[AISWorld] CFP - Middleware 2018 Conference

Benjamin Camus benjamin.camus at inria.fr
Tue Feb 6 11:57:28 EST 2018

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ACM/IFIP/USENIX Middleware 2018 Conference - Call for Papers 
where and when 
Rennes, France; Dec 10 - 14, 2018 


Abstract Submission May 11 
Paper Submission May 18 
Author Rebuttal August 2-6 
Notification August 24 
Final Version Due September 14 

Call for Papers 

The annual ACM/IFIP/USENIX Middleware conference is a major forum for the discussion of innovations and recent scientific advances of middleware systems with a focus on the design, implementation, deployment, and evaluation of distributed systems, platforms and architectures for computing, storage, and communication. Highlights of the conference will include a high quality single-track technical program, invited speakers, an industrial track, panel discussions involving academic and industry leaders, poster and demonstration presentations, a doctoral symposium, tutorials and workshops. 

Topics: Original submissions of research papers on a diversity of topics are sought, particularly those identifying new research directions. The topics of the conference include, but are not limited to: 

Platforms and Usage Models: 

    * Cloud, fog, edge computing and data centers 
    * Data-intensive computing (big data) and data analytics 
    * Mobile devices and services 
    * Ubiquitous and pervasive computing 
    * Networking, network function virtualization, software-defined networking 
    * Internet applications and multimedia 
    * Internet-of-Things, cyber-physical systems, smart cities 
    * Machine learning 

Systems and Engineering Issues: 

    * Scalability and performance 
    * Reliability and fault tolerance 
    * Consistency, availability, and replication 
    * Blockchain, Security and privacy 
    * Virtualization, auto-scaling, provisioning, and scheduling 
    * Real-time solutions and quality-of-service 
    * Energy- and power-aware techniques 

Design Principles and Programming Support: 

    * Programming abstractions and paradigms for middleware 
    * Methodologies and tools for the design, implementation, verification, and evaluation 
    * Event-based, publish/subscribe, and peer-to-peer solutions 
    * Reconfigurable, adaptable, and reflective approaches 
    * Reviews of middleware paradigms, e.g., object models, aspect orientation, etc. 

Original papers of three types are sought: 

    * Research Papers: These papers report original research on the above topics, and will be evaluated on significance of the problem, novelty of the solution, advancement beyond prior work, sufficient supporting evidence and clarity of the presentation. 
    * Experimentation and Deployment Papers: These papers describe complete systems, platforms, and/or comprehensive experimental evaluations of alternative designs and solutions to well-known problems. The emphasis during the evaluation of these papers will be less on the novelty and more on the demonstrated usefulness and potential impact of the contributions, the extensive experimentation involved, and the quality and weight of the lessons learned. 
    * Big Ideas Papers: These are papers that have the potential for opening up new research directions. For such papers, the potential to motivate new research is more important than full experimental evaluation, though some preliminary evidence of the effectiveness of the approach or idea is important. 

Submission Guidelines 

Submitted papers must have at most 12 pages of technical content, including text, figures, and appendices, but excluding any number of additional pages for bibliographic references. Note that submissions must be double-blind: authors' names must not appear, and authors must make a good faith attempt to anonymize their submissions. Submitted papers must adhere to the formatting instructions of the ACM style, which can found on the submission page, and should clearly indicate the paper type on the first page. 

The Middleware 2018 conference proceedings will be published in the ACM Digital Library. The official publication date will be the date the proceedings are made available in the ACM Digital Library which may be up to two weeks prior to the first day of the Middleware conference. Note that the official publication date affects the deadline for any patent filings related to published work. 

Software and Data Artifact Availability for Accepted Papers 

The authors of accepted papers will be invited to submit supporting materials to be made publicly available as “source materials” in the ACM Digital Library. The materials will be vetted by the Artifact Availability Evaluation process run by a separate committee. This submission is voluntary but encouraged and will not influence the final decision regarding the papers. Papers that go through the Artifact Availability Evaluation process successfully and are made available in the ACM Digital Library will receive a badge printed on the papers themselves. 

General chair 
Guillaume Pierre, Univ. Rennes, France 
Program Chairs 
Liuba Shrira, Brandeis University, USA 
Paulo Ferreira, Univ. Lisbon, Portugal 

Industry track chairs 
Lydia Chen, IBM Research, Switzerland 
Erwan Le Merrer, Technicolor R&D, France 

Workshops/tutorials chairs 
Mohammad Sadoghi, UC Davis, USA 
Spyros Voulgaris, Athens University of Economics and Business, Greece 

Doctoral symposium chairs 
Laurent Réveillère, Université de Bordeaux 
Luís Veiga, Technical univ. Lisbon, Portugal 

Test-of-Time award chair 
Nalini Venkatasubramanian , University of California, Irvine, USA 

Sponsor chair 
Christine Morin, Inria, France 

Local arrangements chair 
David Bromberg, Univ. Rennes, France 

Proceedings chair 
Kaveh Razavi, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands 

Communication chair 
François Taïani, Univ. Rennes, France 

Web and social media chair 
Benjamin Camus, Univ. Rennes / Inria, France 

Publicity chairs 
Saurabh Bagchi, Purdue university, USA 
Benjamin Camus, Univ. Rennes / Inria, France 
Mina Sedaghat, Ericsson, Sweden 

Student activities chair 
Timothy Wood, George Washington University, USA 

Program Committees 
Atoll Adya (Google), Sonia Ben Mokhtar (LIRIS-CNRS, France), Primed Bhatotia (University of Edinburgh), Annette Bieniutsa (University of Kaiserslautern), Gordon Blair (Lancaster University, UK), Björn B. Brandenburg (MPI-SWS), Yerom David Bromberg (University of Rennes/IRISA), Roy Campbell (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, USA), Jeff Chase (Duke University), Dilma De Silva (TAMU), Fred Douglas (Vencore Labs), Aleksandr Dragojevic (Microsoft research), Patrick Eugster (Purdue University, USA), David Eyers (University of Otago, New Zeland), Pascal Felber (University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland), Roy Friedman (Technion, Isarel), Anshul Gandhi (Stony Brook University), Rachid Guerraoui (EPFL, Switzerland), Daniel Hagimont (Universite Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France), Valerie Issarny (Inria, France), Wouter Joosen (KU Leuven, Belgium), Flavio Junqueira (Confluent, USA), Jayaram K. R. (IBM TJ Watson Research Center, USA), Reedier Kapitza (TU Braunschweig, Germany), Fabio Kon (University of São Paulo, Brazil), Orran Krieger (Boston University), Jean-Pierre Lozi (Université Nice, Sophia Antipolis, France), Diego F. Lugones (Nokia Bell Labs), Dejan Milojicic (Hewlett Packard Labs, USA), José Orlando (Universidade do Minho, Portugal), Marta Patiño (Technical University of Madrid, Spain), Peter Pietzuch (Imperial Collge, London, UK), Robbert van Renesse (Cornell Univ.), Laurent Reveillere (Bordeaux INP, France), Etienne Rivière (Université catholique de Louvain), Mohammad Sadoghi (UC Davis), Marc Shapiro (Inria/UPMC-LIP6, France), Thorsten Strufe (Technical Univ.of Dresden), Francois Taïani (Université de Rennes 1/IRISA/ESIR, INRIA, France), Gaël Thomas (Telecom SudParis, Paris, France), Luis Veiga (University of Lisbon), Nailing Venkatasubramanian (University of California, Irvine, USA), Spyros Voulgaris (University of Economics and Business (AUEB)), Marko Vukolić (IBM Research Zurich, Switzerland) 

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