientific event associated to the 16th IFAC Symposium on Information Control Problems in Manufacturing, INCOM18, 11-13 June 2018 Bergamo Italy.

The Workshop’s Theme

The theme of the SOHOMA’18 Workshop is “Digital transformation of manufacturing with agent-based control and service orientation of Internet-scale platforms”.

Markets are currently demanding customized high-quality products with shorter delivery times and shorter lifecycles, forcing companies to adapt their processes by help of flexible, safe and reconfigurable production structures. This leads to systems featuring higher agility, reconfigurability, robustness and responsiveness while also ensuring the maintainability and sustainability of their manufacturing processes, products and logistics.

This 8th SOHOMA edition puts the focus especially on how the digital transformation, as the one advocated by “Industrie 4.0” or “Industry of the future” concepts, can lead to improve the maintainability and the sustainability of manufacturing processes, products, and logistics. Digital transformation relates to the interaction between the physical and informational worlds. It is realized via virtualization of products, processes and resources managed as services. The theoretical background lies in data and knowledge management.

Several drivers favour such a digital transformation; the focus is set on four of them in the SOHOMA’18 workshop:

  • Direct Digital Manufacturing including both novel 3D printing and 3D modelling technologies;
  • Virtualization of shop floor devices enabling a correct balance between local computing abilities (close to manufacturing resources and intelligent embedded products) with global computing abilities (private cloud manufacturing platforms);
  • Evolution of cloud manufacturing that moves from production-oriented processes to customer- and service-oriented process networks;
  • Industrial Internet of Things technology, seamlessly integrating smart connected objects in the cloud. This stimulates a product centric approach, where the product directly requests processing, assembly and maintenance while it is in execution, delivery and use.

SOHOMA’18 maintains the traditional focus on Multi-agent Systems (MAS) and Holonic Manufacturing Execution Systems (HMES) that contribute to intelligent, safe and sustainable manufacturing. Service orientation of control and management of the manufacturing value chain have gained attention in the past editions, promising a way to create the basis for agile, networked enterprise in which value is co-created from customer’s perspective.

The scientific event will draw on research developed in the last years in the scientific community SOHOMA as well as from other sources. The main research lines are:

  • IT modelling techniques (UML, Object-Orientation, Agents,…) for automation systems
  • Holonic architectures and Multi-agent frameworks for smart, safe and sustainable industrial systems
  • Intelligent products, orders and systems in industry
  • Service orientation of control and management in the manufacturing value chain
  • Issues of agility, flexibility, safety, resilience and reconfigurability in industrial systems with new service-oriented ICT: cloud, Web, SOA
  • Cyber-Physical Production Systems and Industrial IoT for Industry 4.0

The application space for these new developments is very broad. SOHOMA’18 will address all aspects of industrial systems management including, such as:

  • Control and management of production, supply chain, logistics, transportation, etc
  • Industrial and after-sale services, maintenance and repair operations
  • Management and control of energy production and distribution

The implementing space for these application classes includes the new digital transformation frameworks and technologies, as the one advocated by “Industrie 4.0” or “Industry of the future” concepts. Digitalization relates to the attention paid on the interaction between the physical and informational worlds through data and knowledge management as well as virtualization of products, processes and resources managed as services.

Examples are not limited to these areas. Papers discussing new application areas and the resulting new developments at the interface of information technology and automation are especially welcome. All contributions must indicate alignment with the Workshop’s theme.

The purpose of the SOHOMA’18 international workshop is to shed light on the multiple issues above, associated with safe, smart and sustainable products, processes and industrial systems, distribution of intelligence in enterprise management and production control, and integration of business and technical processes in the manufacturing value chain through agent orientation, virtualization and service-oriented technologies.

Workshop topics

  • Customer-oriented logistics
  • Modelling of discrete event dynamic systems in manufacturing
  • Multi-Agent Systems in industry
  • Control with distributed intelligence
  • Holonic Manufacturing Execution Systems
  • Product intelligence: concepts, architectures, implementation, use cases
  • Industrial Internet of Things / Physical Internet
  • Swarm intelligence in manufacturing
  • Industrial Internet and digital manufacturing
  • Dynamic and green infrastructure for sustainable manufacturing
  • Predictive resource maintenance and risk management
  • Mixed production planning and scheduling
  • Virtual factory, supply chains and logistics
  • Manufacturing Integration Framework
  • Intelligent Manufacturing Systems
  • Cloud Manufacturing and resource virtualization
  • Computing and Service Oriented manufacturing
  • Servitization and Product-Service Systems
  • Multi-robot systems in manufacturing, control and applications
  • Bio-inspired theories for smart manufacturing and evolutionary robotics
  • Big Data and the contextual enterprise
  • Cyber-Physical Manufacturing Systems and Industry 4.0
  • Performance evaluation of industrial emerging behaviour
  • Holonic hybrid supervised control of industrial processes

Publication of Workshop papers

All papers accepted for presentation will be included in an electronic Preprints volume (on e-key) and distributed to the participants at the conference time, together with a book of abstracts.

All papers duly presented at the Workshop will be included in the SOHOMA’18 post conference Proceedings volume, ISI and DBLP Computer Science database indexed published in Springer book series “Studies in Computational Intelligence”. Selected papers will be proposed for publication in journals.

The Proceedings volumes of SOHOMA’11-SOHOMA’16 previous events, published in special issues of the Springer Book series “Studies in Computational Intelligence” have been included in Web of Science, Scopus, ISI Proceedings and the DBLP Computer Science Bibliography (University of Trier, Germany).




SOHOMA’11

Service Orientation in Holonic and Multi Agent Manufacturing Control
Series: Studies in Computational Intelligence, Vol. 402, 2012
Borangiu, Theodor; Thomas, André; Trentesaux, Damien (Eds.)
ISBN: 978-3-642-27448-0 (Print) 978-3-642-27449-7 (Online)

SOHOMA’12

Service Orientation in Holonic and Multi Agent Manufacturing and Robotics
Series: Studies in Computational Intelligence, Vol. 472, 2013
Borangiu, Theodor; Thomas, André; Trentesaux, Damien (Eds.)
ISBN: 978-3-642-35851-7 (Print) 978-3-642-35852-4 (Online)

SOHOMA’13

Service Orientation in Holonic and Multi Agent Manufacturing and Robotics
Series: Studies in Computational Intelligence, Vol. 544, 2014
Borangiu, Theodor; Thomas, Andre; Trentesaux, Damien (Eds.)
ISBN: 978-3-319-04734-8 (Print) 978-3-319-04735-5 (Online)

SOHOMA’14


Service Orientation in Holonic and Multi Agent Manufacturing
Series: Studies in Computational Intelligence, Vol. 594, 2015
Borangiu, Theodor; Trentesaux, Damien; Thomas, André; (Eds.)
ISBN: 978-3-319-15158-8 (Print) 978-3-319-15159-5 (Online)

SOHOMA’15

Service Orientation in Holonic and Multi Agent Manufacturing
Series: Studies in Computational Intelligence, Vol. 640, 2016
Borangiu, Theodor; Trentesaux, Damien; Thomas, André; McFarlane, Duncan (Eds.)
ISBN: 978-3-319-30335-2 (Print) 978-3-319-30337-6 (Online)

SOHOMA’16

Service Orientation in Holonic and Multi-Agent Manufacturing
Series: Studies in Computational Intelligence, Vol. 694, 2017
Borangiu, Theodor; Trentesaux, Damien; Thomas, André; Leitão, Paulo; Barata Oliveira, José (Eds.)
ISBN: 978-3-319-51099-6 (Print) 978-3-319-51100-9 (Online)