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Self-organising Software

From Natural to Artificial Adaptation

  • Giovanna Di Marzo Serugendo
  • Marie-Pierre Gleizes
  • Anthony Karageorgos
  • This is the first book to provide a comprehensive view of self-organised software

  • Will be suitable for use as a graduate textbook, with chapter summaries and exercises

  • Is supported by an accompanying website that includes teaching slides, exercise solutions and research project outlines


Part of the Natural Computing Series book series (NCS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVIII
  2. Giovanna Di Marzo Serugendo, Marie-Pierre Gleizes, Anthony Karageorgos
    Pages 1-4
  3. Main Concepts and Background

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 5-5
    2. Giovanna Di Marzo Serugendo, Marie-Pierre Gleizes, Anthony Karageorgos
      Pages 7-32
    3. Giovanna Di Marzo Serugendo, Marie-Pierre Gleizes, Anthony Karageorgos
      Pages 33-74
    4. Marie-Pierre Gleizes, Valérie Camps, Anthony Karageorgos, Giovanna Di Marzo Serugendo
      Pages 105-119
  4. Self-organisation Mechanisms

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 121-121
    2. Christine Bourjot, Didier Desor, Vincent Chevrier
      Pages 123-138
    3. Márk Jelasity
      Pages 139-162
    4. Jean-Marc Seigneur, Pierpaolo Dondio
      Pages 163-192
    5. Jean-Pierre Georgé, Marie-Pierre Gleizes, Valérie Camps
      Pages 193-226
    6. Vincent Hilaire, Abderrafiâa Koukam, Sebastian Rodriguez
      Pages 227-249
    7. Sebastian Rodriguez, Vincent Hilaire, Nicolas Gaud, Stephane Galland, Abderrafiâa Koukam
      Pages 251-279
  5. Engineering Artificial Self-organising Systems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 281-281
    2. Carole Bernon, Marie-Pierre Gleizes, Frédéric Migeon, Giovanna Di Marzo Serugendo
      Pages 283-312
    3. Matteo Casadei, Marco Mamei, Cynthia Villalba, Mirko Viroli, Franco Zambonelli
      Pages 313-344
  6. Applications of Self-organising Software

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 345-345
    2. Pierre Glize, Gauthier Picard
      Pages 347-377
    3. Jean-Marc Seigneur, Gabriele Lenzini, Bob Hulsebosch
      Pages 379-403

About this book


Self-organisation, self-regulation, self-repair and self-maintenance are promising conceptual approaches for dealing with complex distributed interactive software and information-handling systems. Self-organising applications dynamically change their functionality and structure without direct user intervention, responding to changes in requirements and the environment. This is the first book to offer an integrated view of self-organisation technologies applied to distributed systems, particularly focusing on multiagent systems.

The editors developed this integrated book with three aims: to explain self-organisation concepts and principles, using clear definitions and a strong theoretical background; to examine how self-organising behaviour can be modelled, analysed and systematically engineered into agent behaviour; and to assess the types of problems that can be solved using self-organising multiagent systems. The book comprises chapters covering all three dimensions, synthesising up-to-date research work and the latest technologies and applications. The book offers dedicated chapters on concepts such as self-organisation, emergence in natural systems, software agents, stigmergy, gossip, cooperation and immune systems. The book then explains how to engineer artificial self-organising software, in particular it examines methodologies and middleware infrastructures. Finally, the book presents diverse applications of self-organising software, such as constraint satisfaction, trust management, image recognition and networking.

The book will be of interest to researchers working on emergent phenomena and adaptive systems. It will also be suitable for use as a graduate textbook, with chapter summaries and exercises, and an accompanying website that includes teaching slides, exercise solutions and research project outlines.


Adaptive systems Ant colony optimization (ACO) Artificial intelligence Cellular automata Collective intelligence Complex systems Constraint satisfaction problems (CSP) Distributed autonomous systems Dynamic distributed systems Emergent phenomena Games Holarchy Immune systems Intelligent agents Mobile agents Mobile agents Multiagent systems Self-organization Stigmergy Swarm intelligence

Editors and affiliations

  • Giovanna Di Marzo Serugendo
    • 1
  • Marie-Pierre Gleizes
    • 2
  • Anthony Karageorgos
    • 3
  1. 1.Centre Universitaire d'InformatiqueUniversité de GenèveCarougeSwitzerland
  2. 2., Institut de RechercheUniversité Paul SabatierToulouseFrance
  3. 3.of Larissa, Dept. of ForestryTechnological Education InstituteKarditsaGreece

About the editors

The first editor is the Editor-in-Chief of the ACM Transactions on Autonomous Adaptive Systems, while the first and third editors have coedited related books.


Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Self-organising Software
  • Book Subtitle From Natural to Artificial Adaptation
  • Editors Giovanna Di Marzo Serugendo
    Marie-Pierre Gleizes
    Anthony Karageorgos
  • Series Title Natural Computing Series
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2011
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Computer Science Computer Science (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-642-17347-9
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-642-27052-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-642-17348-6
  • Series ISSN 1619-7127
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVIII, 462
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Artificial Intelligence
    Computational Intelligence
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