Dr. Christos Dimopoulos, the i-desme project coordinator and principal investigator, has presented the paper entitled “Developing Interdisciplinary Specifications for the Design and Implementation of IT Scheduling Decision Support Systems: An SME Case Study”, during the 10th International Conference on Manufacturing Research (ICMR 2012), which took place from the 11th until the 13th of September in Birmingham, UK. The paper describes the results from the requirements specification phase of the i-desme project. You can read the abstract of the paper in the following paragraph. The full paper is available on request from the project coordinator.
Abstract: This paper describes a structured methodology for the formal specification of interdisciplinary scheduling Decision Support Systems. This specification explicitly considers the technological, cognitive and organisational parameters of a manufacturing scheduling environment. The intuition behind this approach is that the resulting system will address the realistic considerations of human schedulers, and therefore provide meaningful assistance to the daily implementation of their tasks. The application of the proposed methodology is illustrated for the case of a typical Cypriot SME, specializing in the production of traditional sweet products.
The research presented in this paper is funded by the Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation’s Framework Programme for Research, Technological Development and Innovation 2009-2010 (DESMI 2009-2010, TEXNOLOG/MHXAN/0609(BIE)/05). This framework is co-funded by the Republic of Cyprus and the European Regional Development Fund.