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UKSystems 2019 : Fourth Annual UK Systems Research Challenges Workshop


When Mar 27, 2019 - Mar 29, 2019
Where Northumberland
Submission Deadline Feb 15, 2019
Notification Due Feb 27, 2019
Categories    systems   cloud computing   networking   distributed systems

Call For Papers

The fourth UK Systems Research workshop brings together researchers from across the UK to discuss pressing topics affecting the design and implementation of large-scale systems. The workshop aims to blend together ideas and projects from both industry and academia in a friendly and inclusive manner. The fourth iteration builds on three years of successful workshops hosted in beautiful locations across Northumberland.

We invite you to submit 500 word / 0.5 page abstracts (PDF or plain text) of work for presentation at the next UK Systems Research Challenges workshop. In most cases the main points to include in the abstract are the problem being solved, the new idea or hypothesis being explored in your work, and the current state of the project (e.g., whether you are looking for feedback on an early idea, or presenting finished results that others might want to use).

We are interested in anything that addresses the topic of how we design, build, operate and use large-scale computing systems, but presentations might include:

- innovative mechanisms or techniques
- lessons learned: experience with large or unusual systems
- a viewpoint on a controversial systems topic
- insights from large-scale systems in industry
- solving old problems in new ways
- a big problem coming over the horizon

Past presentations have included both well-established topics such as system security, architecture, consensus algorithms, hardware, cloud computing and formal methods to new and emerging topics such as edge computing, blockchain and IoT.

This is an informal workshop without published proceedings. Work is not subject to detailed peer review; we are requesting abstracts only to help us put together the programme and confirm that work is on-topic. In the event of an excess of submissions, preference for presentation slots will be given to Ph.D. students and early career researchers. A programme committee meeting will take place before acceptance in order to ensure the diversity of both subjects and participants.


- Redworth Hall, Northumberland
- Coach transport will be provided between the venue and Newcastle city centre

**Key Dates

- Abstract submission deadline: February 14 2019.
- Acceptance notification: February 27, 2019
- Workshop dates: arrival evening March 27, closing with lunch March 29, 2019

** Tentative, including accommodation and meals:

- Current students: £60
- Others: £125, subsidised thanks to generous donations from Red Hat


- Richard Mortier, Cambridge University
- Adam Barker, University of St Andrews
- Derek McAuley, Nottingham University
- Paul Watson, Newcastle University

**Programme Committee

- Adam Barker (Chair), University of St Andrews
- Sara Fernstadt, Newcastle University
- Heidi Howard, Cambridge University
- Frédéric Le Mouël, INSA Lyon
- Mark Little, Red Hat
- Omer Rana, Cardiff University
- Blesson Varghese, Queens University Belfast


Contact Richard Mortier ( or Adam Barker ( for more details or any questions.


Many thanks to our generous sponsors for their support of this event.

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