Distributed Intelligent Systems

TC Leadership

William A. Gruver

TC Co-Chair

William A. Gruver (Email)
Simon Fraser University, Canada

Haibin Zhu

TC Co-Chair

Haibin Zhu (Email)
Nipissing University, Canada

Vladimir Marik

TC Co-Chair

Vladimir Marik (Email)
Czech Technical Univ., Czech Republic

Our Goal

The Technical Committee on Distributed Intelligent Systems is an international special interest group of specialists active in the research and applications of collaborative agent-based systems. Key application areas include manufacturing and supply chains, and infrastructures for service, energy, transportation, and emergency management systems. The core research topics for these applications include agent architectures, agent intelligence, agent communications, agent collaboration, agent simulation and optimization, and agent human-machine interfaces. An important methodology of distributed intelligent systems is the role-based approach for collaborative agent design.


  • Zafeer Alibhai, Accenture Canada, Canada
  • Adel M. Alimi, University of Sfax, Tunisia
  • Fabio Bellifemine, Telecom Italia, Italy
  • Zhuming Bi, Purdue Univ. FortWayne, USA
  • Gautam Biswas, Vanderbilt University, USA
  • Jeff Bradshaw, University of West Florida, USA
  • Robert W. Brennan, University of Calgary, Canada
  • Lotzi Bölöni, University of Central Florida, USA
  • Giacomo Cabri, Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Italy
  • Nicola Capodieci, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy
  • Atilla Elci, Aksaray University, Turkey
  • Simon Fan, Penn State University, USA
  • Amro M. Farid, Masdar Institute, Abu Dhabi
  • Giancarlo Fortino, University of Calabria, Italy
  • Kenwood H. Hall, Rockwell Automation, USA
  • Tarek M. Hamdani, University of Sfax, Tunisia
  • Ingo Hegny, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
  • Ming Hou, Defence R&D Canada (DRDC), Canada
  • Ilhem Kallel, University of Kairouan, Tunisia
  • Mohamed Kamal, University of Waterloo, Canada
  • Frank N. Kautzmann, III, Real Data, Inc., USA
  • Uzay Kaymak, Erasmus University, Netherlands
  • Dilip Kotak, Simon Fraser University, Canada
  • Carlos C. Insaurralde, Heriot-Watt University, UK
  • Malamati Louta, University of Western Macedonia, Greece
  • Goran Martinovic, Univ. Osijek Kneza Trpimira, Croatia
  • Munir Merdan, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
  • David Naso, Politecnico di Bari, Italy
  • Colin Ng, Simon Fraser University, Canada
  • Jernej Polojnar, Univ. of Northern British Columbia, Canada
  • Srini Ramaswamy, ABB, USA
  • Dorian Sabaz, Holonic Technology Innovation, Singapore
  • Nasser Sadati, University of BC, Canada
  • Weiming Shen, National Research Council, Canada
  • Ben K.-M. Sim, University of Kent, UK
  • Ludo Stellingwerff, Almende BV, Netherlands
  • Thomas Strasser, Austrian Institute of Technology, Austria
  • Shinksuke Tamura, Fukui University, Japan
  • Ljiljana Trajkovic, Simon Fraser University, Canada
  • Mihaela Ulieru, Maxeler Technologies, USA
  • Paul Valckenaers, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
  • Shengli Wu, Univ. of Ulster, UK
  • Yu Zhang, Trinity University, USA
  • Mengchu Zhou, New Jersey Institute of Technology, USA
  • Alois Zoitl, fortiss GmbH, Germany

Recent Activities

  • Special sessions at the annual IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics (annually since 2004)
  • Invited lectures at SMC Chapters in Canada, China, Europe, Korea, India, Japan, South Africa, Taiwan, Tunisia, USA, and other locations worldwide
  • IEEE International Conference on Distributed Human-Machine Systems, March 2008 in Athens, Greece
  • Tutorial on Role-Based Collaboration at the 2010 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics in Istanbul, Turkey, October 2010
  • Special issue on “Industrial Applications of Holonic Systems” for the IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, Part C, January 2011
  • Workshop on Adaptive Collaboration, ACM/IEEE International Conference on Collaborative Technologies and Systems, Denver, CO, USA, May 2012
  • Tutorials on Adaptive Collaboration Systems and Agent-Based Software Engineering, 2014 International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, San Diego, CA, USA October 2014
  • 2014 IEEE International Workshop on Intelligent Energy Systems, San Diego, CA, USA, October 2014
  • Articles on professional activities of our members for submission to the SMC eNewsletter
  • Technical papers for submission to the IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics
  • Reviewing of articles submitted to IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics

Join Us

The Distributed Intelligent Systems Technical Committee provides opportunities to continue professional and personal development by:

  • Networking with peers and experts in the field
  • Keeping current with research and applications
  • Exchanging your results with peers prior to publication or commercialization
  • Collaborating with experts in the field on significant challenges
  • Gaining peer recognition by presenting workshops and tutorials, and contributing articles to publications of the SMC Society
  • Demonstrating leadership by organizing tracks and special sessions at conferences sponsored by the SMC Society

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