Roberto Rodrigues Filho, a PhD student in MetaLab, presented our recent research on emergent software systems at the IEEE SASO conference just over a week ago. Along with Dr. Barry Porter, Roberto presented the idea of emergent software systems and the motivation for why we need them to solve modern problems of software complexity and dynamic deployment environments. Along with the conference talk, the researchers also presented a live, interactive demo of an emergent web server which self-assembles from a collection of small building blocks and locates an optimal set of behaviour for each range of client workload patterns that it observes at runtime. The paper was selected as one of the best 5 papers of the conference to appear in a future special issue of Transactions on Autonomous and Adaptive Systems.
You can read the paper here.