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The Sixth International Symposium on Autonomous Decentralized Systems
With an Emphasis on Advanced Distributed Transportation Systems
Wednesday April 9 - Friday April 11, 2003
Pisa, Italy.

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Driven by the continuous growth in the power, intelligence and openness of computer, communication and control technologies, possibilities and opportunities for realizing highly efficient and dependable business and control systems have been steadily increasing. Dynamically changing social and economic situations demand next-generation systems based on emerging technologies and applications. Such systems are expected to have the characteristics of living systems composed of largely autonomous and decentralized components. Such systems are called Autonomous Decentralized Systems (ADS).

After the successful first, second, third, fourth and fifth International Symposium on Autonomous Decentralized Systems (ISADS) held in 1993 in Japan, in 1995 in the USA , in 1997 in Germany, in 1999 in Japan, and in 2001 in the USA, the sixth ISADS will be held in Pisa, Italy during April 9-11, 2003. While ISADS 2003 will primarily focus on advancements and innovation in ADS concept, technologies, and applications related to Advanced Distributed Transportation Systems, other themes such as telecommunications and heterogeneous system and application integration will also be included.

The ISADS 2003 committee invites papers and panel proposals on the topics of the symposium that will foster interactions among researchers and practitioners in computer, communication, management, control as applied to Advanced Distributed Transportation Systems and other related fields from academia, industry, and government.

The scope of discussions on ADS shall include, but not be limited to:

  • Computer and communication architectures / intelligent network /Internet;
  • Heterogeneous distributed information / control systems;
  • Mobile agent /computer-supported cooperative works;
  • Distributed software development and maintenance;
  • Assurance, fault tolerance and on-line expansion;
  • Object management architecture /design pattern / application frameworks;
  • Emergent control and robotic systems;
  • Novel applications: electronic commerce, telecommunications, information service systems, manufacturing systems, real-time event management, office automation, traffic and transportation control, logistics systems.

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