M-Zones

Project Overview


The M-Zones Research Programme developed a novel information and communications management technology to support dynamic, integrated management of participants, information appliances, and smart space infrastructure. The M-Zones Research Programme was a multi-disciplinary, inter-institutional research programme that engaged in fundamental research in Management and Control systems for integrating Multiple Smart Spaces. This research programme advances the existing long established (10 years) research collaboration between the research team leaders at WIT and TCD and also the recently established collaboration between the research groups at WIT and CIT. The result: a major programme of interdisciplinary research collaboration between the three participating institutions in order to achieve the programme goals. The technical background and expertise of the participants is ideally suited to achieving the goals set by the M-Zones research programme.

The programme research themes of Management and Control of Networks and Information Services, Inter Domain Collaborative Management, Smart Space Technology, Wireless Devices and Network Design are already well-established research areas of the M-Zone research team. The individual research groups and their members have been involved in a large number of national and international research programmes funded both by the European Union, national government and industry. As part of previous and ongoing research programmes the participants have worked collaboratively with research teams both nationally and internationally and are highly regarded in their research communities.

The programme in addition, was supported of two leading smart space research centres, namely FhG-FOKUS in Berlin and BT Research Labs in UK, who will act as external collaborators in the M-Zones programme.

Project Achievements


The overall achievemnets of  M-Zones:

Carrying out  fundamental research into novel management infrastructures to enable collaboration and management, between and within Smart Spaces.

Within the overall goal of the programme, M-Zone:

  • Took a holistic view of Smart Space Management by representing them as Managed-Zones (‘M-Zones’), which encompass one or more smart spaces and the context of these spaces e.g. participants, information resources, time, IT infrastructure etc. M-Zones represent domains of management in which Smart Spaces can be managed and between which participants/devices roam and dynamic service provisioning can be supported.
  • Provided insight into the infrastructures and technologies to provide dynamic, real-time management within and between M-Zones.
  • Adopted a ‘policy-based management approach’ to support dynamic monitoring, configuration, control and co-ordination of these management zones. The management systems will be particularly sensitive to unique properties of smart spaces including: large-scale numbers of embedded processors/information appliances, mobility, wireless communication, temporal properties and the potential for ‘re-programming’ of the smart spaces.
  • Developed a Smart Space management framework based on standards and best practice from both the Telecommunications and IT standardisation work such as TeleManagement Forum, Object Management Group, ETSI and ITU telecommunications standards.
  • Fostered close collaboration among the research groups, which comprise experts in management & control systems, smart spaces, wireless systems and networks.
  • Enabled exchange of researchers between sides and foster external collaboration with international centres of excellence.

All M-Zones public deliverables, publications and presentations are available at http://www.m-zones.org

 

Refereed Academic papers

2006 publications with direct TSSG involvement

(please check publication database on http://www.m-zones.org for 2002-2005, and for partner publications)

Papers (conference and journal)

Jonathan Brazil, Tom Pfeifer, Willie Donnelly, Barry Downes: Managing Peer-to-Peer Multimedia Asset Distribution and Intellectual Property across Heterogeneous Networks. – in: 4th International Conference on Advances in Mobile Computing and Multimedia, MoMM 2006, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, Dec 4-6, 2006, Proceedings. – Vienna: Austrian Computer Society, ISBN 978-3-85403-215-1, OCG Vol. 215, pp 189-198

Yuping Yang, Fiona Mahon, M. Howard Williams, Tom Pfeifer:”Context-aware Dynamic Personalised Service Re-Composition in a Pervasive Service Environment”, in: Ma, J.; Jin, H.; Yang, L.T.; Tsai, J.J.-P. (Eds.): Ubiquitous Intelligence and Computing, 3rd International Conference, UIC 2006, Wuhan, China, Sep 3-6, 2006, pp. 724-735, Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer LNCS Vol. 4159, ISBN 978-3-540-38091, online on Springer: doi:10.1007/11833529_74

Elyas Lehtihet; Micheal O Foghlu, John Strassner, Nazim Agoulmine: Ontology-Based Knowledge Representation for Self-Governing Systems. – in: Radu State, Sven van der Meer, Declan O’Sullivan, Tom Pfeifer (Eds.): Large Scale Management of Distributed Systems. 17th IFIP/IEEE International Workshop on Distributed Systems: Operations and Management, DSOM 2006, Dublin, Ireland, Oct 2006, Proceedings. – Heidelberg: Springer LNCS Vol. 4269, ISBN 3-540-47659-8, 304 pp

Venet Osmani; Sasi Balasubramaniam; Tao Gu: A Distributed Hierarchical Structure for Object Networks Supporting Activity Recognition. – in: Ahmed Helmy, Brendan Jennings, Liam Murphy, Tom Pfeifer (Eds.): Autonomic Management of Mobile Multimedia Services. 9th IFIP/IEEE International Conference on Management of Multimedia and Mobile Networks and Services, MMNS 2006, Dublin, Ireland, Oct 2006, Proceedings. – Heidelberg: Springer LNCS Vol. 4267, ISBN 3-540-47654-7, 276 pp

Angermann, M., McBurney, S., Kuhmuench, C., Mahon, F., Mitic, J., Robertson, P., Whitmore, J.: Integrating and Demonstrating Pervasiveness in a Scenario Driven Approach. – e-challenges 2006, 25-27 Oct 2006, Barcelona, Spain. – in: P & M Cunningham: Exploiting the Knowledge Economy. – Amsterdam: IOS Press

Mahon, F., Mitic, J., Crotty, M., Doolin, K., Kuhmuench, C.: Pervasive Service Platform(PSP): Facilitating Pervasive Services, IEEE International Conference on Networking and Services, ICNS 2006, Silicon Valley, USA, 18-07-2006

Williams, H., Yang, Y., Taylor, N., McBurney, S., Papadopoulou, E., Mahon, F., Crotty, M.: Personalized Dynamic Composition of Services and Resources in a Wireless Pervasive Computing Environment. – 1st IEEE International Symposium on Wireless Pervasive Computing, ISWPC 2006, Phuket, Thailand, January 16-18, 2006

Raymer, D., Strassner, J., Lehtihet, E., & van der Meer, S.: “End-to-End Model Driven Policy Based Network Management”, in Proceeding of the 7th IEEE Workshop on Policies for Distributed Systems and Networks (Policy 2006), Western Ontario, London, Canada, 5-7/06/2006

Balasubramaniam, S., Barrett, K., Strassner, J., Donnelly, W., van der Meer, S., Bio-inspired Policy Based Management (bioPBM) for Autonomic Communication Systems, Proceedings of 7th IEEE workshop on Policies for Distributed Systems and Networks (Policy 2006), Ontario, Canada, June 2006

Tom Pfeifer, Vincent Wade, Nazim Agoulmine: Special Issue of the International Journal of Pervasive Computing and Communications (JPCC) “Pervasive Management” Volume 2, Issue 3, (Sep 2006) Pages 217-218 (Editorial), 219-305 (Content), Leicester, UK: Troubador, ISSN 1742-7371

Tom Pfeifer, Paul Savage, Jonathan Brazil, Barry Downes: “VidShare: A Management platform for Peer-to-Peer Multimedia Asset Distribution across Heterogeneous Access Networks with Intellectual Property Management”, in: Autonomic Management of Mobile Multimedia Services. 9th IFIP/IEEE International Conference on Management of Multimedia and Mobile Networks and Services, MMNS 2006, Dublin, Ireland, Oct 25-27, 2006, Proceedings. – Heidelberg: Springer Vol. LNCS 4267, ISBN 3-540-47654-7, pp 116-123, online on Springer: doi:10.1007/11907381_11

Tom Pfeifer, Kieran Sullivan, Mícheál Ó Foghlú: Scalability of Location Sensor Data Fusion. – 31th IEEE Conference on Local Computer Networks, LCN 2006, Tampa, November 14-17, 2006, IEEE Computer Society Press (Catalog Number 06TH8888C), ISBN 0-4244-0419-3; pp. 565-566

Carsten Pils, Ioanna Roussaki, Maria Strimpakou, Tom Pfeifer, Nikos Kalatzis: “Context-Awareness establishment in the Pervasive Service Platform of Daidalos”, e-challenges 2006, 25-27 Oct 2006, Barcelona, Spain. – in: P & M Cunningham: Exploiting the Knowledge Economy. – Amsterdam: IOS Press ISBN 1-58603-682-3, Vol. 3, pp. 1680-1687

Tom Pfeifer, Helene Haughney, Barry Downes: UGetMobile End-user Mobile Publishing Platform. – WMCS’06: The Third IEEE International Workshop on Mobile Commerce and Services. – San Francisco, USA, June 26, 2006. – in: Proc. of the 8th IEEE International Conference on E-Commerce Technology, CEC 2006. Los Alamitos (USA): IEEE Computer Society Press Vol P2511, ISBN 978-0-7695-2511-2, pp 495-503

Robert Mullins, Fiona Mahon, Christoph Kuhmuench, Micheál Crotty, Jelena Mitic, Tom Pfeifer: Daidalos: A Platform for Facilitating Pervasive Services. – Pervasive 2006: 4th International Conference on Pervasive Computing, May 07-10, 2006, Dublin, Ireland, in: Advances in Pervasive Computing 2006. Adjunct Proceedings, Vienna: Austrian Computer Society, ISBN 3-85403-207-2, OCG Vol. 207, pp 167-172

Venet Osmani, Sasitharan Balasubramaniam: Context Management Support for Activity Recognition in Health-Care. -  3rd International Workshop on Tangible Space Initiative (TSI 2006), in conjunction with 4th International Conference on Pervasive Computing (Pervasive 2006), Dublin, Ireland, May 2006.

Pils, C., Roussaki, I., & Strimpakou, M.: Retrieving Context”, in Proceeding of the Second International Workshop on Location- and Context-Awareness, LoCA 2006, Dublin, Ireland, May 2006

Pfeifer, T., Downes, B., Mobile Magazines. – Chapter in: I. K. Ibrahim (Ed.): Handbook of Research on Mobile Multimedia. London, UK, Hershey PA Hershey: Idea Group, 2006. ISBN 1-59140-866-0 (hardcover), 1-59140-868-7 (ebook), 20 pp

Sasitharan Balasubramaniam, I. Jadwiga, Tom Pfeifer: Active Node supporting Context-aware Vertical Handover in Pervasive Computing Environment with Redundant Positioning. – 1st IEEE International Symposium on Wireless Pervasive Computing, ISWPC 2006, Phuket, Thailand, January 16-18, 2006

Tom Pfeifer: Autonomic Position Management. – 1st IEEE International Symposium on Wireless Pervasive Computing, ISWPC 2006, Phuket, Thailand, January 16-18, 2006

Martin Feeney, Richard Frisby: Autonomic Management of Smart Spaces. 3rd International Workshop on Management of Ubiquitous Communications and Services, MUCS 2006, Cork, Ireland, May 04-05, 2006

Venet Osmani, Sasitharan Balasubramaniam: An Architecture Supporting Human Activity Recognition. 3rd International Workshop on Management of Ubiquitous Communications and Services, MUCS 2006, Cork, Ireland, May 04-05, 2006

BOOKS:

Donnelly, William; Popescu-Zeletin, Radu; Strassner, John; Jennings, Brendan; van der Meer, Sven (Eds.): Modelling Autonomic Communications Environments. First IEEE International Workshop, MACE 2006, Dublin, Ireland, 25th-26th October 2006. Proceedings / Schoeneiche: multicon, multimedia consulting, 2006 (multicon lecture notes series, No. 2) ISBN-13: 978-3-930736-05-8 ISBN-10: 3-930736-05-5

State, R., van der Meer, S., O’Sullivan, D., Pfeifer, T. (Eds.), Large Scale Management of Distributed Systems. 17th IFIP/IEEE International Workshop on Distributed Systems: Operations and Management, DSOM 2006, Dublin, Ireland, Oct 2006, Proceedings. – Heidelberg: Springer LNCS Vol. 4269, ISBN 3-540-47659-8, 304 pp

Helmy, A., Jennings, B., Murphy, L., Pfeifer, T. (Eds.), Autonomic Management of Mobile Multimedia Services. 9th IFIP/IEEE International Conference on Management of Multimedia and Mobile Networks and Services, MMNS 2006, Dublin, Ireland, Oct 2006, Proceedings. – Heidelberg: Springer LNCS Vol. 4267, ISBN 3-540-47654-7, 276 pp

Pfeifer, T., Schmidt, A., Woo, W. et al. (Eds.), Advances in Pervasive Computing 2006. Adjunct Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Pervasive Computing, May 07-10, 2006, Dublin, Ireland. – Vienna: Austrian Computer Society, ISBN 3-85403-207-2, OCG Band 207, 243 pp

Parr, G., Malone, D., Ó Foghlú, M. (Eds.): Autonomic Principles of IP Operations and Management. 6th IEEE International Workshop on IP Operations and Management, IPOM 2006, Dublin, Ireland, Oct 2006, Proceedings. – Heidelberg: Springer LNCS Vol. 4268, ISBN ISBN 978-3-540-47701-3, 242 pp

2007 publications with direct TSSG involvement

J. Strassner, D. O’Sullivan, D. Lewis:

Ontologies in the Engineering of Management and Autonomic Systems: A Reality Check; Journal of Network and Systems Management, 15, (1), 2007

Paul Malone, Tom Pfeifer:

“Cross-domain Context Sensing and Knowledge Sharing Ecosystem”         4th International Workshop on Managing Ubiquitous Communications and Services, MUCS 2007, Munich, Germany, May 25, 2007, Proceedings

Venet Osmani, Sasitharan Balasubramaniam, Dmitri Botvich:

Challenges for Human Activity Recognition 4th International Workshop on Managing Ubiquitous Communications and Services, MUCS 2007, Munich, Germany, May 25, 2007, Proceedings

 

Jonathan Brazil, Tom Pfeifer, Willie Donnelly, Barry Downes

“Managing Peer-to-Peer Multimedia Asset Distribution and Intellectual Property across Heterogeneous Networks”      4th International Conference on Advances in Mobile Computing and Multimedia, MoMM 2006, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, Dec 4-6, 2006, Proceedings.

 

Sven van der Meer, Brendan Jennings, T. Morris:

A Discussion on Policy-based Management using Context Mobility in Ad-Hoc Networking            SSMO 2007: Seamless Service MObility Workshop, In conjunction with IEEE Global Information Infrastructure Symposium – GIIS’2007

Steven Davy, Sven van der Meer, Keara Barrett, Brendan Jennings:

Policy Interactions and Management of Traffic Engineering Services Based on Ontologies            LANOMS 2007: 5th Latin American Network Operations and Management Symposium

Ray Carroll, William Donnelly, Sven van der Meer:

A semantic integration framework for user information enabling personalised service discovery, configuration and deployment. – International Conference on Global Information Infrastructure (GIIS 2007), Poster, Marrakech, Morocco, July 2-6, 2007

Jaime Martin Serrano, Joan Serrat, Mícheál Ó Foghlú, Sven van der Meer:

Ontology-Based Management for Context Integration in in Pervasive Services Operations            ACM Autonomous Infrastructure, Management and Security (AIMS 2007), Oslo, Norway, June 21-22, 2007

BOOKS

Tom Pfeifer, John Strassner, Simon Dobson (Eds.):  Managing Ubiquitous Communications and Services. Fourth International Workshop, MUCS 2007, Munich, Germany, 25th May 2007. Proceedings. – Schöneiche: Multicon, ISBN 978-3-930736-07-2, 224 pp

John Krumm, Tom Pfeifer (Eds:):      Pervasive Computing Tutorials. Fifth International Conference, Pervasive 2007. Toronto, Canada. Tutorials, 16th May 2007. – Schöneiche: Multicon, ISBN 978-3-930736-08-9, 242 pp

Presentations

M-zones web site: http://www.m-zones.org

2007    July      2-6       Marrakech, Morocco  – Sven van der Meer    A semantic integration framework for user information enabling personalised service discovery, configuration and deployment           International Conference on Global Information Infrastructure (GIIS 2007), Poster

2007    May     25        Munich, Germany: MUCS 2007 – 4th International Workshop on Management of Ubiquitous Communications and Services, organised by M-Zones partners, first time outside Ireland, at IM 2007

2007    May     16        Toronto, Canada: 5th Pervasive 2007 – M-Zones researchers co-chair the Tutorial on the conference and contribute papers

2007    April    22-25   Dublin, Ireland: VTC 2007, 65th Semi-Annual IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference is co-organised by M-Zones researchers

2007    January            10-12   Dublin, Ireland – M-Zones Researchers take part in the Young Scientist Exhibition

 

2006    October           23-27   Dublin, Ireland: Manweek 2006 – M-Zones researchers bring the five Manweek events to Ireland

# DSOM 2006 – 17th IFIP/IEEE International Workshop on Distributed Systems: Operations and Management

# MMNS 2006 – 9th IFIP/IEEE International Conference on Management of Multimedia and Mobile Networks and Services

# IPOM 2006 – 6th IEEE International Workshop on IP Operations and Management

# MACE 2006 – 1st IEEE International Workshop on Modelling Autonomic Communications Environments

# AGNM 2006 – 2nd IEEE/IFIP International Workshop on Autonomic Grid Networking and Management

2006    October           26-27   Carlow, Ireland: M-Zones researchers showing results at, and co-organising, the IT&T 2006 conference

2006    May     7-10     Dublin, Ireland: 4th Pervasive 2006, M-Zones researchers bring the conference to Ireland

2006    May     4-5       Cork, Ireland: MUCS 2006 – 3rd International Workshop on Management of Ubiquitous Communications and Services organised by M-Zones partners

 

2005    December        8-9       Cork, CIT: M-Zones Postgrad Student Workshop and Poster session

2005 October 26-27   Cork, Ireland: M-Zones researchers showing results at and co-organising the IT&T 2005 conference

2005 Oct 3-5 Athens, Greece: Workshop on Autonomic Communication, M-Zones researchers invited to panel on Autonomicity vs. Complexity

2005 (July-September) M-Zones researcher presents in summer colloquia in the Universities Klagenfurt (Austria), Essen (Germany), Chemnitz (Germany)

2005 June 13 Taormina, Italy: Workshop on Autonomic Communications and Computing ACC 2005, M-Zones researcher chairs panel on Autonomics

 

2004 Dec 13-14          Dublin, TCD: MUCS 2004, 2nd International Workshop on Management of Ubiquitous Communications and Services

2004 November          15-17   The Hague, The Netherlands: M-Zones researchers show results and coordinate research at the IST Event 2004

2004    October           27-29   Vienna, Austria: M-Zones organises Workshop on Smart Space Management at the eChallenges 2004 conference

2004 Oct                     20-21   Limerick, Ireland: M-Zones researchers showing results at the IT&T 2004 conference

2004 Oct                     18-19   Berlin, Germany: M-Zones Researchers present work on Semantic-based Policies at the Workshop on Autonomic Computing, WAC

2004 Oct 6 MMNS 2004, San Diego, USA: M-Zones researchers are invited to a Panel Session on Knowledge Plan at the MMNS 2004 conference

2004 Sep 25-29           Dublin, Ireland: M-Zones Researchers take part in the European Young Scientist Exhibition

 

2004 April       26-30   Dublin, Ireland: M-Zones researchers participate in the O2 Home of the Future for the eWeek exhibit

2004 Apr 18-19 Vienna, Austria: M-Zones researchers participate organising Doctoral Colloquium at the Pervasive 2004 and support the main conference April 21-23, 2004, in Linz and Vienna, Austria

2004 Mar14-19           Dagstuhl, Germany: M-Zones researchers organise Dagstuhl Seminar on Wireless Sensor Networks and Applications

 

2003    December 11th            Waterford, WIT:  MUCS 2003, 1st International Workshop on Management of Ubiquitous Communications and Services

2003 Nov 7 Dublin, Ireland: M-Zone researcher presents at the IRCSET 1st Research Symposium

 

Nov 6-7 Kilkenny, Ireland: M-Zones presents at the HEAnet conference HEAnet 2003

2003 Oct 22-23           Letterkenny, Ireland: M-Zones researchers present on the 3rd annual IT&T conference in Letterkenny Institute of Technology

2003 Sep 26 Dublin, TCD: M-Zones organised Workshop on Adaptive Systems for Ubiquitous Computing Computing at the  International Symposium on Information and Communication Technologies, ISICT 03

Funding


HEA.