[ecoop-info] CALL FOR PAPERS: 14th ACM/IFIP/USENIX International Middleware Conference

Tudor Dumitras tudor.dumitras at gmail.com
Tue Mar 5 07:00:10 CET 2013

*14th ACM/IFIP/USENIX International Middleware Conference*
Beijing, China
9-13 December 2013

24 May 2013 - Abstract Submission (HARD DEADLINE)
31 May 2013 - Paper Submission (HARD DEADLINE)
16 August 2013 - Notification of Acceptance
6 September 2013 - Camera-ready paper due


The annual ACM/IFIP/USENIX Middleware conference is a major forum for the
discussion of innovations and recent advances in the design,
implementation, experimentation, deployment, and usage of middleware
systems. Middleware is the software that resides between applications and
the underlying architecture and platforms, often with an emphasis on
networked computing. The goal of middleware is to facilitate the
development of applications by providing higher-level abstractions for
better programmability, performance, scalability, security, and a variety
of essential features. It is a rapidly evolving and growing field.

Following the success of past conferences in this series, the 14th
International Middleware Conference will be the premier event for
middleware research, technology and experimentation in 2013. The scope of
the conference is the design, implementation, deployment, and evaluation of
system platforms and architectures for current and future computing,
storage, and communication environments. Highlights of the conference will
include a high quality technical program, invited speakers, an industrial
track, panel discussions involving academic and industry leaders, poster
and demonstration presentations, a doctoral symposium, and workshops.


Original submissions of research papers on a diversity of topics are
sought, particularly those identifying new research directions. The topics
of the conference include, but are not limited to (please don’t miss the
additional SPECIAL TRACKS listed below):

- Middleware for emerging cloud computing, datacenters, and server farms
- Middleware for data intensive computing, in the enterprise and high
performance domains
- Middleware for Internet applications and social networks
- Middleware for Web services, Web service composition, and SOA
- Event-based, publish/subscribe, and message-oriented middleware
- Middleware for high end machines and applications
- Middleware for mobile devices, ubiquitous, and mobile computing
- Middleware for sensor networks and embedded systems
- Middleware support for multimedia and tele-immersion
- Reconfigurable, adaptable, and reflective middleware approaches
- Middleware solutions for distributed databases
- Peer-to-peer middleware solutions
- Middleware for social computing, social software, and crowdsourcing

- Reliability and fault-tolerance
- Scalability and performance
- Energy- and power-aware techniques
- Virtualization, auto-scaling, provisioning, and scheduling
- Security, Privacy, and Information assurance
- Storage and file systems
- Concurrent software execution on heterogeneous infrastructure
- Dynamic configuration and self- or autonomic- management of middleware
- Interactions between middleware and systems
- Real-time solutions and quality of service
- Case studies on the evaluation and deployment of middleware: challenges,
techniques, and lessons learned

- Programming frameworks, parallel programming, and design methodologies
for middleware
- Empirical and deployment studies for middleware solutions
- Debugging, diagnosis and distributed debugging of middleware
- Understanding middleware and application behavior, as via probabilistic
- Methodologies and tools for middleware design, implementation,
verification, and evaluation
- Formal methods, verification, and software engineering for middleware
- Security and privacy
- Retrospective review of middleware paradigms, e.g., object models, aspect
orientation, etc.


Please see the conference website and our EasyChair page for details about
Tracks 1-3 are published in the conference proceedings, track 4 in
companion proceedings.

Original research papers are sought on the above topics.

Also of interest are experience papers describing complete systems,
platforms, and papers with comprehensive experimental evaluations of
alternative designs and solutions to well-known problems. The emphasis
during the evaluation of these papers will be less on the novelty and more
on the demonstrated usefulness and potential impact of the contributions,
the extensive experimentation involved, the comprehensiveness of the
approach, and the quality and weight of the lessons learned (including
negative results).

We also encourage "big ideas papers"; that is papers that have the
potential for opening up new research directions. For such papers, the
potential to motivate new research is more important than full experimental
evaluation, though some preliminary evidence of the effectiveness of the
approach or idea is important. A specific submission category will be
available within the main conference for these papers. Such papers should
clearly indicate their vision; why the idea is revolutionary and not
evolutionary; what the major questions still to be answered are; and
possible avenues of attack for the community to pursue towards the
development of the idea.

The conference strongly encourages submission of papers by industrial
practitioners (with or without academic collaborators) focusing on
innovations, approaches or case studies of specific relevance to industrial
and commercial practice and concern. These papers (up to 6 pages, ACM
style) may be submitted to a special industrial track whose Call for Papers
will be issued separately.


Middleware 2013 authors are encouraged to make their system/library
implementations and data sets publicly available for the community's wide
benefit as open-source software and their experimental data available as
open datasets. This is particularly encouraged for "experimentation and
deployment papers". Please discuss your requirements with the conference

General Chairs:
Gang Huang, Peking University, China
Rick Schantz, BBN Technologies, USA

Program Committee Chairs:
David Eyers, University of Otago, NZ
Karsten Schwan, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

Industry Chairs:
Angelo Corsaro, PrismTech, UK
Tiancheng Liu, IBM Research China, China

Workshop and Tutorial Chairs:
Laurent Réveillère, LaBRI, University of Bordeaux, France
Hailong Sun, Beihang University (BUAA), Beijing, China

Demo and Poster Chairs:
Songlin Hu, Institute of Computing of CAS, China
Zibin Zheng, Chinese University of Hong Kong, China

Doctoral Symposium Chairs:
Anders Andersen, University of Tromsø, Norway
Chang Xu, Nanjing University, China

Sponsorship Chairs:
Xiaojun Ye, Tsinghua University, China
Teng Teng, Kingdee Middleware, China

Publicity Chairs:
Tudor Dumitras, Symantec Research Labs, USA
Jatinder Singh, University of Cambridge, UK
Wenbo Zhang, Institute of Software of CAS, China

Local Arrangements Chair
Xuanzhe Liu Peking University, China

Web Chair
Ying Zhang Peking University, China

Registration Chair
Yingfei Xiong Peking University, China

Program Committees
To be announced


Tudor A. Dumitras
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