When to Adapt? Identification of Problem Domains for Adaptive Systems

Kristopher Welsh, Peter Sawyer

Research output: Chapter in Book/Published conference outputChapter


Dynamically adaptive systems (DASs) change behaviour at run-time to operate in volatile environments. As we learn how best to design and build systems with greater autonomy, we must also consider when to do so. Thus far, DASs have tended to showcase the benefits of adaptation infrastructures with little understanding of what characterizes the problem domains that require run-time adaptation. This position paper posits that context-dependent variation in the acceptable trade-offs between non-functional requirements is a key indicator of problems that require dynamically adaptive solutions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationREFSQ '08: Proceedings of the 14th international conference on Requirements Engineering
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)978-3-540-69060-3
Publication statusPublished - 2008

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
ISSN (Print)0302-9743


  • Adaptive systems
  • non-functional requirements


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