Pervasive Adaptation: it's here!

Learning about pervasive adaptation through art and music Fancy yourself as the next Jackson Pollock? Want to find out how music - from Mozart to Meatloaf - can affect your mood? These are just two of the interactive games, videos and interactive displays on show to demonstrate concepts embodied in pervasive adaptation, which refers to the ability of information and communication systems to adapt autonomously to dynamic user contexts. An entertaining augmented reality application running on a hand-held tablet computer will show the normally unseen world of pervasive computing systems.

The FET Proactive Initiative on Pervasive Adaptation (PerAda) targets technologies and design paradigms for pervasive information and communication systems capable of autonomously adapting in dynamic environments. The six PerAda-funded research projects are nearing completion and through a mixture of video and interactive displays some key research concepts will be displayed.

The ALLOW project has been developing a new programming paradigm for pervasive applications interacting with, and adapting, to human behaviours and changing environments.

The ATRACO project is concerned with ambient intelligent pervasive environments occupied by multiple users and supporting multiple activities over changing context.

The FRONTS project focuses on the algorithmic foundations of adaptive networks of locally-interacting small devices, inspired by such diverse fields as economic market behaviour, biological systems and even thermodynamics and physics.

The REFLECT project aims to develop new concepts and means for pervasive-adaptive systems, capable of sensing users and their mood and intentions.

The SOCIALNETS project proposes new adaptive approaches to networking between wireless mobile devices including adaptive architectures to harness the behaviour, mobility and social groups of the users. The SYMBRION project ( is developing novel principles of adaptation and evolution for symbiotic multi-robot organisms based on bio-inspired approaches and modern computing paradigms.

Contact: Ms Jennifer Willies

Primary affiliation: PerAda Project Manager
City: Edinburgh
Country: United Kingdom
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