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Middleware 2008 : ACM/IFIP/USENIX 9th International Middleware Conference


Conference Series : International Middleware Conference
When Dec 1, 2008 - Dec 5, 2008
Where Leuven, Belgium
Abstract Registration Due Apr 23, 2008
Submission Deadline Apr 30, 2008
Notification Due Jul 16, 2008
Categories    middleware

Call For Papers

Middleware 2008

ACM/IFIP/USENIX 9th International Middleware Conference

December 1-5, 2008
Leuven, Belgium


The Middleware conference is a forum for the discussion of important innovations
and recent advances in the design, construction and uses of middleware.
Middleware is distributed-systems software that resides between the applications
and the underlying operating systems, network protocol stacks, and hardware. Its
primary role is to functionally bridge the gap between application programs and
the lower-level hardware and software infrastructure in order to coordinate how
application components are connected and how they interoperate.

Following the success of past conferences in this series, the 9th International
Middleware Conference will be the premier event for middleware research and
technology in 2008. The scope of the conference is the design, implementation,
deployment, and evaluation of distributed system platforms and architectures for
future computing and communication environments. Highlights of the conference
will include a high quality technical program, invited speakers, an industrial
track, poster and demo presentations, a doctoral symposium, and workshops.

Submissions on a diversity of topics are sought, particularly ones that identify
new research directions. The topics of the conference include, but are not
limited to:

Platforms and Architectures:
* Middleware for Web services and Web-service composition
* Middleware for cluster and grid computing
* Peer-to-peer middleware solutions
* Event-based, publish/subscribe, and message-oriented middleware
* Communication protocols and architectures
* Middleware for ubiquitous and mobile computing
* Middleware for embedded systems and sensor networks
* Middleware for next generation telecommunication platforms
* Semantic middleware
* Service-oriented architectures
* Standard middleware architectures
* Reconfigurable, adaptable, and reflective middleware approaches

Systems issues:
* Advanced middleware support for high confidence dynamic integrated systems
* Reliability, fault tolerance, and quality-of-service in general
* Scalability of middleware: replication and caching
* Systems management, including solutions for autonomic and self-managing middleware
* Middleware feedback control solutions for self-regulation
* Real-time solutions for middleware platforms
* Information assurance and security
* Evaluation techniques for middleware solutions
* Middleware support for multimedia streaming
* Middleware solutions for (large scale) distributed databases

Design principles and tools:
* Formal methods and tools for designing, verifying, and evaluating middleware
* Model-driven architectures
* Software engineering for middleware
* Engineering principles and approaches for middleware
* Novel development paradigms, APIs, and languages
* Existing paradigms revisited: object models, aspect orientation, etc.
* On-the-fly management and configuration of middleware

The conference also strongly encourages submission of industry-focused and use
case studies; full papers should be submitted to the main program, where they
will be reviewed using appropriate criteria (e.g. emphasizing experience and
system evolution), and accepted papers will be published in the main conference
proceedings. Additionally, short industry-focused papers may be submitted to a
special industrial track (see; accepted
short papers will be presented at the conference and published in the ACM
Digital Library. Details on the industrial track will be available shortly.
Note that submissions to the main program may indicate a willingness to be
referred to the industrial track if a paper is not accepted to the main


The proceedings of Middleware 2008 will be published as a Springer-Verlag volume
in the Lecture Notes in Computer Science Series.

Submission Guidelines:

Papers must not exceed 20 pages, including abstract, all figures, all tables,
and references. Papers should include a short abstract and up to 6 keywords.
Submitted papers should follow the formatting instructions of the Springer LNCS
Style (please check the Information for Authors page at Springer at for style and formatting

Submitted papers may not be submitted for conference publication, journal
publication, or be under review for any other conference or journal. For any
questions regarding this matter, please contact the program chairs.

Submissions will be handled via the conference management system (see

Important dates:

**Note that deadlines will not be extended**

23 April 2008 - Abstract registration (hard deadline)
30 April 2008 - Paper submission (hard deadline)
16 July 2008 - Acceptance notification
31 August 2008 - Camera ready copy due
1 December 2008 - Conference begins


Conference Chairs
- Wouter Joosen (KUL-DistriNet, BE)
- Yolande Berbers (KUL-DistriNet, BE)

PC Chairs
- Valerie Issarny (INRIA, FR)
- Rick Schantz (BBN, US)

Workshop & Tutorials Chairs
- Frank Eliassen (Univ. of Oslo , NO)
- Hans-Arno Jacobsen (Univ. of Toronto, Canada)

Industry Chair
- Fred Douglis (IBM, US)

Work In Progress Chair
- Cecilia Mascolo (Univ. of Cambridge, UK)

Publicity Chairs
- Michael Atighetchi (BBN, US)
- Sonia Ben Mokhtar (UCL, UK)

Posters and Demos Chair
- Bert Lagaisse (KUL, BE)

Doctoral Symposium Chair
- Sam Michiels (KUL, BE)

Local Arrangements Chair
- Davy Preuveneers (KUL, BE)

Programme Committee

Gustavo Alonso (ETH Zurich, Switzerland)
Christiana Amza (University of Toronto, Canada)
Jean Bacon (University of Cambridge, UK)
Dave Bakken (Washington State University, USA)
Guruduth Banavar (IBM Research, India)
Alberto Bartoli (University of Trieste, Italy)
Christian Becker (Universitat Mannheim, Germany)
Gordon Blair (Lancaster University, UK)
Roy H Campbell (University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, USA)
Renato Cerqueira (PUC-Rio, Brazil)
Angelo Corsaro (PrismTech, USA)
Paolo Costa (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Geoff Coulson (Lancaster University, UK)
Jan De Meer (SmartSpaceLab, Germany)
Fred Douglis (IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, USA)
Naranker Dulay (Imperial College London, UK)
Frank Eliassen (University of Oslo, Norway)
Markus Endler (PUC-Rio, Brazil)
Pascal Felber (University of Neuchatel, Switzerland)
Paulo Ferreira (INESC ID / Tech. Univ. of Lisbon, Portugal)
Nikolaos Georgantas (INRIA, France)
Chris Gill (Washington University, USA)
Paul Grace (Lancaster University, UK)
Indranil Gupta (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA)
Qi Han (Colorado school of Mines, USA)
Peter Honeyman (CITI, University of Michigan, USA)
Gang Huang (Peking University, China)
Shanika Karunasekera (University of Melbourne, Australia)
Bettina Kemme (McGill University, Canada)
Fabio Kon (University of Sao Paulo, Brazil)
Doug Lea (Oswego State University, USA)
Rodger Lea (University of British Columbia, Canada)
Mark Linderman (Air Force Research Laboratory, USA)
Joe Loyall (BBN Technologies, USA)
Cecilia Mascolo (University of Cambridge, UK)
Satoshi Matsuoka (Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan)
Elie Najm (ENST Paris, France)
Bala Natarajan (Symantec Corp., India)
Gian Pietro Picco (University of Trento, Italy)
Alexander Reinefeld (Zuse Institute Berlin, Germany)
Luis Rodrigues (INESC-ID/IST, Portugal)
Antony Rowstron (Microsoft Research, UK)
Douglas C. Schmidt (Vanderbilt University, USA)
Jean-Bernard Stefani (INRIA, France)
Gautam Thaker (Lockheed Martin Adv. Tech. Labs, USA)
Peter Triantafillou (University of Patras, Greece)
Apostolos Zarras (University of Ioannina, Greece)

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