Collaborative Systems for Smart Networked Environments
Governance, Interoperability, Emergence, and Value Creation

Collaborative systems form the warp for smart networked environments wherein humans, organizations, intelligent agents, and devices collaborate. Modeling, design, and development of collaborative systems of systems serve to support a large number of emerging applications including security, transportation, construction, sustainability and energy management, education, government, and manufacturing.  

Governance, interoperability, emergence, and value creation remain among the main research and development challenges in the area. The smart environments of near future will be context sensitive systems within which the physical world is richly and transparently interwoven with sensors, actuators, and computational elements. They will seamlessly embed everyday objects and interconnect them through networks. 

The pervasive computing and interaction possibilities offered by these environments enhance the abilities of their occupants and raise the level of possibilities for their collaboration. Notions such as sensing enterprise, collective awareness systems, smart cities, and ambient intelligence are just some expressions of these possibilities. Incorporating context awareness in the supporting infrastructure enables more effective forms of collaborative ecosystems. 

Furthermore, models and mechanisms addressed by research and development in collaborative networks can provide more efficient ways of organizing and dealing with large collections of objects interconnected through the Internet. 

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