Exploring Different Software Paradigms in Adaptive Systems [Abstract]
by Prof. Siobhán Clarke, Professor of Computer Science, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
(Keynote 22 May)

Bio: Siobhán Clarke is a Professor in the School of Computer Science and Statistics at Trinity College Dublin. She joined Trinity in 2000, having previously worked forover ten years as a software engineer for IBM. Her current research focus is on software engineering models for the provision of smart and dynamic software services to urban stakeholders, addressing challenges in the engineering of dynamic software in ad hoc, mobile environments. She has published over 150 papers and is a Science Foundation Ireland Principal Investigator, exploring an Internet of Things middleware for adaptable, urban-scale software services. Prof. Clarke is the founding Director of Future Cities, the Trinity Centre for Smart and Sustainable Cities, with contributors from a range of disciplines, including Computer Science, Statistics, Engineering, Social Science, Geography, Law, Business and the Health Sciences. She leads the School’s Distributed Systems Group, and was elected Fellow of Trinity College Dublin in 2006.

Reconciling architecture with self-organization via morphogenetic engineering [Abstract]
by Prof. René Doursat, Professor of Complex Systems at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK (Keynote 23 May)

BioRene Doursat (PhD, Habil.) is full Professor of Complex Systems (CS) at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. An alumnus of the Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS) in Paris, he has 20 years of research and teaching experience at several academic institutions in Europe and the United States. After a detour through the software industry, he was a Visiting Professor at the University of Nevada, Reno, a Research Scientist at CNRS, France (Complex Systems Institute, Paris and BioEmergences Lab, Gif) and a Guest Lecturer at Ecole Polytechnique, Paris. He was also Director of the Institute for two years and co-founded the Erasmus Mundus Master’s in Complex Systems Science. He (co)supervised the thesis and research of 22 postdocs, PhD and MSc students, published 55 journal articles and book chapters, co-edited over 10 books and conference proceedings, and created, chaired, or co-organised 20 workshops, conferences and summer schools. In the vast land of complex systems, René’s research commutes back and forth between computational biology and bio-inspired computing. On the way, he founded the field of morphogenetic engineering (ME), which explores new methodologies to model and create complex architectures that self-organise from a swarm of heterogeneous agents, in particular by development. Such emergent structures can be modular robots, synthetic organisms, or large autonomic networks of computing devices.