SASO 2011

Fifth IEEE International Conference on Self-Adaptive and Self-Organizing Systems

Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA; October 3 - October 7, 2011







University of Michigan Campus in the Fall

The 2011 edition of the SASO conference series will be held in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA.

The aim of the SASO conference series is to provide a forum for the foundations of a principled approach to engineering systems, networks and services based on self-adaptation and self-organization. To this end, the meeting aims to attract participants with different backgrounds, to foster cross-pollination between research fields, and to expose and discuss innovative theories, frameworks, methodologies, tools, and applications. The complexity of current and emerging computing systems has led the software engineering, distributed systems and management communities to look for inspiration in diverse fields (e.g., complex systems, control theory, artificial intelligence, sociology, and biology) to find new ways of designing and managing networks, systems and services. In this endeavor, self-organization and self-adaptation have emerged as two promising interrelated facets of a paradigm shift.

The fifth edition of the SASO conference emphasizes the interconnection of research between and within fields: application of self-* principles or systems to solve real-world problems or advance research in other research domains; advances in self-* mechanisms or analyses with potentially broad application; combination and interconnection of self-* systems; and extraction of new self-* principles or mechanisms from the study of natural or engineered systems.

Self-adaptive systems work in a top down manner. They evaluate their own global behavior and change it when the evaluation indicates that they are not accomplishing what they were intended to do, or when better functionality or performance is possible. A challenge is often to identify how to change specific behaviors to achieve the desired improvement. Self-organizing systems work bottom up. They are composed of a large number of components that interact locally according to typically simple rules. The global behavior of the system emerges from these local interactions. Here, a challenge is often to predict and control the resulting global behavior.

Contributions must present novel theoretical or experimental results, or practical approaches and experiences in building or deploying real-world systems, applications, tools, frameworks, etc. Contributions contrasting different approaches for engineering a given family of systems, or demonstrating the applicability of a certain approach for different systems are particularly encouraged.


The topics of interest to SASO include, but are not limited to:

  • Theories, frameworks and methods for self-* systems
  • Robustness and dependability of self-* systems
  • Control of emergent properties in self-* systems
  • Biologically, socially, and physically inspired self-* systems
  • Management and control of self-* systems
  • Design and engineering for self-* systems (self-organization, self-adaptation, self-management, self-monitoring, self-tuning, self-repair, self-configuration, etc.)
  • Applications and experiences with self-* systems

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