Visiting Speaker: Hartmut Schmeck

Place: Room 621, GP South (Building 78)
Time: Thursday 23rd March, 10:30 morning Tea. 11:00am seminar
Title: Organic Computing - Visions and Challenges

Visiting Speaker:  Hartmut Schmeck
Institute AIFB
University of Karlsruhe

The continuing trend towards smaller and more powerful electronic devices
indicates that within few years we shall be surrounded by a multitude of
systems and system components. Equipped with a variety of sensors they will
be capable of building up an awareness of their environment. They will
communicate and they will adapt their behaviour to the currently available
information about their "living environment". Due to the growing complexity
these multiply connected systems will no longer be explicitly controllable,
they will inevitably exhibit some forms of self-organisation. This has led
to the fascinating vision of "Organic Computing": Networked intelligent
systems will be assisting us in our daily life, available whenever and
wherever we need them, and to a large extent they will be
autonomous: they will manage and utilize available resources, they will
detect and repair faulty components, i.e. they will show some lifelike
At the same time, this vision could turn into the Orwellian menace of a
society consisting of perfectly transparent and completely controlled
Therefore, Informatics and Computer Engineering are challenged to guarantee
that the emerging behaviour of these anticipated networked systems will
remain advantageous for all of us. In particular, new paradigms are needed
for system design and architectures allowing to appropriately observe and
influence dynamic networks of intelligent systems having quite some degrees
of freedom to adapt their behaviour autonomously to dynamically changing
The talk will elaborate on these topics and will give an overview of the
recent priority research program on Organic Computing funded by the German
Research Foundation (

Short CV:
Hartmut Schmeck is a full professor of applied informatics at the University
of Karlsruhe, Germany. His research interests are the design and analysis of
algorithms, in particular bio-inspired optimisation (evolutionary algorithms
and ant colony optimisation) and algorithms for parallel and reconfigurable
architectures. He is coordinator of the recent priority research program on
Organic Computing, funded by the German Research Foundation.

Dr. Ariel Liebman
Research Fellow
ARC Centre for Complex Systems
School of ITEE, University of Queensland
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