Karlsruhe| September 21 - 24, 2010

Self-X in Engineering - 33rd Annual German Conference on Artificial Intelligence (KI 2010)

Self-X in Engineering

Many modern products are based on the close interaction of mechanics, electronics and information technology, which is expressed by the term mechatronics. The integration of information technology and artificial intelligence enables new perspectives: engineering applications obtaining self-x-properties such as self-healing, self-coordination, self-organization or self-optimization. Self-optimization, for instance, enables mechatronic systems to react autonomously and flexibly on changing environmental conditions. Therefore they are capable of learning and optimizing their behavior during operation. Self-X properties are also used in other engineering disciplines such as production engineering or logistics.

Self-Optimizing Mechatronics - An Example of Autonomous Systems with Self-X Properties

The integration of mechanical engineering and information technology results in extensive potentials. This is expressed by the term “mechatronics”. This term refers to the symbiotic cooperation of mechanics, electronics, control engineering and software technology, in order to improve the behavior of a technical system. Future mechatronical systems encompass subsystems with inherent partial intelligence due to integrated micro processors. The behavior of the complete system will be characterized by communication and cooperation of intelligent subsystems. From the information technology point of view it is a distributed system of cooperating agents. This establishes fascinating possibilities for the design of mechatronical products of tomorrow. The term Self-optimization characterizes this perspective: Self-optimization of a technical system is the endogenous adaption of objectives as reaction to changing influences and the resulting autonomous adjustment of parameters or structure and consequently of the system‘s behavior. Thus Self-optimization is substantially beyond the well-known control and adaptation strategies; Self-optimization enables systems to act with inherent “intelligence”, to react independently and flexibly to changing operation conditions.

More information about self-optimizing mechatronic systems can be found at www.sfb614.de/en.


The intention of this workshop is to join scientists and practitioners working on the implementation of methods from artificial intelligence in classical engineering disciplines. Thus, the list of topics encompasses combinations of several methods and applications. Additionally, design methodologies and tools for  technical systems with self-x-properties are highly relevant.


  • Jörg Donoth
  • Dr. Bernd Kleinjohann
  • Philipp Adelt

33rd Annual German Conference on Artificial Intelligence (KI 2010)