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Call for papers on managing federated networks

We are seeking papers on the issues involved in managing federations of systems, those that cross enterprise boundaries.

ManFED.COM 2011

1st IFIP/IEEE Workshop on Managing Federations and Cooperative Management
Co-located with IM 2011 in Dublin, Ireland.
May 23, 2011
Management approaches that can be applied across organisational boundaries are increasingly important in a wide range of application areas. These range from algorithmic approaches which adapt to the observed behaviour of third-party systems, based on game-theoretic approaches or other predictive models, to explicit organisational federations which adopt coherent solutions and management models to facilitate interoperability among multiple independent organisations. There are a number of significant, common, complex issues which must be addressed in all technologies and applications that involve federated organisations – how to enable secure governance in the absence of a single, central point of authority; how to achieve semantic interoperability in the absence of common schema; how to provide effective access control in the absence of common user and role models; how to provide analytics and support for effective decision making;  how to adapt to environments that can be highly dynamic as well as highly heterogeneous; how to construct and maintain a common inter-domain governance model in the presence of highly diverse local governance infrastructures . This workshop will, for the first time, bring together researchers from a broad array of application and technical areas who are concerned with cross-domain management. It will draw out common themes, problems and issues encountered, and the solutions being designed to deal with the problems of managing information systems that span autonomous domains. It will aim to provide the basis for a common understanding and common approaches to inter-domain management and governance that synthesises the insights and best of breed solutions being developed in the diverse areas in which these problems are encountered.
Cross Domain and Federated Management Issues in the following areas:
  • Governance mechanisms for federated environments, e.g. Policy Based Management
  • Collaborative management, algorithmic adaptation, game theoretic approaches, predictive modeling.
  • Modelling cross-domain relationships, i.e. Information models, formal specifications, languages for federation
  • Distributed trust management and federated security systems
  • Data federation
  • Semantic technologies, semantic mapping and linked data
  • Information security in federated environments
  • Cloud & grid computing management
  • Software engineering for federated systems, i.e. tool chains, design by contract, model driven engineering and design patterns
  • Model driven approaches for the generation of adaptive inter-domain relationships
  • Adaptive analytics for the support of managing complex, dynamic multi-domain solutions
Authors are invited to submit full papers (8 pages) describing the original work. All manuscripts must be written in English and should be prepared in IEEE style. All submitted papers will be reviewed by the ManFed.CoM Technical Program Committee. For the review, all the papers should be submitted in PDF format through the ManFed.Com page on the JEMS system (, filling every item and uploading the respective papers. The contributed papers, after being reviewed and accepted by ManFed.CoM referees, will be published in the Conference Proceedings that will be included in the IEEE Conference Publication of IM 2011 and will be available on IEEE Xplore. The papers will also be indexed and abstracted by several databases such as INSPEC, Engineering Index (EI), SCOPUS, Conference Proceedings Citation Index (CPCI), etc. Finally, the organizing committee are currently in discussions with the editors of leading network and service management journals regarding the publication of a special issue to include best submissions from the workshop.
  • Full Paper Submission: 15th December 2010 (midnight GMT)
  • Acceptance Notification: 30th January 2011 (midnight GMT)
  • Camera-Ready Manuscripts Due: 15th February 2011 (midnight GMT)
  • Kevin Feeney, TCD
  • Joel Fleck, HP
  • Rolf Stadler, KTH
  • Brendan Jennings, TSSG

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