[ecoop-info] CfP: M-MPAC 2009 Workshop - Deadline Extended

Didier Donsez didier.donsez at imag.fr
Mon Aug 3 08:06:13 CEST 2009


********   Deadline for submission extended to August 10th ********


			Call For Papers

			  M-MPAC 2009

                 International Workshop on Middleware
             for Pervasive Mobile and Embedded Computing


		 A Workshop of Middleware 2009
		Urbana Champaign, Illinois, USA
		 November 30 - December 4, 2009

Problem Space

Building on the success of the previous editions of MPAC and MobMid,
this event combines the thematic areas of the two workshops and
aims to develop a research roadmap on essential middleware abstractions
and platforms for pervasive mobile and embedded systems.

In recent years, the rise of relatively powerful mobile communication
devices like mobile phones, mobile Internet devices, and netbooks, as
well as several types of embedded devices, like TV set-top boxes, iPods,
Kidle, etc, has enabled a wide spectrum of novel pervasive applications,
such as healthcare monitoring, sport tracking, context-aware
collaborative computing, etc. Moreover, with the rise of cloud computing
infrastructures developers have also started exploring the possibility
of empowering resource-constrained mobile devices with such
infrastructures offering unlimited storage and computing resources.

Developing practical applications for this kind of devices is still in
most cases a complex and time-consuming process. Many of the existing
applications have been built in an ad-hoc manner and without any
possibility for code reuse. As the number and type of mobile and
embedded devices, and pervasive applications increases, so does the need
to enable interoperability among them.
Identifying appropriate middleware abstractions and organizing
successfully used protocols, algorithms, and software modules into
generic middleware platforms can facilitate application development,
foster software reuse, and enable rapid prototyping of pervasive

It is unclear and in many respects still an unexplored research area to
what extent traditional middleware services can be provided on these
devices. Porting existing middleware architectures to these new
computing platforms turns out to be often infeasible. Instead, a
thorough reconsideration of middleware abstractions and their supporting
infrastructure is needed to allow applications to make effective use of
the available computational power, memory, communication technologies,
integrated sensors, etc. An ideal middleware platform should be capable
of handling the resource constraints of these devices but at the same
time exploit their unique features such as availability of location
information, embedded sensors, mobility, spontaneous interaction,
context-awareness, etc.


The main topics of the workshop include, but are not limited to:

* Device platforms

  Virtualization technologies and applications
  Distributed ensembles
  Interaction paradigms and protocols
  Emerging mobile platforms (e.g., Android)
  Virtual machines (J2ME, .NET, etc.)

* Networking

  Emerging wireless technologies and platforms
  Experiences or case studies with new technologies (WiMax, WiBree, LTE,
  and devices (MIP, UMPC, wearables, etc)
  Multi-link scenarios: WiFi, Bluetooth, cellular network
  Quality of service and network selection

* Data issues

  Data formats and encoding
  Availability and durability of data in personal networks
  Synchronization of personal devices with other consumer electronics
   such as cameras, iPods, etc.
  Data portability

* Adaptability

  Context-awareness, location monitoring
  Resource management, cyber foraging, and energy-awareness
  Using cloud infrastructures for computing-intensive tasks and data
  Autonomics and self-* properties

* Security and Privacy

  Privacy preservation and identity management for device-to-device
  Security architectures balancing risk and utility
  Trust management in device ensembles
  Mobile device data security

* Mobile Web

  Web architectures (REST, Ajax) in pervasive computing
  Context adaptation and management in pervasive computing
  Mobile web scalability and reliability in access
  Content adaptation on mobile devices

* Applications

  Healthcare, entertainment, games, mobile TV, smart spaces, etc.
  Mobile phones in sensor and ad hoc networks
  Application development on mobile and embedded devices
  Programming models

* Experiences and case studies

  Lessons from deployments
  User experiences
  Performance studies


Submissions should not exceed 6 pages and should be formatted using the
ACM proceeding style (see
Submission implies that at least one of the authors will register and
present the paper. Please submit your paper in PDF at

Papers should present a view of the state of the art in a particular
sub-problem area, identify specific middleware challenges, and suggest
potential avenues for exploration by proposing models, abstractions and
infrastructure components addressing these challenges. Approximately two
thirds of the workshop will be devoted to the presentation and
discussion of these papers, while the remaining third of the time will
be devoted to the development of the research roadmap.

Papers will be reviewed by at least 3 members of the program committee.
The review process will be based upon identifying the relevance and
potential of the position statement to contribute to the elaboration of
the roadmap and to stimulate discussion.

All accepted papers will appear in a special workshop proceedings volume
in the ACM Digital Library. The publication of the best workshop
submissions and the research roadmap in the style of previous events is
under investigation.

Important Dates

  * Paper submission deadline: August 10 2009 (extended)
  * Notification of acceptance: September 15 2009
  * Final camera ready papers due: October 1 2009
  * Workshop date: November 30 2009

Program Committee

Paolo Bellavista, Università di Bologna, Italy
Gordon Blair, Lancaster University, UK
Cristian Borcea, NJIT, US
Renato Cerqueira, PUC-Rio, Brazil
Dan Chalmers, University of Sussex, UK
Domenico Cotroneo, University of Naples, Italy
Didier Donsez, Université Joseph Fourier, Grenoble I, France (Publicity
Markus Endler, PUC-Rio, Brazil
Roy Friedman, Technion, Israel
Nikolaos Georgantas, INRIA, France
Fabio Kon, University of São Paulo, Brazil
Rene Meier, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
Tatsuo Nakajima, Waseda University, Japan
Nitya Narasimhan, Motorola Labs, US
Oriana Riva, ETH Zurich, Switzerland (Workshop Co-Chair)
Luís Rodrigues, Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal
Romain Rouvoy, Université Lille 1, Fance
Patrick Stuedi, Microsoft Research, US
Sotirios Terzis, University of Strathclyde, UK (Workshop Co-Chair)
Venu Vasudevan, Motorola Labs, US
Luis Veiga, Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal (Proceedings Chair)
Lin Zhong, Rice University, US

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