Journal of Systems Engineering and Electronics ›› 2017, Vol. 28 ›› Issue (6): 1098-1113.doi: 10.21629/JSEE.2017.06.08

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Autonomous process collaboration framework for C4ISR system interoperation#br#

Lin Yang1, Minggang Yu2,*, and Qingchao Dong1   

  1. 1. Control Engineering Department, Naval Aeronautical and Astronautical University, Yantai 264000, China
    2. Institute of Command Information System, PLA University of Science and Technology, Nanjing 210007, China
  • Online:2017-12-27 Published:2017-12-27


Interoperability plays an important role in the joint command, control, communication, computer, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance (C4ISR) operations. Coordinating and integrating operational processes to fulfill a common mission are challenged by the ever-changing battlefield and hence requires a cross-organizational process management that produces an autonomous, flexible and adaptable architecture for collaborative process evolution. The traditional business process collaboration pattern is based on the predefined “public-view” perspective and cannot meet the requirement of the joint task operations. This paper proposes a flexible visibility control mechanism and a dynamic collaboration framework for modeling and generating collaborative processes. The mechanism allows collaborators to define a set of visibility rules to generate different views of the private processes for different collaborations, which gives a great flexibility for the collaboration initiator to decide on an appropriate collaboration pattern. The framework supports collaborators to dynamically and recursively add a new process or even a new organization to an existing collaboration. Moreover, a formal representation of the processes and a set of generation algorithms are provided to consolidate the proposed theory.