Perspectives on Cooperative Systems


PECOS - 5660

Keywords distributed working, collaborative working, project management support systems


Start Date: 01-OCT-90 / Duration: 12 months

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Objectives

This exploratory action aims to investigate models for Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW). Increased importance is being attached to the cooperative approach to work by groups of organisations, whereby common objectives may be established and pursued.

A central concept of CSCW models is that of the intelligent agent, which can be an ordinary user or a software module implementing functionalities of various degrees of intelligence. Well-understood schemes of cooperation are essential in order for such agents to collaborate successfully in achieving goals. To meet this objective a study of possible inter-agent structures will be conducted.

The PECOS action will include an evaluation of the state of the art as regards both technological capability and organisational theory and practice. It will also assess the scope and scale of the market needs which cooperative working will generate in the short and medium term.

A conceptual analysis is essential in order to evaluate these CSCW tools; the pre-requisite for such an analysis is a clear model of organisational cooperation, both in general and in relation to specific organisational tasks. The development of such an analytical model is therefore the key aspect of the action. In order to better identify such a model within the period allotted, two small case studies will be carried out, with the collaboration of two partners acting as users, in two different areas of cooperative work: co-work management and decision-making for complex projects. The model will play a crucial role in the identification of an appropriate software architecture to represent the cooperation platform of the envisaged environment, whose definition is part of the aims of the action.

The expected results of the PECOS action will be delivered as a final report together with two small animation prototypes of the systems designed for the case studies. These will serve mainly as explanatory support to the cooperation modelling approach and software architecture described in the final report.


CONTACT POINT

Mr Francesco Gardin
AIS SPA
Via Rombon 11
I - 20134 MILANO
tel: + 39/ 2 2640197
fax: + 39/ 2 26410744

Participants

AIS SPA - I - C
BIKIT - B - P
LOMBARDIA INFORMATICA SPA - I - P
UNIVERSIDAD POLITECNICA DE MADRID - E - P
MARI APPLIED TECHNOLOGIES LTD - UK - P
INDUSTRIAS DE TELECOMUNICATION SA - E - P
EMMEPI - I - P


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PECOS - 5660, December 1993


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