Originating from closed parallel systems, coordination models and technologies gained in expressive power so to deal with complex distributed systems. In particular, nature-inspired models of coordination emerged in the last decade as the most effective approaches to tackle the complexity of pervasive, intelligent, and self-* systems. In this course we first introduce the basic notions of coordination and coordination model, survey the most relevant nature-inspired coordination models, discuss the main open issues, and explore the trends for their future development. 


  • Sala riunioni 2, DISI, Mura A. Zamboni 7, Bologna


  • Wednesday 5 February (4 hours, 11-13, 14-16)
  • Wednesday 12 February (4 hours, 11-13, 14-16)
  • Wednesday 19 February (2 hours, 11-13)


  1. Interaction & Coordination in Distributed Systems (by Andrea Omicini)
  2. Tuple-based Coordination of Distributed Systems (by Andrea Omicini)
  3. Nature-inspired Models of Coordination (by Andrea Omicini) Examples:
    1. Field-based Coordination (by Franco Zambonelli, Marco Mamei)
    2. Engineering Adaptive Service Ecosystems (by Mirko Viroli)
  4. Research Trends in Nature-Inspired Coordination (by Andrea Omicini)

PhD Student Tests

  • Angelo Trotta
  • Andrea Borghesi
  • Pankaj Kumar
  • Valeria Vignudelli
  • Liubov Ermolaeva
  • Abel García
  • Tommaso Cavallari
  • Yisleidy Linares Zaila
  • Enrico Gallinucci
  • Stefano Giovanni Rizzo
  • Daniela Loreti


Nature-inspired Coordination for Complex Distributed Systems

— a.y.


— credits


— cycle

3rd Level (PhD)


— professor

Andrea Omicini

— other professors

Mirko Viroli


— university

Alma Mater Studiorum-Università di Bologna

— department / faculty / school


— 3rd-cycle (PhD) course

Dottorato di Ricerca in Computer Science and Engineering

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