Engineering Proprioception in Computing Systems (EPiCS)


Engineering Proprioception in Computing Systems (EPiCS) is a four-year European funded FP7 integrated project which ran from 2010-2014. It is a multidisciplinary research research project which aims to lay the foundations for engineering the novel class of proprioceptive computing systems.

Proprioceptive computing systems are self-aware, meaning that they are able to monitor themself, and reason about their own behaviour, state and progress. They also perform self-expression by effectively and autonomously adapting their behaviour to changing conditions. Concepts of self-awareness and self-expression are new to the domains of computing and networking; the successful transfer and development of these concepts will help create future heterogeneous, distributed and decentralised systems capable of effciently responding to a multitude of requirements with respect to functionality and flexibility, performance, resource usage and costs, reliability and safety, and security.


The EPiCS consortium spans Europe and includes a range of leading universities, research labs and industrial partners. The partners are:

Institution Group Country
University of Paderborn Paderborn Centre for Parallel Computing Germany
Imperial College London Computer Systems Group United Kingdom
University of Oslo Robotics and Intelligent Systems and Department of Musicology Norway
Klagenfurt University Institute of Networked and Embedded Systems (NES) Austria
University of Birmingham Centre of Excellence for Research in Computational Intelligence and Applications (CERCIA) United Kingdom
EADS Innovation Works Avionics and Architectures Group Germany
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ) Communication System Research Group (CSG) Switzerland
Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT) Video and Security Technology Research Group Austria


  • More information can be found about the EPiCS project at the official project website:
  • The EPiCS project is part of Awareness, a Future and Emerging Technologies Proactive Initiative funded by the European Commission under FP7. The Awareness initiative has its own website: