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An Immune-Inspired Approach to Speckled Computing

Davoudani, Despina; Hart, Emma; Paechter, Ben


Despina Davoudani


L.N. de Castro

F.J. Von Zuben

H Knidel


Speckled Computing offers a radically new concept in information technology that has the potential to revolutionise the way we communicate and exchange information. Specks — minute, autonomous, semi-conductor grains that can sense and compute locally and communicate wirelessly — can be sprayed into the atmosphere, onto surfaces or onto people, and will collaborate as programmable computational networks called SpeckNets which will pave the way to the goal of truly ubiquitous computing. Such is the vision of the Speckled Computing Project — however, although the technology to build such devices is advancing at a rapid rate, the software that will enable such networks to self-organise and function lags somewhat behind. In this paper, we present a framework for a self-organising SpeckNet based on Cohen’s model of the immune system. We further suggest that the application of immune inspired technologies to the rapidly growing field of pervasive computation in general, offers a distinctive niche for immune-inspired computing which cannot be filled by another other known technology to date.


Davoudani, D., Hart, E., & Paechter, B. (2007). An Immune-Inspired Approach to Speckled Computing. In L. de Castro, F. Von Zuben, & H. Knidel (Eds.), Artificial Immune Systems. ICARIS 2007 (288-299).

Conference Name International Conference on Artificial Immune Systems ICARIS 2007
Conference Location Beijing, China
Start Date Aug 26, 2007
End Date Aug 29, 2007
Publication Date 2007
Deposit Date Mar 15, 2010
Electronic ISSN 1611-3349
Publisher Springer
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Pages 288-299
Series Title Lecture Notes in Computer Science
Series Number 4268
Series ISSN 0302-9743
Book Title Artificial Immune Systems. ICARIS 2007
ISBN 9783540739210
Keywords Speckled computing; minute autonomous semi-conductor grains; SpeckNets; ubiquitous computing; artificial immune systems; pervasive computing;
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