Autonomous systems are able to make decisions and potentially take actions without direct human intervention, which requires some knowledge about the system and its environment as well as goal-oriented reasoning. Autonomous systems will undoubtedly pervade into our everyday lives, and we will find them in a variety of domains and applications including robotics, transportation, health care, communications, and entertainment to name a few.

The Proceedings of the IEEE features a special issue – co-edited by Nikil Dutt, Carlo Regazzoni, Bernhard Rinner and Xin Yao – that covers concepts and fundamentals, architectures and techniques, and applications and case studies in the exciting area of self-awareness in autonomous systems.

Self-awareness for autonomous systems