The 9th International IEEE Enterprise

Distributed Object Computing Conference

19-23 September 2005, Enschede, The Netherlands


Sponsored by IEEE Computer Society, IEEE Communications Society,

the University of Twente/Center for Telematics and Information Technology, Telematics Institute


Call for Participation in

The 2nd INTEROP Workshop




World-class competitiveness of European economy strongly depends on enterprises’ ability in the near future to concretize networked dynamic organizations massively and rapidly. Today, networked business initiatives encounter recurrent difficulties due to the lack of interoperability of enterprises and IT systems. The role of research in this field is to create upstream conditions for technological breakthroughs to avoid that enterprise investments be governed by the incremental evolution of IT offerings.

Interoperability can be defined as the ability of enterprise processes, applications and systems to interact. The capability to efficiently interact, collaborate and exchange information and data with internal and external organizations is one of the most important challenges of any enterprise, especially those pushed by global market forces and growing competition. It is indispensable in order to produce goods and services more quickly, at lower costs, while maintaining higher levels of quality and customization.

Organizations must be able to adapt and quickly exchange information and data with internal and external collaborators. This often requires the exchange of administrative, financial and technical data. Legacy ERP, SCM, LCM and CRM enterprise applications commonly manage the information required for collaboration, but the software itself was for the most part, conceived and programmed to be run within specific, secure, organizational boundaries. In Europe between 30-40% of total IT budgets is spent on issues tied to Interoperability. INTEROP has identified and is studying a number of interoperability “snares” in order to allow for common solutions to reduce these costs.

Interoperability may be considered as achieved if user and application  interaction can take place at the three levels: data, applications and business process. The architectures of the enterprise must be modelled taking into account both practical logic, logistics and semantics. This is not only a problem of software and IT technologies. It implies support for communication and transactions between different organizations that should be based on shared business reference models and practical standards. To gain time and efficiency, and to avoid re-defining co-operation rules and software interfaces each time, these reference models must also be based on business standards. The business standards must be independent and weakly coupled with IT solutions and systems to avoid proprietary solutions and to support openness and evolution.




The 2nd INTEROP workshop is an open workshop for reseachers and practitioners of interoperability on multiple levels: inter-enterprise coordination, business process integration, sematic and syntactic application integration, and physical integration.The success of the workshop is granted by a mixture of new contributors to the discussion and dissemination of INTEROP NoE results from the first 18 months of work.

The workshop is a full day workshop with normal paper sessions, discussion sessions, and a panel discussion or invited talk.




The open INTEROP workshop seeks submissions on the following themes:

·          Aligning IT-investment and business (enterprise architecture)

·          IT aspects of inter-enterprise collaboration and virtual enterprises; systems integration and interoperability

·          Enterprise computing - support for business processes

·          Realisation technologies for enterprise computing

·          Interoperability models, platforms, techniques

·          Evolution and management of enterprise computing systems

·          Enterprise architecture design and modeling

·          Visualising of processes and information flow

·          Knowledge and competence management

·          Documenting decision-making and policies and impacts (governance)

·          Dissemination of INTEROP NoE work from the first 18 months on areas of enterprise modeling, ontologies, and architectures and platforms; especially contributions crossing areas are welcomed.






To enable lively and productive discussion, attendance will be limited to submitters of accepted position papers. All submissions will be formally peer reviewed. Submissions should be 4 to 8 pages in IEEE Computer Society format and include the author's name, affiliation and contact details. Electronic submission in PDF format is expected. They should be submitted by e-mail as postscript or PDF files before July 4, 2005, to the Workshop Chairs (


Authors will be notified of acceptance by July 19, 2005. At least one author of accepted papers should participate in the Workshop. Workshop proceedings will be published on the conference CD-ROM, and all accepted papers will appear in the IEEE Digital Library.










Further information about

the Workshop is available at












Martin Zelm                                          CIMOSA Org., Germany

Frank Lillehagen                                     Troux Technologies Inc., Norway

Lea Kutvonen                                        University of Helsinki, Finland





Dave Akehurst                                       University of Kent, UK

Dan Belville                                           Troux Technologies Inc., USA

Arne Berre                                             SINTEF, Norway

Jean Bézivin                                           Université de Nantes, France

Mark Fox                                               University of Toronto, Canada

Ted Goranson                                        Old Dominion University, USA

Kurt Kosanke                                        CIMOSA Org., Germany

John Krogstie                                         NTNU, Trondheim, Norway

Peter F. Linington                                  University of Kent, UK

James N. Martin                                    Aerospace Corporation, USA

Kai Mertins                                           Fraunhofer IPK Berlin, Germany

Herve Panetto                                        University of Nancy, France

Richard Mark Soley                               OMG, USA

Antonio Vallecillo                                  University of Malaga, Spain


IMPORTANT DATES                                                                       


Workshop papers due:                               13 June 2005                                                        

Author notification:                                   19 July 2005 

Final papers due:                                        15 August 2005

Workshop date:                                          19 September 2005                              




INTEROP ( is a Network of Excellence with 51 partners from numerous sectors, spanning academic institutions, research centres, industry stakeholders and standardisation, bodies supported by the European Commission for a three-year-period in the 6th Framework Programme. INTEROP is aiming to create the conditions of an innovative and competitive research in the domain of interoperability for enterprise applications and software.


INTEROP will facilitate the emergence of an interoperability research entity through the fusion of three knowledge domains, namely:

·          Architectures and Enabling Technologies (A&T) to insure the implementation of frameworks and infrastructures

·          Enterprise Modelling (EM) to define interoperability requirements to enable the use of enterprise modelling across network

·          Ontology (ONT) to identify interoperability semantics in the enterprise


The integration will be achieved by the end of the 3-year project duration. Meanwhile, INTEROP spreading of excellence activities should ensure the fertilisation of the largest European research community with IT providers and users, to provide a durable Virtual Lab on Interoperability lasting beyond the EU-funded period.


The joint programme of activities comprises four types of activities:

·          Integrating activities with four subareas: Knowledge Map, Method of Work and Platform Enabling Collaboration, Mobility of Researchers Method for scientific integration and assessment,

·          Joint research activities with four subareas: Common Enterprise Modelling Framework in Distributed Environments, Generation of customised enterprise software from Enterprise Modelling, Ontology-based Integration of Enterprise Modelling and Architecture & Platforms, New architectures and platforms for interoperability and

·          Spreading of excellence activities with three subareas: Training by e-learning, Dissemination and communication and Transfer of research to industry.