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ARM 2009 : The 8th Workshop on Adaptive and Reflective Middleware


Conference Series : Adaptive and Reflective Middleware
When Dec 1, 2009 - Dec 1, 2009
Where Urbana Champaign, Illinois, USA
Submission Deadline Aug 1, 2009
Notification Due Sep 15, 2009
Final Version Due Oct 1, 2009
Categories    distributed systems   adaptation   software engineering   pervasive computing

Call For Papers

The 8th Workshop on Adaptive and Reflective Middleware (ARM'09)
December 1st 2009, Urbana Champaign, Illinois, USA collocated with Middleware 2009

Call For Papers

Important Dates
All deadlines are 11:59 PM GMT-8 (US Pacific Time)

* Paper, poster and demo submissions: August 1st, 2009
* Aceptance notification: September 15th, 2009
* Camera-ready papers due: October 8th, 2009
* Workshop: December 1st, 2009

Next generation middleware systems will require a high degree of flexibility with regards to the diversity of situation they can be used for (from wireless sensor networks to large-scale grids). The challenges for these middleware solutions therefore consists in adapting to the diversity of platforms and networks as well as the fluctuating operating conditions while preserving their quality of service.

The goal of the ARM workshop series ( RM2000, RM2003, ARM ’04, ARM’05, ARM’06, ARM ’07, ARM’08) is to bring together researchers working on techniques and middleware platforms to engineer dynamic adaptations in distributed systems. In particular this 8th incarnation welcomes contributions about the following issues related to adaptive middleware in the face of increasing scale and complexity of distributed systems (e.g. from the emergence of Systems of Systems and Cloud computing):

* Heterogeneity: middleware solutions enabling the adaptation of systems-of-systems, i.e., systems spanning different technologies and environments, and/or covering the system layers (e.g., devices, OSs, networks, applications);
* Dependability: middleware techniques enabling adaptive dependability and/or dependable adaptations to improve the resilience of adaptive systems to software and/or hardware faults;
* Sustainability: middleware platforms enhancing the sustainability of systems to support the diverse evolutions of a system. This topic also includes the definition of reusable methodologies and techniques for adapting various systems;
* Scalability: middleware techniques to support the large-scale adaptations of systems, including: peer-to-peer platforms; network- centric systems; grid computing; cloud computing; sensor networks; and pervasive and mobile applications.
* Security: middleware mechanisms tackling the issues related to the security of adaptive systems. This topic encloses mechanisms to improve the security of adaptive systems or to apply adaptation technics to enhance security solutions.

For each of these issues, the workshop is interested in contributions to the scenario, the indicators, and in particular the metrics used to assess the quality of the proposed solutions.

Topics of Interest
Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

* Design and performance of adaptive and/or reflective middleware platforms;
* Experiences with adaptive and reflective technologies in specific domains-e.g., sensor networks, ubiquitous and pervasive computing, mobile computing, grid computing, P2P, Systems-of-Systems etc;
* Cross-layer interactions and adaptation mechanisms including network, OS and device level techniques;
* Adaptation and reflection in heterogeneous execution paradigms e.g. P2P networks, network-centric computing;
* Incorporating non-functional properties into middleware-real- time, fault-tolerance, security, trust, privacy, etc.;
* Fundamental developments in the theory and practice of reflection, as it relates to middleware;
* Techniques to improve performance and/or scalability of adaptive and reflective techniques;
* Evaluation methodologies for adaptive and reflective middleware;
* Approaches to maintain the integrity of adaptive and reflective technologies;
* Tool support for adaptive and reflective middleware;
* Design and programming abstractions to manage the complexity of adaptive and reflective mechanisms;
* Software engineering methodologies for the design and development of adaptive middleware.

Submission Guidelines
We invite the following three types of submission to the workshop:

* Research papers should not exceed 6 pages of text on letter paper in ACM format without page numbers.
* Poster submissions should initially submit a 2 page abstract describing the poster content in ACM format without page numbers; this offers the opportunity to present and receive feedback at the workshop about work still in its early stages.
* Demo submissions should initially submit a 2 page abstract in ACM format without page numbers describing the contribution and content of the demo; we are particularly interested in demonstrations of adaptive middleware tools and solutions.

Papers will be peer-reviewed (by at least 3 reviewers), and selected based on their originality, technical strength and topical relevance. One of the authors of an accepted submission must attend the workshop and present their work as a condition of publication. A dedicated session of the workshop will be held for the presentation of posters and demos.

Document templates for most popular document processing tools can be found at:

All papers and abstracts should be submitted in either PDF or PS format to the ARM'09 EasyChair online submission website:

Program Chairs
* Frank Eliassen, University of Oslo, Norway
* Paul Grace, Lancaster University, UK

Contact: p.grace(at)lancaster (dot) ac (dot) uk

Technical Program Committee
* Anders Andersen, University of Tromsø, Norway
* Gordon Blair, Lancaster University, UK
* Licia Capra, University College London, UK
* Renato Cerqueira, PUC-Rio, Brazil
* Fabio Costa, Federal University of Goias, Brazil
* Geoff Coulson, Lancaster University, UK
* Edward Curry, Digital Enterprise Research Institute (DERI), Ireland
* Frank Eliassen, University of Oslo, Norway
* Sebastian Gutierrez-Nolasco, NASA Ames Research Center, USA
* Fabio Kon, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
* Thomas Ledoux, INRIA Rennes - Bretagne Atlantique, Ecole des Mines de Nantes, France
* Philippe Merle, INRIA Lille - Nord Europe, France
* Omer Rana, Cardiff University, UK
* Romain Rouvoy, University of Lille 1, France
* Douglas Schmidt, Vanderbilt University, USA
* Richard Staehli, Expeditors International, Seattle, Washington, USA
* Alexandre Sztajnberg, State University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
* Francois Taiani, Lancaster University, UK
* Carolyn Talcott, SRI International, USA
* Luis Veiga, INESC-ID Lisboa, Portugal
* Nalini Venkatasubramanian, University of California, Irvine, USA
* Nanbor Wang, Tech-X Corporation, USA
* Eiko Yoneki, University of Cambridge, UK

Organising Committee
* Renato Cerqueira, PUC-Rio, Brazil
* Francois Taiani, Lancaster University, UK
* Fabio M. Costa, Federal U. of Goias, Brazil
* Geoff Coulson, Lancaster University, UK
* Omer F. Rana, Cardiff University, UK
* Nalini Venkatasubramanian, University of California, Irvine, USA

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