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Falko Dressler, "Self-Organization in Sensor and Actor Networks," Habilitation, School of Engineering, Friedrich–Alexander University of Erlangen–Nuremberg (FAU), July 2007. (Advisors: Reinhard German, Wolfgang Schröder-Preikschat and Jürgen Teich; Referees: Adam Wolisz and Martina Zitterbart)


Self-organization is one of the most fascinating concepts properties of many natural systems. Often, huge numbers of individual subsystems participate on a common objective. This collaborative behavior can be observed in form of visible patterns emerging on a higher level. The fundaments of self-organization are simple algorithms executed by autonomously acting systems, interactions among these systems, and probabilistic decision processes. The objective of this part is to introduce the basic concepts of self-organization and to provide a better understanding of the employed paradigms. Additionally, the basis methods are identified and analyzed. During these discussions, the main focus lies on technical systems with respect to networking, ad hoc networking, wireless sensor networks, and sensor and actor networks.

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    author = {Dressler, Falko},
    title = {{Self-Organization in Sensor and Actor Networks}},
    advisor = {German, Reinhard and Schr{\"{o}}der-Preikschat, Wolfgang and Teich, J{\"{u}}rgen},
    institution = {School of Engineering},
    location = {Erlangen, Germany},
    month = {7},
    referee = {Wolisz, Adam and Zitterbart, Martina},
    school = {Friedrich--Alexander University of Erlangen--Nuremberg (FAU)},
    type = {Habilitation},
    year = {2007},

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