I was an invited panel member at the Tenth IEEE International Conference on Self-adaptive and Self-organising Systems (SASO) 2016, in Augsburg, Germany. The topic of the panel debate was "Self-Organisation and Distributed Consensus Technologies: Opportunities, Challenges and Boundaries".

Our new book, Self-Aware Computing Systems: An Engineering Approach is now available, published by Springer. The book introduces the new notion of computational self-awareness as a fundamental concept for designing and operating computing systems, inspired by self-awareness concepts in humans.

I gave a talk and was an invited panel member at SelPhyS, the Workshop on Self-Aware Cyber-Physical Systems, at Cyber-Physical Systems Week, in Vienna. The talk was Towards Dynamic Architectures for Computational Self-Awareness. An extended abstract is available here.

We have won a grant for £117k from Innovate UK for the research project "Dynamic Optimisation for Intelligent Manufacturing Systems". The project will develop an intelligent software tool utilising optimisation algorithms and machine learning techniques for 3D cutting solutions for high value materials, to improve utilisation of equipment and produce high quality management information. The project is a Knowledge Transfer Partnership between Aston University and Zenzero Solutions, and will last 30 months.

My proposal for a talk at SelPhyS, the upcoming workshop on Self-Awareness in Cyber-Physical Systems, has been accepted. The workshop is being held as part of the Cyber-Phyiscal Systems Week, in Vienna, Austria. The title of the talk is "Towards Dynamic Architectures for Computational Self-Awareness", and an extended abstract is available here.

We have won a Marie won a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship worth just over €195k. The project, Self-Organisation and Learning Online in Mobile Observation Networks (SOLOMON), will develop a new type of lightweight, inexpensive smart camera network suitable for rapid deployment and reconfiguration. Novel techniques in collective decision making, self-organisation and multi-objective online learning will be developed. The project lasts two years and is in partnership with Edesix Ltd and the University of Birmingham.

I participated in the invite-only seminar on Social Concepts in Self-Organising Systems at the prestigious Schloss Dagstuhl in Germany. I gave an invited talk, Towards Socially-Sensitive Systems Design.

I will join the Organising Committee of the tenth IEEE International Conference on Self-Adaptive and Self-Organising Systems (SASO 2016), as Workshops Chair. The conference will be held in September 2016, in Augsburg, Germany.

ALIA 2016, the Second International Symposium on Artificial Life and Intelligent Agents, will be held at Aston University on the 14th and 15th June 2016. Call for Papers and Demos now available! See the website for more information!