[ecoop-info] CFP - ANTIFRAGILE 2014 - 1st International Workshop “From Dependable to Resilient, from Resilient to Antifragile Ambients and Systems”

Vincenzo De Florio enzodeflorio at virgilio.it
Sun Nov 3 19:18:23 CET 2013

Dear Sirs, dear Madams, 

I would be grateful if you
would post the following CFP to the ECOOP mailing list -- thank you very much

Kind regards,

Vincenzo De Florio


1st International Workshop  “From Dependable to Resilient, from Resilient to Antifragile Ambients and

As well-known, dependability refers to a system’s trustworthiness and measures
several aspects of the quality of its services – for instance how reliable,
available, safe, or maintainable those services are. Resilience differs from
dependability in that it focuses on the system itself rather that its services;
it implies that the system when subjected to faults and changes 1) will
continue distributing its services 2) without losing its peculiar traits, its
identity: the system will “stay the same”. Antifragility goes one step further and suggests that certain systems could actually “get better”,
namely improve their system-environment fit, when subjected (to some system-specific
extent) to faults and changes. Recent studies of Professor N. Taleb introduced
the concept of antifragility and provided a characterization of the behaviors
enacted by antifragile systems. The engineering of antifragile computer-based
systems is a challenge that, once met, would allow systems and ambients to
self-evolve and self-improve by learning from accidents and mistakes in a way
not dissimilar to that of human beings. Learning how to design and craft
antifragile systems is an extraordinary challenge whose tackling is likely to
reverberate on many a computer engineering field. New methods, programming
languages, even custom platforms will have to be designed. The expected returns
are extraordinary as well: antifragile computer engineering promises to enable
realizing truly autonomic systems and ambients able to meta-adapt to changing
circumstances; to self-adjust to dynamically changing environments and
ambients; to self-organize so as to track dynamically and proactively optimal
strategies to sustain scalability, high-performance, and energy efficiency; to
personalize their aspects and behaviors after each and every user. And to learn how to get better while doing it. 

The ambition and mission of ANTIFRAGILE is to enhance the awareness of the above
challenges and to begin a discussion on how computer and software engineering
may address them. As a design aspect cross-cutting through all system and
communication layers, antifragile engineering will require multi-disciplinary
visions and approaches able to bridge the gaps between “distant” research
communities so as to  

•    propose novel solutions to design and develop antifragile
systems and ambients;  

•    devise conceptual models and paradigms for antifragility; 

•    provide analytical and simulation models and tools to
measure systems ability to withstand faults, adjust to new environments, and
enhance their resilience in the process; 

•    foster the exchange of ideas and lively discussions able to
drive future research and development efforts in the area. 

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

•    Conceptual frameworks for antifragile systems, ambients,
and behaviours;

•    Dependability, resilience, and antifragile requirements and
open issues;

•    Design principles, models, and techniques for realizing
antifragile systems and behaviours;

•    Frameworks and techniques enabling resilient and
antifragile applications; 

•    Antifragile human-machine interaction;

•    End-to-end approaches towards antifragile services;

•    Autonomic antifragile behaviours;

•    Middleware architectures and mechanisms for resilience and

•    Theoretical foundation of resilient and antifragile

•    Formal modeling of resilience and antifragility;

•    Programming language support for resilience and

•    Machine learning as a foundation of resilient and
antifragile architectures;

•    Antifragility and resiliency against malicious attacks;

•    Antifragility and the Cloud;

•    Service Level Agreements for Antifragility; 

•    Antifragile and resilient services.

ANTIFRAGILE is co-located with the 5th International Conference on Ambient
Systems, Networks and Technologies, June 2 - 5, 2014, Hasselt, Belgium (http://cs-conferences.acadiau.ca/ant-14/).

Important Dates:

Submission deadline: January 4, 2014.

Review reports sent to authors: March 1, 2014

Final submission deadline: April 4, 2014

Workshop date: day to be scheduled in [June 2, June 5], 2014

Submission information: 

Accepted papers will appear in the Proceedings of the ANT Conference, published

Elsevier in their Series "Procedia Computer Science".

Formatting instructions and templates are available at http://cs-conferences.acadiau.ca/ant-14/#paperSubmissions.

Maximum number of pages is 6.

Submissions will be managed through Easychair via the following URL: https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=antifragile2014.

Outstanding papers presented at the workshops, after further revision, will be
considered for publication in special issues of renowned international

Programme Committee: 

CHAIR: Vincenzo De Florio, PATS/Universiteit Antwerpen and PATS/iMinds,
Antwerp, Belgium

•    Ajith Abraham, MIR Labs & Southern Illinois University,

•    Mohamed Bakhouya, School of Engineering, Aalto University,
Helsinki, Finland

•    Maher Ben Jemaa, National School of Engineering of Sfax,
Sfax, Tunisia 

•    Andrea Clematis, CNR - IMATI, Genova, Italy

•    Antonio Coronato, Institute for High Performance Computing
and Networking, Italian National Research Council, Naples, Italy

•    Masoud Daneshtalab, University of Turku, Finland

•    Giovanna Di Marzo Serugendo, University of Geneva, Geneva,

•    Masoumeh Ebrahimi, University of Turku, Finland

•    Jaafar Gaber, Université de Technologie de
Belfort-Montbéliard, Belfort, France

•    Liang Guang, University of Turku, Finland

•    Levi Lúcio, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec

•    Leo G Marcus, The Aerospace Corporation, USA

•    Gianluca Mazzini, University of Ferrara, Ferrara, Italy

•    Ethiopia Nigussie, University of Turku, Finland

•    Eric Pardede, La Trobe University, Bundoora, Australia

•    Massimiliano Rak, Seconda Università degli Studi di Napoli,
Aversa, Italy

•    Philipp Reinecke, Institut für Informatik, Freie
Universität Berlin, Berlin, Germany

•    David Taniar, Monash University, Clayton, Australia

•    Gianluca Tempesti, Department of Electronics, University of
York, York, UK

•    Eric Verhulst, Altreonic, Belgium

•    Xinheng Wang, University of the West of Scotland, UK

For more information please contact Vincenzo De Florio (vincenzo.deflorio at



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