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Software-Intensive Systems for Smart Cities: From Ensembles to Superorganisms

  • Nicola Bicocchi
  • Letizia Leonardi
  • Franco Zambonelii
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8950)

Abstract

Smart cities infrastructures can be considered as large-scale, software-intensive systems exhibiting close sinergies among ICT devices and humans. However, current deployments of smart city technologies rely on rather traditional technologies. This chapter introduces a novel perspective in which large-scale ensembles of software components, ICT devices, and humans, can be made working together in an orchestrated and self-organized way to achieve urban-level goals as if they were part of a single large-scale organism, i.e., a superorganism. Accordingly, we delineate our vision of urban superorganisms and overview related application areas. Finally, we identify the key challenges in engineering self-organizing systems that can work as a superorganism, and we introduce the reference architecture for an infrastructure capable of supporting our vision.

Keywords

Sensor Network Smart City Heterogeneous Agent Reference Architecture Wireless Body Sensor Network 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nicola Bicocchi
    • 1
  • Letizia Leonardi
    • 1
  • Franco Zambonelii
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Modena and Reggio EmiliaItaly

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