Aim & Scope

Research in the field of communications currently centers around the problem of controlling new internetworks and communications in a scalable, efficient, and automatic way. Because of the growing complexity and dynamics of future networks, the overhead should be reduced and manual configuration should be minimized. Another key factor is getting autonomous behavior of network elements and networks in order to limit the scope such that a network or service can operate in an autonomous way.

The purpose of this sub-committee is to support the research, discussions and developments technologies, principles, and applications of Autonomic Communications – a new paradigm for new networks in the fixed as well the mobile world. This sub-committee focuses on mechanisms to achieve intelligent behavior for network control and services based on self-organization, automatic configuration, and smart network and service elements. Since network users interact with numerous, often-dynamic networks or virtual networks, these structures should also be represented in the control structure of the networks. The goals are to understand how autonomic behaviors can be provided (identified, influenced, changed, and eventually learned) and how, in turn, these affect other elements, groups and the network and its services. Such self-organizing networks will be able to sense their environment to perceive these changes to understand the meaning of these changes and to react in an adaptive manner. This facilitates new ways to perform network control, management, service creation, etc. Autonomic networking naturally also applies to mission critical distributed systems, since autonomic behavior allows for immediate corrections of any problems.