Real-life organizations commonly include largely autonomous, heterogeneous members (individuals or other organizations), often exhibiting rich policies. We restrict our attention to organizations that monitor their environment, collate events, determine compliance of their behaviors with their policies, and potentially act in anticipation of events to ensure the satisfaction of their policies. Governance is a better metaphor for administration in such settings than traditional management.
We model cross-organizational service agreements as resulting in the formation of virtual organizations. We model organizations as multiagent systems, and present a novel conceptual model and architecture supporting policy monitoring, governance, and enactment. We present an initial formalization and discuss the compliance and completeness of behaviors produced from specified policies.
Professor Munindar P Singh
Dr Munindar P Singh is a full professor in the department of computer science at North Carolina State University. From 1989 through 1995, he was with the Microelectronics and Computer Technology Corporation (MCC). Munindar's research interests include multiagent systems and service-oriented computing, wherein he addresses the challenges of trust, service discovery, and business processes and protocols in large-scale open environments.
Munindar is widely published and has over 250 articles (including 35 IEEE Internet Computing columns) to his name. Munindar's 1994 book Multiagent Systems, was published by Springer-Verlag. He coedited Readings in Agents, which was published by Morgan Kaufmann in 1998. Munindar edited the Practical Handbook of Internet Computing published by Chapman & Hall / CRC Press in October 2004 and coauthored a new text, Service-Oriented Computing published by Wiley in 2005. Munindar was the editor-in-chief of IEEE Internet Computing from 1999 to 2002.
Munindar is a founding member of the editorial boards of IEEE Internet Computing, Journal of Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems, Journal of Web Semantics, and Service-Oriented Computing and Applications. Previously, Munindar served on the founding steering committee for the IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing.
Munindar's research has been recognized with awards and sponsorship by (alphabetically) Cisco Systems, DARPA, Ericsson, IBM, Intel, and the National Science Foundation. Seven students have received Ph.D. degrees and 21 students have received M.S. degrees under Munindar's direction.
Munindar obtained a B.Tech. in Computer Science and Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi in 1986 and a Ph.D. in Computer Sciences from the University of Texas at Austin in 1993.