The 6th IEEE International Conference on Autonomic Computing (ICAC-2009)

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Event Date/Time: Jun 15, 2009 End Date/Time: Jun 19, 2009
Abstract Submission Date: Jan 19, 2009
Paper Submission Date: Jan 19, 2009
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The 6th IEEE International Conference on Autonomic Computing
Barcelona, Spain, June 15–19, 2009

Call for papers


To deal with the increasing complexity of large-scale computing systems,
computers and applications must learn to manage themselves in accordance
with high-level guidance from humans – a vision that has been referred to
as autonomic computing. Meeting the grand challenges of autonomic computing
requires scientific and technological advances in a wide variety of fields,
as well as new software and system architectures that support the effective
integration of the constituent technologies. The purpose of the 6th
International Conference on Autonomic Computing and Communications (ICAC-09)
is to bring together researchers and practitioners addressing all aspects of
self-management in computing systems and applications. In doing so, we hope
to further build and nurture a community that can work together to realize
the vision of large-scale self-managing systems. The conference builds on
previous highly influential meetings in New York, Seattle, Dublin,
Jacksonville and Chicago.

Papers are solicited on a broad array of topics of relevance to autonomic
computing, particularly those that bear on connections and relationships
among different areas of research or report on prototype systems or
experiences. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

* Autonomic computing systems or prototype systems that exhibit
self-monitoring, self-configuration, self-optimization, self-healing,
and/or self-protection.
* Fundamental science of self-managing systems: understanding,
controlling, or exploiting emergent behavior, fault-tolerance, machine
learning, control theory, predictive methods and their use to automate
manual operations and enforce behavior.
* Software engineering principles and architectures for self-managing
systems, based on interoperable Grid Services, agent-based systems,
Web Services, model-based systems or novel paradigms such as biological,
economic or social.
* System-level technologies, middleware or services that entail
interactions among two or more components of self-managing systems in
standalone, distributed, cluster, and Grid computing environments (e.g.,
health monitoring, dependency analysis, problem localization or
remediation, workload management, and provisioning).
* Toolkits, environments, models, languages, runtime and compiler
technologies for building self-managing components, systems or
* Specific self-managing components, such as server, storage, network,
data center or specific application elements. Emphasis should be placed
on techniques or lessons that may generalize to other components.
* Management topics, such as specification and modeling of service-level
agreements, negotiation/conversation support, behavior enforcement,
etc., tie in with IT governance, and interaction with legacy systems.
* Interfaces to autonomic systems, including user interfaces, interfaces
for monitoring and controlling behavior, techniques for defining,
distributing, and understanding policies.
* Experiences with autonomic system or component prototypes: measurements,
evaluations, or analyses of system behavior, user studies, experiences
with large-scale deployments of self-managing systems or applications.
* Applications of autonomics to real and complex problems in science,
engineering, business and society.


Full papers (a maximum of 10 pages in length) and posters (2 pages) are invited
on a wide variety of topics relating to autonomic computing as indicated above.
All manuscripts will be reviewed and judged on merits including correctness,
originality, technical strength, quality of presentation, and relevance to the
conference themes. Submitted papers must include original work, and may not be
under consideration for another conference or journal. They should also not be
under review or be submitted to another forum during the ICAC-09 review process.
Authors should submit full papers or posters electronically (PDF or postscript)
via EDAS using the link on the ICAC-09 conference web site. Formatting
instructions will also be posted at the web site. Accepted papers and posters
will appear in proceedings published by IEEE Computer Society (to be
confirmed), which will be distributed at the conference. Authors of accepted
papers/poster are expected to present their work at the conference.


ICAC-09 welcomes proposals for co-located workshops on specific topics of
general interest to the autonomic computing community. Workshops are expected
to publish proceedings, and should cover areas that may not be properly
addressed in the main scientific program. ICAC-09 will also feature a
demonstration and exhibition session consisting of prototypes and technology
artifacts such as demonstrating autonomic software or autonomic computing
principles. Entries will be judged by a separate subcommittee led by the
demo/exhibit chair.


A singular value of ICAC is the confluence of top researchers and practitioners
from both academia and industry. ICAC-09 will provide a readout of various
technologies currently in play from product perspectives. Among the areas to be
addressed are core enablers for autonomic capabilities to be realized, such as
frameworks, protocols and autonomic engines in production systems. The industry
session also will address current areas of difficulty that present direct
opportunities for both academic and corporate research. Topics will be relevant
to entrepreneurs, product developers, architects, managers, marketers and end
users. Papers and posters reflecting such industry perspectives are especially
encouraged and can be submitted as described above.


A student best paper award will be presented, consisting of a commemorative
plaque, complimentary student registration to the conference and an honorarium
that will partially cover travel & hotel costs. (A student paper is defined as
one in which the principal (not sole) author is a student.) The student will be
required to present the paper to receive the award.


Workshop proposals: September 25, 2008
Full paper submission: 11:59 EST, January 19, 2009
Author notification: March 9, 2009
Hot Topics submission: 11:59 EST, March 20, 2009
Demo/Exhibit proposals: March 20, 2009
Final manuscripts due: April 06, 2009


Simon Dobson, UCD Dublin, IE
John Strassner, Waterford Inst. Of Tech., IE

Simon Dobson, UCD Dublin, IE
José Fortes Univ. of Florida, US
Kumar Goswami HP Labs, US
Salim Hariri, Univ. of Arizona, US
Jeffrey Kephart, IBM, US
Manish Parashar, Rutgers Univ., US
Brent Miller, IBM, US
Karsten Schwan, Georgia Tech, US
John Strassner, Waterford Inst. Of Tech., IE
John Wilkes, HP Labs, US
Mazin Yousif, Avirtec, US

Manish Parashar, Rutgers Univ., US
Onn Shehory, IBM Research Haifa, IL

The ICAC 2009 programming committee is an internationally recognized group
of leading researchers covering a broad range of topics related to the
conference themes.

Simon Dobson, UCD Dublin, IE
John Strassner, Waterford Inst. Of Tech., IE

Omer Rana, Cardiff Univ., UK

Masoud Sadjadi, Florida International University, US
James Won-Ki Hong, POSTECH, South Korea
Dave Lewis, Trinity, IE

Joan Serrat, UPC, Barcelona, ES

Brent Miller, IBM Corporation, US
Michael Nunez, Sun Microsystems, US
Jose Lazono, Telefonica, ES (Pending)


Jian Zhang, Microsoft, US
Andres Quiroz Hernandes, Rutgers Univ., US

Ming Zhao, FL Intl. Univ., US

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