Proposal Submission Deadline: April 24, 2015 Acceptance Notification: April 29, 2015 CFP Submission Deadline: May 4, 2015 Paper Submission Deadline: July 17, 2015 (extended from July 11, 2015) except for FoCAS (deadline July 11, 2015) Paper Acceptance Notification: July 31, 2015
- Early Registration Deadline: September 9, 2015
Camera-Ready Papers due: August 10, 2015 Workshop notes submission to WS chairs: August 17, 2015
- Workshops dates: September 21 & 25, 2015
3rd Workshop on Fundamentals of Collective Adaptive Systems (FoCAS)
Monday, 21st September 2015
- Professor Giacomo Cabri (Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia)
- Dr. Nicola Capodieci (Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia)
Collective Adaptive Systems (CAS) is a broad term that describes large scale systems that comprise of many units/nodes, each of which may have their own individual properties, objectives and actions. Decision-making in such a system is distributed and possibly highly dispersed, and interaction between the units may lead to the emergence of unexpected phenomena. CASs are open, in that nodes may enter or leave the collective at any time, and boundaries between CASs are fluid. The units can be highly heterogeneous (computers, robots, agents, devices, biological entities, etc.), each operating at different temporal and spatial scales, and having different (potentially conflicting) objectives and goals, even if often the system has a global goal that is pursued by means of collective actions. Our society increasingly depends on such systems, in which collections of heterogeneous ‘technological’ nodes are tightly entangled with human and social structures to form ‘artificial societies’. Yet, to properly exploit them, we need to develop a deeper scientific understanding of the principles by which they operate, in order to better design them. 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 analyse such systems. We welcome inter-disciplinary approaches.
2nd Workshop on Quality Assurance for Self-Adaptive, Self-Organising Systems (QA4SASO)
Monday, 21st September 2015
- Wolfgang Reif, University of Augsburg, Germany
- Franz Wotawa, University Graz, Austria
- Benedikt Eberhardinger, University of Augsburg, Germany
Developing self-adaptive, self-organising systems that fulfil the requirements of different stakeholders is no sim- ple matter. Quality assurance is required at each phase of the entire development process, starting from re- quirements elicitation, system architecture design, agent design, and finally in the implementation of the sys- tem. The quality of the artefacts from each development phase affects the rest of the system, since all parts are closely related to each other. Furthermore, the shift of adaption decisions from design-time to run-time – necessitated by the need of the systems to adapt to changing circumstances – makes it difficult, but even more essential, to assure high quality standards in these kind of systems. Accordingly, the analysis and evaluation of these self-* systems has to take into account the specific operational context to achieve high quality standards. The necessity to investigate this field has already been recognized and addressed in different communities but so far there exists no platform to bring all these communities together. Therefore, the workshop will provide an open stage for discussions about the different aspects of quality assurance for self-adaptive, self-organising systems.
1st Workshop on Spatial and COllective PErvasive Computing Systems (SCOPES)
Monday, 21st September 2015
- Mirko Viroli (Universita di Bologna, Italy)
- Jacob Beal (Raytheon BBN Technologies, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA)
- Jane Hillston (University of Edinburgh, UK)
This workshop aims at combining three distinct, yet closely related areas of research, which will likely together play a major role in producing the key technical results needed to develop large-scale adaptive distributed systems of future networked scenarios.
- Spatial computing – Spatial computing systems are systems of individual entities, typically situated in a physical environment, in which the “functional goals” of the system are generally defined in terms of the system’s spatial structure. Typically, such systems are developed following a self-organisation approach, making spatial patterns arise by emergence.
- Collective adaptive systems – Collective computing systems are systems of tightly entangled components, achieving an overall goal through widespread cooperation, typically relying on self-adaptation techniques and collective/social intelligence.
- Pervasive computing – Pervasive computing systems and the “Internet of Things” deal with current and emerging scenarios in which humans, sensors, mobile, and embedded devices engage in complex interactions in a shared environment.
The goal of this workshop is to foster the creation of general-purpose solutions for supporting the develop- ment of these kinds of systems, particularly as regards generalizable techniques and architectures.
9th Workshop on Dynamic Software Product Lines (DSPL) CANCELED
Friday, 25th September 2015
- Mike Hinchey (Lero, Ireland)
- Klaus Schmid (University of Hildesheim, Germany)
- Sooyong Park (Sogang University, South Korea)
- Peter Ho Ing (Sogang University, South Korea)
In domains such as ubiquitous and pervasive computing, service robotics, unmanned aerial vehicles, etc., the importance and complexity of software are increasing more than ever. These domains are characterized above all by extensive variation both in requirements and resource constraints. The Software Product Line (SPL) approach has been receiving increased attention as a means to cope with this, specifically as software engineers and developers are faced with increasing pressure to deliver high-quality software more quickly and economically. More importantly, modern computing and network environments demand a high degree of adaptability from software systems. Computing environments, user requirements and interface mechanisms between software and hardware devices like sensors may change dynamically during run-time. Therefore, in these kinds of dynamic environments, application of SPL needs to be changed from a static perspective to a dynamic perspective, where systems capable of modifying their own behavior with respect to changes in its operating environment are achieved by dynamically rebinding variation points at runtime. This is the idea of Dynamic Software Product Lines (DSPL). Dynamic Software Product Lines is an emerging and promising area of research with clear overlaps to other areas of research besides SPL, notably: Self-* (adapting/managing/healing, …) systems, dynamic architectures and Engineering.
Workshop on Diagnosing, Reacting, Evading And Maneuvering (DREAM)
Friday, September 25th 2015
- Scott Alexander (Applied Communication Sciences, USA)
- Paul Robertson (DOLL, Inc. USA)
- Greg Sullivan (Draper Labs)
Over the past decade the threat of cyber attacks on critical commercial and government infrastructure has been growing at an alarming rate to a point where it is now considered to be a major threat in the world. Current approaches to cyber security involve building fast-growing multi-million line systems that attempt to detect and remove attacking software. Meanwhile, cyber exploits continue to multiply in number, but their size continues to be a couple of hundred lines of code. Related factors are that the defenders have to defend the entire system where attackers only have to find a single hole. These disparities of effort means that the current defensive approaches to cyber security can at best fight a holding action. The workshop is intended to explore game-changing approaches to cyber security that focus on adaptation. There is a clear need to develop systems at both the host level and the network level to actively adapt to cyber attacks and to provide greater protection for networked computation at all levels. Adaptation provides the ability to dodge an attack but certain reactions can result in self denial-of-service attacks. Maneuvering can lead the attacker astray, even into a trap. For example reconfiguration of the network to move computation out of the line-of-fire while making the original configuration appear live to the attacker can not only lead the attacker away from important assets but also allow the attackers actions to be monitored. How can we diagnose the nature of an attack and how can such diagnoses help in surviving an attack?
3rd Workshop on Self-Adaptive and Self-Organising Socio-Technical Systems (SASO^ST)
Friday, 25th September 2015
- Gerrit Anders (University of Augsburg, Germany)
- Dr. Jean Botev (University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg)
- Dr. Markus Esch (Fraunhofer Institute for Communication, Information Processing and Ergonomics, Germany)
The design and operation of computer systems has traditionally been driven by technical aspects and considerations. However, the usage characteristics of information and communication systems are both implicitly and explicitly determined by social interaction and the social graph of users. This aspect is becoming more and more evident with the increasing popularity of social network applications on the internet. This workshop will address all aspects of self-adaptive and self-organising mechanisms in socio- technical systems, covering different perspectives of this exciting research area ranging from normative and trust management systems to socio-inspired design strategies for distributed algorithms, collaboration platforms, and communication protocols. SASO ^ ST systems require a highly interdisciplinary approach, and the establishment of a research community around the creation of such systems is one of the workshop’s key objectives. For this purpose, the workshop brings together experts from areas such as distributed computer systems, complex systems, and the social sciences to present findings and elaborate on the topic in the following complementary topical sections as well as open panel discussion rounds.