Next generation collaborative systems will offer the mobile user seamless and natural collaboration amongst a diversity of agents within distributed, knowledge-rich and virtualised working environment. However, this ambitious goal faces numerous challenges from the underlying communication infrastructure through to the high level application services. These challenges, depending on the operational need, can be addressed in both technological and scientific terms.
The POPEYE project focuses on supporting dynamic spontaneous collaborative group working environments with autonomous coordination and knowledge management support.
When most of the currently available tools supporting collaboration exploit a rigid client-server architecture and rely on a communication infrastructure like the Internet, POPEYE's ambition is to get collaborative working free from such constraints.
In this setting, the project will consider P2P over wireless ad hoc groups, where fixed infrastructure is not a prerequisite, where virtual communities can emerge spontaneously and share data with the appropriate quality of service (persistence, synchronisation, security).
The POPEYE project will
a) draw out an integrated overlay networking architecture that combines the stability and performance of infrastructure networks (when available) with the flexibility and spontaneous character of mobile ad hoc communications,
b) develop a communication platform to provide efficient P2P management and communication primitives,
c) develop higher-level context-aware, secure and personalised core services to facilitate application development by allowing the combination of user preferences with ambience information, such as time, location, user activity, and peers' presence.
The POPEYE infrastructure will be assessed through representative and challenging selected mobility-enabled peer-to-peer e-collaboration applications and two demonstration events will be organised.
Funding SchemeSTREP - Specific Targeted Research Project
75634 Paris 13