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Situated and Autonomic Communications (SAC) - Part of "Communication Paradigms for 2020" Proactive Initiative


What is "Situated and Autonomic Communications" (Workprogramme text)

The goal of this initiative is to promote research in the area of new paradigms for communication/networking systems that can be characterised as situated (i.e. reacting locally on environment and context changes), autonomously controlled, self-organising, radically distributed, technology independent and scale-free. Consequently, communication/networking should become task- and knowledge-driven and fully scalable.

  • To define a self-organising communication network concept and technology that can be situated in multiple and dynamic contexts, ranging from sensor networks to virtual networks of humans. This concept will require the definition of decentralised optimisation strategies and might benefit from cross-layer or non-layered approaches.
  • To study how strategic needs of social or commercial nature impact on future communication paradigms, and how networks and applications can support society and economy, enabling a service oriented, requirement and trust driven development of communication networks. This should allow developing networking technologies (hardware/software combinations) that can evolve and create maximal synergy with the other types of non-technological networks that constitute their context.
Key requirements to be ensured by future communications paradigms are:
  • security and trustworthiness of this distributed communication system by embedding security and trust rules in network functionality at modelling and design phases;
  • overall stability and resilience of the network as it evolves within its design envelope;
  • positive interactions of new communication paradigms on human and social aspects, in relation to ambient intelligence and future sensorized societies.


  • 4 Integrated Projects funded via the 4 th IST Call
  • Partner List (provisional)
  • Common research issues:
    • Security, resilience,
    • Self-* (organisation, evolution, management, healing)
    • Interaction of new paradigms with society

Related Actions - Events

Download presentations given at the DISSTRUST Workshop (April 2006)


Presentations at the IST2004 Networking Session on Autonomic Communication

The advanced agenda of the session had 10 presentations ( PDF files):

Consultation Meeting (3-4 March 2004)

The consultation meeting on "Communication Paradigms for 2020" was held in Brussels, Centre Borschette, on 3 and 4 March 2004. It was attended by 45 external experts representing university, industry, telecom operators and research centers.

Thanks to the rapporteurs who have generously committed to produce REPORTS on different perspectives of the domain of communication paradigms. Download the final report ( PDF , 97KB)on this meeting, summarising the different views and making the case for the last IST call in Situated and Autnomic Communications.

Download presentations: ( PDF )


General Introduction:
Possible Applications:
Pervasive Computing - Self Organising Networks:
Frontiers of technology:
Coping with Semantics:
Brainstorming meeting - 22 July 2003, Brussels

A first brainstorming meeting was organised in Brussels on 22 July 2003, as a first step toward the definition of a future FET proactive initiative, to be launched at the end of 2004 or later. Brief synthesis of the comments received to the report from the first brainstorming meeting.

The following documents are available:

These documents are now published in order to stimulate a wider debate at European level and collect your feedback and comments. Please use the facilities provided in these webpages to express your interest in the topic. For any additional question on the subject, please contact (email removed) .



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