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Call for papers: MidSens'11

Papers are invited on topics in middleware, tools and services for sensor and other embedded systems.

Sixth International Workshop on Middleware Tools, Services and Run-time Support for Networked Embedded Systems (MidSens’11)

Co-located with Middleware 2011 (December 12th - December 16th, 2011), Lisbon, Portugal

The aim of MidSens’11 is to stimulate research in the specific domain of middleware for networked embedded systems. This year’s focus is on sensor networks and robotics control – a broader focus than the previous editions – since we believe that the extended scope will result in complementary and synergetic submissions from researchers working in both niches. Along with the ‘core’ topic of middleware architectures, services and tool support, MidSens’11 will also seek quality papers describing novel programming languages, run-time support and relevant experience reports. As with previous editions of this workshop, MidSens’11 will investigate how middleware support can relieve developers from low-level, platform specific concerns, while enabling optimal exploitation of available resources. We hope that you will be able to join us in Lisbon on December 12th 2011. Middleware for networked embedded systems such as sensor networks and robotics is a critical research domain which addresses key challenges that application developers are facing today. The five previous editions of this workshop (MidSens'06, MidSens'07, MidSens'08, MidSens'09 and MidSens'10) attracted researchers from Europe, Asia, and the United States. The MidSens workshop series has served to trigger and guide research efforts to create an integrated middleware vision, which is required to handle the challenges inherent in developing, deploying and managing complex networked embedded applications in an efficient way. The workshop seeks papers in, but not limited to:
  • Middleware Tools and Architectures:
    • Architectures for networked embedded systems.
    • Novel programming abstractions.
    • Lightweight agent middleware for embedded systems.
    • Testing and simulation tools.
    • Fault identification, diagnosis and repair.
  • Middleware services:
    • Location tracking, localization, and synchronization.
    • Support for real-time and safety-critical systems.
    • Data management, aggregation and filtering.
    • Energy-aware middleware mechanisms.
    • Fault tolerance, reliability and quality of service.
    • Privacy and security services.
    • Virtualization, sharing and trading of resources.
  • Run-time Support:
    • Overlay and topology creation, maintenance and management.
    • Resource/Service discovery and management.
    • Support for reconfiguration and adaptation.
    • Effective naming and addressing schemes.
    • Support for modeling and enacting safe software reconfiguration.
  • Management and Experiences:
    • Managing heterogeneity and network dynamism.
    • Integration of embedded systems with web services.
    • Experience and evaluation of middleware platforms.
    • Support for the unification of various networked embedded platforms.
    • Shared infrastructure embedded systems.


Submitted papers must be original work in English without substantial overlap with papers that have been published or that are simultaneously submitted to a journal or conference with proceedings. Submissions must not exceed 6 pages, must strictly follow the ACM conference proceedings format, and must be submitted in PDF format. All workshop papers will be uploaded to the ACM Digital Library. Full instructions can be found here.

Important dates

  • Paper submission: 15 August 2011
  • Review notification: 29 September 2011
  • Camera-ready: 10 October 2011
  • Registration: 7 October 2011

Programme committee

  • Gordon Blair, Lancaster University, UK
  • Vinny Cahill, Trinity College, Ireland
  • Paolo Costa, Imperial College London, UK
  • Simon Dobson, University of St. Andrews, UK
  • Michael Fisher, University of Liverpool, UK
  • Wen Hu, CSIRO, Australia
  • Joerg Kaiser, University of Magdeburg, Germany
  • Torsten Kroeger, Stanford University, USA
  • Ajay Kshemkalyani, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Kristof Van Laerhoven, Technical University of Darmstadt
  • Sam Michiels, K.U.Leuven, Belgium
  • Nader Mohamed, United Arab Emirates University, UAE
  • Luca Mottola, SICS, Sweden
  • Mirco Musolesi, University of Birmingham, UK
  • Dennis Pfisterer, University of Lübeck, Germany
  • Kay Römer, University of Lübeck, Germany
  • Coen De Roover, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
  • Romain Rouvoy, INRIA Lille, France
  • Jo Ueyama, Universidade de Sao Paulo, Brazil

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