It’s Good to be Different: Diversity, Heterogeneity and Dynamics in Collective Systems

Peter R. Lewis , Harry Goldingay and Vivek Nallur
In the Eighth IEEE Conference on Self-Adaptive and Self-Organizing Systems Workshops (SASOW), pp 84-89. IEEE Computer Society Press, 2014.

We identify two different forms of diversity present in engineered collective systems, namely heterogeneity (genotypic/phenotypic diversity) and dynamics (temporal diversity). Three qualitatively different case studies are analysed, and it is shown that both forms of diversity can be beneficial in very different problem and application domains. Behavioural diversity is shown to be motivated by input diversity and this observation is used to present recommendations for designers of collective systems.

@inproceedings{lewis_et_al_2014_diversity,
author = {Peter R. Lewis and Harry Goldingay and Vivek Nallur},
title = {{It’s Good to be Different: Diversity, Heterogeneity and Dynamics in Collective Systems}},
booktitle = {Eighth IEEE International Conference on Self-Adaptive and Self-Organizing Systems (SASO 2014) Workshops Proceedings},
year = {2014},
publisher = {IEEE Computer Society Press},
pages = {84--89}
}