Course Number
Next Offered
Spring 2024
Primary Program
Computer Science
Applied Physics Laboratory
Course Format
Onsite, Virtual Live

This course provides an introduction to autonomic and self-aware computing. It concentrates on the self-managing and self-awareness properties of computing systems, their architecture, and the adaptation and decision making needed for systems to continuingly adapt to changing environments. The vision for autonomic computing is described, how autonomic computing differs from automated and autonomous systems, as well the self-awareness properties and biological inspiration for autonomic systems. Architectures of autonomic systems are covered, which includes autonomic managers that provide the self-management for autonomic systems. Adaptive technology is also covered as well as what makes an autonomic system self-aware. Applications of autonomic computing are discussed, including security and resiliency applications, and how autonomic computing uses and is applied to cloud computing. A project that provides autonomic capabilities to a IoT device, industrial control system, or other system of the student’s choosing will be ongoing throughout the course that provides application of the theories and concepts from the lectures. There will be weekly readings and discussions, with bi-weekly assignments that go into depth on selected topics that also contribute to the projects.

Course Offerings


Autonomic Computing

01/23/2024 - 04/30/2024
Tues 4:30 p.m. - 7:10 p.m.
Kossiakoff Center K221
Notes: This course uses the Virtual Live format. It combines the face-to-face class held at APL (section .3VL) with remote students participating online through live web-conferencing. You may choose to attend in-person/on-site or remotely or both. Students who wish to enroll and attend in Virtual Live courses in-person/on-site at the Applied Physics Lab, COVID-19 and Flu vaccination compliance is mandatory for enrollment in this course. All students must upload proof of vaccination or request and receive an exemption in the Vaccination Management System ( prior to the start of class.
Spring 2024
Course Format
Virtual Live
Applied Physics Laboratory
Course Materials