this is to announce a special issue of the
Springer Journal of Reliable Intelligent Environments devoted to
Resilient and Antifragile Ambient Systems. The special issue CfP shall
soon be announced on the official web pages of the journal, though you may find herein a preview copy. Should you require further information, please do not hesitate to contact me!
Kind regards, Vincenzo.
“Resilient and Antifragile Ambient Systems”
(from Latin resilire, “to spring back, start back, rebound, recoil,
retreat”) plays a central role in several disciplines. Definitions of
resilience can be found in ecology, business, psychology, industrial
safety, microeconomics, computer networks, security, management science,
cybernetics, control theory, as well as crisis and disaster management
and recovery. A general interpretation of resilience may be considered
that of “the ability of a system subjected to faults and changes 1) to
continue distributing its services 2) without losing its peculiar
Antifragility goes one step further and suggests that
certain ambient systems could systematically improve their
system-environment fit, when subjected to faults and changes. Thus an
antifragile system would not “stay the same”; rather, it would “get
better” with each new experience.
The engineering of antifragile
computer-based ambient systems is a challenge that, once met, would
allow ambient systems to self-evolve and self-improve by learning from
accidents and mistakes in a way not dissimilar to that human beings are
capable of. Learning how to design and craft antifragile systems is thus
an extraordinary challenge whose tackling is likely to reverberate on
many a computer engineering field. New methods, programming languages,
even custom platforms will have to be designed. The expected returns are
extraordinary as well: Antifragile computer engineering promises to
enable the realization of truly autonomic ambient systems able to
- meta-adapt to unprecedented conditions and circumstances; - self-adjust to dynamically changing environments; -
self-organize so as to converge to proactively optimal strategies to
sustain scalability, high-performance, and energy efficiency; - personalize their aspects and behaviors after each and every user.
And to learn how to get better while doing it!
a design aspect cross-cutting through all system and communication
layers, antifragile engineering will require multidisciplinary visions
and approaches able to bridge the gaps between “distant” research
communities so as to propose novel solutions to design and develop
antifragile ambient systems ; devise conceptual models and paradigms for antifragility ; provide
analytical and simulation models and tools to measure a system’s
ability to withstand faults, adjust to new environments, and enhance
their resilience in the process.
The main topics of this special
issue of the Springer Journal of Reliable Intelligent Environments
include, though are not limited to:
- Conceptual frameworks for antifragile systems, ambients, and behaviours; - Dependability, resilience, and antifragile requirements and open issues; - Design principles, models, and techniques for realizing self-resilient and antifragile systems and behaviours; - Frameworks and techniques enabling the definition of resilient and antifragile ambients; - Methods and approaches coupling ambient intelligence with antifragility; - Antifragile human-machine interaction; - End-to-end approaches towards antifragile services; - Autonomic resilient behaviours; - Middleware architectures and mechanisms for resilience and antifragility; - Theoretical foundation of resilient and antifragile behaviours; - Formal modeling of resilience and antifragility; - Software engineering for resilience and antifragility; - Architectures and design patterns; - Machine learning as a foundation for resilient and antifragile architectures; - Antifragility and resilience against malicious attacks; - Antifragility and the Cloud; - Service Level Agreements for resilience and antifragility; - Verification and validation of resilience and antifragility; - Antifragile and resilient services and components.
Important dates: Submission deadline: AUGUST 14, 2015 First feedback: October 2, 2015 Final decisions: Noember 13, 2015.
inquiries please do not hesitate to contact the Guest Editor, Vincenzo
De Florio (vincenzo dot deflorio at uantwerpen dot be).