The first stable public version of our distributed smart camera simulation tool, CamSim, has been released. For more information, including an introductory video, check out the software page.

The EPiCS project has a video channel available on Vimeo. Check out videos describing some of our research here.

Horatio Caine, BSc. Computer Science student with a Year in Industry at the University of Birmingham has produced an excellent research-focused final year project that has been shortlisted as one of the finalists for the CREST annual prize for the UK BSc Final Year Computer Science Project.

His project, “Prediction and Classification for Optimisation of Object Tracking in Market-Based Networks of Distributed Smart Cameras” was supervised by Dr Peter Lewis who said, ‘Horatio’s project is a great example of how students in the School of Computer Science can get involved with cutting edge research that is going on here. He fully deserves to be shortlisted for this national prize.’

More information is here.

Our paper Learning to be Different: Heterogeneity and Efficiency in Distributed Smart Camera Networks was accepted for publication at the Seventh IEEE Conference on Self-Adaptive and Self-Organizing Systems (SASO) 2013, to be held in Philadelphia, USA in September 2013.

I gave a lecture at the second Awareness Summer School (AWASS 2013) in Lucca, Italy in June 2013. The lecture was on Types of Computational Self-awareness and How We Might Implement Them.

We have contributed a chapter, entitled Markets and Clouds: Adaptive and Resilient Computational Resource Allocation inspired by Economics to the new book Adaptive, Dynamic, and Resilient Systems, edited by Niranjan Suri and Giacomo Cabri. The book will be published by the Taylor & Francis Group later in 2013.

Our paper Exposing Market Mechanism Design Trade-offs via Multi-objective Evolutionary Search was accepted for presentation at the IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation (CEC) 2013, to be held in Cancun, Mexico in June 2013.

I gave an invited talk at the Department of Electronics, Informatics and Bioengineering at the Politecnico Di Milano in Italy. The talk was entitled An Outlook for Self-awareness in Computing Systems and took place on a research visit supported by the Awareness project in March 2013.

I will be a lecturer at the second Awareness Summer School in Lucca, Italy in June 2013. The topic of my lecture will be Types of Computational Self-awareness and How We Might Implement Them.

The summer school is aimed primarily at doctoral students and will consist of lectures by prominent researchers and also practical team projects on areas of work related to computational self-awareness. If you are interested in coming to the summer school (and like the idea of spending a week in Italy in June), you can register here.

Our abstract Automating mechanism design using evolutionary multi-criteria optimisation has been accepted for presentation at the 22nd International Conference on Multiple Criteria Decision Making (MCDM 2013) in June 2013 in Málaga, Spain.