Information and communication technology (ICT) pervades every aspect
of our daily lives. This inclusion changes our communities and all of
our human interactions. It also presents a significant set of challenges
in correctly designing and integrating our resulting technical systems.
For instance, the embedding of ICT functionality in more and more
devices (such as household appliances or thermostats) leads to novel
interconnections and a changing structure of the overall system. Not
only technical systems are increasingly coupled, a variety of previously
isolated natural and human systems have consolidated into a kind of
overall system of systems - an interwoven system structure.
This change of structure is fundamental and affects the whole
production cycle of technical systems :? Standard system integration and
testing is not feasible any more. The increasingly complex challenges
of developing the right type of modelling, analysis, and infrastructure
for designing and maintaining ICT infrastructures has continued to
motivate the self-organising, autonomic and organic computing systems
In this workshop, we intend to study novel approaches to system of
system integration and testing by applying self-* principles;
specifically we want approaches that allow for a continual process of
self-integration among components and systems that is self-improving and
evolving over time towards an optimised and stable solution.
Although research in self-organising systems ? such as the Organic
Computing (OC) and Autonomic Computing (AC) initiatives ? has seen an
exciting decade of development,with considerable success in building
individual systems, OC/AC is faced with the difficult challenge of
integrating multiple self-organising systems, and integrating
self-organising systems with traditionally engineered ones as well as
naturally occurring human organisations. Meanwhile, despite important
development in system of systems methodologies (e.g., Service-oriented
Architectures, cloud technology etc.), many of these developments lack
scalable methods for rapidly proving that new configurations of
components/subsystems are correctly used or their changes verified or
that these frameworks have pulled together the best possible
context-sensitive configuration of resources for a user or another
The SISSY workshop continues the successful predecessors held at IEEE
International Conference on Self-Adaptive and Self-Organising Systems
(SASO14) 2014 in London, UK; IEEE/ACM International Conference on
Autonomic Computing (ICAC15) 2015 in Grenobles, France; at IEEE/ACM
International Conference on Autonomic Computing (ICAC16) 2016 in
Würzburg, Germany; at IEEE SASO & ICAC (FAS*) 2017 in Tucson, USA;
at IEEE SASO & ICAC (FAS*) 2018 in Trento, Italy;
at the IEEE Foundations and Applications of Self-* Systems Conference (FAS*'19) 2019, in Ůmea, Sweden;
and twice online as part of the IEEE International Conference on Autonomic Computing and Self-Organizing Systems (ACSOS'20 and ACSOS'21).
The workshop intends to focus on the important work of applying self?* principles to the integration of "Interwoven Systems"
(where an "Interwoven System" is a system cutting across several technical domains, combining traditionally engineered systems,
systems making use of self?* properties and methods, and human systems). The goal of the workshop is to identify key challenges
involved in creating self?integrating systems and consider methods to achieve continuous self?improvement for this integration process.
The workshop specifically targets an interdisciplinary community of researchers (i.e. from systems engineering, complex adaptive systems,
socio-technical systems, and the OC/AC domains) in the hope that collective expertise from a range of domains can be leveraged to drive
forward research in the area.