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Applying evolutionary computation to mitigate uncertainty in dynamically-adaptive, high-assurance middleware

  • Philip K. McKinley1Email author,
  • Betty H. C. Cheng1,
  • Andres J. Ramirez1 and
  • Adam C. Jensen1
Journal of Internet Services and Applications20113:49

Received: 31 October 2011

Accepted: 12 November 2011

Published: 3 December 2011


In this paper, we explore the integration of evolutionary computation into the development and run-time support of dynamically-adaptable, high-assurance middleware. The open-ended nature of the evolutionary process has been shown to discover novel solutions to complex engineering problems. In the case of high-assurance adaptive software, however, this search capability must be coupled with rigorous development tools and run-time support to ensure that the resulting systems behave in accordance with requirements. Early investigations are reviewed, and several challenging problems and possible research directions are discussed.


Middleware Adaptive software High-assurance Evolutionary computation Uncertainty