Department of Computer Science
Agent-supported web service composition for supply chain management
Web service composition requires allocating suitable resources to a set of services that constitute a composite service. The problem is complicated by the fact that the availability of resources may be uncertain and change over time, and the constraints of component services may not be completely known in advance. It needs the ability to rapidly and dynamically identify suitable resources and coordinate them under various constraints. In this paper, an agent mediated coordination framework for Web service composition is proposed in the context of e-supply chain management (e-SCM). Global constraints to be satisfied by the composite service are first translated into local constraints of its component services. Service brokering agents dedicated to discovery of component services interact autonomously with each others for refining the local constraints based on the candidate services' instantaneous status until a sufficiently good composition is identified. Although presented in the context of supply chain management, this framework is applicable to other problem areas where a set of services are composed as a result of a large resource repository to be searched, scheduled and coordinated, especially in a real-time fashion.
Web services, Supply chain management, Availability, Time factors, Context-aware services, Uncertainty, Supply chains, Resource management, Humans, Process planning
Source Publication Title
Proceedings of the 8th IEEE International Conference on E-Commerce Technology and the 3rd IEEE International Conference on Enterprise Computing, E-Commerce, and E-Services (CEC/EEE’06)
San Francisco, United States
Copyright © 2006 by The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc.
This work was supported by RGC Central Allocation Group Research Grant (HKBU 2/03/C).
Link to Publisher's Edition
Wong, Minhong, William K. Cheung, Jiming Liu, and Zongwei Luo. "Agent-supported web service composition for supply chain management." Proceedings of the 8th IEEE International Conference on E-Commerce Technology and the 3rd IEEE International Conference on Enterprise Computing, E-Commerce, and E-Services (CEC/EEE’06) (2006).