Call for papers: 3rd Workshop on Engineering Collective Adaptive Systems (eCAS 2018)

Come and join us in Trento for eCAS.


CALL FOR PAPERS 3rd Workshop on Engineering Collective Adaptive Systems – eCAS 2018 In conjunction with FAS* 2018 September 7th, 2018 Fondazione Bruno Kessler (FBK) & University of Trento - Trento, Italy Web site: AIMS AND MOTIVATION Modern software systems are becoming more and more collective, composed of many distributed and heterogeneous entities. These systems operate under continuous perturbations making manual adjustments infeasible. For a collective system to be resilient, its adaptation must also be collective, in the sense that multiple entities must adapt in a way that addresses critical runtime conditions while preserving the benefits of the collaborative interdependencies. Decision-making in such systems is distributed and possibly highly dispersed, and interaction between the entities may lead to the emergence of unexpected phenomena. In such systems, a new approach for adaptation is needed to allow (i) multiple entities to collectively adapt with (ii) negotiations to decide which collective changes are best. Collective adaptation also raises a second important challenge: which parts of the system (things, services, people) should be engaged in an adaptation? This is not trivial, since multiple solutions to the same problem may be generated at different levels. The challenge here is to understand these levels and create mechanisms to decide the right scope for an adaptation for a given problem. This workshop solicits papers that address new methodologies, theories and principles that can be used in order to develop a better understanding of the fundamental factors underpinning the operation of such systems, so that we can better design, build, and analyze them, as well as case studies and applications showing such approaches in action. Interdisciplinary work is particularly welcomed. Suggested Topics (but not limited to):
  • Novel theories relating to operating principles of CAS
  • Novel design principles for building CAS systems
  • Insights into the short and long-term adaptation of CAS systems
  • Insights into emergent properties of CAS
  • Insights into general properties of large scale, distributed CAS
  • Decision-making approaches in CAS
  • Methodologies for studying, analyzing, and building CAS
  • Frameworks for analyzing or developing CAS case studies
  • Languages, platforms, APIs and other tools for CAS
  • Scenarios, case studies, and experience reports of CAS in different contexts (e.g., Smart Mobility, Smart Energy/Smart Grid, Smart Buildings, traffic management, emergency response, etc.)
SCOPE The workshop is expected to attract participants from many disciplines, including Autonomic Computing, Biology, Game Theory, Evolutionary Computing, Network Science, Self-Organizing Systems, Pervasive Computing, and to be of interest to anyone working with the domain of large-scale self-adaptive systems. In addition, the European Commission has funded seven scientific projects and a Coordination Action in this area, with projects starting at the beginning of 2013. Thus, the workshop provides a natural base for the projects to meet and share ideas, even if it is in no way limited to this audience, and is likely to have broad appeal to a wide range of researchers. Potential audience members might work in application areas relating to large-scale distributed systems, or may come from any of the many disciplines that can provide insights into the operation and design of such systems. IMPORTANT DATES
  • Abstract submission: June 4, 2018
  • Workshop paper submission: June 11, 2018
  • Workshop paper notification: July 9, 2018
  • Camera-Ready Version: July 15, 2018
  • Workshop: September 3, 2018
SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS and REVIEW CRITERIA The length of a workshop paper may not exceed 6 pages including references and follow the IEEE Computer Society Press proceedings style guide. All papers should be submitted in PDF format. You can submit the paper through EasyChair using this link: By submitting a paper, the authors confirm that in case of acceptance, at least one author will attend the workshop to present the work. Papers will be peer reviewed on the basis of originality, readability, relevance to themes, soundness, and overall quality. Workshop proceedings will be published on IEEE Xplore in parallel with the main conference proceedings. WORKSHOP ORGANISERS STEERING COMMITTEE
  • Jacob Beal, Raytheon BBN Technologies, USA
  • Giacomo Cabri, University of Modena And Reggio Emilia, Italy
  • Nicola Capodieci, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy
  • Emma Hart, Edinburgh Napier University, U.K
  • Jane Hillston, University of Edinburgh, U.K
  • Mirko Viroli, University of Bologna, Italy
  • Gerrit Anders, Augsburg University
  • Franco Bagnoli, Università di Firenze
  • Ezio Bartocci, TU Wien
  • Luca Bortolussi, University of Trieste
  • Johann Bourcier, IRISA/INRIA-Universite de Rennes 1
  • Javier Camara, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Siobhan Clarke, Trinity College Dublin
  • Daniel Coore, University of the West Indies
  • Ferruccio Damiani, Dipartimento di Informatica, Università di Torino
  • Rocco De Nicola, IMT - School for Advanced Studies Lucca
  • Giovanna Di Marzo Serugendo, University of Geneva
  • Schahram Dustdar, TU Wien
  • Jane Hillston, University of Edinburgh
  • Paola Inverardi, University of L’Aquila
  • Eva Kühn, TU Wien
  • Peter Lewis, Aston University
  • Nicolas Markey, LSV, CNRS & ENS Cachan
  • Annapaola Marconi, Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Trento
  • Hernan Melgratti — University of Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Monjur Mourshed, Cardiff University, UK
  • Mirco Musolesi, University College London
  • Carlo Pinciroli, École Polytechnique de Montreal
  • Alexander Schiendorfer, University Augsburg
  • Bradley Schmerl, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Antoine Spicher, LACL University Paris Est Creteil
  • Katia Sycara, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Christof Teuscher, Portland State University
  • Mirko Viroli, Università di Bologna
  • Martin Wirsing, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet Muenchen
REGISTRATION All attendees at the workshop must register for SASO through the conference website:

Carpe Diem: Seizing the Day in a Distracted World

Roman Alexander Krznaric

A cultural history of seizing the day and how the idea has been co-opted by a range of special interests until it can be used as a description for almost any practice or commodity. Krznaric has a historian’s eye for contradictions and re-purposings, but also manages to draw out a number of practices that might be helpful to readers seeking to make space in their lives. (My favourite is to imagine dying, going to a dinner party in the afterlife, and meeting alternative you’s who took different decisions at critical points in your life. Which ones might you envy? Which would you pity? And how do the answers to these questions illuminate how you might want to make future life choices?) Altogether a good antidote to the commercialisation of carpe diem.

4/5. Finished Wednesday 25 April, 2018.

(Originally published on Goodreads.)

40 Sonnets

Don Paterson (2015)

4/5. Finished Friday 13 April, 2018.

(Originally published on Goodreads.)

Love Found: 50 Classic Poems of Desire, Longing, and Devotion

Jennifer Orkin Lewis

4/5. Finished Friday 13 April, 2018.

(Originally published on Goodreads.)

The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda’s Road to 9/11

Lawrence Wright (2006)

A narrative history of the rise of Al Qaeda and the consequences for the world.

I read this book after I’d seen the recent television drama based on it. They cover substantially different ground, with the book rooted firmly in the origins and history of the group rather than in the few years preceding 9/11. It focuses quite intensively on Ayman al Zawahiri, whose struggle against the Egyptian government led to his eventual exile in Afghanistan. Osama bin Laden, by contrast is – if not quite a bit player – then certainly a peripheral and rather transparent figure whose commitment to revolution arrives very late and in a surprisingly hesitant fashion – but is then absolutely decisive in both the tactics and strategy of the fight against the US and its allies. Altogether a fascinating cast of characters,

5/5. Finished Wednesday 11 April, 2018.

(Originally published on Goodreads.)