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SAPERE (Self-Aware Pervasive Service Ecosystems)

FP7 ICT Call-5, FET proactive, Goal 8.5: Self-Awareness in Autonomic Systems

Goals: The objective of SAPERE is the development of a highly-innovative theoretical and practical framework for the decentralized deployment and execution of self-aware and adaptive services for future and emerging pervasive network scenarios. The framework will be grounded on a foundational re-thinking of current service models and of associated infrastructures and algorithms. In particular, getting inspiration from natural ecosystems, the project will demonstrate and experiment the possibility of modelling and deploying services as autonomous individuals in an ecosystem of other services, data sources, and pervasive devices, and of enforcing self-awareness and autonomic behaviours as inherent properties of the ecosystem, rather than as peculiar characteristics of its individuals only. The specific objectives that will be pursued in a tightly orchestrated way by the proposal, each contributing to the overall definition of the integrated SAPERE framework, include:

  • Defining an innovative model for service and data components in the ecosystem, based on a simple concept of self-aware components and a general nature-inspired interaction model;
  • Studying and experimenting decentralized self-* algorithms to enforce various forms of spatial selforganization, self-composition, and self-management for data and services in the ecosystem;
  • Studying and experimenting solutions to support advanced management of data and situation identification, to inject advanced forms of present- and future-awareness in the ecosystem;
  • Implementing an innovative, lightweight and modular infrastructure for the deployment and execution of services, and for the management of contextual data items.

The effectiveness of the proposed solutions and of the overall SAPERE framework will be experienced and evaluated in selected use cases in the area of "adaptive and decentralized pervasive services". The project will be carried on by a consortium with complementary competences, will last three years, and will touch prominently but not exclusively the "Creating awareness" topic of the "Self-awareness in autonomic systems" call.

Status: started October 1st, 2010


Funding: EU FP7 ICT Call-5, FET proactive

Duration: 2010 - 2013

F. Zambonelli, A. Omicini, B. Anzengruber, G. Castelli, F. De Angelis, G. Di Marzo, S. Dobson, J. Fernandez-Marquez, A. Ferscha, M. Mamei, S. Mariani , A. Molesini, S. Montagna, J. Nieminen, D. Pianini, M. Risoldi, A. Rosi, G. Stevenson, M. Viroli, J. Ye
Developing pervasive multi-agent systems with nature-inspired coordination
Pervasive and Mobile Computing, Editors: Thierry Delot, Sandra Geisler, Daniela Nicklas, Christoph Quix, Bo Xu, Nirmalya Roy, Parisa Rashidi, Larry Holder, Liming Chen, 17 pages, DOI: 10.1016/j.pmcj.2014.12.002, February 2015.
D. Pianini, M. Viroli, F. Zambonelli, A. Ferscha
HPC from a self-organisation perspective: The case of crowd steering at the urban scale
High Performance Computing Simulation (HPCS), 2014 International Conference on, IEEE, 8 pages, July 2014.
Predicting Social Density In Mass Events To Prevent Crowd Disasters
The 5th International Conference on Social Informatics (SocInfo2013), 25–27 November 2013., November 2013.
Analyzing the sapere comprehensive application scenario
Institute for Pervasive Computing, Linz, 19 pages, October 2013.
B. Anzengruber, G. Castelli, A. Rosi, A. Ferscha, F. Zambonelli
Social Feedback in Display Ecosystems
IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics (SMC2013), October 13 - 16, 2013, Manchester, UK, 6 pages, July 2013.
"FaceLight" - Potentials and Drawbacks of Thermal Imaging to Infer Driver Stress
4th International Conference on Automotive User Interfaces and Interactive Vehicular Applications (AutomotiveUI'12), October 17-19, Portsmouth, NH, USA, ACM, 8 pages, ISBN: 978-1-4503-1751-1, October 2012.
A. Ferscha, K. Zia, B. Gollan
Collective Attention through Public Displays
Proceeding of SASO 2012: Sixth IEEE International Conference on Self-Adaptive and Self-Organizing Systems Lyon, France; 10-14 September 2012, September 2012.
Self-adaptive Response in Spatial Information Ecosystems
First International Workshop on Adaptive Service Ecosystems: Nature and Socially Inspired Solutions at Sixth IEEE International Conference on Self-Adaptive and Self-Organizing Systems (SASO 2012) Lyon, France, September 2012.