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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.

After four years, the EPiCS Project, which made many contributions towards foundations and engineering methods for self-aware computing systems, has successfully completed. The project was rated "excellent" by the external reviewers, at our final project review in Brussels. Outcomes of the project are described on the EPiCS website.

I chaired a session at the Artificial Life and Intelligent Agents Symposium (ALIA), at Bangor University. This new symposium brought together researchers from the artificial life, nature-inspired computing, robotics and agents communities, as well as participants from industry.

As part of our dissemination activities, the EPiCS project has just published our Handbook of Engineering Self-Aware and Self-Expressive Systems, in the ACM Computing Research Repository (CoRR) on arXiv. It is available here.

Our paper It’s Good to be Different: Diversity, Heterogeneity and Dynamics in Collective Systems was accepted for publication at the Second International Workshop on Self-Adaptive and Self-Organising Socio-Technical Systems at the Eighth IEEE Conference on Self-Adaptive and Self-Organizing Systems (SASO) 2014, held in London, UK in September 2014.

Our paper Self-adaptive Probabilistic Roadmap Generation for Intelligent Virtual Agents was accepted for publication at the Eighth IEEE Conference on Self-Adaptive and Self-Organizing Systems (SASO) 2014, to be held in London, UK in September 2014.

Our paper, A Q-learning Based Evolutionary Algorithm for Sequential Decision Making Problems was accepted for presentation at the workshop In Search of Synergies between Reinforcement Learning and Evolutionary Computation at PPSN 2014, the 13th International Conference on Parallel Problem Solving from Nature, to be held in Ljubljana, Solvenia, in September 2014.

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