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SISSY 2014 : Workshop on Self-Improving System Integration


When Sep 8, 2014 - Sep 8, 2014
Where Imperial College, London, UK
Submission Deadline Jul 11, 2014
Notification Due Aug 1, 2014
Final Version Due Aug 13, 2014
Categories    self-organisation   system integration   adaptivity   autonomic computing

Call For Papers

SISSY 2014
Workshop on Self-Improving System Integration
September 8, 2014, London, UK

Affiliated to SASO 2014
Eigth IEEE International Conference on
Self-Adaptive and Self-Organizing Systems

Submission Deadline: July 11, 2014

Call for Papers
Information and communication technology (ICT) pervades every aspect
of our daily lives. This inclusion changes our communities and all of
our human interactions. It also presents a significant set of challenges
in correctly designing and integrating our resulting technical systems.
For instance, the embedding of ICT functionality in more and more
devices (such as household appliances or thermostats) leads to novel
interconnections and a changing structure of the overall system. Not
only technical systems are increasingly coupled, a variety of previously
isolated natural and human systems have consolidated into a kind of
overall system of systems – an interwoven system structure.

This change of structure is fundamental and affects the whole production
cycle of technical systems – standard system integration and testing is
not feasible any more. The increasingly complex challenges of developing
the right type of modelling, analysis, and infrastructure for designing
and maintaining ICT infrastructures has continued to motivate the SASO
community. In this workshop, we intend to study novel approaches to
system of system integration and testing by applying SASO principles;
specifically we want approaches that allow for a continual process of
self-integration among components and systems that is self-improving and
evolving over time towards an optimised and stable solution.

Although research in self-organising systems – such as the Organic
Computing (OC) and Autonomic Computing (AC) initiatives – has seen an
exciting decade of development, in which there has been considerable
success in building individual systems, OC/AC is faced with the difficult
challenge of integrating multiple self-organising systems, and integrating
self-organising systems with traditionally engineered ones as well as
naturally occurring human organisations. Meanwhile, although there has
been important development in system of systems methodologies (e.g.,
Service-oriented Architectures, clouds technology etc.), many of these
developments lack scalable methods for rapidly proving that new
configurations of components/subsystems are correctly used or their
changes verified or that these frameworks have pulled together the best
possible context-sensitive configuration of resources for a user or
another system.

This workshop intends to focus on the important work of applying self-X
principles to the integration of “Interwoven Systems" (where an
"Interwoven System" is a system cutting across several technical domains,
combining traditionally engineered systems, systems making use of
self-X properties and methods, and human systems). The goal of the workshop
is to identify key challenges involved in creating self-integrating systems
and consider methods to achieve continuous self-improvement for this
integration process. The workshop specifically targets an interdisciplinary
community of researchers (i.e. from systems engineering, complex adaptive
systems, socio-technical systems, and the OC/AC domains) in the hope that
collective expertise from a range of domains can be leveraged to drive
forward research in the area.

The overall message of the workshop covers different fields of research
that will be part of the scope for accepted papers and discussions:

* Properties that an OC/AC-based system integration could enable
* Self-x properties applied to systems integration
- self-improving
- self-monitoring
- self-modelling
* Methods for self-integration
- continuous and evolving integration
- self-improving over time
- guidance by models
- collaboration schemes
* Approaches for self-modelling at runtime
* Quantification of the system integration’s quality and performance
* System integration with uncertainty
* Implications on traditional design processes
* Implications of the OC design notion on today‘s perception of design
flows and tools
- Trade-off between bottom-up design and pre-fabrication
- Overhead in form of redundant system resources
- Provisioning to allow for self-organised functional enhancement
- Provisioning to allow for performance enhancement at runtime

Further topics connected to the overall message will be also accepted.

This workshop intends to bring together two currently separate lines of
research and development, Organic Computing/Autonomic System development
(OC/AS) and Complex systems/system of systems design and development (SoS),
to the mutual benefit of both fields. Recent activities in the Organic
Computing area not only showed that OC applications have already crossed
over from single systems to interwoven systems (with examples of such drawn
from power systems, public transportation systems, medical systems etc.) but
also gave the group several new ideas on what new properties an OC/AS system
integration could enable. Similarly, recent activities in CSDM showed that
the system engineering community has great interest in adopting ideas on
self-awareness and self-organization from the OC/AS community.

Important Dates
* Paper Submission Deadline: July 11, 2014
* Paper Acceptance Notification: August 1, 2014
* Early Registration Deadline: TBD
* Camera-Ready Papers due: August 13, 2014
* Workshops dates: September 8, 2014

Paper Submission
The workshop organisers solicit both original research papers as well as
position papers and papers of a controversial or visionary nature on the
topics outlined in the Call for Papers. Each paper will be reviewed in a
double-blind process. The decision will be based on the motivation of
the research, the clarity of the claims of the contribution, the
relevance of the research to the domain of self-organising systems, its
evaluation, and the thoroughness of the related work comparison.
Submitted papers must not have been previously published or submitted

The proceedings of all SASO workshops will be published by IEEE Computer
Society Press and made available as a part of the IEEE digital library.

Submissions should not exceed 6 pages and formatted according to the
IEEE Computer Society Press proceedings style guide and submitted
electronically in pdf format. Please submit your papers using the
conference management system:

The conference management system is also linked on the website. One of
the authors has to register for the conference and workshop.

Workshop Organisation
Kirstie Bellman
The Aerospace Corporation

Sven Tomforde
Universität Augsburg, Organic Computing Group

Rolf P. Würtz
Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Institute for Neural Computation

Please contact Sven Tomforde for all enquiries.

Program Committee
Adnan Al-Anbuky (Auckland Technical University)
Jacob Beal (BBN Technologies)
Jean Botev (Universität Luxembourg)
Uwe Brinkschulte (Universität Frankfurt am Main)
Frank Dürr (Universität Stuttgart)
Jörg Hähner (Universität Augsburg)
Martin Hoffmann (FH Bielefeld)
Wolfgang Karl (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology)
Abdelmajid Khelil (Huawei)
Erik Maehle (Universität zu Lübeck)
Sebastian von Mammen (Universität Augsburg)
Bivas Mitra (Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur)
Gero Mühl (Universität Rostock)
Christian Müller-Schloer (Leibniz Universität Hannover)
Franz Rammig (Universität Paderborn)
Wolfgang Reif (Universität Augsburg)
Gregor Schiele (DERI)
Ingo Scholtes (ETH Zürich)
Hella Seebach (Universität Augsburg)
Jürgen Teich (Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg)
Matthias Tichy (Chalmer University Gothenburg)
Theo Ungerer (Universität Augsburg)
Rolf Wanka (Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg)
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