[ecoop-info] CfP: Special Issue on Collective Adaptive Systems

Giacomo Cabri giacomo.cabri at unimo.it
Tue Sep 9 17:10:33 CEST 2014

Scalable Computing Practice and Experience
Special Issue on Collective Adaptive Systems
URL: http://www.scpe.org/index.php/scpe/pages/view/Call-issue-3-2015

Collective Adaptive Systems (CAS) is a broad term that describes large 
scale systems that comprise of many units/nodes, each of which may have 
their own individual properties, objectives and actions. Decision-making 
in such a system is distributed and possibly highly dispersed, and 
interaction between the units may lead to the emergence of unexpected 
phenomena. CASs are open, in that nodes may enter or leave the 
collective at any time, and boundaries between CASs are fluid. The units 
can be highly heterogeneous (computers, robots, agents, devices, 
biological entities, etc.), each operating at different temporal and 
spatial scales, and having different (potentially conflicting) 
objectives and goals, even if often the system has a global goal that is 
pursued by means of collective actions. Our society increasingly depends 
on such systems, in which collections of heterogeneous ‘technological’ 
nodes are tightly entangled with human and social structures to form 
‘artificial societies’. Yet, to properly exploit them, we need to 
develop a deeper scientific understanding of the principles by which 
they operate, in order to better design them.
The special issue will feature articles that concern different and 
interdisciplinary aspects of collective adaptive systems, as specified 
in the following list of topics.

Areas of interest for this special issue include, but are not limited to:
• Novel theories relating to operating principles of CAS
• Novel design principles for building CAS systems
• Insights into the short and long term adaptation of CAS systems
• Insights into Emergent Properties of CAS
• Insights into general properties of large scale, distributed CAS
• Methodologies for studying, analysing and building CAS
• Frameworks for analysing or developing CAS
• Case-studies/Scenarios that can be used to investigate CAS properties

Important dates:
• Submission: December 15th, 2014
• Author notification: January 31st 2015
• Revised papers (for major revisions): February 28th 2015
• Author notification (for major revisions): April 15th, 2015
• Camera Ready papers due: May 15th, 2015
• Expected publication: September, 2015

The special issue seeks original, unpublished work on technologies 
enabling collaboration. The authors of the best papers form 
FoCAS at SASO2014 will be invited to submit an extended version to this 
special issue.
The SCPE journal has a rigorous peer-review process and papers will be 
sent to at least two independent referees. Papers that do not merit 
publication (for any reason) can be rejected by the Special Issue 
Editors without further review.
Submitted papers must be formatted according to the journal's 
instructions, which can be found at: 

Special issue guest editors:
• Prof. Giacomo Cabri. Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Italy, 
giacomo.cabri at unimore.it
• Prof. Emma Hart. Napier University, UK, E.Hart at napier.ac.uk


| Prof. Giacomo Cabri - Ph.D., Associate Professor
| Dip. di Scienze Fisiche, Informatiche e Matematiche
| Universita' di Modena e Reggio Emilia - Italia
| e-mail giacomo.cabri at unimore.it
| tel. +39-059-2058320  fax +39-059-2055216

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