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  Monday 22 May 2006  
Openning Session (in charge of Nantes)
  • Alain Bernard, Chairman of the organization committee
  • Patrick Chedmail, Director of the "Ecole Centrale de Nantes"
  • Jean-Francois Lafay, Director of IRCCyN
  • Serge Tichkiewitch, General Director of the network
Common research work (in charge of Enschede)
In order to assure the lasting integration of the members in a new structure, the different teams have to launch new work in common research. We propose here that some embryos of common research already discussed between two partners will be presented in a plenary session and that the development of any of these projects can be discussed in small group of interested participants.
Example: proposition between Eindhoven and Grenoble related to Intelligent Systems (see annex a)
Example : proposition between Grenoble and Poznan related to interaction between foundry and forging.
Future industrial needs and VRL-KCiP Research Agenda (in charge of Tekniker)
14h00-15h30 / 16h00-17h30
The management of the network for the future will be more goal oriented, and less WP oriented as in the last two years. One of the main goal of the network is of course the operational and financial sustainability and this can be done only with strong links with industry. So there must be some relationship between the work done in IA-WP1-T2 and the planning of the "Jointly executed research activities" for the next period. We should get some kind of alignment between both for the future. The final objective of Task 2 is to define in some way the Network Research Agenda for the future. The work done by now has been to define five research areas and for each research area, to identify the most relevant research topics, including considerations about the expected evolution in order to be better aligned with the industrial needs. Validation by industrial partners is in its way and we expect to have some feedbacks for the general assembly.

We want to realize, in 5 parallel sessions, 5 specific workshops for each of these research areas. Each workshop will be managed by a team.
  1. Virtual Product Development (Management Patras)
  2. Virtual Manufacturing (Management Milano)
  3. Manufacturing processes and equipment (Management Tekniker)
  4. Cross Enterprise Engineering (Management Berlin)
  5. Engineering and Product Life Cycle Knowledge Management (Management Lausanne)

The objectives for these workshops would be:
  1. To review the research topics included in each research area, its relevance, opportunities for the future, etc. As commented before we expect to have these research topics validated by industrial partners for the General Assembly.
  2. To define the strategy to follow in the future considering the possible collaborations between partners in different research topics
  3. To derive from this strategy the JRA for the next 18 months period: from 24th to 42nd months


    Tuesday 23 May 2006  
Morning Session (in charge of Grenoble)
Direction, challenges, goals, tools,... by Serge Tichkiewitch, General Director of the network
Evolution of the common tools (in charge of Haifa, Grenoble and Berlin-Tekniker-ITIA)
We will have 3 parallel sessions which can start three times for one hour in order to explain the content and the use of the specific common tools :
  • SmarTeam: the document saving system and the expertise area
  • Arel: a software for collaborative distant process
  • VRL-Intranet and VRL-forum
Demonstration of specific software to be shared in the network (in charge of Haifa)
14h00-15h00 / 15h30-17h30
A first plenary session will be use to announce the different applications that can be seen in the second part of the after-noon. After that, the members are invited to visit different rooms where some software will be demonstrated. The goal is to discover the interest of such tool , and the work needed to permit the sharing of the application if possible using the web interface. Are already registered for a demonstration :
  • Optimization of a team of partners for a given problem. This tool is based on the expertise base included in SmarTeam.
  • OPCAT, Object-Process Methodology as a conceptual modeling and knowledge representation approach, from Technion.
  • COPEST, Optimization and design of forging parts, from 3S.
  • Production Navigator, for a Web based presentation of the different technologies.


  Wednesday 24 May 2005  
Workshop about tasks (in charge of work-package and task leaders)
This time is reserved to organize task's meetings.

In the same time will be held an Orientation Board Meeting.
Closing Session (in charge of 3S)
Remarks about :
  • Legal possible structure
  • Business plan
  • Joint program of activities for the third period










IRCCyN 2006 pour VRL-KCIP Assembly