Department of Computer Science Distinguished Lecturer Seminar

21 October 2009

Time: 3:00pm
Venue: Bancroft Road Teaching Room 302 (previously know as CS338), Mile End

'Ubiquitous Systems'

Speaker: Professor Morris Sloman, Imperial College London

Ubiquitous systems require autonomic properties of self-configuration, self-healing, self-optimisation and self-protection to transparently assist users in their normal activities. The ubiquitous systems need to adapt to user's context-activity, location, who they are with etc. There could be potentially hundreds of computing devices on the user's body, embedded within a home or office and it is not practical to manage these on an individual basis due to lack of expertise or time for a typical non-technical user. Engineering Ubiquitous Systems requires techniques and tools for specifying and implementing autonomous components which include policies for specifying the self-strategies for autonomic and adaptive behaviour as well as tailoring systems to the users' needs. Large-scale ubiquitous systems will consist of aggregations of potentially mobile components with policies governing interaction between them. Techniques are required for refining high-level goals into policies and analysing them to determine inconsistencies and conflicts.

This talk will describe Self-Managed Cells (SMCs) as an architectural pattern for engineering ubiquitous computing as composable self-managed components to group devices. A SMC may correspond to a body area network, an office, a hospital, a group of collaborating robots or even an international network. The SMC paradigm provides a scope for specifying and analysing behaviour and policies as well as generating implementations.

Biography: Professor Morris Sloman’s research interests include autonomic management of pervasive and distributed systems, adaptive security management, privacy and security for pervasive systems. He is a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Network and Systems Management and IEEE Transactions on Network and Services Management. See [new window] for more details and selected papers.

This seminar will be preceded at 2.45pm by tea and followed by a reception both in the Informatics Hub.

All welcome, especially students. No pre-booking required.


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