9 Aug 2013
Research Exchange of Peter Lewis with Politecnico di Milano
Dr. Peter Lewis, who is based at the University of Birmingham and works on the EPiCS project, visited Professor Marco Santambrogio at the NECST Lab at the Politecnico di Milano on a Research Exchange visit. The visit took place between the 19th and 21st March 2013, and enabled these two active researchers in the field of self-aware computing to explore several collaborations and areas for future research.
Dr. Lewis's work in the EPiCS project has been primarily concerned with developing concepts and foundations for computational self-awareness. On the conceptual side, his recent work includes the development of a psychology-inspired conceptual framework for describing and comparing computational self-awareness capabilities. On the foundational side, his work has involved developing and applying novel nature-inspired learning and adaptation algorithms to realise the vision of computational self-awareness, e.g. in distributed smart camera networks. This work forms a core aspect of the EPiCS project.
Dr. Lewis gave an invited talk, describing the developed conceptual framework for computational self-awareness and how the capabilities it describes it could be implemented. The talk generated a lively discussion amongst researchers and students from disparate backgrounds including electronic and computer engineering, context aware systems, bioengineering and control theory. Several collaboration scoping sessions were conducted, with researchers from a range of fields. In particular, focus areas included how to apply meta-self-aware algorithm selection to a self-adaptive fault tolerance problem, and the relationship between computational self-awareness, context awareness and control theory.