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Bellman, Kirstie ; Hofmann, Peter ; Müller-Schloer, Christian ; Schmeck, Hartmut ; Würtz, Rolf P.

06031 Abstracts Collection -- Organic Computing -- Controlled Emergence

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Organic Computing has emerged recently as a challenging vision for
future information processing systems, based on the insight that we
will soon be surrounded by large collections of autonomous systems
equipped with sensors and actuators to be aware of their environment,
to communicate freely, and to organize themselves in order to perform
the actions and services required. Organic Computing Systems will
adapt dynamically to the current conditions of its environment, they
will be self-organizing, self-configuring, self-healing,
self-protecting, self-explaining, and context-aware.

From 15.01.06 to 20.01.06, the Dagstuhl Seminar 06031 ``Organic
Computing -- Controlled Emergence'' was held in the International
Conference and Research Center (IBFI), Schloss Dagstuhl.
The seminar was characterized by the very constructive search for
common ground between engineering and natural sciences, between
informatics on the one hand and biology, neuroscience, and chemistry
on the other. The common denominator was the objective to build
practically usable self-organizing and emergent systems or their

An indicator for the practical orientation of the seminar was the
large number of OC application systems, envisioned or already under
implementation, such as the Internet, robotics, wireless sensor
networks, traffic control, computer vision, organic systems on chip,
an adaptive and self-organizing room with intelligent sensors or
reconfigurable guiding systems for smart office buildings. The
application orientation was also apparent by the large number of
methods and tools presented during the seminar, which might be used as
building blocks for OC systems, such as an evolutionary design
methodology, OC architectures, especially several implementations of
observer/controller structures, measures and measurement tools for
emergence and complexity, assertion-based methods to control
self-organization, wrappings, a software methodology to build
reflective systems, and components for OC middleware.

Organic Computing is clearly oriented towards applications but is
augmented at the same time by more theoretical bio-inspired and
nature-inspired work, such as chemical computing, theory of complex
systems and non-linear dynamics, control mechanisms in insect swarms,
homeostatic mechanisms in the brain, a quantitative approach to
robustness, abstraction and instantiation as a central metaphor for
understanding complex systems.

Compared to its beginnings, Organic Computing is coming of age. The OC
vision is increasingly padded with meaningful applications and usable
tools, but the path towards full OC systems is still complex. There is
progress in a more scientific understanding of emergent processes. In
the future, we must understand more clearly how to open the
configuration space of technical systems for on-line
modification. Finally, we must make sure that the human user remains
in full control while allowing the systems to optimize.

BibTeX - Entry

  author =	{Bellman, Kirstie and Hofmann, Peter and M\"{u}ller-Schloer, Christian and Schmeck, Hartmut and W\"{u}rtz, Rolf P.},
  title =	{{06031 Abstracts Collection – Organic Computing – Controlled Emergence}},
  booktitle =	{Organic Computing - Controlled Emergence},
  pages =	{1--19},
  series =	{Dagstuhl Seminar Proceedings (DagSemProc)},
  ISSN =	{1862-4405},
  year =	{2006},
  volume =	{6031},
  editor =	{Kirstie Bellman and Peter Hofmann and Christian M\"{u}ller-Schloer and Hartmut Schmeck and Rolf W\"{u}rtz},
  publisher =	{Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik},
  address =	{Dagstuhl, Germany},
  URL =		{},
  URN =		{urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-5777},
  doi =		{10.4230/DagSemProc.06031.1},
  annote =	{Keywords: Emergence, self-organization, self-configuration, self-healing, self-protection, self-explaining, context-awareness}

Keywords: Emergence, self-organization, self-configuration, self-healing, self-protection, self-explaining, context-awareness
Collection: 06031 - Organic Computing - Controlled Emergence
Issue Date: 2006
Date of publication: 19.05.2006

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