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EPSRC Reference: GR/S62710/01
Title: Virtual Organisations for e-Science
Principal Investigator: Jennings, Professor NR
Other Investigators:
De Roure, Professor D Hall, Professor Dame W Shadbolt, Professor N
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Department: Electronics and Computer Science
Organisation: University of Southampton
Scheme: Standard Research (Pre-FEC)
Starts: 01 March 2004 Ends: 31 May 2007 Value (£): 258,528
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Artificial Intelligence
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Information Technologies
Related Grants:
GR/S62727/01
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Virtual organisations (VOs) - temporary alliances of distinct stakeholders that come together to deliver fulfill a particular niche - are central to the vision e-Science. They provide the means to rapidly assemble services to meet a particular need, and they provide the basis for flexible ongoing collaboration in dynamic communities. However, to date, there are no techniques that can automatically support the entire end-to-end VO lifecycle (from creation, through operation, to dissolution). To this end, this proposal will undertake the fundamental computer science research that is necessary to rectify this situation. In particular, we adopt a service-oriented view in which software agents interact in a computational economy. Specifically, we will develop techniques to specify and reason about services and their composition effects, use advanced auction techniques (combinatorial auctions) to construct and re-construct optimal VOs, and dynamic coalition formation techniques from game theory to manage the VO's operation. These techniques will beintergrated together in o Vfl demonstrator in the domain of e-science
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