The WORKPAD project aims at building and developing an innovative software infrastructure (software, models, services, etc.) for supporting collaborative work of human operators in emergency/disaster scenarios. In such scenarios, different teams, belonging to different organizations, need to collaborate each other to reach a common goal; each team member is equipped with handheld devices (PDAs) and communication technologies, and should carry on specific tasks. In such a way we can consider the whole team as carrying on a process (macro-process), and the different teams (of the different organizations) collaborate through the "interleaving" of all the different processes. Each team is supported by some back-end centre, and the different centres need to cooperate at an inter-organizational level to reach an effective coordination among teams. Each team is referred to one specific organization, which is the only agent in charge of controlling its teams, and the teams thus form a virtual organization.
The project will investigate a 2-level framework for such scenarios: a back-end peer-to-peer community, providing advanced services requiring high computational power, data & knowledge & content integration, and a set of front-end peer-to-peer communities, that provide services to human workers, mainly by adaptively enacting processes on mobile ad-hoc networks.
The consortium consists of a complementary set of top-level scientific partners (i.e., UOR, TOR VERGATA, TUW, SALZBURG RESEARCH), a world-leading industrial company (i.e., IBM ITALIA S.P.A.), very focused SMEs (i.e., MOVIQUITY, SOFTWARE602) and a user partner capable to take up WORKPAD results (i.e., Regione Calabria - Settore Protezione Civile [Homeland Security Department], PCRC). Such consortium composition guarantees the successful execution of the project as well as the widest exploitation of its results.
Funding SchemeSTREP - Specific Targeted Research Project
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