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DIET: Decentralised Information Ecosystem Technologies

Contract Details
Programme Type: FIFTH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME
Programme Acronym: IST
Contract Type: COST-SHARING CONTRACTS
Contract No: IST-1999-10088
Start Date: 2000-07-01
End Date: 2003-06-30
Project Status: completed
Budget for TUC: N/A
Role for TUC: contractor
Principal Investigator for TUC: Manolis Koubarakis
Project Description

The DIET project proposes to specify, design, implement and validate a novel information processing and management framework via a bottom-up, ecosystem approach. DIET would provide a set of new technologies including a complex information ecosystem tool suite with infohabitants exhibiting self-organising and emergent behaviour. The whole ecosystem simulation will be validated by getting different societies of infohabitants to interact within a rich information environment (the WWW) whilst providing useful information management services for human infohabitants. DIET would also provide intelligent, interactie simulation and visualisation tools to facilitate understanding the complex interactions in the ecosystem. DIET ultimately aims to develop technologies which will replace brittle, expensive, unadaptive software with robust, inexpensive and adaptable solutions to ever increasing complexity in a more networked era.

Objectives: To study, implement and validate a novel information processing and management framework via a "bottom up" and ecosystem-oriented design approach leading to an open, robust, adaptive and scalable environment.

This will involve:

  1. The conceptualisation, analysis, design and construction of an architecture/platform and environment in which automated infohabitants and their societies can exist;
  2. To research into the effects of alternative forms of interaction among different species of infohabitants under an ecological;
  3. Finally to validate and demonstrate the usefulness of the platform and the infohabitant societies included in it, via four tasks. These will include information retrieval, filtering, mining, and trading. These objectives will contribute to coping with the increasing complexity of the current information society, and towards new approaches to computation and control based on ecosystems.

Description of work: The project will involve the theoretical study, implementation and validation of a novel information management framework which will use ecosystem metaphors. Initially this will involve the design of an overall framework in which infohabitants - entities which can process information; - can interact and coexist in societies set in an information environment.

  1. an information retrieval task which will instantiate an "informaton pull" scenario;
  2. an information alerting task which will instantiate an "information push" scenario;
  3. a trend analysis task which will instantiate a data mining scenario; and finally;
  4. an economic interaction task. This will implement various economic interactions between infohabitants. In order to address these tasks, the architecture will be developed to group infohabitants in a hierarchy of societies with differing properties: harvesting societies, containing infohabitants concerned with information gathering; mining societies, containing infohabitants concerned with processing of information gathered; and brokering societies, containing infohabitants concerned with facilitating services between other societies/infohabitants. These structures will be developed in conjunction with a set of interactive and visualisation tools, which will allow the application of the completed software package to a wide range of real-world problems, assisting the further exploitation of this research.

Achievements: Work package 1 (overall software framework): Construction of a decentralised, scalable, lightweight and robust agent platform that provides a basis for experimentation and application development throughout the rest of the project. Work package 2 (Information retrieval, filtering and mining): Development of information processing layer (I-Gaia) based on the DIET platform, and extension of this to carry out information push/pull, meta-information processing and information mining activities. Work package 3 (Information brokering): Investigation of data models and query languages for information brokering. Development of distributed peer-to-peer architecture for information brokering, and of applications based on brokering between agents. Work package 4 (Economic interaction): Development of algorithms for fair resource allocation in peer-to-peer systems, and investigation of related models of economic interactions between agents. Development of algorithms to regulate agent behaviour through resource accounting, inspired by economics and/or ecology. Development of bartering mechanism within I-Gaia information processing layer, to enable access to meta-information. Work package 5 (Visualisation): Construction of intelligent and interactive simulation, control and visualisation tools for use in development and debugging using the DIET software platform. Work package 6 (Exploitation and dissemination): Dissemination of project activities through workshops, conference and journal publications and presentations. Development of demonstration applications running on the DIET platform and drawing upon research results from other work packages. Investigation of exploitation directions for software platform and applications. Open sourcing of DIET software platform. Investigation of exploitation directions for DIET. Work package 7 (Project management): Management of collaboration between partners, organisation of regular meetings, production of deliverables, and of reporting of project results.

Funding Agency: European Commission, Information Society Technologies (IST) Programme, Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) action.

Participants: BT Labs (Future Technologies Group), Technical University of Crete (Information Systems Laboratory), Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, DFKI (Intelligent Visualisation and Simulation Systems).

Role: Our research in this project concentrates on Intelligent Agents and Peer-to-Peer Computing.

Principal Investigator for TUC: Manolis Koubarakis



Official Project Web Site: http://www.dfki.de/diet/
Related Publications
  • Idreos S., Tryfonopoulοs C., Koubarakis M., Drougas Y.: Query Processing in Super-Peer Networks with Languages Based on Information Retrieval: the P2P-DIET Approach, International Workshop on Peer-to-Peer Computing and Data Bases (P2P&DB 2004), Heraklion, Crete, Greece, March 14, 2004. In LNCS 3268 (Current Trends in Database Technology - EDBT 2004 Workshops - Revised Selected Papers), Springer.
    Publication Type: Workshop Proceedings [abstract] [file]
  • Idreos S., Koubarakis M., Tryfonopoulοs C.: P2P-DIET: An Extensible P2P Service that Unifies Ad-hoc and Continuous Querying in Super-peer Networks, Proceedings of the ACM SIGMOD/PODS 2004 Conference. Maison de la Chimie, Paris, France, June 13-18, 2004, Demo paper.
    Publication Type: Conference Publications [abstract] [file]
  • Idreos S., Koubarakis M.: P2P-DIET: Ad-hoc and Continuous Queries in Peer-to-Peer Networks using Mobile Agents, 3rd Hellenic Conference in Artificial Intelligence, Samos, Greece, May 5-8, 2004. In LNAI, Vol. 3025, pages 23-32.
    Publication Type: Conference Publications [abstract] [file]
  • Idreos S., Koubarakis M., Tryfonopoulοs C.: P2P-DIET: One-Time and Continuous Queries in Super-peer Networks, Proceedings of the IX International Conference on Extending Database Technology (EDBT04), Heraklion, Crete, Greece, March 14-18, 2004. In LNCS, Vol. 2992, pages 851-853, Demo paper.
    Publication Type: Conference Publications [abstract] [file]
  • Gallardo-Antolin A., Navia-Vasquez A., Molina-Bulla H., Rodriguez-Gonzalez A., Valverde-Albacete F., Cid-Suerio J., Figuieras-Vidal A., Koutris T., Xiruhaki C., Koubarakis M.: I-Gaia: an Information Processing Layer for the DIET Platform, Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems (AAMAS2002), Bologna, Italy, July 2002.
    Publication Type: Conference Publications [abstract] [file]
  • Marrow P., Koubarakis M., van Lengen R., Valverde-Albacete F., Bonsma E., Cid-Suerio J., Figuieras-Vidal A., Gallardo-Antolin A., Hoile C., Koutris T., Molina-Bulla H., Navia-Vasquez A., Raftopoulou P., Skarmeas N., Tryfonopoulοs C., Wang F., Xiruhaki C.: Agents in Decentralised Information Ecosystems: The DIET Approach, Symposium on Information Agents for E-Commerce, AISB'01 Convention, 21st - 24th March 2001 University of York, United Kingdom.
    Publication Type: Conference Publications [abstract] [file]