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[PVS] [qest-announce] CfP: QEST 2012,London (UK). Papers due 5 March 2012.



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                           Call for Papers
  9th International Conference on Quantitative Evaluation of SysTems
                              QEST 2012

                    http://www.qest.org/qest2012/

           Imperial College London, Department of Computing
          17th-20th September, 2012, London, United Kingdom

DEADLINES

 Abstract submission by                           27 February, 2012
 Paper and tool submission by                      5 March, 2012
 Author notification by                            6 May, 2012

Selected papers will appear in a special issue of Elsevier Performance
Evaluation journal.

KEYNOTE TALKS

Keynote speakers include Jeff Buzen, Michael Maher and Moshe Vardi. 
For details see http://www.qest.org/qest2012/keynote.php

SCOPE AND TOPICS

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 highlighting 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 additional reviewing criteria (in no particular
order):

* Theoretical: advance our understanding, apply to non-trivial
problems and be mathematically rigorous.
* 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 would be very
helpful.
* Application: describes a novel application, and compares with
previous results (if any).
* Tools: should motivate the development of the new tools and the
formalisms they support. Tool papers need neither discuss their
theoretical underpinnings nor their algorithms. Instead, they should
focus on the software architecture and discuss its practical
capabilities with particular reference to the size and type of model
it can handle within reasonable time and space limits.
* Tool demonstration: 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 aforementioned
topics. Submissions must be in English, IEEE double-column format, and
must indicate the above paper type. Submission instructions can be
found at www.qest.org. Submitted papers should not exceed 10 pages (2
pages for tool demonstrations). Additional material for the aid of the
reviewers (e.g., proofs) can be sent in a clearly marked appendix.
Papers must be unpublished and 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's
Conference Publishing Services (CPS), and must be presented at the
conference by one of the authors. A best-paper award will be presented
at the conference.

TUTORIALS

There will be one day of tutorials at the start of the conference.
Tutorial proposals (up to 4 pages IEEE double-column format) should be
sent to the Tutorial Chair (ghorvath@hit.bme.hu) by the same deadline 
of papers and tools.

TOOL PRESENTATIONS

Tool presentation sessions will be arranged to present and demonstrate
tools relevant to conference topics. Accepted tool descriptions will
appear in the conference proceedings.

GENERAL CHAIR
William J. Knottenbelt, Imperial College London, UK

PROGRAM CO-CHAIRS
Giuliano Casale, Imperial College London, UK
Lucy Cherkasova, HP Labs, US
Holger Hermanns, Saarland University, DE

LOCAL ORGANIZATION CHAIR
Anton Stefanek, Imperial College London, UK

PUBLICITY CHAIR
Nigel Thomas, Newcastle University, UK

PROCEEDINGS CHAIR
Jeremy Bradley, Imperial College London, UK

TOOL CHAIR
Ken Keefe, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

TUTORIAL CHAIR
Gabor Horvath, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, HU

STEERING COMMITTEE

Gianfranco Ciardo, UC Riverside, USA
Pedro D'Argenio, Universidad Nacional de Cordoba, AG
Susanna Donatelli, Universita'? di Torino, IT
Boudewijn Haverkort, University of Twente and ESI, NL
Jane Hillston, University of Edinburgh, UK
Joost-Pieter Katoen, RWTH Aachen University, DE
Andrew Miner, Iowa State University, USA
Gerardo Rubino, INRIA Rennes / IRISA, FR
William Sanders, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Evgenia Smirni, College of William and Mary, USA
Miklos Telek, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, HU

PROGRAM COMMITTEE

Erika Abraham           RWTH Aachen University, Germany
Jonatha Anselmi         BCAM, Spain
Christel Baier          Technische Universitat Dresden, Germany
Gianfranco Balbo        Universita'?di Torino, Italy
Novella Bartolini       Universita'?di Roma - La Sapienza, Italy
Nathalie Bertrand       INRIA Rennes Bretagne Atlantique, France
Tomas Brazdil           Masaryk University, Czech Republic
Peter Buchholz          Technische Universitat Dortmund, Germany
Gianfranco Ciardo       University of California Riverside, USA
Pedro R. D'Argenio      Universidad Nacional de Cordoba, Argentina
Stephen Dawson          SAP Research, Belfast, UK
Rocco De Nicola         IMT Institute for Advanced Studies Lucca and Universita' di Firenze, Italy
Derek Eager             University of Saskatchewan, Canada
Tony Field              Imperial College London, UK
Goran Frehse            Verimag, France
Leana Golubcik          University of Southern California, USA
Boudewijn Haverkort     University of Twente and Embedded Systems Institute Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Kaustubh Joshi          AT&T Research, USA
Krishna Kant            George Mason University and NSF, USA
Joost-Pieter Katoen     RWTH Aachen University, Germany
Peter Kemper            College of William and Mary, USA
Marta Kwiatkowska       University of Oxford, UK
Marin Litoiu            York University, Canada
Arif Merchant           Google, USA
Bo Friis Nielsen        Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
Catuscia Palamidessi    INRIA Saclay and Ecole Polytechnique, France
Alma Riska              EMC, USA
Jerry Rolia             HP Labs Palo Alto, USA
William H. Sanders      University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Markus Siegle           Universitat der Bundeswehr Munchen, Germany
Evgenia Smirni          College of William and Mary, USA
Geoffrey Smith          Florida International University, USA
Marielle Stoelinga      University of Twente, The Netherlands
Miklos Telek            Technical University of Budapest, Hungary
Mirco Tribastone        Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat Munchen, Germany
Enrico Vicario          Universita'?di Firenze, Italy
Carey Williamson        University of Calgary, Canada
Verena Wolf             Saarland University, Germany
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