Dr H. Afsarmanesh (1953) has been appointed professor of Federated Collaborative Networks at the University of Amsterdam's (UvA) Faculty of Science (FNWI).
Hamideh Afsarmanesh does research on the fundamental aspects of federated collaborative systems. This involves enabling the creation and operation of dynamically evolving systems which connect distributed, heterogeneous, and autonomous actors (namely organizations, humans, and software agents) in a network. This dynamic network supports these actors through the realization of a common goal. This field of study pushes the boundaries of the traditional centralized and distributed systems, among other things through service orientation and composition; and through the provision of support functionalities to develop new mechanisms for full cooperation and self-organization.
Hamideh Afsarmanesh applies her research to areas ranging from networked manufacturing to tele-assistance at smart homes, and from management of water and electricity networks to collaboration within communities of senior professionals. These are mostly achieved in cooperation with international research and industry within the EU funded projects, but will also further continue nationally through involvements with the e-science initiative at UvA, and together with the COIN (COllaboration INfrastructure) initiative of the SURFnet.
Hamideh Afsarmanesh has worked in the Computer Science department at the UvA since 1990, first as guest researcher and university lecturer then as senior university lecturer. Prior to this she worked, among other places, at California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) and the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles, USA. Afsarmanesh is the Dutch representative at the technical committee on Information Technology Applications of the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP), and the elected chair of workgroup COVE, in the technical committee, from 2009-2011. She has co-edited more than twenty books and Journal issues, and with Luis Camarinha-Matos, she has co-authored the book Collaborative Networks: Reference Modeling (Springer, 2008).