SUDDEN: SMEs Undertaking Design of Dynamic Ecosystem Networks

Contemporary markets require dynamic networks of collaborating organisations. Effective collaboration inside such networks motivates optimisation during planning and flexibility at enactment time, yet these two strands are treated separately at present.

This project focuses on SME suppliers within automotive ecosystems, aiming to empower them to collaboratively design and coordinate supply networks. This will be made possible by a novel approach which integrates collaborative optimisation and last-minute responsiveness of supply chains in an easy-to-use software prototype. A methodology for automotive supplier profiling and development will be created to support the implementation of the approach.

The underlying theoretical model uses principles of activity coordination and meta-management to deliver two key contributions. Firstly, innovative and emergent compositions of value-adding activities and services are made possible by separating abstract requirements for activities such as transportation or packaging from providers such as logistic suppliers. Secondly, responsiveness to last-minute changes of customer needs or transport disturbances is provided by postponing the allocation of providers to abstract activity requirements till the last possible moment, and continuously monitoring and improving the effectiveness of the supplier allocation.

To facilitate the uptake by typical SME users, visual models of supply processes, services, allocation policies, and partner profiles will be created to balance needs for formal semantics and ease-of-understanding. An agent-based infrastructure and formalised contract mechanisms will implement emergent service bundling and service-provider coalitions. Systematic value-based bid evaluation will be used, and simulated evaluations will feed into SME development using role profiling. Allocation mechanisms and evaluation criteria will be continuously adapted to marketplace changes and real-time information from mobile devices.




  • Nikolay Mehandjiev, Iain Stalker, Martin Carpenter. Recursive Construction and Evolution of Collaborative Business Processes. In Proceedings of the 2nd International Workshop on Collaborative Business Processes. CBP-08, Milan, 1-4 September 2008.
  • John Hosking, Nikolay Mehandjiev and John Grundy, A Domain Specific Visual Language for Design and Coordination of Supply Networks, In the Proceedings of the 2008 IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing, Herrsching am Ammersee, Germany, IEEE Press, 16-20 Sept 2008.
  • Nikolay D. Mehandjiev, Iain D. Stalker, Martin R. Carpenter, Integrating Social and Formal Factors to Support SME Driven Supply Network Design, Submitted to the 4th International Workshop on Business Process Design, Milano, Italy.
  • Cesar A. Marin, Iain D. Stalker, and Nikolay Mehandjiev, Engineering Business Ecosystems using the Dynamic Agent-based Ecosystem Model, ACM Transactions on Autonomous and Adaptive Systems (TAAS), Submitted for review March 2008.
  • Stalker I., Frage E., Yang A., Mehandjiev N., Service-Oriented CAPE: A New Direction for Software Applications. In Proceedings of 18-ESCAPE, Lyon, France, 2008.
  • Iain Duncan Stalker, Nikolay Mehandjiev, and Martin Carpenter, Devolved Ontology for Smart Applications, in U. Priss, S. Polovina, and R. Hill (Eds), 15th International Conference on Conceptual Structures (ICCS 2007), Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence, LNAI 4604, Springer, 2007. 360-373.
  • Marín, César A., Stalker, Iain, and Mehandjiev, Nikolay. Business Ecosystem Modelling: Combining Natural Ecosystems and Multi-Agent Systems. Pages 181-195. in : Matthias Klusch et al. (ed), Cooperative Information Agents XI, 11th International Workshop CIA 2007. Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNAI), vol. 4676. Heidelberg: Springer.
  • Marín, César A., Stalker, Iain, and Mehandjiev, Nikolay, Engineering Business Ecosystems using Environment-Mediated Interactions. In: et al., Danny Weyns (ed), Engineering Environment-Mediated Multi-Agent Systems, Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Heidelberg: Springer.
  • Nikolay D. Mehandjiev, Iain D. Stalker, Martin R Carpenter, Activity Coordination for Flexible Processes Linking Instant Virtual Enterprises, Second International Workshop on Agile Process-Aware Information Systems (ProGility 2007), 16th IEEE International Workshops on Enabling Technologies: Infrastructures for Collaborative Enterprises, Paris, France, 18-20 June, 2007.
  • Ch. Stary, St. Oppl: ''Konsistente Navigation ubiquitärer Web-Anwendungen'', in: eLearning, Vol. 2, No. 4, December 2007.
  • A. Auinger, F. Auinger, C. Derndorfer, J. Hallewell, Ch. Starry: ''Content Production for e-Learning in Engineering'', with:, in: iJET, Int. Journal of Emerging Technologies in Learning, Vol. 2, No. 2,, June 2007.
  • Ch. Stary: ''Content als Kontext zur Kommunikation im e-Learning'', in: eLearning, Vol. 1, No. 1, pp. 54-64, Studienverlag, Innsbruck, September 2006.
  • Ch. Stary: “Ubiquitous Access to Adaptive Hypermedia”, in: Handbook of Research on Mobile Multimedia, 2nd edition, Vol. I, ed.: I.K. Ibrahim, Idea Publishing, 2008.
  • Ch. Starry:“Interaktive Lehr- und Lernumgebungen als disziplinenübergreifende Gestaltungsaufgabe”, in: Sitzungsberichte der Leibniz-Sozietät, Band 92, Jahrgang 2008, trafo, Berlin, 2008.
  • Ch. Stary: ''Erwartungskonformes e-Learning?'', in: Proceedings M&C’07 Mensch und Computer, Gesellschaft für Informatik & German Chapter ACM, Oldenbourg, München, PP. 315-318, September 2007.
  • Ch. Stary: ''Intelligibility Catchers for Self-Managed Knowledge Transfer'', in: Proceedings ICALT’07‚ 7th International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies, IEEE, pp. 517-521, Niigata, July 2007.
  • Ch. Stary: ''Evaluating Coach Support in e-Learning Environments'', in: Proceedings AE International, 2nd International Conference on Applied Ergonomics, Las Vegas, July 2008.
  • A. Totter, Ch. Stary: ''On Learner Control in e-Learning'', in: Proceedings ECCE13, 13th European Conference on Cognitive Ergonomics, EACE/ACM, pp. 41-48, Zurich, 2006.
  • Ch. Stary: ''Explizierung und Explorierung von Vermittlungswissen für effektives e-learning'', in: Proceedings MKWI 2008, Springer, 2008.
  • A. Auinger, Ch. Stary: ''Ubiquitous Access to Learning Material in Engineering'', in: Proceedings 4th International Conference on Universal Access in Human-Computer Interaction, HCI International 2007, Bejing, LNCS 4456, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Part III, pp. 481-490, Springer, Berlin, July 2007.
  • J. Hemmecke, Ch. Stary: ''The Tacit Dimension of User Tasks: Elicitation and Contextual Representation'', in: Proceedings TAMODIA’06, 5th Int. Workshop on Task Models and Diagrams for User Interface Design, Spinger, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, LNCS 4385, pp. 308-323, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2007.
  • Georg Weichhart, Chris Stary, Stefan Oppl: “Modelling of Complex Supply Networks” (Shortpaper), PINCET Workshop, WETICE Conference, 2006.
  • Georg Weichhart: "Requirements for a Complex Adaptive Systems Oriented Framework for Enterprise Modelling and Integration", Proceedings of I*PROMS Virtual Conference, Internet, 2007.