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SOAP 2015 : Service-Oriented Architectures and Programming track of the 30th Symposium On Applied Computing


When Apr 13, 2015 - Apr 17, 2015
Where Salamanca, Spain
Submission Deadline Sep 12, 2014
Notification Due Nov 17, 2014
Final Version Due Dec 8, 2014
Categories    service oriented programming   web services   cloud services   service architectures

Call For Papers

SOAP track CfP

Call for Papers

Service-Oriented Architectures and Programming track
of the 30th Symposium On Applied Computing


September 12, 2014: Submission of regular papers and SRC research abstracts
November 17, 2014: Notification of paper and SRC acceptance/rejection
December 08, 2014: Camera-ready copies of accepted papers/SRC
December 15, 2014: Author registration due date

ACM SAC 2015

For the past thirty years, the ACM Symposium on Applied
Computing has been a primary gathering forum for applied computer
scientists, computer engineers, software engineers, and application
developers from around the world. SAC 2015 is sponsored by the ACM
Special Interest Group on Applied Computing (SIGAPP), and is held at
Salamanca (Spain).


Service-Oriented Programming (SOP) is quickly changing our vision of
software development, bringing a paradigmatic shift in the methodologies followed
by programmers when designing and implementing distributed systems.
SOP originally triggered a radical transformation of the Web, from being a means of presenting information to a wide spectrum of people to becoming a computational fabric. In such fabric, loosely-coupled services publish their interfaces and, through them, discover and interact with each other abstracting from their internal implementations.
While this transformation still continues today, it has also already generated other shifts in how programmers deal with resource handling (Cloud Computing) and the scalability of software architectures from the very small to the very large (Microservices).
Research on SOP is giving strong impetus to the
development of new technologies and tools for creating and deploying
distributed software. In the context of this modern paradigm we have
to cope with an old challenge, like in the early days of
Object-Oriented Programming (OOP) when, until key features like
encapsulation, inheritance, and polymorphism, and proper design
methodologies were defined, consistency in the programming model
definition was not achieved. The complex scenario of SOP needs to be
clarified on many aspects, both from the engineering and from the
foundational points of view.

From the engineering point of view, there are open issues at many
levels. Among others, at the system design level, both traditional
approaches based on UML and approaches taking inspiration from
business process modelling, e.g. BPMN, are used. At the composition
level, orchestration and choreography are continuously improved both formally and practically, with an evident need for their integration in the development process. At the description and discovery level there are two separate communities pushing respectively the semantic approach (ontologies, OWL, ...) and the syntactic one like WSDL. In
particular, the role of discovery engines and protocols is not clear.
In this respect we still lack adopted standards: UDDI looked to be a
good candidate, but it is no longer pushed by the main corporations,
and its wide adoption seems difficult. Furthermore, a new
implementation platform, the so-called REST services, is emerging and
competing with classic Web Services. Finally, features like Quality
of Service, security and dependability need to be taken seriously
into account, and this investigation should lead to standard

From the foundational point of view, formalists have discussed widely
in the last years, and many attempts to use formal methods for
specification and verification in this setting have been made.
Session correlation, service types, contract theories and
communication patterns are only a few examples of the aspects that
have been investigated. Moreover, several formal models based upon
automata, Petri nets and algebraic approaches have been developed.
However most of these approaches concentrate only on a few features
of Service-Oriented Systems in isolation, and a comprehensive approach
is still far from being achieved.

Our track aims at bringing together researchers and practitioners
having the common objective of transforming SOP into a mature
discipline with both solid scientific foundations and mature
software engineering development methodologies supported by dedicated
tools. In particular, we will encourage works and discussions about
what SOP still needs in order to achieve its original goal.

Major topics of interest will include:

Formal methods for Service-Oriented Computing
Notations, models, and standards for Service-Oriented Computing
Tools and Middlewares for Service-Oriented Development
Service-Oriented Programming Languages
Service Choreographies and Protocol-Driven Service Development
Service Interfaces and Communication Technologies (e.g., REST)
Microservices and Scalable Service-Oriented Computing
Engineering methodologies and Patterns for Service-Oriented Software
Static Analysis and Testing of Service-Oriented applications
Adaptability, Dependability, and Fault handling in Service Systems
Security in Service-Oriented Architectures
Quality of Service and Performance Analysis
Industrial deployment of tools and methodologies, case studies
Service application case studies
Trust and Services
Sustainability and Services, Green Computing
Cloud Computing and Services
Services and Big Data


Authors are invited to submit original unpublished papers. Submission
of the same paper to multiple tracks is not allowed. Peer groups with
expertise in the track focus area will double-blindly review
submissions. Accepted papers will be published in the annual
conference proceedings. SOAP track chairs will not submit to the
track. Submissions from SOAP PC members and from PC members and track
chairs of other SAC tracks are welcome. Submission guidelines
can be found on SAC 2015 Website:

The submission web-link (START system) for regular papers is

Prospective papers should be submitted to the track using the provided
automated submission system. Please pay attention to ensure anonymity
of your submitted manuscript as detailed in the submission page so to
allow for double-blind review. Papers not satisfying this constraint
will be automatically rejected. The maximum length for papers is 8
pages. Accepted papers whose camera-ready version will exceed 6 pages
will have to pay an extra charge.

Paper registration is required, allowing the inclusion of the paper/poster
in the conference proceedings. An author or a proxy attending SAC MUST present
the paper. This is a requirement for the paper/poster to be included
in the ACM/IEEE digital library. No-show of scheduled papers and posters
will result in excluding them from the ACM/IEEE digital library.


We plan to organize one or two special issues depending on the quality of
the submissions. Best papers will be invited to a special issue of Elsevier’s
Science of Computer Programming

Best papers by young researchers will be invited to a special issue of the
Journal of Internet Services and Information Security


Graduate students are invited to submit research abstracts (minimum of
2-page and maximum of 4-page) following the instructions published at
SAC 2014 website. Submission of the same abstract to multiple tracks
is not allowed. All research abstract submissions will be reviewed by
researchers and practitioners with expertise in the track focus area
to which they are submitted. Authors of selected abstracts will have
the opportunity to give poster presentations of their work and compete
for three top-winning places. The Student Research Competition
committee will evaluate and select First-, Second-, and Third- place
winners. The winners will receive cash awards and SIGAPP recognition
certificates during the conference banquet. Authors of selected
abstracts are eligible to apply to the SIGAPP Student Travel Award
program for support.

The web-link for the SRC (Student Research Competition) is


- Laura Bocchi (Imperial College London, UK)
- Rubén Casado Tejedor (Treelogic, Spain)
- Mauro Caporuscio (Linnaeus University, Sweden
- Ana Cavalli (Institut Mines-Telecom/Telecom SudParis, France))
- Michele Ciavotta (Politecnico di Milano, Italy)
- Javier Cubo (University of Málaga, Spain)
- Søren Debois (ITU Copenhagen, Denmark)
- Nicola Dragoni (Technical University of Denmark, Denmark)
- Rosa Filgueira Vicente (University of Edinburgh, UK)
- Silvio Ghilardi (Università degli studi di Milano, Italy)
- Claudio Guidi (italianaSoftware, Italy)
- Manuel Mazzara (Innopolis University, Russia and ETH Zurich, Switzerland)
- Hernán Melgratti (University of Buenos Aires, Argentina)
- Fabrizio Montesi (IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark)
- Manuel Núñez (University Complutense of Madrid, Spain)
- Durica Nikolić (ETH Zurich, Switzerland)
- Nuno Oliveira (Universidade do Minho, Portugal)
- Kévin Ottens (Klarälvdalens Datakonsult AB, Sweden)
- César Sánchez (IMDEA Software Institute, Spain)‎
- Daniel Sykes (Imperial College London, UK)
- Valentín Valero Ruiz (University Castilla-La Mancha, Spain)
- Peter Wong (Fredhopper - Amsterdam, Netherlands)
- Franz Wotawa (Graz University of Technology, Austria)
- Ilsun You (Korean Bible University, Korea)
- Fatiha Zaïdi (Université Paris-Sud XI, France)


Marcello Maria Bersani
Polytechnic of Milan, Italy

Alberto Lluch Lafuente
IMT Institute for Advanced Studies Lucca, Italy

Alberto Nunez
Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain


- Claudio Guidi, italianaSoftware, Italy
- Ivan Lanese, University of Bologna, Italy and INRIA, France
- Manuel Mazzara, Innopolis University, Russia and ETH Zurich, Switzerland
- Fabrizio Montesi, IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark

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