2nd Workshop on Fundamentals of Collective Adaptive Systems to be run by FOCAS team at IEEE SASO 2014

08/09/2014 London

The FOCAS team will be running a 2nd workshop on Fundamentals of Collective Adaptive Systems at the 8th IEEE Conference on Self-Organising and Self-Adaptive Systems, to be held in London in September 2014 and chaired by Emma Hart and Giacomo Cabri (Universita di Modena e Reggio Emilia)

Collective Adaptive Systems (CAS) is a broad term that describes large scale systems that comprise of many units/nodes, each of which may have their own individual properties, objectives and actions. Decision-making in such a system is distributed and possibly highly dispersed, and interaction between the units may lead to the emergence of unexpected phenomena. CASs are open, in that nodes may enter or leave the collective at any time, and boundaries between CASs are fluid. The units can be highly heterogeneous (computers, robots, agents, devices, biological entities, etc.), each operating at different temporal and spatial scales, and having different (potentially conflicting) objectives and goals, even if often the system has a global goal that is pursued by means of collective actions. Our society increasingly depends on such systems, in which collections of heterogeneous ‘technological’ nodes are tightly entangled with human and social structures to form ‘artificial societies’. Yet, to properly exploit them, we need to develop a deeper scientific understanding of the principles by which they operate, in order to better design them.

This workshop solicits papers that address new methodologies, theories and principles that can be used in order to develop a better understanding of the fundamental factors underpinning the operation of such systems, so that we can better design, build, and analyse such systems. We welcome inter-disciplinary approaches

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Associated people

Emma Hart
Director of CEC
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FOCAS is a coordination action in the area of collective adaptive systems. It provides increased visibility to the research carried out by projects funded by the FOCAS FET Proactive Initiative and others in research fields related to collective adaptive systems.
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