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Autonomous Distributed Systems Lab

Distributed systems, addressing the intelligent and automatic management of resources and applications in, e.g., compute clouds and software-defined infrastructures.

The Umeå University distributed systems' research focuses on the autonomous management of the resources and applications forming the digitized society. Target infrastructures span from single large-scale cloud datacenters, via federations of clouds, to the highly distributed clouds that potentially may become the backbone for the full-fledged Internet-of-Things (IoT) and the more flexible concept of Software-Defined Infrastructures.

Research drivers are compute and data intensive applications requiring, e.g., elastic locality-aware infrastructures to meet the rapid capacity and locality variations of industrial services and large-scale distributed environments that enable coordinated use of federated resources for eScience applications, and machine-to-machine applications in the IoT context.

The research itself is highly multidisciplinary, developing the future autonomous management systems with contributions from feedback control, discrete optimization, mathematical statistics, and artificial intelligence including, in particular, artificial intelligence.

Research outcomes include autonomous management systems for operating the IT infrastructure and applications of the future. Central to the approach are software with flexibility in deployment and policy customization, providing key functionality for broad sets of usage scenarios.

Cloud Control Workshops

We have established the Cloud Control Workshops. For past and upcoming events, see

We are recruiting

We are currently recruiting heavily. The following people have already been contracted but are still to arrive:
- Paul Townend, Associate Professor
- Mansour Khelghatdoust, Postdoc researcher
- Eunil Seo, Postdoc researcher
- Magdalena Boström, PhD student
- Charles Meyers, PhD student
- Sourasekhar Banerjee, PhD student

We are still recruiting for one more Assistant professor as well as additional Postdocs and PhD students.

Research leader

Johan Tordsson
Associate professor
Per-Olov Östberg
Research fellow, associate professor
Monowar Hussain Bhuyan
Assistant professor

Projects Autonomous Distributed Systems Lab.


Publications Autonomous Distributed Systems Lab.


Responsible AI grant
Published: 21 Jul, 2020

The research project Responsible Artificial INtelligence (RAIN) is supported with a SEK 1,500,000 grant.

Unique collaboration on IT and artificial intelligence
Published: 25 Jun, 2020

The initiative Digital Impact North is based on strong growth in AI, autonomous systems and software

Spin-off awarded for industry grade physics in Unreal Engine
Published: 24 Jun, 2020

Algoryx has been awarded for implementation of industry grade physics simulation in Unreal Engine.

Researcher contributes to Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics
Published: 12 Jun, 2020

Organizing a special session on Data Analytics and Computation Intelligence

Virginia Dignum one of 50 top AI ethics influencers
Published: 31 May, 2020

Virginia Dignum on the French digital web agency IPFC list of top 50 AI Ethics influencers.