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Tutorial: Organic Computing - Status and Outlook

The tutorial introduces in its first part the motivation for OC research in general and discusses basic concepts of OC such as autonomy, self-organization, target and acceptance space, robustness and flexibility. It demonstrates these concepts with exemplary projects from the DFG Priority Program Organic Computing. The second part looks back on these projects, discusses the lessons we have learned from this research and derives possible future research directions resulting from this analysis. This includes cognitive agents, Social OC, and the challenges resulting from the design-time to runtime shift.

Target audience:

Students, researchers, practitioners. No special prerequisites required.


Organic Computing: A Paradigm Shift for Complex Systems, Birkhäuser 2011


Christian Mueller-Schloer

Christian Mueller-Schloer studied EE at the Technical University of Munich and received the Diploma degree in 1975, the Ph. D. in semiconductor physics in 1977. In the same year he joined Siemens Corporate Technology where he worked in a variety of research fields, among them CAD for communication systems, cryptography, simulation accelerators and RISC architectures.

From 1980 until 1982 he was a member of the Siemens research labs in Princeton, NJ, U.S.A. In 1991 he was appointed full professor of computer architecture and operating systems at the University of Hannover. His institute, later renamed to Institute of Systems Engineering - System and Computer Architecture, engaged in systems level research such as system design and simulation, embedded systems, virtual prototyping, educational technology and, since 2001, adaptive and self-organizing systems.

He is one of the founders of the German Organic Computing initiative, which was launched in 2003 with support of GI and itg, the two key professional societies for computer science in Germany. In 2005 he co-initiated the Special Priority Programme on Organic Computing of the German Research Foundation (DFG).

He is author of more than 150 papers and several books.

Present projects - predominantly in the area of Organic Computing - deal, among others, with topics like quantitative emergence and self-organization, organic traffic control, organic network control, self-organizing smart camera systems and self-organizing trusted communities.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. C. Mueller-Schloer
Institut für Systems Engineering - System- und RechnerArchitektur (SRA)
Leibniz Universität Hannover
Appelstr. 4
D-30167 Hannover
Tel. +49 (0)511 762 19730/31
Mobile: +49 (0)170 248 5577

Hartmut Schmeck

Hartmut Schmeck studied mathematics and computer science at the Universities of Kiel (Germany) (where he got his Diplom and Ph.D. in Informatics) and Waterloo (Canada). Since 1991 he is a Full Professor of Applied Informatics at the University of Karlsruhe (now Karlsruhe Institute of Technology - KIT). His research focuses on advanced algorithms and architectures and, more recently, on self-organising adaptive systems, in particular in his role as coordinator of the German priority research program SPP 1183 on "Organic Computing". He has been program and conference chair for numerous international workshops and conferences (a.o. RAW, ARCS, IFIP BICC 2006, 2008, ATC 2009, ICAC 2011). At Karlsruhe, he is the Scientific Spokesperson of the KIT-Focus "COMMputation", addressing the scientific challenges implied by the inherent combination of communication and computation in networked adaptive systems. Furthermore, he is coordinating the broad participation of the KIT within collaborative projects on ICT concepts for smart grid and electric mobility.

Prof. Dr. Hartmut Schmeck
Institut für Angewandte Informatik und Formale Beschreibungsverfahren (AIFB)
Karlsruher Institut für Technologie
Institut AIFB - Geb. 05.20
KIT-Campus Sued
76128 Karlsruhe
Tel.:+49 721 608 44242
Fax: +49 721 608 46581

Sanaz Mostaghim

Dr.-Ing. Sanaz Mostaghim
Institut für Angewandte Informatik und Formale Beschreibungsverfahren (AIFB)
Karlsruher Institut für Technologie
Institut AIFB - Geb. 05.20
KIT-Campus Sued
76128 Karlsruhe
Tel.:+49 721 608 46554
Fax: +49 721 608 45715


Andreas Herkersdorf

Institute for
Integrated Systems

Arcisstrasse 21
80290 Muenchen, Germany

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