Self-Organizing Networked Systems for Technical Applications: A Discussion on Open Issues

  • Wilfried Elmenreich
  • Hermann de Meer
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5343)


The concept of self-organization has been examined oftentimes for several domains such as physics, chemistry, mathematics, etc. However, the current technical development opens a new field of self-organizing applications by creating systems of networked and massively distributed hardware with self-organized control. Having this view in mind, this papers reviews the questions: What is a self-organizing system?, What is it not?, Should there be a separate field of science for self-organizing systems?, and What are possible approaches to engineer a self-organizing control system?.

The presented ideas have been elaborated at the Lakeside Research Days’08 (University of Klagenfurt, Austria), a workshop that featured guided discussions between invited experts working in the field of self-organizing systems.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wilfried Elmenreich
    • 1
  • Hermann de Meer
    • 2
  1. 1.Lakeside Labs, Mobile Systems Group Institute of Networked and Embedded SystemsUniversity of KlagenfurtAustria
  2. 2.Faculty of Informatics and Mathematics Chair of Computer Networks and CommunicationsUniversity of PassauGermany

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