Doctoral Symposium

The Doctoral Symposium is an opportunity for students involved in the preparation of their PhD in any area of Interoperability for Enterprise Systems and Applications to interactively discuss their research issues and ideas with senior researchers and receive constructive feedback from members of the research community. PhD students will present their thesis topic, the work they have performed so far and the results that they have obtained. Besides scientific matters, students will also have the opportunity to seek advice on various aspects of completing their PhD and performing research.


Enterprises and organizations (of any kind), in today's economic environment recognise the competitive advantage of working in close collaboration with complex networks of suppliers and customers to present product-service combinations to their markets. It has long been recognised that to take part in take part into emerging, potentially opportunistically, collaborative networks, these organisations must ensure that their systems and applications must be capable of interoperating across heterogeneous collaborative networks of independent enterprises. The concept of “ interoperability ” has been defined by INTEROP - VLab as “The ability of an enterprise system or application to interact with others at a low cost in a flexible approach”. Consequently, interoperability of organizations appears as a major issue in successfully building on- the-fly emerging enterprise networks.

Industry’s need for Enterprise Interoperability has been one of the significant drivers for research into the Internet of the Future. EI research will embrace and extend contributions from the Internet of Things and the Internet of Services, and will go on to drive the future needs for the Internets of People, Processes, and Knowledge. The industry will find at I-ESA’16 an outstanding opportunity to exchange experience and problems on business interoperability in their daily operations.

Initiated in 2005 by two major European research projects of the 6th Framework R&D Programme of the European Commission, the ATHENA IP (Advanced Technologies for Interoperability of Heterogeneous Enterprise Networks and their Applications, Integrated Project) and the INTEROP NoE, (Interoperability Research for Networked Enterprise Applications and Software, Network of Excellence), the I-ESA conferences have been recognized as a tool to lead and generate an extensive research and industrial impact in the field of interoperability for enterprise systems and applications. Organised now by INTEROP-VLab in strong connection with its Poles, I-ESA has spread the basic philosophy developed since the beginning of these research: the solutions for EI is not only technical but is based on a combination of IT, organisation and semantics.

I-ESA brings together the world’s leading researchers and practitioners in the area of enterprise interoperability, and it is a unique forum for the exchange of visions, ideas, research results and industrial experiences, dealing with a wealth of interoperability research subjects.


This edition of I-ESA has the subtitle “Enterprise Interoper ability in the digitized and networked Factory of the Future“. Establishing efficient and relevant collaborations requires management of interoperability in a dynamic, evolving production network: a relevant and efficient collaboration of organizations requires continual adaptation to remain in line with potentially changing objectives, potentially evolving resources, unexpected events, etc. This specific aspect of interoperability will be the keystone of I-ESA 2016.
Furthermore, the topics of I-ESA 2016 are aligned with the vision presented in the framework program Horizon 2020 regarding interoperability: Enterprise interoperability and Innovation, Interoperability strategies for Digital and Sensing Enterprise, System Interoperability in Internet of everything ; Collaborative manufacturing and logistics.
I-ESA 2016 welcomes papers addressing the topics listed below, but this list is not exclusive: all papers relevant to enterprise interoperability and related topics will be considered in the review process.

Manufacturing Enterprise Interoperability
• Collaborative manufacturing .
• Resilient production networks.
• Knowledge management in networked enterprises.
• Cloud manufacturing.
• Autonomous manufacturing & cyber-physical systems .

Enterprise Modelling for Enterprise Interoperability
• Distributed Modelling.
• Meta-Modelling.
• Methods and Tools.
• Enterprise interoperability measurement.
• Requirements engineering for interoperable enterprise.
• Service Modelling for business.
• Synchronization of models.

Semantics for Enterprise Interoperability
• Enterprise applications analysis and semantic elicitation.
• Reasoning methods and tools for model transformation and data reconciliation.
• Semantic mediation and enrichment of enterprise models.
• Semantic Web based approaches.

Architectures and Frameworks for interoperability
• Agent-based approaches to interoperability.
• Enterprise application integration.
• Model Driven Architectures.
• Service Oriented (Enterprise) Architecture.
• Ubiquity, mobility, open architectures and large scale interoperability.

Future Internet and Enterprise Systems
• Future internet and enterprise interoperability.
• Future Internet in enterprise collaboration and virtual organizations.
• Future Internet and digital ecosystems.
• Next generation and vision for FInES.

Reference Ontologies for Enterprise Interoperability
• Business Sector Reference Ontologies.
• Reference Ontologies and Standardisation.
• The application of reference ontologies to industrial problems.
• Methods for Reference Ontology Engineering.

Services for Enterprise Interoperability
• Utility and value added services for enterprise interoperability.
• Methodology and technology of services interoperability.
• Service-oriented integrated development environment (IDE) for enterprise interoperability.
• Internet of service, big service in big data environment.
• Service Science Management and Engineering.
• Cloud computing and cloud services in smart manufacturing.

Enterprise interoperability science base
• Concepts, theories and principles for solving enterprise interoperability problems.
• Frameworks for the development of enterprise interoperability science-based .
• Contribution for enterprise interoperability science-base from neighbouring scientific domains .
• Proof of concept and assessment in enterprise interoperability science-based.

Standards for Interoperability
• Bridging the gap between research and standardisation .
• Open EI standards, open source and open innovation.
• Standardisation management and strategies .
• Development, implementation and diffusion of standards in industry.

Industrial Implementation of Enterprise Interoperability
• Industrial Cases and Business Impact.
• Implementation Methodologies.
• Sustainability of Interoperability Approaches and Solutions.
• Success Stories and Lessons Learned.
• Business Models for Interoperability.

Collaborative Supply Networks Interoperability
• Collaborative Supply Networks Modelling.
• Collaborative Production, Replenishment and Delivery in Supply Networks.
• Tools for Collaborative Decision Making in Supply Networks.
• Interoperable Data Collection Frameworks for Supply Networks.

Sustainability of Enterprise Interoperability
• Decision and co-evolution strategies for dynamic enterprise networks.
• Simulation for enterprise interoperability analysis.
• Monitoring enterprise interoperability.
• Solutions for interoperability in complex adaptive systems .
• Dynamic and incrementable model management - mappings and transformations.