SASO 2012

Sixth IEEE International Conference
on Self-Adaptive and Self-Organizing Systems

Lyon, France; 10-14 September 2012





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Important Dates

Proposal Submission Deadline:March 21, 2012 (passed)
Acceptance Notification:April 4, 2012 (passed)
Deadline for posting workshops call for papers:April 18, 2012 (passed)
Submission of contributions to workshops:July 18, 2012 (EXTENDED) (passed)
Workshop papers acceptance notification:July 25, 2012 (passed)
Early registration deadline:August 20, 2012 (passed)
Workshop papers camera-ready papers due:August 24, 2012 (passed)
Deadline for complete workshop notes submission to Workshops chairs:August 27, 2012 (passed)
Workshops dates:September 10, 14, 2012


Organizing committee chairs

  • Stuart Wagner (Applied Communication Sciences, USA)
  • Robert Laddaga (DOLL, Inc. USA)
  • Robert Watson (University of Cambridge, UK)

Over the past decade the treat of cyber attacks on critical commercial and government infrastructure has been growing at an alarming rate to a point where it is now considered to be a major threat in the world. Current approaches to cyber security involve building fast-growing multi-million line systems that attempt to detect and remove attacking software. Meanwhile, cyber exploits continue to multiply in number, but their size continues to be a couple of hundred lines of code. This disparity of effort means that the current defensive approaches to cyber security can at best fight a holding action. The workshop is intended to explore game-changing approaches to cyber security that focus on adaptation. There is a clear need to develop systems at both the host level and the network level to actively adapt to cyber attacks and to provide greater protection for networked computation at all levels.

The format for this full day workshop is to have a number of short paper presentations, thematically organized discussion and panel sessions, and one invited speaker.

The significance of this workshop is to bring together researchers from different areas such as networking, programming languages, computer hardware, and operating systems to gain broad insights into specific research issues related to adaptive host and network security, and to foster discussions about ongoing research, establish directions for future research and collaborations, and identify best practices for adaptive security.

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Organizing committee chairs

  • Jean-Michel Auberlet, IFSTTAR (France)
  • Dídac Busquets, Imperial College London (UK)
  • Emmanuelle Grislin-Le Strugeon, LAMIH (France)
  • Paulo Leitao, Polytechnic Institute of Bragança (Portugal)

Year after year we are witnessing an increasing mobility of people and goods around the globe, from everyday commuting, to holiday trips, food and good distribution, and transportation related to ageing and public health, among many others. All this trips can be made by many different means of transportation (airplanes, public transport, private cars, car pooling, public bicycles, etc.), each of them with its own characteristics, advantages and disadvantages. As a consequence, the management of the transportation system as a whole becomes a very complex task, and it requires a better knowledge of users' travels and behaviours as well as their interactions with their environment. To carry out this work, modeling methods and simulation tools are playing an increasingly importance for infrastructure design, network operation and new mobile services. In addition, the increasing pressure to mitigate the climate change has a major impact on logistics, and companies world-wide must rethink their distribution strategies to reduce their carbon footprint.

In light of this, self-adaptive and self-organising systems seem to be very appropriate. On one hand, self-adaptive systems allow the transportation systems to continuously adapt and cope with the dynamism of the environment (changing traffic conditions, dynamic demand, accidents, etc.). On the other hand, self-organising systems let the different involved actors to organise themselves, trying to achieve their goals without the need of a central authority forcing them to adopt a given behaviour. Also, the design of urban development and deployment of digital services can be expressed as of complex and self-* systems by the number and nature of the entities involved, their interactions and their respective dynamics.

The purpose of this workshop is to bring researchers and practitioners together in order to set up visions on how methods and tools can be used for ground transportation applications.

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Organizing committee chairs

  • Tom Holvoet (KU Leuven, Belgium)
  • Julie McCann (Imperial College London, UK)
  • Richard John Anthony (University of Greenwich, UK)

Self-adaptive and self-organizing systems are, by nature, systems that operate and adapt under dynamic circumstances. Evaluating solutions to dynamic problems is particularly complicated:

  • solutions to dynamic problems need to take into account various (and sometimes conflicting) objectives, including timeliness of adaptation, overheads (for computation and communication), tolerance of disruption , etc.
  • approaches for on-line algorithms, such as K-competitive analysis, may not be suitable since these require a notion of an optimal solution - a notion hard to define for dynamic solution techniques
  • comparing self-organizing solutions to their static counterpart is not always a fair comparison. Comparing a distributed or decentralized solution, which needs to account for extra communication to allow the system to scale with an off-line algorithm, is unfair.
  • comparing adaptive (i.e. self-adaptive or self-organizing) solutions is hard, because they have been driven with non-functional requirements and requirements such as reliability, stability or system lifetime may be more important than performance efficiency

Additionally, but related to these challenges, there are relatively few (and in some cases no) benchmark suites or codes for dynamic scenarios to work with.

In short, disciplined approaches to allow us to reason and study the qualities of SASO systems are required.

This workshop aims to bring together a variety of researchers in the SASO, autonomic computing and cyber physical systems areas, to discuss these topics. The workshop will solicit experience reports, theoretical work, position statements, and other research contributions.

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Organizing committee chairs

  • Professor Emma Hart (Edinburgh Napier University)
  • Dr Giacomo Cabri (Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Italy)
  • Julia Schaumeier (Imperial College London)

The goal of the workshop is to identify key challenges involved in creating self-aware systems which are capable of autonomous management, and consider methods by which these challenges can be addressed. The workshop specifically targets an interdisciplinary community of researchers in the hope that collective expertise from a range of domains can be leveraged to drive forward research in the area.

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Organizing committee chairs

  • José Luis Fernandez, Institute for Service Sciences, Université de Genéve
  • Sara Montagna, DEIS, University of Bologna
  • Andrea Omicini, DEIS, Univesity of Bologna
  • Franco Zambonelli, DISMI, Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia

Emerging distributed computing scenarios (mobile, pervasive, and social) are characterised by intrinsic openness, decentralization, and dynamics. According, the effective deployment and execution of distributed services and applications calls for open service frameworks promoting situated and self-adaptive behaviours, and supporting diversity in services and long-term evolvability. This suggests adopting nature-inspired and/or socially-inspired approaches, in which services are modelled and deployed as autonomous individuals in an ecosystem of other services, data sources, and pervasive devices. Accordingly, the self-organizing interactions patterns among components and the resulting emerging dynamics of the system, as those of natural systems or of social systems, can inherently exhibit effective properties of self-adaptivity and evolvability.

Although many initiatives (like those named upon digital/business service ecosystems) recognise that the complexity of modern service systems is comparable to that of natural ecosystems, the idea that nature – other than a mean to metaphorically characterize their complexity – can become the source of inspiration for their actual modelling and implementation is only starting being metabolised. The goal of the workshop is to bring together researchers and practitioners, with the aims of unfolding the many challenges related to the modelling, design and implementation of adaptive service ecosystems in natural and social terms, and identifying promising approaches and solutions.

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The following workshops have been withdrawn:
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  • WS3: Secure Autonomous Electric Power Grids Workshop

  • WS4: Institutions for Sustainable, Smarter and Protective Infrastructure

  • WS6: Second International Workshop on Socio-Aware Networked Computing Systems (SocioAware 2012)