On homeostasis in collective robotic systems

Jon Timmis*, Andy Tyrrell

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The biological term Homeostasis refers to an organisms ability to maintain steady states of operation in a massively changing internal and external environment. Pervasive Adaptive (PerAda) systems operate in potentially hostile environments where there is a need to cope with a wide variety of changes, over multiple timescales, deal with interacting agents, cope with degraded data and cope with failing components. In the context of this paper, we consider the case of a swarm, and organism, of robotic units, as those developed as part of the SYMBRION project. Such a collective robotic system can be considered a case of a PerAda system. Our position is that for such systems to operate for extended periods of time, without human intervention, they should be homeostatic and that it is possible to develop such homeostatic PerAda systems inspired by the immune system.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationArtificial Immune Systems - 9th International Conference, ICARIS 2010, Proceedings
Number of pages3
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Event9th International Conference on Artificial Immune Systems, ICARIS 2010 - Edinburgh, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Duration: 26 Jul 201029 Jul 2010

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume6209 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference9th International Conference on Artificial Immune Systems, ICARIS 2010
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Period26 Jul 201029 Jul 2010


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