The Autonomics Group

The Autonomics Group is concerned with all aspects of dynamic adaptation and control of computer systems. The broad field of work is best described as autonomic and self-managing systems and includes environment-sensitive and context-aware behaviour.

We are involved with improvements in the quality of autonomic computing; specifically the development of techniques which enhance the validation, robustness and trustability of these systems, as well as tools and techniques that simplify the design and development stages of the lifecycle. Our longer-term goal is towards developing much-needed standards and techniques for certification of autonomic systems.

The Autonomics Group is also involved with smart, self-managing and context-aware systems, and especially with regard to deploying smart, self-configuring and field-reconfigurable abilities into embedded systems. We are interested in making this specialised class of systems smarter, more flexible, and field maintainable. We also study and develop custom sensors and sensor systems, low power embedded computing systems, and replenishable power systems for sensor nodes.

Application domains for our work include: pervasive healthcare systems, accessibility and support systems for disabled users, environmental and infrastructure monitoring systems, wireless sensor systems, home automation systems, smart security devices and systems, autonomic / distributed control systems, re-configurable diagnostic systems, and autonomous robots.

The Autonomics Group participated in an EC-funded STREP project which targeted the development of self-management techniques for automotive control systems. Full title: "Dynamically Self-Configuring Automotive Systems", short name: DySCAS. The consortium of nine partners also included Volvo, Daimler, and Bosch. For our part, the DySCAS project involved extending and applying generic self-management concepts and techniques to the specific context of a self-configurable middleware for automotive systems. This allows automotive control systems to exhibit self-configuring and self-healing properties and also allows them to be upgraded in the field very flexibly.

For further information on the Autonomics Group, please contact Dr Richard Anthony (E-mail:

Centre for Computer and Computational Science is part of the Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities, University of Greenwich.