ACM SAC08 Track on Coordination Models, Languages and Architectures

Venue: Fortaleza

Location: Fortaleza, Brazil

Event Date/Time: Mar 16, 2008 End Date/Time: Mar 20, 2008
Paper Submission Date: Sep 07, 2007
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CfP: ACM SAC Special Track on Coordination Models, Languages and Architectures


Coordination Models, Languages and Applications

Special Track of the 23rd ACM Symposium on Applied Computing (SAC08)
March 16 - 20, 2008, Fortaleza, Brazil



* Submission deadline: 7 September 2007
* Author notification: 15 October 2007
* Camera ready: 30 October 2007



Building on the success of the nine previous editions (1998-2007), a special track on coordination models, languages and applications will be held at SAC 2008. Over the last decade, we have witnessed the emergence of models, formalisms and mechanisms to describe concurrent and distributed computations and systems based on the concept of coordination. The purpose of a coordination model is to enable the integration of a number of, possibly heterogeneous, components (processes, objects, agents) in such a way that the resulting ensemble can execute as a whole, forming a software system with desired characteristics and functionalities which possibly takes advantage of parallel and distributed systems. The coordination paradigm is closely related to other contemporary software engineering approaches such as multi-agent systems, service-oriented architectures, component-based systems and related middleware platforms. Furthermore, the concept of coordination exists in many other Computer Science areas such as workflow systems, cooperative information systems, distributed artificial intelligence, and internet technologies.

After more than a decade of research, the coordination paradigm is gaining increased momentum in state-of-the-art engineering paradigms such as multi-agent systems and service-oriented architectures: in the first case, coordination abstractions are perceived as essential to design and support the working activities of agent societies; in the latter case, service coordination, orchestration, and choreography are going to be essential aspects of the next generations of systems based on Web services.

The Special Track on Coordination Models, Languages and Applications takes a deliberately a broad view of what constitutes coordination. Accordingly, major topics of interest this year will include:

- Novel models, languages, programming and implementation techniques
- Applications of coordination technologies
- Industrial points of view: experiences, applications, open issues
- Internet- and Web-based coordinated systems
- Coordination of multi-agent systems, including mobile agents, intelligent agents, and agent-based simulations
- Coordination in Service-oriented architectures and Web Services
- Languages for service description and composition
- Models, frameworks and tools for Group Decision Making
- Modern Workflow Management Systems and Case-Handling
- Coordination in Computer Supported Cooperative Work
- Software architectures and software engineering techniques
- Configuration and Architecture Description Languages
- Coordination Middleware and Infrastructures
- Coordination in GRID systems
- Emergent Coordination: Swam based, Stigmergy
- Coordination technologies, systems and infrastructures
- Relationship with other computational models such as object oriented, declarative (functional, logic, constraint), programming or their extensions with coordination capabilities
- Formal aspects (semantics, reasoning, verification)



Papers accepted for the Special Track on Coordination Models, Languages and Applications will be published by ACM both in the SAC 2008 proceedings and in the Digital Library.

Selected papers will be published in a Journal's special issue.



Original papers from the above-mentioned or other related areas will be considered. This includes three categories of submissions: 1) original and unpublished research; 2) reports of innovative computing applications in the arts, sciences, engineering, business, government, education and industry; and 3) reports of successful technology transfer to new problem domains. Each submitted paper will be fully refereed and undergo a blind review process by at least three referees. The accepted papers in all categories will be published in the ACM SAC 2008 proceedings.

Format: Submit your paper electronically in either PDF or postscript format. Please note: neither hardcopy nor fax submissions will be accepted. Submissions should be printable on a standard printer on common paper formats such as letter and DIN A4. Please use a Postscript previewer such as Ghostview to check the portability of Postscript documents. The author(s) name(s) and address(es) must not appear in the body of the paper, and self reference should be in the third person. This is to facilitate blind review. The body of the paper should not exceed 4,000 words.

Accepted full papers should not exceed 5 pages in a double column format (with the option, at additional expense, to add three more pages). Accepted poster papers will be published as extended 2-page abstracts in the symposium proceedings. All submissions must be received by 7 September 2007


Submission is entirely automated by an eCMS paper management tool, which is available from the main SAC Web Site:
Authors must first register their own account by obtaining a password, and then follow the instructions.



Michael Ignaz Schumacher,
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL)
& University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland

Alan Wood,
University of York, UK

Email contact :



Arbab Farhad, CWI & Leiden University, Netherlands
Bonsangue Marcello, Leiden University, Netherlands
Bortenschlager Manfred, Salzburg Research, Austria
Chaudron Michel, Technical University of Eindhoven, Netherlands
de Nicola Rocco, University of Florence, Italy
Ferrari Gianluigi, University of Pisa, Italy
Fiadeiro Jose, University of Leicester, UK
Harrison-Broninski Keith, Role Modellers Ltd, UK
Jacob Jeremy, University of York, UK
Lichtner Kurt, University of Waterloo, Canada
Muccini Henry, University of l'Aquila, Italy
Murphy Amy, University of Lugano, Switzerland
Norton Barry, University of Sheffield, UK
Omicini Andrea, University of Bologna, Italy
Oriol Manuel, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Pallota Vincenzo, University of Fribourg, Switzerland
Petta Paolo, Medical University of Vienna, Austria
Picco Gian Pietro, University of Trento, Italy
Razvan Popescu, University of Pisa, Italy
Andries Stam, Leiden University, Netherlands
Porto Antonio, New University of Lisbon, Portugal
Pugliese, Rosario, University of Florence, Italy
Rossi Davide, Scienze dell'Informazione, Bologna, Italy
Tahara Yasuyuki, National Institute of Informatics, Japan
Talcott Carolyn, SRI International, USA
Wells George, Rhodes University, South Africa
Wiklicky Herbert, Imperial College London, UK
Wojciechowski Pawel T., Poznan University of Technology, Poland
Zambonelli Franco, University of Modena-Reggio Emilia, Italy