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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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