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TABLE 6.1 Research to Advance Infrastructure Systems

Subject Area

Example of Research Needed

Architectures and standards

Standard manufacturing control architectures Generic functionality within control architectures Cost-benefit criteria for potential standards

Intra-enterprise and inter-enterprise integration

Principles and architectures for coupling network-based applications


Automatic interpretation of transactions


Automatic message routing and associated processing


Support for multiple protocols and multiple speeds over a given medium


Time-critical message delivery in interconnected networks


Protocols and services that support specific demands of object-oriented applications


Services for human- and machine-based browsing and searching of information and resources


Tools and techniques supporting supply-chain dynamics and associated planning


Mechanisms and systems to support information session management

Architectures for autonomy and distributed intelligence

Autonomous agents to monitor and respond to production events


Knowledge agents for enterprise-wide management of models, names, transactions, and rules


Architectures for manufacturing systems involving distributed intelligence


Tools to find and distribute information


Stable sets of rules for interacting agents


Dynamic variations in agent autonomy

Information retrieval systems

Modeling and prototyping functions for user interfaces


Next-generation data manipulation languages


Maintenance of data consistency and integrity through database updates


Network-based services for information browsing and searching

Software engineering

Simplification of system designs, operation, and maintenance


Self-healing systems


Support for new programming paradigms


Tools for component-based architecture life-cycle approaches


General tools unconstrained by the limitations of specific programming languages


Tools with aspects of knowledge-based collaboration software

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