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SISSY 2015 : International Workshop on Self-Improving System Integration


When Jul 7, 2015 - Jul 7, 2015
Where Grenobles, FR
Submission Deadline Apr 13, 2015
Notification Due May 15, 2015
Final Version Due May 22, 2015
Categories    systems engineering   self-organisation   autonomic computing   design

Call For Papers

SISSY 2015
Workshop on Self-Improving System Integration
July 7, 2015, Grenobles, France

Affiliated to ICAC 2015
Twelth IEEE International Conference on
Autonomic Computing

Submission Deadline: April 13, 2015

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 self-
organising, autonomic and organic computing systems community.

In this workshop, we intend to study novel approaches to system of system
integration and testing by applying self-* 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.

The SISSY workshop continues the successful predecessor held at the Eight
IEEE International Conference on Self-Adaptive and Self-Organising Systems
(SASO14), held 2014 in London, UK. The workshop intends to focus on the
important work of applying self-* 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

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: April 13, 2015
* Paper Acceptance Notification: May 15, 2015
* Early Registration Deadline: TBD
* Camera-Ready Papers due: May 22, 2015
* Workshops date: July 7, 2015

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 peer-reviewed
by at least three members of the programme committee. 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 elsewhere.

The proceedings of all ICAC workshops will be published by IEEE Computer
Society Press and made available as a part of the IEEE digital library.
In addition, papers will be part of the conference proceedings with ISBN
number. Indexing by IEEE explore and DBLP is expected.

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
Topcy House Consulting

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)
Ada Diaconescu (Relecom Paris-Tech)
Frank Dürr (Universität Stuttgart)
Jörg Hähner (Universität Augsburg)
Martin Hoffmann (FH Bielefeld)
Wolfgang Karl (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology)
Abdelmajid Khelil (Huawei)
Chris Landauer (The Aerospace Corporation)
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)
Christian Renner (Universität zu Lübeck)
Gregor Schiele (DERI)
Ingo Scholtes (ETH Zürich)
Hella Seebach (Universität Augsburg)
Bernhard Sick (Universität Kassel)
Jürgen Teich (Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg)
Claudio Juan Tessone (ETH Zürich)
Matthias Tichy (Chalmer University Gothenburg)
Theo Ungerer (Universität Augsburg)
Arno Wacker (Universität Kassel)
Rolf Wanka (Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg)
Torben Weis (Universität Duisburg-Essen)

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