GMU Software Engineering Seminar

Speaker*: Naeem Esfahani
*Title*: Taming Uncertainty in Self-Adaptive Software
*Date/Tim*e: Tuesday, 2/28/2012 @ 12pm
*Location*: 4201, Engineering Building
*Food*: Pizza/Soda

Self-adaptation endows a software system with the ability to satisfy
certain objectives by automatically modifying its behavior. While many
promising approaches for the construction of self-adaptive software systems
have been developed, the majority of them ignore the uncertainty underlying
the adaptation decisions. This has been one of the key obstacles to
wide-spread adoption of self-adaption techniques in risk-averse real-world
settings. In this talk, I describe an approach, called POssIbilistic
SElfaDaptation (POISED), for tackling the challenge posed by uncertainty in
making adaptation decisions. POISED builds on possibility theory to assess
both the positive and negative consequences of uncertainty. It makes
adaptation decisions that result in the best range of potential behavior.

Naeem Esfahani is a Ph.D. candidate in Computer Science Department,
Volgenau School of Engineering. He got his B.Sc. degrees on Electrical and
Computer Engineering from University of Tehran in 2005. He also received a
M.Sc. degree in ComputerEngineering from Sharif University of Technology in
2008. His current research mainly focuses on Software Architecture,
Self-Adaptive Software Systems, and Software Quality of Service Analysis &

Sam Malek, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Computer Science
George Mason University