Awareness Virtual Lecture Series

It is intuitively obvious that adaptation and awareness play an important role in the development of autonomous systems, and in particular those sophisticated distributed autonomous systems which are often called ensembles. We will therefore start with a discussion of notions such as adaptation, awareness, cognition and consciousness.

This informal discussion will be made precise by giving a system model for ensembles on which a mathematical theory of adaptation and awareness can be based. Using this theory we can precisely distinguish adaptation to environment, network and sensors/actuators, and goals; and we can discuss how adaptation, awareness and self-awareness are related. As a case study for the theory we will implement an ensemble of swarm robots whose task is to expore and exploit the resources in a number of environments. The exercises will be performed using the ARGoS simulator for robot swarms and will demonstrate various levels of environmental awareness and of adaptation to different environments and goals.

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Awareness Virtual Lecture Series

The Awareness Initiative

Managing systems is increasingly becoming more challenging. Different devices, heterogeneous platforms and different programming models can now be connected into a single system, and devices are increasing in technological complexity. These factors not…


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Managing systems is increasingly becoming more challenging. Different devices, heterogeneous platforms and different programming models can now be connected into a single system, and devices are increasing in technological complexity. These factors not only make systems unmanageable but lead to systems exhibiting unplanned behaviours. To counter this, systems must become self-aware, exhibiting context-awareness at an internal and external level.

Aimed at researchers from different disciplines, the Awareness Virtual Lecture Series intends to cover theoretical, practical, and technological issues related to autonomic self-awareness including self-organising and self-adaptive systems, pervasive computing technologies as well as security and socio/economic aspects of autonomic computing.

This lecture series is a collection of 8 weekly online lectures starting on 14 October 2011 and broadcast weekly at 3pm CET (Central European Time).

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