I will serve as Publications Chair for the fourteenth international conference on Parallel Problem Solving from Nature (PPSN), which will be held in Edinburgh in September 2016.

I was an invited panel member at the Workshop on Self-Improving System Integration (SISSY), at the Twelfth IEEE International Conference on Autonomic Computing (ICAC), in Grenoble, France. The topic of the panel debate was "The potential of Self-aware Computing for Self-improving System Integration Challenges and Applications".

Our paper Self-organising Zooms for Decentralised Redundancy Management in Visual Sensor Networks was accepted for publication at the Ninth IEEE Conference on Self-Adaptive and Self-Organizing Systems (SASO) 2015, to be held in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, in September 2015. (Sneak preview: the paper contains pictures of cats.)

We have had two articles accepted for publication in a forthcoming special issue of IEEE Computer, on Self-aware and Self-expressive Computing Systems. The first, Architectural Aspects of Self-aware and Self-expressive Computing Systems describes our work to translate concepts from psychology to engineering, presenting a reference architectural framework and derived architectural patterns for self-aware and self-expressive systems. The second, Self-aware and Self-expressive Camera Networks applies the concepts of self-awareness and self-expression to camera networks, enabling the adaptation of their behaviour to changing conditions.

Our paper, Two-B or not Two-B? Design Patterns for Hybrid Metaheuristics was accepted for presentation at the 2nd Workshop on Metaheuristic Design Patterns (MetaDeeP) at GECCO 2015, the Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference, to be held in Madrid, Spain, in July 2015.

I gave an invited talk as part of the Computing Seminar Series at Keele University, entitled Types of Computational Self-awareness and How We Might Implement Them.

We have won £93k from Innovate UK for a Knowledge Transfer Partnership between Aston University and residential property management company CP Bigwood. The project, which will last 27 months, will apply computational intelligence techniques to a new decision support system for residential property management. This will provide additional internal capability to support business growth, through more efficient services and improved administration systems.

I participated in the Dagstuhl Seminar on Collective Adaptive Systems: Qualitative and Quantitative Modelling and Analysis, including giving a talk on Diversity, Heterogeneity and Dynamics in Collective Systems.