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Software Engineering for Collective Autonomic Systems

The ASCENS Approach

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  • © 2015


  • State-of-the-art contents
  • Presents methods, tools and theories developed within the ASCENS project
  • Contributions by international experts

Part of the book series: Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS, volume 8998)

Part of the book sub series: Programming and Software Engineering (LNPSE)

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A collective autonomic system consists of collaborating autonomic entities which are able to adapt at runtime, adjusting to the state of the environment and incorporating new knowledge into their behavior. These highly dynamic systems are also known as ensembles. To ensure correct behavior of ensembles it is necessary to support their development through appropriate methods and tools which can guarantee that an autonomic system lives up to its intended purpose; this includes respecting important constraints of the environment. This State-of-the-Art Survey addresses the engineering of such systems by presenting the methods, tools and theories developed within the ASCENS project. ASCENS was an integrated project funded in the period 2010-2015 by the 7th Framework Programme (FP7) of the European Commission as part of the Future Emerging Technologies Proactive Initiative (FET Proactive). The 17 contributions included in this book are organized in four parts corresponding to the research areas of the project and their concrete applications: (I) language and verification for self-awareness and self-expression, (II) modeling and theory of self-aware and adaptive systems, (III) engineering techniques for collective autonomic systems, and last but not least, (IV) challenges and feedback provided by the case studies of the project in the areas of swarm robotics, cloud computing and e-mobility.

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Table of contents (17 chapters)

  1. Language and Verification for Collective Autonomic Systems

  2. Modeling and Theory of Adaptive and Self-aware Systems

  3. Engineering Techniques for Collective Autonomic Systems

  4. Case Studies: Challenges and Feedback

Editors and Affiliations

  • , Institut für Informatik, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, München, Germany

    Martin Wirsing

  • Institut für Informatik, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, München, Germany

    Matthias Hölzl, Nora Koch, Philip Mayer

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