[ecoop-info] [CFP] 2nd Int. Workshop on Middleware for Pervasive Mobile and Embedded Computing

Romain Rouvoy romain.rouvoy at lifl.fr
Fri Jun 4 20:25:40 CEST 2010

			Call For Papers

			  M-MPAC 2010

		Second International Workshop on 
	Middleware for Pervasive Mobile and Embedded Computing


		 A Workshop of Middleware 2010
			Bangalore, India
		 November 29 - December 3, 2010

Problem Space 

Building on the success of M-MPAC 2009 (that combined the previous editions of 
MPAC and MobMid), this event aims to carry on development of a research roadmap 
on essential middleware abstractions, platforms and applications for pervasive 
mobile and embedded systems.

This year is marked by the resurgence of tablet devices (e.g. iPad and a myriad 
of competing products) that aim to combine the performance of PCs with the 
portability and freedom of PDAs. This trend drives an increase in the popularity 
of pervasive mobile and embedded computing. Recent years have also witnessed the 
rise (and sometimes resurgence) of relatively powerful mobile communication 
devices such as mobile phones, mobile Internet devices and netbooks, as well as 
several embedded devices, like TV set-top boxes, portable media players (e.g. 
iPods), eReaders (e.g. Kindle), etc. These devices have enabled a wide spectrum 
of novel pervasive applications, such as healthcare monitoring, enhanced 
shopping applications/environments, ad-hoc gaming, sport tracking, street 
navigation and observation, 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

* 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 
 (e.g. 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 storage
 Autonomics and self-* properties

* Security and Privacy

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

* Mobile and Social Web

 Web architectures (REST, Ajax) for 3-screen usage in pervasive computing
 Context and content adaptation and management in pervasive computing
 Mobile web scalability and reliability in access
 Content adaptation on mobile devices
 Collaborative search

* Applications

 Healthcare, entertainment, games, mobile TV, smart spaces, shopping, 
 street navigation, 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 8 pages and should be formatted using the ACM 
proceeding style (see http://www.acm.org/sigs/pubs/proceed/template.html). 
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 programme 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 is under investigation.

Important Dates 

Paper submission deadline: August 1st 2010
Notification of acceptance: September 15th 2010
Workshop papers camera-ready: October 1st 2010
Workshop date: November 29th or 30th 2010

Programme Committee

Paolo Bellavista, Universita di Bologna, Italy
Renato Cerqueira, PUC-Rio, Brazil
Dan Chalmers, University of Sussex, UK
Domenico Cotroneo, University of Naples, Italy
Didier Donsez, Universite Joseph Fourier, Grenoble I, France
Nikolaos Georgantas, INRIA, France
Paul Grace, Lancaster University, UK
Rene Meier, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
Sonia Ben Mokhtar, CNRS Lyon, France
Sougata Mukherjea, IBM Research, India
Shrikant Naidu, Motorola India Lab, India
Tatsuo Nakajima, Waseda University, Japan
Nitya Narasimhan, Motorola Labs, US
Aaron Quigley, HILT Lab, University of Tasmania, Australia
Oriana Riva, ETH Zurich, Switzerland 
Luis Rodrigues, Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal
Romain Rouvoy, Universite Lille 1, France
Patrick Stuedi, Microsoft Research, US
Francois Taiani, Lancaster University, UK 
Sotirios Terzis, University of Strathclyde, UK (Workshop Co-Chair)
Venu Vasudevan, Motorola Labs, US
Luis Veiga, Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal (Workshop Co-Chair)
Ian Wakeman, University of Sussex, UK

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