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Call for papers: new journal on self-adaptive systems

Papers are welcome for the EAI Endorsed Transactions on Self-Adaptive Systems.

EAI Transactions on Self-Adaptive Systems

http://eai.eu/transaction/self-adaptive-systems

Editor-in-Chief: Dr. Emil Vassev, Lero, the Irish Software Engineering Centre, University of Limerick, Ireland

SCOPE

This journal seeks contributions from leading experts from research and practice of self-adaptive systems that will provide the connection between theory and practice with the ultimate goal to bring both the science and industry closer to the so-called "autonomic culture" and successful realization of self-adaptive systems. Both theoretical and applied contributions related to the relevance and potential of engineering methods, approaches and tools for self-adaptive systems are particularly welcome. This applies to application areas and technologies such as:

  • adaptable user interfaces
  • adaptable security and privacy
  • autonomic computing
  • dependable computing
  • embedded systems
  • genetic algorithms
  • knowledge representation and reasoning
  • machine learning
  • mobile ad hoc networks
  • mobile and autonomous robots
  • multi-agent systems
  • peer-to-peer applications
  • sensor networks
  • service-oriented architectures
  • ubiquitous computing

It also hold for many research fields, which have already investigated some aspects of self-adaptation from their own perspective, such as fault-tolerant computing, distributed systems, biologically inspired computing, distributed artificial intelligence, integrated management, robotics, knowledge-based systems, machine learning, control theory, etc.

MANUSCRIPT SUBMISSION

Manuscripts should present original work in the scope of the journal and must be exclusively submitted to this journal, must not have been published before, and must not be under consideration for publication elsewhere. Significantly extended and expanded versions of papers published in conference proceedings can be submitted, providing also a detailed description of the additions. Regular papers are limited to a maximum of 20 pages. Prepare and submit your manuscript by following the instructions provided here.

OPEN ACCESS

Authors are not charged with any publication fees and their papers will be published online with Open Access. Open Access is a publishing model where the electronic copy of the article is made freely available with permission for sharing and redistribution. Currently, all articles published in all journals in the EAI Endorsed Transactions series are Open Access under the terms of the Creative Commons with Attribution license and published in the European Union Digital Library.

EDITORIAL BOARD

  • Christopher Rouff , Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, USA
  • Danny Weyns , Linnaeus University, Sweden
  • Franco Zambonelli , UNIMORE, Italy
  • Genaina Rodrigues , University of Brasilia, Brazil
  • Giacomo Cabri , UNIMORE, Italy
  • Imrich Chlamtac , CREATE-NET Research Consortium, University of Trento, Italy
  • James Windsor , ESTEC, European Space Agency, Netherlands
  • Michael O'Neill , UCD, Ireland
  • Mike Hinchey , Lero, the Irish Software Engineering Research Centre, University of Limerick, Ireland
  • Richard Antony , University of Greenwich, UK
  • Simon Dobson , Uni­ver­sity of St Andrews, UK

Call for papers: Midsens 2012

The Seventh International Workshop on Middleware Tools, Services and Run-time Support for Sensor Networks (MidSens’12) will be co-located with Middleware 2012 (December 3rd - 7th, 2012) in Montreal, Canada

The aim of MidSens'12 is to stimulate research in the specific domain of middleware for sensor networks. The particular focus of MidSens'12 is the realization of multi-user, multi-purpose and federated sensing platforms that are capable of supporting next-generation application scenarios such as smart cities. Along with the core topic of middleware architectures, services and tool support, MidSens'12 will also seek papers describing novel programming languages, run-time support and relevant experience reports. MidSens'12 will investigate how middleware support can relieve developers from low-level, platform specific concerns, while enabling the optimal exploitation of heterogeneous resources to create sensing infrastructures of massive scale.

Effectively developing, deploying and managing sensor network platforms requires supporting middleware services, tools and run-time support. MidSens'12 welcomes papers on the following research topics:

  • Middleware Tools and Architectures:
    • Software architectures for sensor networks
    • Novel programming abstractions for large-scale sensor networks
    • Architectures to combine mobile devices and sensor motes
    • Lightweight autonomic middleware for embedded systems
    • Testing and simulation tools for sensor network middleware
    • Fault identification, diagnosis and repair
    <li>Middleware services:</li>
    
    • 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.
    <li>Run-time Support:</li>
    
    • 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.
    <li>Management and Experiences:</li>
    
    • Managing heterogeneity and network dynamism.
    • Integration of embedded systems with web services.
    • Experience and evaluation of middleware platforms.
    • Support for the unification of various 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 accepted papers will appear in the ACM Digital Library and will be indexed in DBLP.

Important Dates:

  • Paper Submission deadline: August 15, 2012
  • Acceptance notification: September 21, 2012
  • Author registration deadline: October 5, 2012
  • Camera-ready version due: October 5, 2012
  • Workshop: December 3-7, 2012

Workshop on naturally-inspired service ecosystems

The Sapere project (of which I'm a member) is running a workshop at SASO 2012 in Lyons on new ways to design service ecosystems.

Emerging distributed computing scenarios (mobile, pervasive, and social) are characterised by intrinsic openness, decentralisation, and dynamics. According, the effective deployment and execution of distributed services and applications calls for open service  frameworks promoting situated and self-adaptive behaviours, and supporting diversity in services and long-term evolvability. This suggests adopting nature-inspired and/or socially-inspired approaches, in which services are modelled and deployed as autonomous individuals in an ecosystem of other services, data sources, and pervasive devices. Accordingly, the self-organizing interactions patterns among components and the resulting emerging dynamics of the system, as those of natural systems or of social systems, can inherently exhibit effective properties of self-adaptivity and evolvability.

Although many initiatives (like those named upon digital/business service ecosystems) recognise that the complexity of modern service systems is comparable to that of natural ecosystems, the idea that nature – other than a mean to metaphorically characterise their complexity – can become the source of inspiration for their actual modelling and implementation is only starting being metabolised.

The goal of this workshop is to bring together researchers and practitioners, with the aims of unfolding the many challenges related to the modelling, design and implementation of adaptive service ecosystems in natural and social terms, and identifying promising approaches and solutions.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Software architectures for  emergent distributed systems.
  • Bio-inspired self-organising patterns design patterns.
  • Coordination models and languages.
  • Middleware platforms
  • Dynamic services composition.
  • Adaptive coordination models and patterns
  • Self-organisation and coordination
  • Coordination in systems of feedback loops
  • Middleware for adaptive coordination
  • Multiagent systems
  • Methodologies for adaptive and self-organising system engineering
All accepted papers will be published by IEEE Xplore following the workshop.

Submission deadline is 4 July 2012. For more details please see the workshop web site.

UPDATE: Fixed typo in the submission deadline

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.

Submission

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

Call for papers: D3Science

Papers are solicited for a workshop on data-intensive, distributed and dynamic e-science problems.

Workshop on D3Science - Call for Papers

(To be held with IEEE e-Science 2011) Monday, 5 December 2011 Stockholm, Sweden

This workshop is interested in data-intensive, distributed, and dynamic (D3) science. It will also focus on innovative approaches for scalability in the end-to-end real-time processing of scientific data. We refer to D3 applications as those are data-intensive, are fundamentally, or need to be, distributed, and need to support and respond to data that may be non-persistent and is dynamically generated. We are also looking to bring researchers together to look at holistic, rather than piecewise, approaches to the end-to-end processing and managing of scientific data.
There has been a lot of effort in managing and distributing tasks where computation is dominant. Such applications have after all, been historically the drivers of "grid" computing. There has been, however, relatively less effort on tasks where the computationalload is matched by the data load, or even dominated by the data load. For such tasks to be able to operate at scale, there are conceptually simple run-time tradeoffs that need to be made, such as determining whether to move data to compute versus moving compute to data, or possibly regenerating data on-the-fly. Due to fluctuating resource availability and capabilities, as well as insufficient prior information about application requirements, such decisions must be made at run-time. Furthermore, resource, connectivity and/or storage constraints may require the data to be manipulated in-transit so that it is "made-right" for the consumer. Currently it is very difficult to implement these dynamic decisions or the underlying mechanisms in a general-purpose and scalable fashion. Although the increasing volumes and complexity of data will make many problems data-dominated, the computational requirements will still be high. In practice, data-intensive applications will encompass data-driven applications. For example, many data-driven applications will involve computational activities triggered as a consequence of independently created data; thus it is imperative for an application to be able to respond to unplanned changes in data load or content. Therefore, understanding how to support dynamic computations is a fundamental, but currently missing element in data-intensive computing.
The D3Science workshop builds upon a 3 year research theme on Distributed Programming Abstractions (DPA, http://wiki.esi.ac.uk/Distributed_Programming_Abstractions), which has held a series of related workshops including but not limited to e-Science 2008, EuroPar 2008 and the CLADE series, and the ongoing 3DPAS (http://wiki.esi.ac.uk/3DPAS) research theme funded by the NSF and UK EPSRC, which is holding one workshop in June 2011: the 3DAPAS workshop (https://sites.google.com/site/3dapas/). The workshop is intended to lead to a funding proposal for transcontinental collaboration, with contributors as potential members of the collaboration, and as such, we are particularly interested is discussing both existing and future projects that are suitable for transcontinental collaboration.
Topics of interest include but are not limited to:
  • Case studies of development, deployment and execution of representative
  • D3 applications, particularly projects suitable for transcontinental collaboration
  • Programming systems, abstractions, and models for D3 applications
  • Discussion of the common, minimally complete, characteristics of D3 application
  • Major barriers to the development, deployment, and execution of D3 applications, and primary challenges of D3 applications at scale
  • Patterns that exist within D3 applications, and commonalities in the way such patterns are used
  • How programming models, abstraction and systems for data-intensive applications can be extended to support dynamic data applications
  • Tools, environments and programming support that exist to enable emerging distributed infrastructure to support the requirements of dynamic applications (including but not limited to streaming data and in-transit data analysis)
  • Data-intensive dynamic workflow and in-transit data manipulation
  • Adaptive/pervasive computing applications and systems
  • Abstractions and mechanisms for dynamic code deployment and "moving code to data"
  • Application drivers for end-to-end scientific data management
  • Runtime support for in-situ analysis
  • System support for high end workflows
  • Hybrid computing solutions for in-situ analysis
  • Technologies to enable multi-platform workflows

Submission instructions

Authors are invited to submit papers containing unpublished, original work (not under review elesewhere) of up to 8 pages of double column text using single spaced 10 point size on 8.5 x 11 inch pages, as per IEEE 8.5 x 11 manuscript guidelines. Templates are available: http://www.ieee.org/web/publications/pubservices/confpub/AuthorTools/conferenceTemplates.html Authors should submit a PDF or PostScript (level 2) file that will print on a PostScript printer. Papers conforming to the above guidelines can be submitted through the workshop's paper submission system: http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=d3science It is a requirement that at least one author of each accepted paper register and attend the conference.

Important dates

  • 17 July 2011 - submission date
  • 23 August 2011 - decisions announced
  • 23 September 2011 - final versions of papers due to IEEE for proceedings

Organizers

  • Daniel S. Katz, University of Chicago & Argonne National Laboratory, USA
  • Neil Chue Hong, University of Edinburgh, UK
  • Shantenu Jha, Rutgers University & Louisiana State University, USA
  • Omer Rana, Cardiff University, UK

PC members

  • Gagan Aggarwal, Ohio State University, USA
  • Deb Agarwal, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, USA
  • Gabrielle Allen, Lousiana State University, USA
  • Malcolm Atkinson, University of Edinburgh, UK
  • Adam Barker, University of St Andrews, UK
  • Paolo Besana, University of Edinburgh, UK
  • Jon Blower, University of Reading, UK
  • Yun-He Chen-Burger, University of Edinburgh, UK
  • Simon Dobson, University of St Andrews, UK
  • Gilles Fedak, INRIA, France
  • Cécile Germain, University Paris Sud, France
  • Keith R. Jackson, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, USA
  • Manish Parashar, Rutgers, USA
  • Abani Patra, University of Buffalo, USA
  • Yacine Rezgui, Cardiff University, UK
  • Yogesh Simmhan, University of Southern California, USA
  • Domenico Talia, University of Calabria, Italy
  • Paul Watson, Newcastle University, UK
  • Jon Weissman, University of Minnesota, USA