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SOAR 2009 : International Workshop on Self-Organizing ARchitectures at WICSA/ECSA 2009


When Sep 14, 2009 - Sep 14, 2009
Where Cambridge, UK
Submission Deadline Aug 14, 2009
Notification Due Aug 28, 2009
Final Version Due Sep 7, 2009
Categories    software architecture   self-adaptation   self-organization   autonomic computing

Call For Papers



International Workshop on

soar [at] cs [dot] kuleuven [dot] be

To be held at the
Joint Working IEEE/IFIP Conference on Software Architecture and
European Conference on Software Architecture (WICSA/ECSA'09)

14-17 September 2006, Cambridge, UK

Important Dates:

Paper submission deadline : August 14, 2009
Notification of acceptance : August 28, 2009
Camera ready paper : September 7, 2009
Workshop : September 14, 2009


Self-adaptability has been proposed as an effective
approach to automate the complexity associated with the management of
modern-day software systems. Self-adaptability endows a software
system with the capability to adapt itself at runtime to deal with
changing operating conditions or user requirements. With the term
"Self-Organizing ARchitectures" (SOAR) we refer to an engineering
approach for self-adaptive systems that combines architectural
approaches for self-adaptability with principles and techniques from
self-organization. Research works on self-adaptive systems mostly
take an architecture-centric approach for developing top-down
solutions, while research works on self-organizing systems mostly take
an algorithmic/organizational approach for developing bottom-up
solutions. Whereas both lines of research have been successful at
alleviating some of the associated challenges of constructing
self-adaptive systems, persistent challenges remain, in particular for
building complex distributed self-adaptive systems. The awareness
grows that for building complex distributed self-adaptive systems,
principles from both self-adaptive and self-organizing communities
have to be combined.


Engineering such complex systems puts forward
questions such as: What kind of bottom-up mechanisms can be exploited
in order to deal with uncertainty but at the same time provide the
required assurances? How to derive and exploit tactics, architectural
patterns, and reference architectures to realize robust, scalable, and
long-lived solutions? The general goal of SOAR is to provide a middle
ground that combines the architectural perspective of self-adaptive
systems with the algorithmic perspective of self-organizing
systems. Concretely, the workshop aims to identify the critical
challenges and advance state of the art in:

* Software architecture (reference architectures, patterns, tactics,
etc.) for complex self-adaptive systems that integrate principles from
both self-adaptability and self-organization.

* Design (modeling, analysis, synthesis) of self-adaptive systems that
exploit principles of self-organization to deal with uncertainty and
large scale.

* Construction (frameworks, middleware, applications, etc.) of
software systems based on self-organizing architectures in practice.

Topics of interest to SOAR include, but are not limited to:
* Architectural patterns and tactics for self-adaptive systems
* Reflective architectures for self-adaptive systems
* Self-representations in decentralized systems
* Decentralized control in dynamic software architecture
* Dealing with uncertainty in self-adaptive systems
* Multi-agent system architectures for self-adaptation
* Control of emergent properties in self-adaptive systems
* Quality of service concerns in self-adaptive systems
* Resilience of self-adaptive systems
* Self-adaptation and software product lines
* Application of principles from biology, sociology and physics to engineer self-adaptive systems
* Applications of self-adaptive and self-organizing systems
* (Ultra) large-scale self-adaptive systems


SOAR welcomes the submission of theoretical, experimental,
methodological as well as application papers which focus on the
topics outlined above. Papers may report on completed work,
descriptions of work-in-progress, or discussion topics.

Submissions can be either regular or short papers:

* Regular papers should be between 6 and 8 pages, including the
text, figures, and references.
* Short papers should be between 2 and 4 pages, including the
text, figures, and references.

The submissions must be formatted according to the IEEE CS
proceedings format. Templates and instructions can be downloaded

Papers can be submitted via EasyChair 'SOAR 2009'


Workshop notes with the accepted papers will be distributed at the
workshop. Accepted papers will also be made available in electronic
format on the workshop website before the workshop starts.

All authors of accepted papers will be invited to submit a revised
and extended version of their paper for the post-proceedings that
are planned to be published as a volume in the Lecture Notes in
Computer Science of Springer. The papers will undergo an additional


Danny Weyns, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
Sam Malek, George Mason University, USA
Rogério de Lemos, University of Coimbra, Portugal
Jesper Andersson, Växjö University, Sweden

PROGRAM COMMITTEE (to be completed)

* Nelly Bencomo, Lancaster University, UK
* Yuriy Brun, University of Southern California, USA
* David Garlan, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
* Kurt Geihs, University of Kassel, Germany
* Jorge J. Gómez Sanz, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain
* Tom Holvoet, DistriNet Labs, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
* Marco Mamei, DISMI, Universita' di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Italy
* Flavio Oquendo, Université Européenne de Bretagne, Université de Bretagne-Sud, France
* Van Parunak, Vector Research Center, division of TTGSI, Ann Arbor, USA
* Onn Shehory, IBM Haifa Research Lab, Israel
* Mirko Viroli, Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna, Italy


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