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ERROR 2015 : 1st Workshop on E-science ReseaRch leading tO negative Results


When Sep 3, 2015 - Sep 3, 2015
Where Munich, Germany
Submission Deadline May 22, 2015
Notification Due Jun 10, 2015
Final Version Due Jun 30, 2015
Categories    escience   negative results   applications   computational

Call For Papers

Researchers invest a significant amount of time and efforts in their research.
Similarly, funders significantly invest to cover the costs of research. New
techniques and technologies influence research approaches, methods, and scale
in a rapidly changing e-science landscape.

Ever-increasing problem and data sizes mean researchers must deal with novelty
in multiple dimensions, some of which are beyond their control. A combination
of such factors increases the likelihood that some of the obtained results will
not be useful in the context of the goals of the original project: the results
are negative (deviating from initial hypothesis), abnormal (anomalous to
results from similar studies), or otherwise unexpected. Under normal
circumstances, such negative results are never published, and the reasons that
they were obtained are seldom discussed and analyzed.

Many useful lessons known only by a small audience, such as a researcher and
her group, are thus lost to the general community. Yet ignoring such results
and the process by which they were obtained poses a risk of repetition by
another researcher or group. The fact that other researchers likely face the
same situations and the same pitfalls further increases the cost of research, a
cost that would have been avoided if the negative results were brought forward
and discussed in-depth within and across communities. Documenting and more
widely communicating these experiences will benefit the community and help
recover some positive return from the expended efforts and cost.

Following is a non-exhaustive list of topics for the workshop:

- Unforeseen technology/problem/technique misfits

- Institutional policies (on rejected research)

- Failures and obstacles faced during a successful research work

- Controversial results because of undiscovered technological/technical glitch

- Unconventional results which contradict theoretical expectations

- Discovery of better approaches after a significant efforts spent on research

- Inadequate or misconfigured infrastructure

- Abnormal and anomalous results

- Ongoing research with setbacks and lessons learned

- A hypothesis with one or more limiting assumptions

- Discovery of unexpected behavior in hardware, networks or platforms

- Data size that is too big or too small for the applied technique

- Implementation of simulation tools based on incorrect physical observations

- Defect in software design, architecture and/or user interface

- Software and platform incompatibilities

- Zero defect software policy and its implications

Keynote Speaker

Ioan Raicu, IIT, Chicago

Workshop Committees

General Chair and Contact

Ketan Maheshwari, Argonne National Laboratory,

Steering Committee

Daniel S. Katz, University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory

Justin M. Wozniak, University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory

Silvia Olabarriaga, University of Amsterdam

Douglas Thain, Notre Dame University

PC Members

Raj Kettimuthu, Argonne National Laboratory

Matei Ripeanu, University of British Columbia

Sou-Cheng Choi, University of Chicago

Tristan Glatard, CNRS (France) / McGill University (Canada)

Eun-sung Jung, Argonne National Laboratory

Tram truong Huu, National University of Singapore

C├ędric Tedeschi, University of Rennes 1

Javier Rojas Balderrama, INRIA, France

Timothy G. Armstrong, University of Chicago

Dagmar Krefting, University of Applied Sciences, Berlin

Simon Caton, National College of Ireland

Paper Submission Guidelines

Authors are invited to submit a maximum of 8-page manuscripts describing
original and unpublished work surrounding the aforementioned topics. The format
of the paper should be of double column text using single spaced 10 point size
on 8.5 x 11 inch pages, as per IEEE 8.5 x 11 manuscript guidelines. Templates
are available from
Authors should submit a PDF file that will print on a postscript printer to the
easychair conference system at The proceedings will be
published through the IEEE Digital Library.

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