Research Area 2: Reflexes


This area develops theoretical foundations, models, and methods for autonomy, autonomicity, and selfawareness of composite IoBT assets (assembled together using the discovery, recruitment, synthesis and goal-driven network optimization mechanisms developed in RA1). In biological systems, reflex theory states that complex behavior can be attained (and thus explained) through the combined action of individual reflexes that have been chained together. The goal of RA2 is to develop a parallel theory for IoBTs that offers foundations, models, and methods for autonomous, autonomic, and (more generally) self-aware behavior in the face of distribution, scale, dynamics, heterogeneity, resource constraints, and presence of adversaries.