Towards a Quantitative Notion of Self-Organisation
Published: 2007 September
Buchtitel: Proceedings of the 2007 IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation (CEC 2007)
Organic Computing (OC) and other research initiatives like Autonomic Computing or Proactive Computing have developed the idea of systems that possess life-like properties, that self-organise, that adapt to their dynamically changing environments, and that establish other so-called self-x properties, like self-healing, self-configuration, self-optimisation etc. What we are searching for in OC are not concepts for systems that simply self-organise, but systems that self-organise to achieve a well defined system goal. Therefore we talk in OC about controlled self-organisation.
Although the term self-organisation has been discussed for years, we miss a clear definition of self-organisation in most publications, which have a technically motivated background.
In this paper, we summarise the state of the art and introduce a definition of self-organisation that addresses the problem of designing self-organising technical systems, which is the main objective of the OC initiative.
DOI Link: 10.1109/CEC.2007.4425022