AWARE Project Summary
AWARE is a research project to
investigate the design and performance
of adaptive monitoring technologies for highly trusted software
The project is being conducted in the Software Engineering
and Network Systems (SENS) Laboratory, Department of Computer Science and
Engineering, at Michigan State
Protecting the nation's critical infrastructure
(e.g., public utilities, transportation systems, telecommunication
requires guarding the physical infrastructure, as well as the computing
systems used to manage them,
against both catastrophic failures and malicious activities.
A key part of any high-confidence computer system is monitoring,
which enables information to be collected for both
off-line postmortem processing and run-time checks that produce an
immediate response from the system.
Given the requirements for high-availability in many systems used to
it should be possible to change the monitoring properties as the system
Adaptive monitoring can enable
deployed systems to be hardened against
previously unanticipated failure conditions and new security threats,
as well as to enable an administrator or the system itself to "drill
down" and examine
errant behavior more closely.
Assuring the integrity of the monitoring software, and of the
reconfigurations effected in response to monitored conditions, is
The AWARE project addresses and integrates
three key aspects of adaptive monitoring:
(1) model-driven engineering of dynamically adaptive software;
(2) providing assurance of adaptive monitoring software through code
generation and verification,
both at development time and run time;
and (3) real-time decision-making algorithms that enable the system
to respond effectively to changing conditions and threats.
To validate the proposed methods and facilitate technology transfer,
an experimental case study will be conducted with industrial
partners on the design of self-monitoring and self-protecting mobile
As the cyberinfrastructure continues to expand and diversify, adaptive
monitoring will be essential to constructing and evolving
high-assurance computing systems to
manage physical infrastructure.
By addressing an integrated approach to adaptive monitoring,
combining rigorous software engineering methods and powerful
data mining techniques,
the AWARE project promises to produce an enabling technology upon which
to construct adaptive monitoring systems for a wide variety of
The resulting systems will be more robust, more flexible, and more
than those produced by ad hoc approaches.
The AWARE Project is supported by a grant from the Army Research
The project started in 2008 and extends though 2011.