[ecoop-info] 16th ACM/IFIP/USENIX International Middleware Conference - Final Call for Papers

Mirco Musolesi m.musolesi at cs.bham.ac.uk
Mon May 11 19:51:22 CEST 2015

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16th ACM/IFIP/USENIX International Middleware Conference
Vancouver, Canada
8-11 December, 2015


May 15, 2015 - Abstract Submission
May 20, 2015 - Paper Submission
August 3, 2015 - Notification of Acceptance
September 7, 2015 - Camera-ready paper due
December 8-11, 2015 - Conference


The annual ACM/IFIP/USENIX Middleware conference is a major forum for the discussion of innovations and recent advances in the design, construction and use of middleware systems. The scope of the conference is the design, implementation, deployment, and evaluation of distributed system platforms and architectures for computing, storage, and communication environments. Highlights of the conference will include a high quality single-track 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:

* Middleware Platforms and Usage Models
- Middleware for emerging cloud computing platforms
- Middleware for data-intensive computing (Big Data)
- Middleware for mobile devices and services
- Middleware for Internet applications and multimedia
- Middleware for the Internet of Things
- Middleware for ubiquitous and pervasive computing

* Systems Issues for Middleware
- Reliability and fault-tolerance
- Consistency, availability, and replication
- Energy- and power-aware techniques
- Virtualization, auto-scaling, provisioning, and scheduling
- Real-time solutions and quality of service
- Scalability and performance

* Design Principles and Programming Support
- Event-based, publish/subscribe, and peer-to-peer solutions
- Reconfigurable, adaptable, and reflective approaches
- Programming frameworks, parallel programming, and design methodologies for middleware
- Formal methods, testing, diagnosis, and distributed debugging of middleware
- Methodologies and tools for middleware design, implementation, verification, and evaluation
- Retrospective reviews of middleware paradigms, e.g., object models, aspect orientation, etc.


Please see the conference website and our hotCRP page for details about submission: https://mw15-hotcrp.fbk.eu/

Original research papers are sought on the above topics.

Experience papers describe 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, 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. 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 who's Call for Papers will be issued separately.

Middleware 2015 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 chairs.

The Middleware 2015 conference proceedings will be published in the ACM Digital Library. Accepted submissions will be available at the ACM digital library at least one week before the conference. Papers should not exceed 12 pages in length. Detailed instructions are available at the conference's website at http://2015.middleware-conference.org/.



General co-chairs:
Rodger Lea, The University of British Columbia, Canada
Sathish Gopalakrishnan, The University of British Columbia, Canada

Program committee co-chairs:
Amy L. Murphy, FBK-IRST, Italy
Eli Tilevich, Virginia Tech, USA

Industry track co-chairs:
K. R. Jayaram, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, USA

Workshops and tutorials co-chairs:
Xiohui (Helen) Gu, North Carolina State University, USA
Davide Frey, INRIA, France

Doctoral Symposium co-chairs:
Ivan Beschastnikh, The University of British Columbia, Canada

Posters and demonstrations chair:
Steve Ko, University of Buffalo, USA

Publicity co-chairs:
Mirco Musolesi, University of Birmingham, UK
Abusayeed Saifullah, Missouri University of Science and Technology, USA

Registration and financial chair:
Karthik Pattabiraman, The University of British Columbia, Canada

Local arrangements chair:
W. Nick Summer, Simon Fraser University, Canada

Mirco Musolesi
Reader in Networked Systems and Data Science
School of Computer Science, University of Birmingham
Edgbaston B15 2TT Birmingham, United Kingdom
Web: http://www.cs.bham.ac.uk/~musolesm/

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