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[PVS] [qest-announce] QEST 2013 - Deadline extended one week

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                         Last Call for Papers
                           DEADLINE EXTENDED

  10th International Conference on Quantitative Evaluation of SysTems
                               QEST 2013


            August 26th-30th, 2013 - Buenos Aires, Argentina

                Co-located with CONCUR, FORMATS, and TGC


Abstract submission  11 March 2013 (new)
Paper submission     18 March 2013 (new)
Author notification  12 May 2013
Final version         2 June 2013


Lorenzo Alvisi, University of Texas Austin, USA
Dimitra Giannakopoulou, NASA Ames Research Center, USA
Edmundo de Souza e Silva, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


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 interests - 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.


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
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 would
   be very helpful.
3. Application: describes a novel application, and compares with
   previous results (if any).
4. 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.
5. Tool demonstration: describe a relevant tool, as well as its
   features, evaluation, or any other information that may demonstrate
   the merits of the tool.


We invite submissions of original papers related to the aforementioned
topics. Submissions must be in English, Springer LNCS format, and must
indicate the above paper type. Papers must be prepared in LaTeX,
following Springer's LNCS guidelines. Submitted papers should not
exceed 16 pages (4 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.

Papers should be submitted electronically using EasyChair online
submission system (https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=qest2013).

All accepted papers (including tool demonstrations) must be presented
at the conference by one of the authors. A best-paper award will be
presented at the conference.

The QEST 2013 proceedings will be published by Springer in the LNCS
Series. The proceedings will be available at the conference. As in
previous years, we are planning to publish extended versions of
selected papers in a special issue of a journal.


There will be one day of tutorials at the start of the
conference. Tutorial proposals (up to 4 pages Springer LNCS format)
should be sent to the Tutorial Chair (Lijun Zhang, zhang@xxxxxxxxxx)
by 11 March 2013.

Pedro R. D'Argenio (AR)

Kaustubh Joshi (US)
Markus Siegle (DE)
Marielle Stoelinga (NL)

Hernán Melgratti (AR)

Kai Lampka (SE)

Lijun Zhang (DK)

Nicolás Wolovick (AR)

Damián Barsotti (AR)


Christel Baier (DE)
Nathalie Bertrand (FR)
Andrea Bobbio (IT)
Peter Buchholz (DE)
Hector Cancela (UY)
Giuliano Casale (GB)
Gianfranco Ciardo (US)
Yuxin Deng (CN)
Derek Eager (CA)
Jane Hillston (GB)
Andras Horvath (IT)
David Jansen (NL)
Krishna Kant (US)
Peter Kemper (US)
Boris Koepf (ES)
Marta Kwiatkowska (GB)
Kai Lampka (SE)
Annabelle McIver (AU)
Arif Merchant (US)
Aad van Moorsel (GB)
Gethin Norman (GB)
Anne Remke (NL)
William Sanders (US)
Roberto Segala (IT)
Miklos Telek (HU)
Bhuvan Urgaonkar (US)
Marco Vieira (PT)
Verena Wolf (DE)


Holger Hermanns (DE)
Nathalie Bertrand (FR)
Peter Buchholz (DE)
Gethin Norman (UK)
Andrew S. Miner (US)
Susanna Donatelli (IT)
William Knottenbelt (UK)
Joost-Pieter Katoen (Chair, DE)
Peter Kemper (US)
Miklos Telek (HU)
Gerardo Rubino (FR)
Boudewijn Haverkort (NL)

Pedro R. D'Argenio (dargenio@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx)
FaMAF - Universidad Nacional de Cordoba
Haya de la Torre s/n, Ciudad Universitaria - X5000HUA Cordoba, Argentina
Tel: +54 351 4334051 (365), Fax: +54 351 4334054

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