IT Ecosystems

Summary

IT Ecosystems: Classical approaches of computer science do not scale well for today's large and complex software-intensive systems. Software systems cannot be considered in isolation, since they are connected among each other and interact massively. Instead they are to be designed as parts of a larger IT Ecosystem. In analogy to biological ecosystems, IT Ecosystems are based on the balance between individuals (autonomy) and sets of rules (control) defining equilibria within an IT Ecosystem. Maintaining and continuously evolving IT Ecosystems requires deep understanding of this balance. The new research topic IT Ecosystems cuts across several research areas, including: emergence of system functions, extending classical engineering approaches, adaptive infrastructures, control of semantic diversity, and enhanced human-environment-machine interaction. These core areas are addressed by the newly established NTH focused Research School for IT Ecosystems, a cooperation of the Universities of Braunschweig, Clausthal, and Hannover funded by the Federal government of Lower Saxony.

The goal of AIM is to investigate methods for decentralized, bottom-up organisation of complex software systems, with special focus on the emergence and adaptation of interaction mechanisms among automated actors in dynamic environments. AIM is a subproject of the IT ecosystems project. The focus of our working group is formal verification for safety aspects.

2009-2012

Publications

[HH+11] Gianina Homoceanu and Michaela Huhn
Tool Support for Agent-Based Systems in Ptolemy,
International Workshop on Security and Dependability for Resource Constrained Embedded Systems, 2011.

[GH+11] Jana Görmer and G. Homoceanu and Christopher Mumme and Michaela Huhn, and Jörg P. Müller
JREP: Extending Repast Simphony for JADE Agent Behavior Components,
IEEE/WIC/ACM International Conference on Intelligent Agent Technology, 2011.

[HM+11] Michaela Huhn, Jörg P. Müller, Jana Görmer, Gianina Homoceanu, N.-T. Le, Lukas Märtin, Christopher Mumme, Christian Schulz, Niels Pinkwart, and C. Müller-Schloer
Autonomous agents in organized localities regulated by institutions.
In 5th IEEE International Conference on Digital Ecosystems and Technologies (IEEE DEST), pages 54-61, 2011.

 

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