This paper was presented at the 2008 IEEE International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management (IEEM). The conference was held in Singapore from the 8 to 11 December 2009.
Abstract: Intelligent systems, composed by devices with embedded computing capability, sensors and actuators interacting with the environment, will enhance and support manufacturing in the future. SOCRADES (Service-oriented cross-layer infrastructure for distributed smart embedded devices) is a European research project that focuses on the development of a platform for next-generation industrial intelligent systems, exploiting SOA paradigm. Within SOCRADES a Technology Roadmap is being developed. Its aim is to provide inputs for the orientation of technological research to achieve the long term objectives required for the enhanced and pervasive exploitation of intelligent systems for manufacturing support. We present the Expected Features of Technology Areas (EFTAs) identified within SOCRADES Technology Roadmap. Then we show how the outcome of SOCRADES Technology Roadmap addresses important needs such as those pointed out by the Strategic Research Agenda developed by ARTEMIS (European Technology Platform for Embedded systems).