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WEB Interoperability as a basis for Business Decision Support Systems: The FORCE Workflow Manager

Tuesday (22.09.2020)
15:15 - 15:30 M: Modelling and Simulation 2
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The Formulations and Computational Engineering (FORCE) project, implemented within the EU Horizon 2020 program (, aims to bring materials modelling to the heart of business decision making via creation of Business Decision Support Systems (BDSS). By doing so, industries will be able to make more knowledgeable decisions based not only on existing legacy data, but also on new data generated by state of the art multi-scale and multi-physics materials modelling.

The interoperability of data between both modelling software and physical domains is therefore placed at the core of our FORCE BDSS, which we demonstrate as the FORCE Workflow Manager GUI. This software provides an integrated framework that connects simulation models of varying complexity, experimental data sets and commercially relevant information (material / production costs) together as a 'Workflow' pipeline construct. Consequently, users are able to select from a wide variety of parameters and key performance indicators (KPI) that can be used to identify the optimal trade off when making a business decisions. An integrated set of multi-criteria optimization (MCO) algorithms will then identify optimal outcomes to consider, typically by mapping out a Pareto frontier. We provide examples of use cases that have been tackled using the software.

Development of the FORCE BDSS and Workflow Manager has been closely aligned to activities of the European Materials Modelling Council (EMMC) which promotes the establishment of materials modelling ontologies and standards/metadata as avenues for interoperability between models, optimisation platforms,

and business decision frameworks. Our deployment platform (SimPhoNy-Remote) also represents an additional avenue of interoperability regarding the sharing of data between hosted applications.

The FORCE project open source repositories are available at:

Additional Authors:
  • Dr. Petr Kungurtsev
    Enthought Ltd
  • Dr. Sean Parsons
    Enthought Ltd