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[PVS] Call for DEMOS/CONTESTS at the 6th IEEE InternationalConference on Self-Adaptive and Self-Organizing Systems



Dear colleague,

we have the pleasure to announce that this year, in addition to regular papers, the SASO conference also hosts DEMOS and CONTESTS. Please find below the corresponding calls for DEMOS and CONTESTS, as well as all others calls for papers, posters, and tutorials (DEADLINES APPROACHING!!). 

Please, distribute it among potentially interested colleagues,


Zhang Jie, Sam Malek, Jose Luis Fernandez-Marquez
SASO 2012 Publicity Chair 




DEADLINES REMINDER !! 

Deadline for PAPERS submission :
   Abstract submission: April 23rd, 2012 
   Full paper submission: April 30rd, 2012 
Deadline for DEMOS/CONTESTS submission: June 25, 2012 
Deadline for POSTERS  submission: May 30, 2012 
Deadline for TUTORIALS submission: May 1, 2012 



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SASO 2012 - Call for Demos, Papers, Poster and Tutorials
6th IEEE International Conference on Self-Adaptive and Self-Organizing Systems
Lyon, France; 10-14 September 2012 ---  http://saso2012.univ-lyon1.fr/
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The aim of the SASO conference series is to provide a forum for the foundations of a principled approach to engineering systems, networks and services based on self-adaptation and self-organization. To this end, the meeting aims to attract participants with different backgrounds, to foster cross-pollination between research fields, and to expose and discuss innovative theories, frameworks, methodologies, tools, and applications. The complexity of current and emerging computing systems has led the software engineering, distributed systems and management communities to look for inspiration in diverse fields (e.g., complex systems, control theory, artificial intelligence, sociology, and biology) to find new ways of designing and managing networks, systems and services. In this endeavor, self-organization and self-adaptation have emerged as two promising interrelated facets of a paradigm shift.
Contributions must present novel theoretical or experimental results, or practical approaches and experiences in building or deploying real-world systems, applications, tools, frameworks, etc. Contributions contrasting different approaches for engineering a given family of systems, or demonstrating the applicability of a certain approach for different systems are particularly encouraged.


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Call for Demos and Contents
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Students and researchers are invited to present their work/system at the SASO'2012 Conference to a group of judges from academia (and industry). Each project will be judged based on its overall self-* abilities, originality, and completion of the work. In particular, we will consider robustness, resilience and scaling abilities, while the means of showing the self-* properties.

The subject for a Demonstration is free, even if we would like to emphasize two themes: Collective Adaptive Systems, and Ambient Intelligence (see more information below). For the Contest, a specific problem is defined, which can be treated in simulation or with robots (see more information below).


Important Dates :
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Deadline for demo/contest submission: June 25, 2012
Notification of acceptance or rejection: July 20, 2012
Demo and Contest session date : from 10 to 14 September, 2012



Demos
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- Collective Adaptive Systems

	Simulated Collective Adaptive Systems are of interest for this call. The system must include a variety of autonomous nodes (humans, robots, agents, and control units, etc. ) pursuing different and possibly conflicting goals. The system should present any characteristic like self-organization, self-stabilization, and self-adaptation, etc.

- Ambient Intelligence

	Any Ambient Intelligence application with self-* capabilities is a potential candidate. Among smart environments, those for multiple-users or cognitive impaired users are very welcome. The smart environment must present any self-* characteristic to handle either multiple requests/needs -even conflicting- in case of multiple users, or irrational behaviors in case of cognitive impaired users


Contests
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The contest is proposed in two separate categories : simulation and robotics platform.

Authors are free to propose/use a simulator but it must conform to the system characteristics given below (the source code must be available for consultation by the jury). The simulations have also to propose a 2D view of the system, showing the whole arena.

The abilities of the system are defined through the commands which can be broadcast to agents :

- The system shall be able to self-organize in several teams of a specific size: agents must come together to constitute a team, without being stuck to another team. The required commands are (i) giving the size of the teams to constitute (ii) giving the number of teams to constitute.
- The system shall be able to self-reconfigure when the number and/or size of teams change. Required commands are the same as the previous point.
- The system shall be able to maintain the teams when agents perception/communications are perturbed. Required commands are (i) giving the new R radius of agent perception (for all agents) (ii) giving the new C radius for agent communication (see below).
- For simulated systems, agents can be added or removed by sending the number of agents to add (positive value) or to remove (negative value). The removed robots are chosen randomly. The added robots are randomly located.
- All other commands are welcome !

The proposed applications/systems must conform to the specified characteristics :
- The proposal can be a simulated or a robotic system (the two categories will be judged separately).
- Agents evolve in a square arena of size minimum 100cm x 100cm, the arena can have sides or not.
- There is no obstacles inside the arena (optionally, obstacles can be added)
- All agents/robots are identical. They have a size between a cube of 1cm and 20cm of side.
- Agents/robots are autonomous: they take decisions by themselves (no external computer/agent can control them) and they have no global positioning system.
- The system contains initially N mobile agents, such as N > 5, initial locations are free.
- Agents could be removed or added on-line to the system (manually with robots, by commands in simulations)
- Agents or robots have a limited perception of their environment, i.e., within a radius of R centimeters. The R parameter must be configurable on-line (0 < R < 100 cm).
- Simulated agents move as simple mobile robots. Their speed do not have to exceed 30 cm/s. All agents move at the same speed.
- Each agent can communicate only with other agents within a radius of C centimeters. C must be configurable on-line (0 < C < 100 cm).
- Users can only communicate by broadcasting commands to agents
- All distances must be entered in centimeters.
- Source code must be available for consultation by the jury.

The evaluation committee (jury) will judge of the efficiency, robustness and simplicity of the proposed algorithms and agent/robot architectures.



Program Chairs
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Olivier Simonin, INRIA & LORIA Maia team, Universite de Lorraine, France,
email: olivier.simonin@loria.fr
Antonio Coronato, Institute of High Performance Computing and Networking, CNR, Italia,
email: antonio.coronato@na.icar.cnr.it



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Call for Papers
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The aim of the SASO conference series is to provide a forum for presenting the latest results about self-adaptive and self-organizing systems, networks and services. To this end, the meeting aims to attract participants with different backgrounds, to foster cross-pollination between research fields, to expose and discuss innovative theories, frameworks, methodologies, tools, and applications, and to identify new challenges. The complexity of current and emerging computing systems has led the software engineering, distributed systems and management communities to look for inspiration in diverse fields (e.g., complex systems, control theory, artificial intelligence, sociology, biology, etc.) to find new ways of designing and managing networks, systems and services. In this endeavor, self-organization and self-adaptation have emerged as two promising interrelated facets of a paradigm shift.
Self-adaptive systems work in a top down manner. They evaluate their own global behavior and change it when the evaluation indicates that they are not accomplishing what they were intended to do, or when better function or performance is possible. A challenge is often to identify how to change specific behaviors to achieve the desired improvement. Self-organizing systems work bottom up. They are composed of a large number of components that interact locally according to typically simple rules. The global behavior of the system emerges from these local interactions. Here, a challenge is often to predict and control the resulting global behavior.


Important Dates
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Abstract submission: April 23rd, 2012 
Full paper submission: April 30rd, 2012 
Notification of acceptance: June 20th, 2012 
Camera-ready version of accepted papers: July 18th, 2012 
Early registration: August 20th, 2012 
All deadlines are at 11:59 PM American Samoa Time (UTC-11).


Topics of Interest
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The SASO conference is interested in both theoretical and practical aspects of systems exhibiting self-* characteristics. A particular focus is the modeling of natural, man-made and social systems that exhibit self-adaptation and self-organization characteristics as well as the constructive use of the underlying basic principles in technical systems. The sixth edition of SASO particularly encourages submissions from the following, non-exclusive list of topic areas:
	- Principles, Theory, Methods and Architectures for SASO Systems 
	- Robustness, Resilience and Fault-Tolerance in/with Self-* Systems 
	- Self-* Behavior in Communication Networks 
	- (Self-)Control, (Self-)Observation, (Self-)Monitoring of Engineered Systems 
	- Collective Phenomena in Social and Socio-Technical Systems 
	- Self-Organization and Self-Adaptation in Biological/Natural Systems 
	- Applications of Spatial and Physics-Inspired Self-Organization 
	- SASO Principles in Cyber-Security 
	- SASO Principles in Collective Robotic Systems 
	- SASO Principles in Cyber-Physical Systems 
	- Real-World Experience with Engineered Systems Exhibiting Self-* Properties 
		
All contributions must present novel theoretical or experimental results, or practical approaches and experiences in building or deploying real-world systems and applications. Contributions that contrast "conventional" engineering principles with novel approaches making use of SASO principles are especially welcome.
Submissions Instructions
All submissions should be 10 pages and formatted according to the IEEE Computer Society Press proceedings style guide and submitted electronically in PDF format. Please register as authors and submit your papers using the SASO 2012 conference management system. The proceedings will be published by IEEE Computer Society Press, and made available as a part of the IEEE digital library. Note that a separate call for poster and demo submissions has also been issued.


Emerging Topic Papers
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In addition to regular papers, SASO also encourages the submission of papers on emerging topics. These submissions should be clearly marked as such (indicating "Emerging Topic:" in the title) and should provide a well-rounded survey of novel questions, methods and abstractions that are relevant for the design of SASO systems along with a clear indication of the possible impact on the SASO community. In this category we particularly encourage submissions that present innovative applications of methodological frameworks being used in other fields of science that study SASO related phenomena, thus highlighting connections and potential for collaboration between different scientific communities.

Program Chairs
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Anwitaman Datta, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Marie-Pierre Gleizes, IRIT- University of Toulouse, France
Ingo Scholtes, Chair of Systems Design, ETH Zurich, Switzerland



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Call for Posters 
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The sixth SASO conference continues its tradition of offering poster sessions, a great opportunity for interactive presentation of diverse research. Poster sessions are informal and highly interactive, and allow authors and participants to engage in in-depth discussions about the presented work. Posters are an ideal format in which to present late-breaking results, innovations in their initial stages, and speculative/provocative ideas. Posters should cover the same key areas as Research Papers. Submissions in the following areas are particularly encouraged:

- Principles, theory, and architectures for SASO systems
- Building trustworthy SASO Systems
- Self-* behavior in communication networks
- Design & engineering of SASO Systems / SASO principles in design automation
- (Self-)Control, (self-)observation, (self-)monitoring of engineered SASO systems
- Robustness, resilience, fault-tolerance in/with self-* systems
- Complex collective phenomena in social and socio-technical systems
- Self-organization and self-adaptation in biological/natural systems
- Applications of spatial and physics-inspired self-organization
- SASO principles in cyber-security
- SASO principles in robotic systems
- SASO principles for ambient systems and context-awareness
- Real-world experience with engineered systems exhibiting self-* properties


Important Dates
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Deadline for submission: May 30, 2012
Notification of acceptance or rejection: June 20, 2012 
Camera ready poster abstract due: July 18, 2012 
Poster session date: September 12, 2012


Submission Process
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For evaluation and selection, authors should submit a two-page extended abstract of their poster. The format of this extended abstract must comply with the IEEE Computer Society Press proceedings style guide and it shall be submitted electronically in PDF format. Templates for Word and LaTeX are available here. Please register as authors and submit your papers using the SASO 2012 conference management system: 
http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=saso2012
Poster authors should use the poster track for their submissions.


Accepted Posters
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If selected, authors shall prepare a final, camera ready version of the extended abstract, taking into account all feedback from reviewers, and formatted according to the IEEE Computer Society Press proceedings style guide. Posters will be advertised in the final program, and authors' two-page extended abstracts will be published by the IEEE Computer Society Press as part of the conference proceedings. Abstracts will also be available as part of the IEEE Digital Library.


Poster Content
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All posters should include the following information:

- The purpose and goals of the work.
- Any background and motivation needed to understand the work.
- Any critical hypotheses and assumptions that underlie the work.
- A clear summary of the contribution and/or results, in sufficient detail for a (re)viewer to understand the work and its relevance. If the work is at an initial stage, it is especially important to state clearly the anticipated contributions and any early results towards them.
- The relationship to other related efforts, where appropriate. Authors of accepted posters may be asked to point out relationships to work represented by other accepted posters.
- Where to find additional information. This should include but is not restricted to: a web site where viewers can go to find additional information about the work how to contact the authors, including email addresses citations for any papers, books, or other materials that provide additional information.


Poster Layout Guidelines
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The format of posters and the nature of poster sessions require authors to capture the viewers' attention effectively, and present core concepts so as to clearly position the context of their research work. For this reason, graphic representations, figures, and screen shots are typically the main medium of communication in successful posters. Few attendees will stop to read a large poster with dense text. If screen shots are used, please ensure that they print legibly and that the fonts are large enough to be read easily once printed. Though left to the authors' discretion, we recommend that authors bring laminated A0 or A1-sized posters with them to the conference. Facilities for printing posters are available in Ann Arbor, but may not be conveniently located to the conference venue.


Attendance
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At least one of the poster authors is required to register at the conference and will be required to give a brief presentation of the poster in the interactive poster session, as well as staying with the poster to discuss the work with conference attendees for the duration of the scheduled poster sessions.


For More Information
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For additional information, clarification, or questions, please contact the Poster Chair:
Stefan Dulman, Univ. Delft, Netherlands
Email: s.o.dulman@tudelft.nl



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Call for Tutorials
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The goal of the tutorial program of SASO 2012 is to provide an instructional offer to scholars, practitioners and student attending the conference, on a range of topics related to self-adaptive and self-organizing systems.

We plan to accommodate either half-day tutorials (approx. 3.0 hours, plus one 30-minutes break) and full-day tutorials (approx 6.0 hours, plus two 30-minutes breaks, and a lunch break). The topic of a tutorial may range from practical techniques and technologies, to methodologies, to guidelines over standards, to theoretical aspects.
The topics areas that fall into the general scope of SASO, as well as the focus of this yearČ??s conference, are listed in the Call For Papers that is available on the conference web site. Please note that no marketing or product specific tutorials will be accepted.
Tutorial levels may be introductory, intermediate, or advanced. Topics that can capture the interest of a broad audience of scholars, practitioners or students are preferred.


Important Dates
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The exact deadlines are at 11:59pm Hawaii time (HST).
Proposal Submission Deadline: May 1, 2012
Presenter Notification: May 15, 2012
Tutorial Paper Submission Deadline (optional): June 22, 2012
Tutorial Paper Notification: July 4, 2012
Tutorial Paper Camera-Ready Deadline: July 18, 2012
Early registration deadline: Aug. 20, 2012
Presentation handouts due: Aug. 24, 2012
Tutorial presentation: Sept. 10, 14, 2012


Submission Guidelines
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Tutorial proposals must not be longer than three pages, in the same format of the SASO research papers, that is, compliant with the IEEE Computer Society Press proceedings style.
Please make sure the submission includes the following elements:
	- title of the tutorial;
	- preferred duration (half-day or full-day);
	- intended level (introductory, intermediate, or advanced) and prerequisites
	- contact information for all presenters, including full name, affiliation, email address, full postal address, phone and fax number, URL of personal homepage;
	- short bio of all presenters including prior teaching and tutorial experiences;
	- description of the material covered by the tutorial, not exceeding two pages (approx. 1500 words): must include a proposed structure of the content to be presented;
	- identification of the target audience (e.g., researchers, teachers, practitioners, students);
	- references of publications (books, papers etc.) the tutorial builds on;
	- indication of whether the submission of a tutorial paper (see below) is planned.
All proposals should be submitted as a PDF document via email to the tutorial chairs.

Accepted Proposals and Tutorial Papers
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Once notified that the tutorial has been accepted, proposers of accepted tutorials will be given the opportunity to submit a tutorial paper to SASO 2012. Please note that submitting a tutorial paper is optional. The content of a tutorial paper must directly relate to the material covered by the tutorial and must not exceed 10 pages, in a format compliant with the IEEE Computer Society Press proceedings Style.
All submitted tutorial papers will undergo a review process by the organizing committee. The SASO organizing committee reserves the right to refuse the publication of tutorial papers if, for example, the technical quality of the paper is insufficient, or the content of the paper does not match the topic of the corresponding tutorial, etc.
Accepted tutorial papers will be published by IEEE Computer Society Press, and made available as part of the IEEE Digital Library.
Proposers of an accepted tutorial preferring not to submit a tutorial paper -- or whose tutorial paper is rejected -- are however required to submit a two page extended abstract describing the content of the tutorial together with the handout material. Please note that the extended abstract will not be published in the conference proceedings.