FOCAS project hold networking session Perspectives on Collectives at ICT 2015 in Lisbon

05/11/2015 Lisbon

FoCAS ran a networking session called Perspectives on Collectives at the ICT conference on 20 October 2015 to standing room-only capacity. The aim was to present two research-informed scenarios to stimulate discussion on some benefits and perceived problems arising from collective adaptive systems.

Chaired by Stuart Anderson, University of Edinburgh, UK from the SmartSociety project, described the DIVERSIFY web browser fingerprint scenario as dealing with issues of identity and robustness whereas the CASSTING under-floor heating example was aiming to establish an equilibrium between individual preferences and collective outcomes. An audience of over 50 provided a lively discussion especially on web security, identity issues, the often conflicting goals between individual- and collective-actions, as well as the complexity of need for suitable governance.

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Associated people

Emma Hart
Director of CEC
+44 131 455 2783
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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The Bio-Inspired Algorithms group within the Centre for Algorithms, Visualisation and Evolving Systems is a large and thriving group with interests in nature-inspired computing that include Evolutionary Computing, Hyper-Heuristics, Artificial Immune Systems and Swarm Intelligence.