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The Centre of Research Excellence for Advanced Cooperative Systems (ACROSS) is an interdepartmental research centre at the University of Zagreb Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing. The centre performs research in cooperative systems related to robotics, networked embedded systems and renewable energy systems. Its establishment and operation is funded by the European FP-7 Capacities "Research Potential" program [285939, FP7-REGPOT-2011-1].

Published: 2014-01-14 at 21:58
Colloquium "Self-synchronization...

The Centre of Research Excellence for Advanced Cooperative Systems (ACROSS) invites you to the colloquium

"Self-synchronization inspired by fireflies: When nature meets the Borg"

held by dr. sc. Iva Bojić.

Colloquium details
Title Self-synchronization inspired by fireflies: When nature meets the Borg
Speaker dr. sc. Iva Bojić
Date 17. 1. 2014. 14:15 - 15:15
Location Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, TCR

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In distributed systems, very important information is that concerning physical time. Namely, due to the lack of global time and imperfections (e.g. skew) of physical clocks, in order to agree on common time, distributed nodes have to synchronize themselves. Although there are many algorithms that can be used as time synchronization mechanisms, those inspired by nature have the best characteristics. The biologically inspired mechanism design can be seen as a three step process in which some natural phenomenon is used as an inspiration for a design of a mechanism that is then implemented in a real-world environment. However, there is always a gap between nature and real-world implementations that needs to be filled. Therefore, in this lecture the focus will be on the obstacles for a firefly inspired algorithm to be directly implemented in heterogeneous Machine-to-Machine systems (i.e. the Borg).



Iva Bojic, PhD is a postdoctoral Research Associate at the Department of Telecommunications of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, University of Zagreb in Croatia. She defended her PhD thesis on February 8th, 2013 at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing. For her doctoral thesis "Self-organizing Synchronization in Machine-to-Machine Communication Systems Based on a Pulse-Coupled Oscillators Model" she received Silver Plaque "Josip Loncar", the Dean's award for outstanding doctoral dissertation and particularly successful scientific research. Her research interests include: self-organization (especially synchronization), machine-to-machine systems, social networks, context-based services and energy-efficiency.

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ACROSS project has received research funding from the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Union (Grant Agreement No. 285939 FP7-REGPOT-2011-1).


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