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autonomous and autonomic swarmsA watershed in systems engineering is represented by the advent of swarm-based systems that accomplish missions through cooperative action by a (large) group of autonomous individuals each having simple capabilities and no global knowledge of the group s objective. Such systems, with individuals capable of surviving in hostile environments, pose unprecedented challenges to system developers. Design and testing and verification at much higher levels will be required, together with the corresponding tools, to bring such systems to fruition. Concepts for possible future NASA space exploration missions include autonomous, autonomic swarms. Engineering swarm-based missions begins with understanding autonomy and autonomicity and how to design, test, and verify systems that have those properties and, simultaneously, the capability to accomplish prescribed mission goals. Formal methods-based technologies, both projected and in development, are described in terms of their potential utility to swarm-based system developers.
Document ID
20050210015
Document Type
Preprint (Draft being sent to journal)
Authors
Hinchey, Michael G.
(NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Rash, James L.
(NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Truszkowski, Walter F.
(NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Rouff, Christopher A.
(Science Applications International Corp. McLean, VA, United States)
Sterritt, Roy
(New Univ. of Ulster Coleraine, United Kingdom)
Date Acquired
September 7, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 2005
Subject Category
Systems Analysis and Operations Research
Meeting Information
2005 International Conference on Software Engineering Research and Practice (SERP''05)(Las Vegas, NV)
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Public Use Permitted.

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