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Feedback Computing 2014 : 9th International Workshop on Feedback Computing


When Jun 17, 2014 - Jun 17, 2014
Where Philadelphia, PA, United States
Submission Deadline Mar 25, 2014
Notification Due Apr 22, 2014
Final Version Due May 22, 2014
Categories    feedback system theory   feedback system practice   USENIX

Call For Papers


The 2014 International Workshop on Feedback Computing will be held in June 2014, as part of USENIX Federated Conferences Week in Philadelphia, PA. The workshop is a unique forum dedicated to advancing feedback system theory and practice in modeling, analyzing, designing, and optimizing computing systems. It represents a timely response to the following two trends:

Computing systems are growing larger, smarter, and more complex, embedding in the physical world, human interactions, and societal infrastructure. Systematic and feedback-driven approaches are critical for addressing the dynamic complexity that arises in new fields such as cyber-physical systems, cloud computing, social networks, and mobile applications.
Advances in disciplines such as machine learning, mathematical optimization, network theories, decision theories, and data engineering provide new foundations and techniques that empower feedback approaches to address computing systems at scale and to achieve goals such as autonomy, adaptation, stabilization, robustness, and performance optimization.


The Feedback Computing Workshop seeks original research contributions and position papers on advancing feedback control technologies and their applications in computing systems, broadly defined. Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

Theoretical foundations for feedback computing
New control paradigms and system architecture
Sensing, actuation, and data management in feedback computing
Learning and modeling of computing system dynamics
Design patterns and software engineering
Experiences and best practices from real systems
Applications in domains such as big data, cloud computing, computer networks, cyber-physical systems, data center resource management, distributed systems, mobility, power management and sustainability, real-time systems, and social networks

We encourage research papers containing original research results, challenge papers motivating new research directions, and application papers describing experiences from real systems. In addition, the workshop will facilitate discussion and collaborative research among the participants. One Best Paper Award will be announced at the end of workshop to recognize the current best work in feedback computing.
Paper Submissions

The workshop follows a single-blind review process. Authors are invited to submit three types of papers to emphasize the multiple focuses of this workshop:

Research Papers: Research papers must represent original, unpublished contributions and must not exceed 6 pages in length (excluding references).
Challenge Papers: Challenge paper submissions must motivate research challenges with real systems that can take advantage of feedback computing, and should not exceed 3 pages in length (excluding references).
Application Papers: Application paper submissions must be based on real experience and working systems. All submissions should be formatted as annotated slides—a visual in the upper half of a page and the explanatory text in the lower half—and should not exceed 15 slides in length.

All papers will be submitted as PDF files via the Web submission form, which will be available here soon. All submissions should be typeset in two-column format in 10-point type on 12-point (single-spaced) leading, with the text block being no more than 6.5" wide by 9" deep. Manuscript templates are available for download from the USENIX templates page.

At least one author of an accepted paper is expected to present the paper in person at the workshop. There will be no copyright-transferred formal proceedings for the workshop. However, accepted papers will be available online to registered attendees before the conference. If you do not wish your accepted paper to be made available to conference participants before the event, please notify Accepted submissions will be treated as confidential prior to publication on the USENIX Feedback Computing Workshop '14 Web site; rejected submissions will be permanently treated as confidential.

Simultaneous submission of the same work to multiple venues, submission of previously published work, or plagiarism constitutes dishonesty or fraud. USENIX, like other scientific and technical conferences and journals, prohibits these practices and may take action against authors who have committed them. See the USENIX Conference Submissions Policy for details. Papers accompanied by nondisclosure agreement forms will not be considered. If you are uncertain whether your submission meets USENIX's guidelines, please contact the program co-chairs,, or the USENIX office,

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