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MRT-SeAC 2018 : The 1st Joint International Workshop on Models@run.time and Self-aware Computing Systems


When Sep 3, 2018 - Sep 3, 2018
Where Trento, Italy
Abstract Registration Due Jun 18, 2018
Submission Deadline Jun 25, 2018
Notification Due Jul 9, 2018
Final Version Due Jul 15, 2018
Categories    models@run.time   reflection   modeling   self-awareness

Call For Papers

1st Joint MRT-SeAC workshop @ FAS* conferences


The 1st Joint International Workshop on
Models@run.time and
Self-aware Computing Systems (MRT-SeAC)
at FAS* conferences (ICAC & SASO) 2018, Trento, Italy or



- Abstract registration: June 18, 2018
- Paper submission: June 25, 2018
- Notification: July 9, 2018
- Camera-ready submission: July 15, 2018
All deadlines are 11:59 pm AoE (Anytime on Earth)


Self-aware computing systems are understood in a broad sense seeking
to integrate the different ways in which this term is used
in the interdisciplinary research landscape. More specifically,
self-aware computing systems are understood as having two main properties.
They learn models, capturing knowledge about themselves and their environment
(such as their structure, design, state, possible actions, and runtime behavior)
on an ongoing basis; and reason using the models (to predict, analyze,
consider, or plan), which enables them to act based on their knowledge
and reasoning (for example, to explore, explain, report, suggest, self-adapt,
or impact their environment) and do so in accordance with high-level goals,
which can change.

In order to most effectively use such models at runtime,
self-aware computing systems need increasingly powerful ways
of observing their operational environment and their own performance
and behavior and then building and refining their own models accordingly.
An inherent principle of self-aware computing systems is having diverse
feedback loops, which build a causal connection between
the computing system and a reflective layer.
The computing system is continuously observed and, based on this,
the system is able to update and modify its models to reason about
its goals, context, operational environment and its own resources,
decisions and actions.

To effectively and efficiently realize these feedback loops, models and
especially modifiable and updatable models@runtime are essential.
The models@run.time paradigm proposes to use runtime models as abstractions
of the computing system for the purpose of more efficient reasoning
upon both its runtime observations and learned knowledge.
Hence, models@run.time is especially looking for more innovative
approaches to the causal connection between the system and the
runtime model, with particular focus on a transaction concept for
this causal connection for such issues as timing, roll-back ability
and data-consistency.

The goal of this joint workshop is to provide a bridging podium
for researchers working in the area of self-awareness, self-modelling,
autonomous and organic computing, as well as self-adaptive and
self-organizing systems with a focus on runtime representations
that can be used by the system to reason about its goals, context,
operational environment and its own resources, decisions and actions.


We are particularly interested in work covering
the following non-exhaustive list of topics:

- fundamental science and theory of self-aware computing systems
- languages and formalisms for runtime representations
- approaches realizing the causal connection between the computing system and its
reflective layer as well as a general discourse on the characteristics
of runtime representations and causal connections
- levels and aspects of self-aware computing systems
- architectures for individual and collective systems
- interdisciplinary approaches, as for example the mutual influence (or coercion)
of socio-technical systems
- How runtime models can address basic principles of areas such as game theory.
- Distributed models@run.time, i.e., having multiple, interacting systems,
each having its own runtime model and in general, issues of models at runtime
in large scale systems with incomplete, partial models
- Impacts of uncertainty
- Approaches to real-time model-building, refinement
- Relevant lessons learned from bio-inspired, socially-inspired, unconventional systems
- For those papers focusing on executable models at runtime,
we encourage the investigation of how the feedback from the systems are reflected
in the executable models (so that they have causal (bi-)connections with the systems)
- Methods and algorithms for model learning (self-modeling) and reasoning
- Self-adaptation in individual and collective systems
- Synthesis and verification metrics and benchmarks
- Transition strategies for increasing self-awareness in existing systems
- Open challenges and future research directions
- Applications and case studies involving runtime representations:
cloud computing, cyber-physical systems, data centers, dependable computing,
industrial internet / industry 4.0, internet of things, mobile computing,
service-oriented systems, smart buildings, smart city, smart grid / energy management,
smart factory, traffic management, autonomous robotics, and space applications.


The workshop participants will be selected based on their experience and ideas
related to this maturing field.
You are invited to apply for attendance by sending:

- a full paper (6 pages) on original research, lessons learned from realizing
an approach or experiences on transferring a research prototype into practice,
- a position paper (4 pages) covering a well-argued vision or position,
- a demo paper (2 pages) covering a research prototype to be presented at the workshop or
- an abstract of already published work to be presented at the workshop

All papers must conform to the double-column IEEE formatting guidelines
At least three PC members will review each submission.
The authors will be notified about acceptance before the ICAC 2018 early registration deadline.
Abstracts of already published work will, of course, not be published again.

All workshop papers will be submitted for inclusion to IEEE Xplore.

You can submit your papers via EasyChair here


Sebastian Götz (main contact MRT), Technische Universität Dresden, Germany
Nikolas Herbst (main contact SeAC), Universität Würzburg, Germany
Nelly Bencomo, Aston Universiy, UK
Kirstie L. Bellman, Topcy House Consulting, US
Peter Lewis, Aston University, UK
Javier Camara Moreno, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, US


Niklas Karlsson, AOL
Lukas Esterle, Aston University, UK
Marco Autili, Università dell'Aquila, Italy
Lionel Seinturier, University of Lille, France
Ta’id Holmes, Deutsche Telekom AG, Germany
Antonio Filieri, Imperial College London, UK
Christopher Landauer, Topcy House Consulting, US
Mahdi Derakhshanmanesh, MHP Management- und IT-Beratung GmbH, Germany
Matthias Tichy, Ulm University, Germany
Thomas Vogel, Humboldt University Berlin, Germany
Betty Cheng, Michigan State University, US
Samuel Kounev, University of Wuerzburg, Germany
Holger Giese, Hasso Plattner Institute at the University of Potsdam, Germany

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