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[PVS] [qest-announce] First CFP: QEST 2010



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                          Call for Papers
   7th International Conference on Quantitative Evaluation of SysTems
                             QEST 2010


       College of William & Mary, Computer Science Department
          15th-18th September, 2010, Williamsburg, VA, USA


     *** co-located with the 6th International Workshop on the ***
        *** Numerical Solution of Markov Chains (NSMC'10) ***


DEADLINES:

  Abstract submission by                           22 March, 2010
  Paper and tool submission by                     29 March, 2010
  Tutorial submission by                           26 April, 2010
  Author notification by                           24 May,   2010
  Camera ready version by                          14 June,  2010


SCOPE AND TOPICS:

The International Conference on Quantitative Evaluation of SysTems (QEST)
is the leading forum on evaluation and verification of computer systems and
networks, through stochastic models and measurements. QEST has a broad range
of interest - the common thread is that the evaluation be quantitative. The
range of performance metrics of interest spans classical measures involving
performance and reliability, as well as quantification of properties that
are classically qualitative, such as safety, correctness, and security.
QEST welcomes measurement-based studies as well as analytic studies. QEST
welcomes diversity in the model formalisms and methodologies employed, as
well as development of new formalisms and methodologies. QEST is keenly
interested in case studies that highlight the role of quantitative evaluation
in the design of "systems", where the notion of system is broad. Systems of
interest include computer hardware and software architectures, communication
systems, embedded systems, and biological systems. Moreover, tools for
supporting the practical application of research results in all of the
above areas are of special interest, and therefore tool papers are sought.
In short, QEST aims to create a sound methodological basis for assessing
and designing systems using quantitative means.


EVALUATION OF PAPERS:

All submitted papers will be thoroughly judged by at least three reviewers
on the basis of their originality, technical quality, scientific or practical
contribution to the state of the art, methodology, clarity, and adequacy of
references.

QEST considers five types of papers with the following reviewing criteria
(in no particular order):

1. Theoretical: advance our understanding, apply to non-trivial problems and
  be mathematically rigorous.

2. Methodological and technical: describe situations that require the
  development and proposal of new analysis processes and techniques.
  Process structure and the individual steps should be clearly described.
  If the methodology has already been evaluated with applications, a
  brief description of the lessons learned is highly desirable.

3. Application: describe a non-trivial application, and provide a comparison
  with previous results, if previously analyzed.

4. Tools: should motivate the development of the new tools and the formalisms
  they support. Tool papers need not discuss the theoretical properties of
  the formalisms they are based on, nor details of the algorithms used.
  Instead, they should focus on the architecture of the software and discuss
  its practical capabilities with particular reference to the size and type
  of model it can handle within reasonable time and space limits.

5. Tool demonstration: 2-page papers that describe a relevant tool, as well
  as its features, evaluation, or any other information that may
  demonstrate the merits of the tool.

SUBMISSIONS:

We invite submissions of original papers related to the topics of the
conference. Submissions must be in English, IEEE double-column format, and
must indicate the above paper type. Electronic submission instructions may
be found at www.qest.org. Submitted papers should not exceed 10 pages (2 for
tool demonstrations). Additional material for the aid of the reviewers
(e.g., proofs)  can be included in a clearly marked appendix. Papers must be
unpublished and must not be submitted for publication elsewhere. PC members,
except program co-chairs, may submit papers.

All accepted papers (including tool demonstrations) will appear in the
Conference Proceedings published by the IEEE Computer Society Press, and
must be presented at the conference by one of the authors. A best-paper award
will be presented at the conference. Selected papers will appear in a special
issue of the Performance Evaluation Journal. Submissions will be handled by
the EasyChair system (www.easychair.org).

TUTORIALS:

There will be one day of tutorials at the start of the conference.
Tutorial proposals (up to 4 pages) should be sent to the Tutorial Chair.

TOOL PRESENTATIONS:

Sessions will be arranged to present and demonstrate tools relevant to
any conference topic. Accepted tool descriptions will appear in the
conference proceedings.


GENERAL CO-CHAIRS:
Peter Kemper (US)
Evgenia Smirni (US)

PROGRAM CO-CHAIRS:
Gianfranco Ciardo (US)
Roberto Segala (IT)

TOOL CHAIR:
William Knottenbelt (UK)

TUTORIAL CHAIR:
Susanna Donatelli (IT)

LOCAL ORGANIZATION CHAIR:
Ruth Lamprecht (US)

PUBLICITY CHAIR:
Giuliano Casale (UK)


STEERING COMMITTEE:

Gianfranco Balbo (IT)
Gianfranco Ciardo (US)
Pedro D'Argenio (AR)
Boudewijn Haverkort (NL, chair)
Holger Hermanns (DE)
Jane Hillston (UK)
Joost-Pieter Katoen (DE)
William Knottenbelt (UK)
Marta Kwiatkowska (UK)
Gerardo Rubino (FR)
William Sanders (US)
Miklos Telek (HU)


PROGRAM COMMITTEE:

Christel Baier (DE)
Nathalie Bertrand (FR)
Andrea Bondavalli (IT)
Patricia Bouyer (FR)
Peter Buchholz (DE)
Giuliano Casale (UK)
Ivana Cerna (CZ)
Pedro D'Argenio (AR)
Vittoria de Nitto Persone` (IT)
Kousha Etessami (UK)
Tony Field (UK)
Giuliana Franceschinis (IT)
Jean-Michel Fourneau (FR)
Shravan Gaonkar (US)
Leana Golubchik (US)
Serge Haddad (FR)
Armin Heindl (DE)
Holger Hermanns (DE)
Jane Hillston (UK)
Michael Huth (UK)
Radha Jagadeesan (US)
Alain Jean-Marie (FR)
Joost-Pieter Katoen (DE)
Peter Kemper (US)
Gabriele Kotsis (AT)
Marta Kwiatkowska (UK)
Kim Larsen (DK)
Ningfang Mi (US)
Andrew Miner (US)
Gethin Norman (UK)
Alma Riska (US)
William Sanders (US)
Matteo Sereno (IT)
Jeremy Sproston (IT)
MariŽlle Stoelinga (NL)
Miklos Telek (HU)
Yann Thierry-Mieg (FR)
Franck van Breugel (CA)
Carey Williamson (CA)
Verena Wolf (DE)
Murray Woodside (CA)
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