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A Quantitative Approach to Management and Design of Collective and Adaptive Behaviours (QUANTICOL)
Start date: 01 Apr 2013, End date: 31 Mar 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The problem:The design of collective adaptive systems (CAS) must be supported by a powerful well-founded framework for modelling and analysis. CAS consist of a large number of heterogeneous entities with decentralised control and varying degrees of complex autonomous behaviour. These entities may be competing for shared resources even when collaborating to reach common goals. The pervasive but transparent nature of CAS, together with the importance of the societal goals they address, mean that it is imperative that thorough a priori analysis and verification of their design is carried out to investigate all aspects of their behaviour before they are put into operation.Solution and target outcome:Our main objective is the development of an innovative formal design framework that provides a specification language forCAS and a large variety of tool-supported, scalable analysis and verification techniques. These techniques will be based on the original combination of recent breakthroughs in the field of Formal Methods, in particular stochastic process algebras and associated verification techniques, and Applied Mathematics, in particular mean field/continuous approximation and control theory. Such a design framework will provide scalable extensive support for the verification of developed models, and also enable and facilitate experimentation and discovery of new design patterns for emergent behaviour and control over spatially distributed CAS.Case studies:ICT-based CAS are at the core of the envisioned smart cities of the future. The development of our methodology will focus on the provisioning challenges of smart urban transport and smart grid. Such systems of heterogeneous components with competing goals must also manage resources in a fair and efficient way. This is particularly challenging when designing for behaviour that is emergent and spatially inhomogeneous but must nevertheless be guaranteed to satisfy operational requirements.
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