[ecoop-info] ACM Middleware M-MPAC Workshop - Call For Papers

Sotirios Terzis Sotirios.Terzis at cis.strath.ac.uk
Fri Jul 24 20:21:00 CEST 2009

             Call For Papers

               M-MPAC 2009

International Workshop on Middleware for Pervasive Mobile and Embedded 


          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 applications.

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, etc)
   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 1 2009
   * 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


  Dr Sotirios Terzis, PhD, MSc, BSc(Hons), MBCS, CITP, FHEA

  Director MSc in Forensic Informatics


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