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EMBS @ ACM SAC 2012 : Track on Embedded Systems at ACM SAC 2012


When Mar 25, 2012 - Mar 29, 2012
Where Trento, Italy
Submission Deadline Aug 31, 2011
Notification Due Oct 12, 2011
Final Version Due Nov 2, 2011
Categories    embedded systems   system level design   design space exploration   hardware/software co-design

Call For Papers

27th ACM Symposium on Applied Computing
Trento, Italy, March 25-29 2012


Across Hardware and Software

Embedded computing has recently reached particularly high performance levels, becoming more and more present in appliances used in everyday life. A wide variety of applications, from consumer electronics to biomedical systems, requires building up powerful yet cheap embedded devices. In this context, embedded software has turned out to be more and more complex, posing new challenging issues: the adoption of further flexible programming paradigms/architectures is becoming almost mandatory. Nonetheless, even nowadays the development of embedded systems must rely on a tight coupling of hardware and software components. Moreover, the market pressure calls for the employment of new methodologies for shortening the development time and for driving the evolution of existing products. New efficient solutions to problems emerging in this setting can be put into action by means of a joint effort of academia and industry.

Design of embedded systems must take into account a wide variety of constraints: performance, code size, power consumption, presence of real-time tasks, maintainability, security and possibly scalability: the more convenient trade-off has to be found, often operating on a large number of different parameters. In this scenario, solutions can be proposed at different levels of abstraction, making use of an assortment of tools and methodologies: researchers and practitioners have a chance to propose new ideas and to compare experimentations.

The focus of this conference track is on the application of both novel and well-known techniques to the embedded systems development. Particular attention is paid to solutions that require expertise in different fields (e.g. computer architecture, OS, compilers, security, software engineering, simulation). The track will benefit also from direct experiences in the employment of embedded devices in "unconventional" application areas, so to show up new challenges in the system design/development process. In this setting, researchers and practitioners from academia and industry will get a chance to keep in touch with problems, open issues and future directions in the field of development of dedicated applications for embedded systems.


This year, the EMBS track will be part of a coordinated effort within ACM SAC to group up topics involving "computing systems as a whole", i.e. taking into account the different components at the hardware and software levels that build up actual devices. The involved tracks are the following:
Operating Systems (OS)
Embedded Systems (EMBS)
In ACM SAC, sessions for these tracks will be scheduled to let attendees follow all presentations on such closely related topics.

Topics of Interest

* Methodologies and tools for design-space exploration * System-level design and simulation techniques for Embedded Systems * Power-aware design and computing * Testing, debugging, profiling and performance analysis of Embedded Systems * Networked sensor devices and systems * Multicore and SoC-based embedded systems and applications * Middleware and virtual machines in Embedded Systems * Multithreading in Embedded Systems design and development
* Java embedded computing * Software architectures and SOA for Embedded Systems * Embedded Systems exploitation within Information Systems * Multimedia management in Embedded Systems * Security and dependability support within Embedded Systems * OS & RTOS for Embedded Systems * Safety-critical Embedded Systems
* Hardware/software support for real-time applications * Compilation strategies, code transformation and parallelization for Embedded Systems * Special-purpose appliances and applications * Case studies
Important dates

* August 31st, 2011: Paper Submission
* October 12th, 2011: Author Notification
* November 2nd, 2011: Camera-Ready Copies


Only papers based on original, unpublished work and addressing the listed topics of interest will be considered.
Each submitted paper will be fully refereed and undergo a blind review process.
Please note that submission of the same paper to multiple tracks is not allowed.

The accepted papers will be published in the ACM SAC 2012 proceedings.

Further details and conditions are available on the online CFP at the track home page at and at the conference home page at
Questions can be directed to the Track Chairs (please check on the track home page).

Track Chairs & Program Committee


Alessio Bechini - Univ. of Pisa - Italy
Cosimo Antonio Prete - Univ. of Pisa - Italy

Program Committee:

Peter Altenbernd - University of Applied Sciences, Darmstadt - Germany
Erik Altman - IBM T.J. Watson Research Center - USA
Sandro Bartolini - University of Siena - Italy
João M. P. Cardoso - University of Porto - Portugal
Li-Pin Chang - National Chiao-Tung University - Taiwan
Mingsong Chen - East China Normal University - China
Pai H. Chou - University of California, Irvine - USA
Alexander G. Dean - North Carolina State University - USA
Adam Donlin - Xilinx - USA
Lavinia Egidi - University of Eastern Piedmont - Italy
Marc Engels - Flanders' Mechatronics Technology Centre, Leuven - Belgium
Pierfrancesco Foglia - University of Pisa - Italy
Björn Franke - University of Edinburgh - UK
Malay Ganai - NEC labs America - USA
Roberto Giorgi - University of Siena - Italy
Matthias Gries - Intel Labs - Germany
Zonghua Gu - Zhejiang University, Hangzhou - China
Rajiv Gupta - University of California Riverside - USA
Frank Hannig - University of Erlangen-Nuremberg - Germany
Niraj K. Jha - Princeton University - USA
Andreas Krall - TU Wien - Austria
Tei-Wei Kuo - National Taiwan University - Taiwan
Ákos Lédeczi - Vanderbilt University - USA
Arindam Mallik - IMEC - Belgium
Claire Pagetti - ONERA - France
Andy D. Pimentel - University of Amsterdam - The Netherlands
Christine Rochange - IRIT - France
Bastian Schlich - ABB Corporate Research - Germany
Martin Schoeberl - DTU - Denmark
Henk Sips - TU Delft - The Netherlands
Jean-Pierre Talpin - INRIA/IRISA - France
Hiroyuki Tomiyama - Ritsumeikan University - Japan
Miroslav Velev - Aries Design Automation - USA
Ning Weng - Southern Illinois University Carbondale - USA
Tilman Wolf - University of Massachusetts Amherst - USA
I-Ling Yen - University of Texas at Dallas - USA
Xiangrong Zhou - University of Hawaii - USA


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