Invited Talk

Organic traffic control

Jürgen Branke, University of Warwick, UK

Recent trends in manufacturing lead to new challenges in logistics, as problems become much more complex and dynamic. Luckily, recent technological advances make it possible to tackle these new challenges by providing effective on-line control mechanisms. Organic computing is a recent paradigm aimed at building technological systems that have more organic, or life-like properties, including learning, self-adaptation and self-configuration. After some general discussion of logistics and organic computing, the talk will present Organic Traffic Control as one exemplary applicaton of Organic Computing technology. The proposed approach continuously learns new and better traffic light control strategies in a stochastic and dynamically changing environment, and switches between them as appropriate.