An autonomous system is an entity or a collection of entities that can operate without human intervention. Autonomous systems are able to react to changes in their internal components and the environment in order to continue or improve their behavior. They have so-called self-* capabilities such as self-inspection, self-configuration, self-adaptation, self-healing, self-optimization, self-protection, and self-assembly.

Examples of autonomous systems can be found in biology (e.g. the autonomic nervous system of the human body), transportation (e.g. self-driving car), robotics (e.g. swarms and individual robots), and computing (e.g. autonomic computing systems). Research and technologies in autonomous systems are characterized by interdisciplinarity where methods and techniques from different fields are combined.

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