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Kurt Geihs - University of Kassel. Germany

Kurt Geihs is a full professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at the University of Kassel (Germany) and director of the Interdisciplinary Research Center for Information System Design (ITeG) in Kassel. His research and teaching interests include distributed systems, multi-robot systems, and value-oriented design. Current research projects focus on self-adaptive systems, collaborative autonomous mobile robots, and socio-technical software development methods. He has published more than 200 scientific papers and is author of several books and book chapters. Prior to his position at the University of Kassel he was professor at TU Berlin and University of Frankfurt, as well as researcher at the IBM European Networking Center in Heidelberg. From 2007-2013 he was a member of the Computer Science panel of the European Research Council (ERC). He was awarded a Chair of Excellence by UC3M (Spain), a David Lorge Parnas Fellowship from Lero – the Irish Software Research Centre in 2016, and an Alexander von Humboldt South African Research Award in 2004. Professor Geihs was invited as a visiting professor and guest scientist at research labs and universities in Europe, United States and South Africa. He holds a PhD from RWTH Aachen, a M.Sc. from UC Los Angeles, and a Diplom Degree from TU Darmstadt, all in Computer Science.



Collective adaptive systems consist of autonomous components that collaborate to achieve a common global goal and are capable of adapting their behaviour according to a given objective function if conditions change. Collective self-reflection (CSR) takes adaptation to the next level: It enables the collective as a whole to proactively reflect on its own adaptive behaviour and over time to decide, if necessary, to adapt its adaptation logic, e.g. the parameters of the objective function, in order to maintain the overall global goal of the distributed system. Together with colleagues from UC3M, we will explore the foundations of CSR. Some of the challenging research questions are:

  • What kind of communication protocols are appropriate to achieve collective perception?
  • What types of agreement protocols are required and how much overhead do they generate?
  • How do we handle dynamic changes in the composition of the collective?
  • How do we monitor and communicate the achievement of global goals and local goals?
  • Can we implement these facilities on resource-scarce computing devices?

This research is expected to generate joint publications as well as proposals for research projects and scientific workshops.