Self-Organizing Networked Systems


Engineering Proprioception

How can self-perception be used for the development of future computer systems? These self-determining computer systems assess their states and react accordingly. They automatically adapt their resources to changing conditions. Battery-powered networks, for example, outsource data processing to computer nodes with sufficient or better energy reserves, thus protecting the nodes with limited resources and prolonging the networks‘ operation times.

Researchers examine how methods from disciplines like biology or economics can improve important properties of networked computer systems like autonomy, flexibility, and scalability.

The development of an autonomous network of intelligent cameras is a main focus. Cameras analyze the captured images independently and detect objects of interest such as vehicles or people and transmit the characteristics of the detected objects to their neighboring cameras. A virtual auction is applied to determine which camera continues to track which object.