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Christian Müller-Schloer, University of Hannover, Germany
Max Mühlhäuser, Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany


Prof. Neil Bergmann, University of Queensland, Australia
Prof. Yo-Ping Huang, Natl. Taipei University of Technology Taiwan
Prof. Peter Lindsay, University of Queensland, Australia
Prof. Wolfgang Reif, University of Augsburg, Germany
Prof. Hartmut Schmeck, KIT/University of Karlsruhe, Germany
Prof. Stephen Yau, Arizona State University, U.S.A.


Do we really need autonomous Ubiquitous Systems?

Ubiquitous systems will be systems in real everyday use. And they will be increasingly autonomous and self-organized, taking decisions on behalf of their human users. They will reconfigure themselves in order to keep their functionality stable even in the presence of disturbances. And they might have to reconfigure themselves if the user changes objectives.

Autonomy seems to be highly desirable as long as the system fulfills its goals. But it can become a nightmare if the systems runs out of control and the user doesn’t understand the intentions of the system.

The panel will discuss related questions such as:

- What is autonomy?

- How do we measure degrees of autonomy?

- How can we bound autonomy?

- How does the user specify high-level goals leaving the lower-level execution to the autonomous system?

- How far can we trust an autonomous system?

- What are realistic application areas of autonomous ubiquitous systems? Are there excluded application areas?

- What about safety? Can we verify the behavior of an autonomous systems?